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Hamburg attack

HAMBURG – A 26-year-old migrant to Germany who was supposed to leave the country went on a stabbing spree with a kitchen knife in a Hamburg supermarket on Friday, killing a 50-year-old man and leaving six others injured, police and city officials said. Passersby threw chairs and other objects at the attacker as he fled the scene, enabling plain clothes police officers to take him into custody near the store, according to police and videos posted on Twitter.

Court order

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s Ombudsman Commission has obtained an interim court order to extend the deadline for the return of election writs to Monday, to give those electorates not yet declared more time. Chief Ombudsman Michael Dick told EMTV that the Electoral Commission was given an extension this week, writs were due in on Monday but the deadline was shifted to Friday. Mr Dick said the Commission was not allowed another extension, so the Ombudsman Commission stepped in to assist the process by seeking a court order to extend the time of the return of writs to next Monday.

Envoys removed

MOSCOW – Russia on Friday ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for a new round of US sanctions, and said it was seizing two US diplomatic properties. Moscow’s decision, which had echoes of the Cold War, was announced by the Foreign Ministry a day after the US Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The legislation was in part a response to conclusions by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, and to further punish Russia for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Final push

CARACAS – Rock-throwing Venezuelans braved tear gas and rainstorms on Friday, blocking streets in protest against a legislative super-body to be elected on Sunday that critics call an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to create a dictatorship. The election of a constituent assembly has been broadly condemned by countries around the world as a weakening of democracy in a country whose economy has been crippled by recession despite its vast oil resources.

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