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Viewpoint: World’s biggest ID scheme Aadhaar still poses risks

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption More than a billion Indians enrolled by giving their fingerprints and retina scans India's Supreme Court has ruled that Aadhaar - the world's largest and most controversial biometrics-based identity database - has sufficient legal grounds to exist. But the sole dissenting opinion expressed by one of the five judges holds valuable lessons, argue Ronald Abraham and Elizabeth S Bennett. More than 1.2 billion Indian
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Hang White People: French rap song suspended from YouTube

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube/Erikno Manolas A French rap music video has been suspended from YouTube for violating the company's terms of service. Nick Conrad's Hang White People called for white babies to be killed and their parents hanged. Anti-racism groups called it an incitement to violence and racial hatred, and the lyrics have sparked outrage online. The Paris prosecutor has launched an inquiry into the music video, according to French
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Supreme Court nominee says new misconduct claim ‘ridiculous’

[ad_1] Image copyright Michael Avenatti Twitter/Getty Images Image caption Julie Swetnick (L) has written a sworn testimony of Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual misconduct at parties in the 1980s US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has dismissed a third woman's accusation against him of misconduct as "ridiculous".The new claim, which is being investigated by the Senate, alleges Judge Kavanaugh committed serious sexual assault in high school.In a statement, the judge said
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Skripal suspect ‘real identity revealed’

[ad_1] Image copyright Bellingcat / PA Image caption Anatoliy Chepiga 2003 passport photo and (right) the picture of Ruslan Boshirov, released by police An investigative journalism website has published what it says is the real identity of one of the Russian intelligence officers suspected of the Salisbury nerve agent poisoning. The Bellingcat group claims the man who was named as Ruslan Boshirov is actually Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga.British officials have not
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Danish policewoman investigated for hugging niqab-wearing protester

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The officer hugged a niqab-wearing woman during a protest against Denmark's face veil ban A Danish policewoman who hugged a protester wearing the niqab is under investigation, the police complaints body has said.The unnamed officer hugged the woman at an August demonstration against Denmark's ban on wearing face veils.Members of the conservative Venstre party made the complaint, arguing the officer should not have been
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Trugo: A bizarre sport unique to Melbourne

[ad_1] Image caption John McMahon, 89, demonstrates trugo's distinctive hitting action Not many people have heard of trugo: a mix of croquet, golf, lawn bowls and the hammer. But, as James Bartlett writes, the unusual game that sprung from Melbourne's railway yards is trying to attract new fans.I'm very much a part-time member of the Yarraville Trugo club, and I haven't played an official game for them yet. I probably
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Trump accuses China of poll interference

[ad_1] China is attempting to "meddle" in the forthcoming US mid-term elections, President Donald Trump told world leaders during a UN meeting."They don't want me or us to win because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade," Mr Trump said on Wednesday."We are winning on trade, we are winning at every level," he said, without offering proof of his claim.The US congressional mid-terms are due to
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Western Australia police investigate ‘sickening’ kangaroo killings

[ad_1] Image caption The two videos of the attacks on kangaroos were shot in May and June Western Australia police are investigating footage of two kangaroos being "tortured and killed".The animals were reportedly stabbed and punched with knuckledusters in two attacks filmed in May and June. Local media say police refuse to release the footage, deeming it too graphic.Authorities released images of three men on Wednesday wanted in connection with
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Kim Wall murder: Peter Madsen loses appeal against life term

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKim Wall's death - what we know Danish inventor Peter Madsen has lost his appeal against the life sentence imposed for killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine.He was found guilty of premeditated murder and sexual assault in April, having previously admitted dismembering Ms Wall's body.However, Madsen, 47, argued a life sentence was "disproportionate".But appeals courts judges sided with the
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Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock: Bare bums stir trouble

[ad_1] Image copyright Sri Lankan police Sri Lankan police have arrested three men who were among a group who took semi-nude photos of themselves at an ancient sacred site. The young Sri Lankan men posted the images of themselves at Pidurangala Rock on Facebook.It prompted an angry reaction from people who considered them a religious insult. Similar photos were posted on Instagram by foreign travellers, who were not arrested. Image