Mexico

Military convoy ambushed

The sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman were likely behind a brazen ambush on a military convoy using grenades and high-powered guns that left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded on Friday, officials said. The attack in Mexico’s northern Sinaloa state left two military vehicles completely burned out and dead soldiers scattered across a highway. It was apparently launched to free a wounded drug suspect being transported in an ambulance guarded by the convoy.

china

Death toll in landslides at 13

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead in two landslides that followed the major typhoon that hit southeastern China several days ago. Another 20 people are still missing.

Somalia

U.S. accused over airstrike

The Somali government accused U.S. forces of carrying out an airstrike earlier this week which killed 13 Somali soldiers. The Somali government on Thursday demanded an explanation from the U.S. for the airstrike, expressing concerns that American forces may have acted on a false tipoff from the rival, semi-autonomous Puntland state. The confusion over who launched the attack in the early hours of Wednesday deepened after the Pentagon denied it targeted Somali forces but said it did carry out an airstrike in the area that killed nine Islamic extremist fighters.

Jamaica

Hurricane strengthens

Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days. The center of the hurricane was projected to pass just to the east of Jamaica early Monday, but the storm was large enough that it could affect the entire island, and the first effects of the storm may be felt starting Saturday, said Evan Thompson, director of the National Meteorological Service.

Poland

Underwater cave discovered

A team of explorers say they’ve discovered that a cave in the eastern Czech Republic is the world’s deepest flooded fissure, going at least 1,325 feet deep. Polish explorer Krzysztof Starnawski, who led the team, told the Associated Press on Friday that he felt like a “Columbus of the 21th century” to have made the discovery near the Czech town of Hranice.

Compiled from wire reports