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Affirmative action: Harvard racial admissions trial begins

A trial against Harvard University has begun in the US, and may have wide-ranging implications for universities and racial minorities. The case was brought by a group that claims Harvard’s admissions office discriminates against Asian applicants in order to boost other racial groups. Harvard disputes the claim and says race is only one small factor in their secretive student selections process. The trial is being seen as a referendum on affirmative action hiring practices. Harvard is one of the top-rated and most selective universities in the US, admitting about 1,600 freshman students out of 42,000 applicants each year. Before...

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‘It’s OK to be white’ bill defeated in Australian Senate

Australia’s Senate has narrowly defeated a motion condemning “anti-white racism”, by just three votes. Pauline Hanson, the leader of Australia’s far-right One Nation party, wanted backing for her motion which stated “it is OK to be white”. It also spoke of the “deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation”. Critics have dismissed it as another stunt by Ms Hanson, who last year hit the headlines for wearing a burka. Yet a number of ruling party politicians backed the motion. Among the 23 people who voted in favour was Australia’s first parliamentarian of black African descent, Kenyan-born...

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Himalayan storm: Climbers’ bodies removed from Nepal mountain

The bodies of nine climbers who died when a violent snowstorm destroyed their camp on a Himalayan peak in Nepal have been retrieved. The five South Koreans and four Nepali guides were found scattered across the base camp near Mount Gurja, a 7,193m high peak (23,600ft). They were found to have suffered broken bones and head wounds in Friday’s storm. The incident is the worst climbing accident to hit Nepal in two years. The crew of a rescue helicopter began retrieving the victims on Sunday, after attempts the day before were halted by strong winds. “It seems that seracs...

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Harry and Meghan arrive in Australia on first official tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived in Sydney to begin an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. It is the couple’s first official royal tour since getting married in May. The 16-day trip coincides with the fourth Invictus Games, beginning in Sydney on Saturday, and includes dozens of official events. Prince Harry and Meghan were met by a large media and security presence at the airport on Monday. They were driven to Admiralty House, the Sydney Harbour residence of Governor-General Peter Cosgrove – who is the Queen’s representative in Australia. The couple follow in...

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What rupee fall has done for tourism in India, and other south-east Asian destinations

This holiday season, tourist hotspots such as Phuket, Bali, Singapore, Istanbul and South Africa are emerging as the preferred foreign destinations for Indians due to a heavily depreciated rupee, according to four companies in the travel booking business. There is also an increase in domestic travel by Indians, and more foreigners are expected to come to India than in previous years, the companies added. After all, a dollar can now take them that much further in the country now. Thomas Cook says its domestic packages have recorded a 16% increase this Dussehra break, with destinations such as Goa, Ooty-Kodaikanal,...

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