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May 28, 2019 | Via NPR

2 Killed, at Least 17 Others Injured In Japan Mass Stabbing

At least two victims are dead, including an 11-year-old girl, and about 17 others were injured in a mass stabbing attack near Tokyo, Tuesday morning. Japanese broadcaster NHK quoted officials who said a knife-wielding man attacked a group of elementary school children as they were boarding a school bus at about 7:45 a.m. local time in the city of Kawasaki. The suspect reportedly stabbed himself in the neck before he was detained. He has since died from his injuries, according to the broadcaster. The motive for the attack is unknown.

May 28, 2019 | Via CNN

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Loses Confidence Vote

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his government have lost a no-confidence vote following a corruption scandal prompted by a secretly-filmed video. Kurz’s former coalition partners from the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) said they would support the motion of no-confidence put forward by the Socialist Party (SPÖ) on Monday afternoon. Kurz, who at 32 is one of the world’s youngest leaders, is the first Austrian chancellor since World War II to be defeated by a motion of no-confidence. President Alexander Van der Bellen must now dismiss Kurz and appoint a new caretaker government until snap elections can be held in September.

May 28, 2019 | Via Reuters

At Least 40 Inmates Strangled to Death in Amazon Prison Gang Clashes

At least 40 prisoners in Brazil were found strangled to death on Monday in four jails in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, where a fight between rival prison gangs resulted in 15 dead the day before, authorities said. A federal task force is being sent to Manaus in an effort to halt the violence. Prison clashes often spread rapidly in Brazil, where drug gangs have de facto control over nearly all jails. Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to regain control of the country’s prisons – along with building many more jails.

May 28, 2019 | Via Fox News

Deaths Rise as Nepal Issues More Permits for Mount Everest

Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said. Eleven people have died this season, the highest number since 2015. Most are believed to have suffered from altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can cause headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. This year, permits were issued to 381 people, the highest number ever, according to the government. They were accompanied by an equal number of guides from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community.

May 28, 2019 | Via BBC

European Elections 2019: Power Blocs Lose Grip on Parliament

The big centre-right and centre-left blocs in the European Parliament have lost their combined majority amid an increase in support for liberals, the Greens and nationalists. Pro-EU parties are still expected to be in a majority but the traditional blocs will need to seek new alliances. Although populist and far-right parties gained ground in some countries, they fell short of the very significant gains some had predicted. Based on current estimates, the previously dominant conservative EPP and Socialists and Democrats blocs will be unable to form a “grand coalition” in the EU parliament without support.

May 28, 2019 | Via Fox News

Trump Ending Japan Trip After Memorial Day Speech to Troops

President Donald Trump will be heading home from Japan Tuesday after stopping aboard a U.S. warship to give a Memorial Day speech to U.S. forces. Trump will land aboard on two vessels near a base in nearby Yokosuka. One is the Japanese destroyer J.S. Kaga where he’ll be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The other is the USS Wasp, a multipurpose amphibious assault ship where he’ll deliver Memorial Day remarks to the troops. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako also are expected to visit with Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

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