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Bank heists:

At least 12 peo­ple, in­clud­ing two chil­dren, were killed Fri­day when po­lice en­gaged in a shootout with bank rob­bers, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties in north­east­ern Brazil. The two at­tempted heists in the state of Ceara oc­curred in the city of Mi­la­gres. Rob­bers at one bank took sev­eral hostages when po­lice sur­rounded the area, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. A fire­fight broke out, leav­ing sev­eral dead. An­dre Costa, sec­re­tary of pub­lic se­cu­rity in Ceara, said that six of the dead were the at­tack­ers. Au­thor­i­ties have yet to re­lease iden­ti­ties of the dead. Two sus­pects were ap­pre­hended, and sev­eral fled. Latin Amer­ica’s largest na­tion rou­tinely is the world leader in to­tal an­nual homi­cides.

War­planes crash:

One of two crew mem­bers re­cov­ered af­ter two U.S. war­planes col­lided and crashed off Ja­pan’s coast Thurs­day is dead and five oth­ers re­main miss­ing, the U.S. mil­i­tary said Fri­day. The Ma­rine Corps said the other re­cov­ered crew mem­ber was in fair con­di­tion. Both were in an F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet that col­lided with a KC-130 Her­cules re­fu­el­ing air­craft dur­ing rou­tine train­ing af­ter tak­ing off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima. The five oth­ers were in the KC-130. The Ma­rine Corps iden­ti­fied the dead crew mem­ber as Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard, 28, of Mi­ra­mar, Fla., an F/A-18 pilot. The Marines are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing what caused the crash.

Martial law:

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has asked Congress to ex­tend martial law in the coun­try’s south by an­other year amid con­tin­u­ing con­cerns over pos­si­ble mil­i­tant at­tacks, al­though democ­racy ad­vo­cates fear it could worsen hu­man rights con­di­tions. De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said he, along the mil­i­tary and po­lice, backed the ex­ten­sion of martial law in the coun­try’s south­ern third, be­cause Mus­lim ex­trem­ists, in­clud­ing five to 10 for­eign fighters, con­tinue to plot bomb­ings and other at­tacks. Duterte placed the south­ern Min­danao re­gion un­der martial law af­ter hun­dreds of Is­lamic State-linked mil­i­tants be­sieged the Is­lamic city of Marawi in 2017, in the worst se­cu­rity cri­sis he has faced. Af­ter five months, Philip­pine troops quelled the siege, which left more than 1,100 com­bat­ants and civil­ians dead and dis­placed hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple.

For­eign work­ers:

Ja­pan is pre­par­ing to of­fi­cially open the door to for­eign work­ers to do un­skilled jobs and pos­si­bly even­tu­ally be­come cit­i­zens. Law­mak­ers were ex­pected to vote Satur­day on gov­ern­ment-pro­posed leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of for­eign la­bor­ers to live and work in a coun­try that has long re­sisted ac­cept­ing out­siders. The bill is ex­pected to pass be­cause of the rul­ing party’s ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment. It’s seen as an un­avoid­able step as the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion of about 126 mil­lion rapidly ages and shrinks. The num­ber of for­eign work­ers has more than dou­bled since 2000 to nearly 1.3 mil­lion last year, out of a work­ing-age pop­u­la­tion of 67 mil­lion.

Sailor res­cued:

A cargo ship on Fri­day res­cued a Bri­tish sailor af­ter a violent storm ripped off her mast and flung her yacht end over end in the South­ern Ocean as she com­peted in a solo round-the­world race. Bri­tish sailor Susie Goodall tweeted “ON THE SHIP!!!” soon af­ter the Hong Kon­greg­is­tered MV Tian Fu ar­rived at her lo­ca­tion. Race of­fi­cials of the Golden Globe com­pe­ti­tion have been in reg­u­lar ra­dio con­tact with 29-year-old Goodall, who lost her mast 2,000 miles west of Cape Horn.

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