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.

Go deeper: 2018 was a record year for school gun violence

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Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid

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President Trump on Saturday signed four executive actions to provide relief from economic damage sustained during the coronavirus pandemic after talks between the White House and Democratic leadership collapsed Friday afternoon.

Why it matters: Because the Constitution gives Congress the power to appropriate federal spending, Trump has limited authority to act unilaterally — and risks a legal challenge if congressional Democrats believe he has overstepped.

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Beirut residents are still clearing rubble from streets that appear war-torn, days after a blast that shocked the country and horrified the world.

Why it matters: The explosion is likely to accelerate a painful cycle Lebanon was already living through — discontent, economic distress, and emigration.