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FOI documents reveal AFP used face-matching tech to search ‘persons of interest’

With no authorisation, Australian police used an app that searches through billions of social media photos to identify people.

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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested and charged

Good morning, early birds. Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time confidante of deceased accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the FBI, and the Australian Federal Police have reportedly asked prosecutors to consider charging journalist Dan Oakes for publishing classified information concerning possible war crimes in The Afghan Files. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Secretary of the Home Affairs Department Mike Pezzullo appears before a Senate Estimates hearing at Parliament House in Canberra, on Monday, March 2, 2020. Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas.

Every man and his secretary

Good morning, early birds. Day one of Senate estimates saw revelations and accusations galore, and South Australia has proposed new laws that will make it easier to detain and quarantine people. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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News Corp’s reports on Mexican drug cartels don’t tell the full story

While there is often a core of truth in stories about Mexican drug cartels, the deeper picture is getting swept aside in News Corp's sensationalised reporting.

US House votes to formalise impeachment proceedings

Good morning, early birds. Congress will push forward with impeachment proceedings for President Donald Trump following a vote in the US House of Representatives, and the AFP pledges fewer raids and more transparency. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

When is an investigation not an investigation?

Talking to George Christensen about his travel saga was like trying to cross a semantic minefield. Here's some more of what Inq gleaned when he called us on his wedding night...

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Are Chinese triads operating in Australia? You can bet on it. 

The allegations against Crown are far from the first reports we've heard of triads operating in Australia.

Crikey Worm: Privacy concerns over Turnbull’s new security measures

PM Malcolm Turnbull will take his tough new security measures to COAG, and US police interview Las Vegas shooter's Australian girlfriend. It's the news you need to know.

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

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