Shark kills diver
Police say a man has been killed by a shark while diving with his brother off a beach in southwest Australia. It’s the fourth fatal shark attack in the country since September, all of them off the continent’s southwest corner. Police spokeswoman Sergeant Naomi Smith said the two men were diving from a boat off Stratham Beach, about 230km south of Perth, the Western Australia state capital, when one of brothers was attacked mid-morning.
Casino workers nabbed
Two casino workers were arrested on Friday on suspicion of using hidden cameras to rig the outcome of games in a scam that netted them at least US$620,000. A maintenance manager identified only as Hwang and a staff member surnamed Kim were accused of setting up tiny video cameras at casino tables to enable crooked gambling at the Kangwon Land Casino, police said. Kangwon Land, in the eastern mountain resort of Jeongseon, is the only one of the country’s 17 casinos allowed to accept domestic gamblers. Hwang, 42, allegedly asked Kim to install the cameras on the shoes of the croupier which deal cards and helped an unidentified gambler cheat dozens of times since 2009.
No kids at Gaga show
Youths aged under 18 have been banned from attending an upcoming concert by US pop diva Lady Gaga after it was rated unsuitable for younger audiences, organizers said on Friday. Lady Gaga will begin her third concert tour, The Born This Way Ball, on April 27 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul. The show had an initial age rating of 12 and older, but the Korea Media Rating Board, a state watchdog, has adjusted it upwards, said event organizer Hyundai Card. “Our company will respect the board’s decision and refund all ticketholders younger than 18,” a Hyundai Card official said.
Abbott sorry over gaffe
Opposition leader Tony Abbott backpedaled on Friday after derogatory comments about the clothes and appearance of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. The furore began when well-known Australian feminist Germaine Greer told ABC television that Gillard wore unflattering jackets and had a “big arse.” “Every time she turns round, you’ve got that strange horizontal crease, which means they’re cut too narrow in the hips,” Greer said. “You’ve got a big arse, Julia. Just get on with it.” While meeting the public at a community forum on Thursday the issue came up and Abbott responded: “I know, I know, I know. Germaine Greer was right on that subject.” On Friday he said he regretted the remark after it was widely played on television. “It was an off-the-cuff remark responding to an observation of a member of the public and I shouldn’t have said it and I regret it,” he said.
Ship heads for west coast
The government is monitoring an unmanned Japanese ship which was swept into the ocean during last year’s tsunami, and will not allow it to wash ashore on the west coast, the government announced. “The government of Canada will ensure the vessel does not wash ashore on the Canadian coast,” Transport Canada said in a statement. However, it added it will not prevent private parties from trying to take control of the ship, which is currently drifting 1,500km north of Vancouver.
Town police chief killed
Authorities said gunmen burst into the home of a small town’s police chief and killed him in the northern state of Durango. A statement from state prosecutors said police chief Macario Parada was already wounded from a shootout and was recovering at home when the attackers struck in the town of Ocampo. Prosecutors said the assailants kidnapped police officers assigned as Parada’s bodyguards before the attack on Friday.