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Extra! South Africa Celebrates 'Giant Step' For Humanity

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The Star, Sept. 11, 2015

"One Giant Step," Friday's Johannesburg-based The Starreads, celebrating the discovery of Homo naledi, a new human-like species, in a South African cave.

A team led by Kansas-born paleontologist Lee Rogers Berger (pictured here kissing a skull replica of a skull of the Homo naledi) dug up more than 1,500 bones belonging to at least 15 people in a burial chamber deep in a cave system near Johannesburg — and thousands more are still expected to be excavated, scientific journal Elifereports. The species could have lived in Africa up to 3 million years ago.

According to the researchers, this discovery could change ideas about our human ancestors.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The Star is a South African, English-language daily newspaper. It was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Johannesburg.

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The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Western governments will not be oblivious to the growing right-wing activism among the diaspora and the efforts of the BJP and Narendra Modi's government to harness that energy for political support and stave off criticism of India.

The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 9

Sushil Aaron

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NEW DELHI — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Narendra Modi’s exuberant post-G20 atmospherics to a halt by alleging in parliament that agents of the Indian government were involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian national, in June this year.

“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. The Canadian foreign ministry subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, who was identified as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. [On Thursday, India retaliated through its visa processing center in Canada, which suspended services until further notice over “operational reasons.”]

Trudeau’s announcement was immediately picked up by the international media and generated quite a ripple across social media. This is big because the Canadians have accused the Indian government – not any private vigilante group or organisation – of murder in a foreign land.

Trudeau and Canadian state services seem to have taken this as seriously as the UK did when the Russian émigré Alexander Litvinenko was killed, allegedly on orders of the Kremlin. It is extraordinarily rare for a Western democracy to expel a diplomat from another democracy on these grounds.

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