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Tuesday 18 April 2017
Teenage girl dies in WA shark attack

A teenager was attacked by a shark in WA's south while surfing with her father on Monday afternoon. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Good morning, and welcome to the Morning Mail.

Among the stories leading our website this morning: a 17-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia. The girl was surfing with her father at Kelp Beds, near Wylie Bay in Esperance, when she was attacked and was taken to Esperance hospital in a critical condition. The girl's mother and two sisters reportedly watched it happen from the beach as the teenager was grabbed by the shark.

Keep reading for the rest of the top stories this morning, with more news from around Australia and the world.


North Korea warns 'thermonuclear war may break out at any moment'
Country's deputy UN ambassador Kim In-ryong makes declaration as Trump tells Kim Jong-un he has 'gotta behave'

Warren Entsch pleads with Tony Abbott to shut up
Veteran backbencher says the former prime minister risks being seen as a wrecker, 'hellbent on destroying an individual'

Receding glacier causes immense Canadian river to vanish in four days
First ever observed case of 'river piracy' saw the Slims river vanish as intense glacier melt suddenly diverted its flow into another watercourse

Malcolm Turnbull's myth of 'middle Australia' ignores both gender and reality
'Middle Australia' earns much less than the government would have you believe and women continue to earn much less than men

Eight-year-old boy critically injured in amusement park accident
Boy suffers head injuries after slipping from his seat on the Cha Cha ride at Rye carnival in Victoria

Australian news and politics

Government open to gas swaps to secure domestic supply
Labor and Australian Industry Group back plans to facilitate swaps that would use overseas gas to fulfil export orders

Colleagues contradict Tony Abbott's claim he was unaware of Safe Schools' rollout
Abbott says he spoke out against 'terrible program' when he became aware of it, but colleagues say the then prime minister defended it in party room

Woman in wheelchair dies after falling into Adelaide pond
Police divers retrieved the body of the Valley View woman from Veale Gardens in Adelaide's southern parklands

Malcolm Turnbull told Coalition not doing enough to avert gas crisis
Australian Industry Group says government should introduce national interest test and encourage swaps to boost supply

SA minister calls for ban on 'barbaric' horse jumps after 'senseless death'
Thoroughbred Racing SA resists pressure to end jumps racing after injured horse euthanised in front of hundreds of spectators

Tony Abbott launches new attack on Turnbull – but says PM shouldn't be replaced
In News Corp article Abbott says 'people aren't happy' with government and there is expectation that Bill Shorten 'could soon be in the Lodge'

Australia's housing market and the great intergenerational tax rort
Soaring house prices are driving young people to borrow ever greater sums of money, which is transferred straight to older people

Around the world

Turkey vote curtailed fundamental freedoms, say European observers
Constitutional referendum took place on unlevel playing field and campaigners did not have equal opportunities, say monitors

Devastation and a war that rages on: visiting the valley hit by the Moab attack
The US attack on Isis in Afghanistan means locals could return to their villages – but the scenes on the ground were grim, and the fighting is far from over

Le Pen and Macron woo Paris as French election enters final stretch
Just days before first round of voting in presidential race, polls show frontrunners not dead certs to face each other in runoff

Jamaican woman, 117, is oldest person on Earth
Violet Brown becomes oldest registered person after death of Italian Emma Morano, also 117

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines
Mud-dwelling organism that lives head down in a tusklike tube found alive for first time, although its existence had been known of for centuries

One last thing

Giant shipworm examined by scientists for first time

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in PhilippinesAbout three feet long and glistening black with a pink, fleshy appendage, it looks like the entrails of an alien from a bad horror film. In fact, it is a giant shipworm. The mud-dwelling organism that lives head down in a tusklike tube has been found alive for first time, although its existence had been known of for centuries. Have an excellent day and if you spot something I've missed, let me know on Twitter at @earleyedition.
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