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Man dies in shark attack at popular tourist beach in Australia

A 55-year-old man has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia, the eighth fatality in the country this year.

Police were called to Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, at about 8.40am on Sunday.

The man was pulled from the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived. He died at the scene, police said.

Local media reports said the man was bitten on the upper thigh and hand.

The species of shark involved in the attack is not known.

Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fishing vessel was assigned to patrol the area.

The man was the eighth victim to die in a shark attack in Australia this year, the highest toll since 1929 when nine died.

The most recent previous attack in Esperance, Western Australia, occurred on 9 October when a surfer was dragged from his board by a shark, according to his companions.

His body wasn’t found despite a three-day search but his surfboard and parts of his wetsuit were located.

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Brazil: Death of man beaten by Carrefour security guards sparks protests

The funeral of a black man who died while being beaten by supermarket security guards has been held following protests that echoed those of the racial justice movement in the United States.

Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a father of four, was buried wearing a white T-shirt in a coffin draped with the flag of his favourite football team in the city of Porto Alegre.

“I just want justice,” his partner, Milena Borges Alves, told Globo news.

“That’s all. I just want them to pay for what they did to him.”

On Friday, demonstrators painted “Black lives matter” on the pavement of Paulista Avenue, one of the most famous in Sao Paulo, following a series of protests across the country, many of them at branches of the Carrefour supermarket chain.

Military police used pepper spray to disperse crowds outside a supermarket in the northeastern city of Recife.

The outrage was fed by a widely circulated video showing one guard restraining Mr Freitas as another hit him repeatedly in the face.

Another clip later showed a guard kneeling on his back in the car park of the store in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

Both of the guards have been detained and face possible homicide charges, according to police authorities.

The France-based CEO of the Carrefour supermarket group, Alexandre Bompard, said on Twitter the images were “unbearable” and vowed to go beyond the “insufficient” steps already taken by the company’s Brazil branch.

“My values and the values of Carrefour are not compatible with racism and violence,” he said.

Carrefour earlier said it would end its contract with the security company and fire the store manager who was on duty.

Black and mixed-race people account for about 57% of Brazil’s population but constitute 74% of victims of lethal violence, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety, a nongovernmental organisation.

The percentage is even higher, 79%, for those killed by police.

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Man who lured women into RV on Colfax in Lakewood is found guilty of sex crimes

A man who lured multiple women into his RV, offering a warm spot or a place to sleep, has been found guilty of sex crimes by a Jefferson County jury.

Darrell Eugene Wall, 50, was found guilty on Oct. 29 after a four-day trial, according to a district attorney’s office news release.

Wall assaulted five woman in separate attacks between June 2018 and November 2019, the DA’s office said. The jury found him guilty on two counts of sexual assault, and one count of unlawful sexual contact with force, both felony charges. He was also found guilty of two counts of unlawful sexual contact, a misdemeanor.

In October of 2019, Lakewood Police were contacted by a woman who reported that Wall sexually assaulted her, the release said. An investigation found four additional victims.

The five victims, vulnerable women who were experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, or drug and alcohol addiction, were acquainted with Wall having met him along the West Colfax corridor, according to the release.

“Wall preyed on the vulnerability of these women who were struggling to get by,” said
DA Pete Weir, in the release. “They showed great courage as they each took the stand and testified about what had happened to them, allowing us to hold Mr. Wall accountable and stop these assaults on women in the future.”

Wall is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7.

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Pet parrot saves man from house fire in Australia

A man’s pet parrot has saved him from a fire that gutted his house.

The man’s house in Brisbane, Australia, was well alight when firefighters arrived just after 2am but Anton Nguyen had escaped without injury.

Mr Nguyen said his pet parrot, named Eric, had woken him up before the smoke detectors raised the alarm.

“I heard a bang and Eric – my parrot – he started to yell so I woke up and I smelled a bit of smoke,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“I grabbed Eric, opened the door and looked to the back of the house and saw some flames.

“And so I’ve grabbed my bag and took off and bolted downstairs.

“I’m in shock but I’m fine,” he said.

“Everything’s alright so long as I have myself and the bird.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Inspector Cam Thomas said the parrot had squawked “Anton! Anton!” to alert Mr Nguyen of the danger.

“There were smoke detectors [but] the bird alerted before the smoke detectors went off.”

The fire had “pretty much well engulfed” the house, he added.

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Glendale police shoot man in pickup truck Saturday night

Glendale police officers shot a man Saturday night after they approached a pickup truck that was stopped in traffic on South Colorado Boulevard.

The incident happened in the 300 block of South Colorado Boulevard near East Alameda Avenue, on the border between Glendale and Denver but just inside Denver city limits, Denver police Cmdr. Mark Chuck said in a Saturday night briefing.

The man was “unresponsive” in a pickup truck that was stopped in the road in the northbound lanes when officers approached him, Chuck said.

As Glendale officers “made that contact, at some point, a shooting did occur,” Chuck said. He gave no details as to what led the officers to fire and said he did not know whether the man was armed.

After police fired shots, the man drove the truck backwards and struck an unmarked police vehicle that was behind the truck. He was then taken into custody and taken to a hospital for treatment. The officer who was in the unmarked police vehicle was also treated for injuries.

Chuck did not know their conditions Saturday.

Denver police are investigating the shooting, which did not involve any Denver officers.

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