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A Philippine plane carrying military troops crashed while landing on Sunday in the Sulu province, killing at least 45 people. Another 49 people have been rescued from the wreckage, AP reports.

State of play: Eyewitnesses saw people jump off the plane before it crashed near the Jolo airport, per AP. 42 army soldiers on board died and three villagers died after being hit by the plane on the ground. The military said five soldiers remain unaccounted for.

  • Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said rescue efforts were underway.
  • It remains unclear what caused the plane to crash. Military officials "said it was unlikely that the aircraft took hostile fire," AP writes.
  • Philippine military chief of staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said "the plane missed the runway and it was trying to regain power but failed and crashed," AP notes.
    • The Jolo airport in Sulu has a shorter runway than others, so pilots can struggle to adjust if they miss their landing spot, an official told AP.

Many of the troops on board were new soldiers who has just finished basic training and were getting deployed in Sulu, AP notes.

  • "They were supposed to join us in our fight against terrorism," Sulu military commander Maj. Gen. William Gonzales said, per AP.

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Sep 1, 2021 - World

Food in Afghanistan could run out this month, UN official says

A Taliban fighter walks past shoppers along Mandawi market in Kabul on Sept. 1. Photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images

Food could run out in Afghanistan this month, a UN official said Wednesday during a daily briefing.

Why it matters: The looming food insecurity crisis is the latest challenge in Afghanistan following the Taliban's takeover and the culmination of nearly 20 years of U.S. military involvement in the region, AP notes.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.