Woman shot

RIO DE JANEIRO – A popular Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman and an outspoken critic of police killings of poor residents was gunned down in what police, prosecutors and even gang leaders said looked like a political assassination.

Marielle Franco, 38, of Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL), was killed with her driver.

Bridge collapses

MIAMI – Six to 10 people were killed when a newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday.

Emergency personnel with sniffer dogs searched for signs of life amid the wreckage of concrete and twisted metal.

Migrant patrols

TUNIS – The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, signalling a renewed push to support a force struggling to patrol its own coasts.

Despite growing help from the EU and Italy, Libya’s coastguard has continued to be accused of operating recklessly during rescues.

Rape in Syria

GENEVA – Syrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities — acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, UN investigators said on Thursday.