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Great white kills champion body boarder

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A champion body boarder was killed by a great white shark Thursday off the South African coast and may have been caused by a documentary being filmed, according to Fox Sports.

David Lilienfeld, 20, was attacked by a 13-foot-long great white near Cape Town, ABC News said.

"Shark Men" a National Geographic television show that documents the capture and tagging of great white sharks for research is being blamed for Lilienfeld's death, ABC News said.

The workers of "Shark Men" had been 'chumming' the waters, or putting out bait to attract sharks so they could capture them on film, ABC News said.

After the champion body boarder's death the Cape Town environmental officials pulled the film crew's research permit, Fox Sports said.

"There is no evidence or reason to suggest that the tagging of four White Sharks ... had any role to play in the tragic events," a city statement said. "Public and media speculation linking the two unrelated activities is uninformed and misleading," according to Fox Sports.

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384 prisoners from a northern Pakistan prison escaped early Sunday morning after the compound was raided by hundreds of Taliban militants, CNN said.

21 of the escapees were high-profile militants, the attackers were planning on freeing a Taliban commander Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province where the prison is located, said, according to CNN.

"We attacked the Bannu prison and got our special members freed," Ehsanullah Ehsan, a Taliban spokesman, told Agence France-Presse, according to BBC News.

Argentina storm kills 13

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13 people were killed and 20 were injured Thursday when a storm hit Buenos Aries, state media said, according to CNN.

Winds up to 62 mph, heavy rain and hail Wednesday night caused the fatalities, CNN said.

Regional emergency management official Luciano Timerman said that one person was electrocuted and six were crushed by walls, according to Fox News.

"The winds were similar to those of a tornado," " said Diego Santilli, the city's environment minister, "The level of virulence of this storm is not normal," according to CNN.

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An actor from the Harry Potter movie series was sentenced to two years in jail for his participation in the London riots last summer, CNN said.

Jamie Waylett, 22, who played Vincent Crabbe a noted Hogwarts bully was found guilty of violent disorder, CNN said.

Waylett was seen on security cameras numerous times during riots in northern London, Fox News said.

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Filmmakers from America who run a nonprofit organization against the brutality in Africa launched a 29-minute video Monday that focuses on the work of Joseph Kony, the Star Tribune said.

This short film is part of an effort called KONY 2012 which is targeted towards the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and their leader Joseph Kony, the Star Tribune said.

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, according to Fox News.

Kony is responsible for kidnapping children and forcing them into his army which is responsible for the destruction of villages throughout Uganda, Fox News said.

A group called Invisible Children is responsible for releasing the film about Kony, their hope is to make him as famous as possible across the world and raise awareness about what is going on in Uganda, Fox News said.

The video has gained a large amount of attention through social media outlets, Ben Keesey, 28, Invisible Children's chief executive officer said that having the video go viral gives the public a way feel empowered to force change, according to the Star Tribune.

The Invisible Children organization planned on working with the issues in Uganda for a year or two, and it has turned into nine years of work. Keesey said that the KONY 2012 campaign represents that the year 2012 will be the year that all "this crazy violence can stop," according to the Star Tribune.

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An American teacher died Thursday after a disagreement between the teacher and a student lead to gunfire, according to ABC News.

18-year-old Biyar Sarwar, student of Media School in Sulaimaniya, shot his gym teacher, Jeremiah Small, 33, and then shot himself, authorities said, according to ABC News.

Small was from western Washington state, his death was confirmed by his father J. Dan Small in a facebook post that read, "Our oldest, Jeremiah, was martyred in Kurdistan this a.m.," according to ABC News.

Ahmed Mohammed, a student present at the time of the shooting, said that Sarwar was sitting in the back of the classroom and that he had paid little attention when the argument began, until he heard the gunshot and turned and saw that the American teacher was on the ground, according to Fox News.

Mayor of Sulaimaniyah, Zana Hama Saleh, declined to speculate on Sarwar's motive, Fox News said.

Argentina train crash kills 50, injures hundreds

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A commuter train killed 50 and injured hundreds Wednesday after crashing into a barrier at a Buenos Aires station, according to CNN.

676 out of the 1,500 passengers were injured along with the 50 who were killed, according to Fox News.

Transportation Secretary Juan Pablo Schiav said that authorities believed the cause of the crash was due to problems with the trains breaks, according to CNN.

Passengers said that the motorman struggled with the breaks the entire trip, platforms were overrun and one station was missed completely, according to Fox News.

A federal judge is currently leading an investigation on the accident, Fox News said.


Honduras prison fire kills unconvicted inmates

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358 inmates were burned alive by fire Tuesday night in the Comayagua Honduras prison, according to MSN.

Many of the prisoners who died were not yet charged or convicted, said MSN.

Officials said that the Comayagua's Governor, Paola Castror, received a call from an inmate who told her that he was going to burn the prison down, according to Fox News reports. She immediately alerted the fire brigade and the Red Cross, said Fox News.

Firefighters were not able to get into the prison for up to a half hour because they were held back by guards who thought there was a breakout or riot occurring, said Fox News.

Russian scientists uncovered an Antarctic freshwater lake Sunday after drilling two miles into the ice according to CNN.

Lake Vostok is roughly the size of Lake Ontario and it is believed to have been covered for 30 million years according to CNN reports.

Russian scientists hope that it may offer signs of undiscovered life on earth said CNN.

"If they were successful, their efforts will transform the way we do science in Antarctica and provide us with an entirely new view of what exists under the vast Antarctic ice sheet," John Priscu, a microbiologist with Montana State University told Fox News.

Drilling to Lake Vostok began in 1998, Russia has still not confirmed the breakthrough said Fox News.

Thousands stranded by floodwaters in Australia

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Thousands of Australian residents were evacuated to escape rising floodwaters on Sunday according to CNN reports.

Residents living in the eastern Australian state Queensland were air lifted by military helicopters and a C-130 cargo plane according to CNN.

More than 300 homes and businesses have been immerged underwater and the growing flood has taken one life. This natural disaster is the worst to come to Queensland in 60 years says CNN.

The flood has mainly hit the city of St. George, which holds around 3,800 residents according to RTE reports. Jane Sheahan, a woman from the town, was swept away and killed in her vehicle when she was trying to leave the city says CNN.

Local authorities are urging people in St. George to cooperate as they attempt to evacuate everyone from a local hospital to safe ground away from the record-breaking flood according to CNN.

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