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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.