Nine people have died after a plane crashed shortly after it took off from an airport in Sweden, police have said. The DHC-2 Turbo Beaver aircraft was carrying eight skydivers and a pilot when it came down near Orebro Airport on Thursday, according to Swedish police. It crashed close to the runway and caught fire on impact, they added, but the cause of the incident is not yet clear.
A group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse earlier this week, police say. After a gun battle in the capital Port-au-Prince, 17 were detained, some at the house they were using, others after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic compound. Three suspects were killed by police and eight are still being sought. It is still unclear who organized the attack and with what motive.
At least 49 people were feared dead after a fire ripped through a food and beverage factory just outside Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, local TV stations reported on Friday. At least 20 more were injured after the blaze broke out on Thursday night, Reuters reported. Firefighters were still battling the blaze on Friday afternoon. It was not known how many people remained trapped inside.
A British police officer on Friday admitted murdering Sarah Everard, whose killing sparked anger, protests and soul-searching across the country about what the authorities and society could do to stop male violence against women. Wayne Couzens, 48, a serving London officer who guarded diplomatic premises, had previously admitted rape and kidnap. Everard’s murder provoked outpourings of anger from women, prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson to promise action including money for better street lighting.
Taliban fighters have seized control of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes an important border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said, as the armed group continues its rapid military advances around the country. In the last week, the Taliban has overrun areas bordering five countries – Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, China and Pakistan – as foreign forces end their 20-year intervention and the domestic security situation deteriorates.