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Oct. 20 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stated that he has beaten cancer, though he has yet to announce the specific kind of abnormal cellular activity. Chavez, who announced his condition less than five months ago, has undergone four sessions of chemotherapy since then. Despite the president's assurance that he is healthy and prepared to run in next year's elections, medical professionals have cast doubt upon his "cancer-free" claims.
Oct. 22 – A great white shark killed a recreational diver near Perth, marking the third fatal attack off the southwest Australian coast in two months. The victim, a 32-year-old American whose identity has yet to be disclosed, was diving 500 yards beyond Rottnest Island, only 11 miles west of where authorities found the tattered swimming trunks of another victim, a 64-year-old Australian, on Oct. 10. A 15-foot shark is also believed to have bitten the legs off a 21-year-old bodyboarder on Sept. 4. The Australian state government, which reports fewer than two aquatic attacks per year, will likely use aerial surveillance along the west coast to search for the rogue shark.
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