Syria

Aleppo faces ‘catastrophe’

Syrian government forces continued their push into rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Thursday as international officials issued dire warnings of an ongoing humanitarian disaster in Syria’s largest city. The U.N.’s humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that the conditions in eastern Aleppo, which is besieged and assaulted by all sides by government forces, had descended into the “merciless abyss of humanitarian catastrophe.” O’Brien said at least 320 civilians including 100 children have been killed in the past week.

Aruba

Hurricane threatens islands

People in the Dutch Caribbean islands reinforced their homes and stocked up on emergency supplies Thursday as Hurricane Matthew took a rare turn through the southern Caribbean ahead of an expected shift to the north. Matthew was passing to the north of the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao during the night, before shifting on a course predicted to take it toward Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti over the weekend. By late Thursday, Aruba was seeing some rain and sea surge had covered part of a road on the northwest side of the island. There were no reports of evacuations. In Curacao, some streets were flooded, and there was a light rain falling on Bonaire.

India

Kashmir militants targeted

India said Thursday it carried out “surgical strikes” against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Pakistan dismissed the reports that India’s military had targeted “terrorist launch pads” inside the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir. Islamabad said instead that two of its soldiers were killed in “unprovoked” firing by India across the border.

Germany

Car on Autopilot in crash

Police in northern Germany said a Tesla being driven with its Autopilot system engaged collided with a bus on a highway. But Tesla said the Autopilot was not at fault. Ratzeburg police said that the crash happened Wednesday afternoon on a stretch of autobahn about 30 miles east of Hamburg. The Tesla driver was slightly injured. Police said in a statement Thursday that the 50-year-old Tesla driver told officers he had used the Autopilot. It wasn’t immediately clear whether police had themselves confirmed the Autopilot’s use, and calls to the Ratzeburg police precinct weren’t answered late Thursday.

Compiled from wire reports