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New Zealand man fatally attacked by shark, police open fire
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand man was attacked and killed by a great white shark on Wednesday in a rare fatal shark incident in the country, prompting police to open fire. Police said they fired shots at the shark after a man was fatally bitten at Muriwai beach located around 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Auckland, one of many beaches dotted along the North Island's west coast that are known for their wild surf.
Japanese woman, 114, recognized as world's oldest
TOKYO (Reuters) - A 114-year-old Japanese woman born the same year that radium was discovered was recognized as the world's oldest woman by Guinness World Records on Wednesday. Misao Ookawa, who was born to a clothing merchant in 1898 and now lives in the western city of Osaka, received a certificate acknowledging her status and said she was pleased.