Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat
Two men in Sweden stole priceless crown jewels from the Strangnas Cathedral in broad daylight and fled by speedboat. The stolen items include two gold crowns and an orb made for King Karl IX and Queen Kristina, dating back to the early 1600s. The church wrote on its website that the stolen items were kept “in accordance with the prevailing safety regulations in locked and alarmed displays in the cathedral.” It gave no further details. Police are searching for the thieves but so far have not found anything. No one was hurt in the burglary.
Eiffel Tower shuts down as employees strike over ticket plan
Eiffel tower workers have gone on strike due to the Eiffel tower’s new visitor access policy. Since last month, the Eiffel Tower has been allowing half of its tickets to be booked in advance for scheduled entry times. The workers say the policy is responsible for “monstrous” long lines and waiting times. The strike began Wednesday and has not specified when it would end.
Survivor says Mexico plane hit burst of hail before crash
A plane that took off in northern Mexico crashed shortly after takeoff after being hit by a strong burst of wind and hail. All 99 passengers were able to safely evacuate the plane before it caught fire. About 49 people were hospitalized with injuries, and the pilot of the plane sustained severe injuries. All are expected to live.