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Australian killed by shark on Great Barrier Reef

18-year-old Australian killed by shark while spearfishing on Great Barrier Reef
The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia - An 18-year-old man was killed by a shark on Monday while spearfishing on the Great Barrier Reef off the eastern Australian tourist town of Port Douglas, police said.

It was the first fatal shark attack in Australia since September, when a 50-year-old swimmer was killed at popular Byron Bay, 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) to the south.

In the latest attack, the man from the nearby town of Mossman was mauled while fishing with friends off Rudder Reef, police said in a statement. He was pronounced dead after his friends brought him to shore by boat.

UN says death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707

UN says death toll in eastern Ukraine rises to 4,707 with many killed despite cease-fire
The Associated Press

GENEVA - The U.N. human rights office says at least 4,707 people have been killed and 10,322 wounded in the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine.

It says more than 5 million people are living in the conflict areas where they face rising hardships and some struggle to stay alive. At least 1,357 fatalities have been recorded since the much-ignored cease-fire began in early September.

Russia denies another near collision in Baltics

Russia denies its military aircraft nearly collided with passenger jet over Sweden
Lynn Berry, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia's Defence Ministry on Sunday denied Swedish claims that for the second time this year a Russian military aircraft had nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden, insisting that the two planes were never less than 70 kilometres (42 miles) apart.

Scandinavian Airlines, which was operating the commercial flight, also said the incident had been blown out of proportion and that no danger had been posed to Friday's flight from Copenhagen to Poznan, Poland.

32 dead, 76 missing in central Indonesia mudslide

Death toll reaches 32, with 76 missing, after mudslide collapses hill in central Indonesia
Bayu Sasongko, The Associated Press

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia - Rescuers pulled more bodies from the debris Sunday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud.

18 dead, 90 missing in central Indonesia mudslide

Mudslide collapses hill in central Indonesia, killing at least 18 and leaving 90 missing
Bayu Sasongko, The Associated Press

BANJARNEGARA, Indonesia - Heavy rains in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 18 villagers and left 90 others missing under piles of mud, officials said.

Residents of Jemblung village in Central Java province's Banjarnegara district said they heard a roaring sound followed by the rain of red soil that buried more than 100 houses late Friday.

Russian spacecraft turned space junk to crash soon

Stranded Russian spacecraft to crash to Earth soon, risks posed by its fiery plunge unclear
Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - A Russian spacecraft designed to burnish the nation's faded space glory in a mission to one of Mars' moons has turned into one of the heaviest, most toxic pieces of space junk ever.

It will come crashing down to Earth in just a few days.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.

Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.

Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.

Bomb kills Iranian nuclear expert

Iranian nuclear expert killed by magnetic bomb attached to his car
Ali Akbar Dareini, The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran - Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. The slayings suggest a widening covert effort to set back Iran's atomic program.

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