May 28, 2019

2 dead, 17 injured in Japan knife attack

Forensic police investigate the crime scene in Kawasaki on May 28, 2019. Photo: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

At least 17 schoolchildren and 2 adults were stabbed in Kawasaki, Japan, on Tuesday morning outside a bus stop, the New York Times reports.

The latest: Two victims died from the attack, a 39-year-old parent and an 11-year-old girl. The attacker, described as a man in his 50s, died from a self-inflicted wound. The attack took place as the schoolchildren were waiting for a bus to a local Catholic school.

The backdrop: Knife attacks are more common in Japan than gun violence. The country bans handguns — only allowing shotguns and air rifles — and has strict gun control measures, per the BBC. Gun owners are required to take a criminal background check, mental health tests, a written exam, a full day of classes, a shooting range test, and fulfill other requirements before purchasing a gun.

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China reopens Wuhan after 10-week coronavirus lockdown

People wearing facemasks stand near Yangtze River in Wuhan. Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images

China has lifted its lockdown of Wuhan, the city in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak was first reported in December, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: As cases surged in January, China took the draconian step of sealing off the city of 11 million and shutting down its economy — a response that was viewed at the time as only possible in an authoritarian system, but which has since been adopted by governments around the world.

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Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill

Glenn Fine, acting Pentagon watchdog

President Trump on Monday replaced the Pentagon's acting Inspector General Glenn Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill passed last month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: A group of independent federal watchdogs selected Fine to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, but Fine's removal from his Pentagon job prevents him from being able to serve in that position — since the law only allows sitting inspectors general to fill the role.

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