While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, July 20 edition

Australian surfer Mick Fanning (in blue) being hugged by Kelly Slater of the US following the shark attack in South Africa's Jeffreys Bay.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning (in blue) being hugged by Kelly Slater of the US following the shark attack in South Africa's Jeffreys Bay. PHOTO: EPA

Surfing pro fights off South African shark attack on live TV

An Australian surfing champion fought back against a shark attack on live television during a competition in South Africa on Sunday, escaping from the terrifying scene without injury.

Mick Fanning, 34, was competing in the final heat of a world tour event at Jeffreys Bay in the country's Eastern Cape province when a looming black fin appeared in the water behind him.

In a churn of water and spray, Fanning could be seen battling to fend off the shark.


Father of recovering Taiwan water park fire victim commits suicide

The father of a recovering victim of last month's water park fire in Taiwan committed suicide on Saturday.

The Taipei Times reported that the 63-year-old man, surnamed Wang, had been struggling to deal with the grief over his second son's condition.

Speculation was that Wang took his life due to the stress at the sight of his son suffering more than 20 per cent burns on his body.


Former US President George HW Bush released from hospital after fall 

Former US president George H.W. Bush was discharged from hospital on Sunday having spent four days there receiving treatment for a broken bone in his neck after a fall.

The 41st American president, 91, fell at the family home in Kennebunkport in the northeastern US state of Maine on Wednesday, fracturing his C2 vertebrae.

"A very grateful President @GeorgeHWBush was discharged today from #MaineMed after four days of treatment for a fractured vertebrae," his spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted on Sunday.


US lawmakers sent Iran nuclear deal, triggering 60-day review 

The US State Department on Sunday officially transferred to American lawmakers the complex text of an Iran nuclear deal, firing the starting gun on what is set to be a bitter Congress battle.

Top US administration officials are girding for a huge fight with the Republican-controled Congress, which, while it cannot modify the terms of the historic deal, can vote to approve or disapprove the accord.

"Day One of the 60-day review period begins tomorrow, Monday, July 20," State Department spokesman John Kirby said, after revealing the bureau had "transmitted to Congress the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, its annexes and related materials."


Irish amateur Paul Dunne in joint lead at British Open 

Irish amateur Paul Dunne will take a share of the lead into the final round of the British Open after taking on and matching the best golfers in the world at St Andrews on Sunday.

The 22-year-old from Greystones, a coastal town south of Dublin, carded a 66 to stun the rest of the field and shock thousands of fans assembled at the Old Course, who wondered who he was.

The last amateur to win the Open title was the legendary Bobby Jones in 1930 when amateur players were common. These days the target is usually just to make the cut.