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Canada's Project Naming: Identifying the unidentified. Image copyright Alamy A photo identifying effort by Canada's national archives that started in the country's remote north is helping name indigenous Canadians in archival images - and bringing the country a step closer to reconciliation by correcting historical wrongs.

Canada's Project Naming: Identifying the unidentified

Janet Brewster did not expect to see a baby photo of her mother in a press release. But there she was, Ms Brewster was sure of it, her mother Betty's chubby arms resting on her older sister's back, eyes looking directly at the camera. "It was the eyes, eyebrows and hair that really struck me and I thought 'Oh my gosh, that has to be my mom,' because it looked so much like my youngest son," she says.

Ms Brewster emailed the image to her mother, now 69, who confirmed it was indeed her as a child, along with Ms Brewster's aunt Bella, their two brothers and a third, still unnamed, boy. Image copyright Library and Archives/Project Naming "It started with that first photograph," Ms Brewster says. Russian plane crash: First black box located in sea. Image copyright AP The flight data recorder of the Russian military airliner which crashed in the Black Sea on Sunday has been found, Russian officials say.

Russian plane crash: First black box located in sea

It is the first "black box" to be found from the Tu-154 jet, which came down with the loss of all 92 passengers and crew. The plane crashed soon after take-off from an airport near the city of Sochi. It was carrying artistes due to give a concert for Russian troops in Syria, along with journalists and military. The search for victims' bodies is continuing, with one unofficial report on Tuesday saying the remains of 16 people had been found so far. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi's Adler airport at 05:25 (02:25 GMT) on Sunday, heading for Latakia in Syria, the defence ministry said.

The flight had originated in Moscow and landed in Sochi for refuelling. The Alexandrov Ensemble had been scheduled to perform a New Year's concert at Russia's Hmeimim air base near Latakia. Overloading? Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia. An undersea earthquake off Indonesia's northern Aceh province has killed at least 52 people.

Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and many people are feared trapped under rubble. Indonesia's meteorological agency said there was no risk of a tsunami. In 2004, Aceh was devastated by a tsunami that killed more than 160,000 people in Indonesia alone.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck just offshore at 05:03 local time (22:03 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 17.2km. Images from earthquake-hit Aceh. Mourners shave heads for India's Jayalalitha. Image copyright Reuters Mourners in India have been shaving their heads as a mark of respect to the charismatic politician J Jayalalitha, who died on Monday night.

Mourners shave heads for India's Jayalalitha

Tens of thousands attended the burial of the chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The 68-year-old, a former actress, was buried near Marina beach in Chennai. Her death sparked widespread grief. Head shaving is a Hindu mourning tradition usually reserved for the death of a close relative. Mourners shave heads for India's Jayalalitha. Talk to Al Jazeera - Noam Chomsky: The responsibility of privilege. UpFront - Noam Chomsky on the war against ISIL. The Goon Show. Is the left's big new idea a 'right to be lazy'? Image copyright iStock Why are so many on the left now arguing that the state should pay everyone a universal basic income?

Is the left's big new idea a 'right to be lazy'?

Imagine this. You can sit back, relax, turn on the telly, put your feet up. And the government will pay you for it without any of that tedious job-seeking and signing on business. It sounds like a fantasy. "If you look at the history of the labour movement, the very first thing that the labour movement tried to do was to reduce the working week," says City University politics lecturer Nick Srnicek. "I think it would be an immense testament to society if we could all be lazy.

" The policy behind "the right to be lazy" is an idea called a universal basic income: a flat payment to all adults regardless of circumstances. Universal basic income It's an idea some trace back to the 18th Century revolutionary Thomas Paine. "I think the universal basic income is an admirable idea because it thinks big about our society," he says. Image copyright EPA Image copyright Getty Images.