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Posted November 9, 2018 9:39 p.m. EST

Melbourne Stabbing Spree Leaves Two Dead, Including Attacker

A knife-wielding man was fatally shot by the police in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday after he stabbed three people, killing one, in what authorities described as a terrorist attack. Witnesses said the man emerged from a vehicle, which then burst into flames, shortly after 4 p.m. Police said there were gas cylinders in the vehicle. The man then began to attack pedestrians on Bourke Street, a busy shopping strip in Melbourne’s city center. When officers arrived at the scene, they were confronted with the man brandishing a bloody knife. Officers shot the man in the chest and arrested him. He later died at a hospital.

Tensions Ease in Gaza, Allowing Money and Fuel to Roll In

Israel has tried to quell Gaza’s border protests through force. Now Israel is easing a blockade and allowing millions of dollars in aid to flow into Gaza and to Hamas, which controls the impoverished enclave. The aim, in a plan mediated by Egypt and with money supplied by Qatar, is to provide relief for Gaza, restore calm on the Israeli side of the border and avert another war. Watching unhappily is the Palestinian Authority, which regards any hint of cooperation between Israel and Hamas as virtually an existential crisis and, many in Israel believe, would welcome a new Gaza war.

Trump Administration to Punish Saudis in Moves That Could Stop Tougher Acts by Congress

The Trump administration is preparing to end air refueling flights for the Saudi Arabian military campaign in Yemen and impose sanctions against Saudis linked to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, current and former U.S. officials said Friday, moves that impose a limited punishment on the kingdom. The steps appear calibrated to respond to international outrage over Khashoggi’s death and to thousands of civilian deaths in the Yemen war but avoid directly punishing the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and could head off tougher congressional action.

Sri Lanka President Dissolves Parliament Amid Power Struggle

The president of Sri Lanka dissolved the country’s parliament Friday night and called for elections in January to choose new lawmakers, a move that critics said was illegal, and that deepened a 2-week-old constitutional crisis over who is the legitimate prime minister of the island nation. The move followed President Maithripala Sirisenato’s dismissal in October of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his naming as a replacement a former president who had been accused of human rights abuses, nepotism and excessively close ties to China during his tenure. No major foreign country has recognized the new government.

Justice, Italian Style: 9 Years, 13 Trials and Few Answers

Before her brother Stefano died in the prison wing of a Rome hospital on Oct. 22, 2009, Ilaria Cucchi lived what she described as a “normalissima” life. That changed after she saw her brother’s body on a morgue slab. It was immediately clear that he had been beaten after his arrest. Cucchi vowed to establish how he had been allowed to die “in solitude and indifference.” That quest has transformed Cucchi into one of Italy’s best-known and admired human rights crusaders. But still, after nine years and 13 separate trials the truth of what happened has not yet fully emerged.

A Somber World War I Memorial in London Seeks to Finally Lay the Fallen to Rest

A lawn at the Olympic Park in London has taken on the appearance of a mass graveyard, with tens of thousands of shrouded figures laid out in neat rows — one of Europe’s many commemorations of this weekend’s centennial of the end of World War I. The figures, each the size of a child’s doll, make up an art installation called “Shrouds of the Somme” that went on display Thursday, symbolizing the 72,396 British and Commonwealth servicemen who died on the Somme battlefields in France from 1916 to 1918 and who had no known graves.

Wilson Went to Paris to Bind America’s Ties to the World. Trump Is There to Loosen Them.

Fresh off a midterm election that cost his party control of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson headed to France. He brought a boatful of idealism and was greeted by more than 1 million people thronging the streets. He planned to change the world. A hundred years later, another president who just lost unilateral control on Capitol Hill headed to Paris on Friday. But President Donald Trump brought no idealism and found no rapturous crowds. He plans to upend the international order that his long-ago predecessor helped build. The spirit of 1918 has dissipated with the rise of populism and nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.