* Montreal Nazi. Hungarian police arrest accused Nazi war criminal, Laszlo Csatary, who had spent decades evading justice.
* Rajesh Khanna Obituary. We pay tribute to the Prince Charming of Indian cinema.
* Syria Attack. An explosion today in Damascus kills at least three of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's senior officials.
* Foie Gras Duck Easy. After California bans foie gras, chefs keep the fatty livers cooking through underground "duckeasies".
Hello, I'm Helen Mann.
Good evening, I'm Jeff Douglas.
This is As It Happens.
After nearly seventy years, a reckoning. Hungarian police arrest an accused Nazi war criminal in Budapest, a man who spent decades in hiding -- most of them in Montreal.
Wounded at the core. In Damascus, a rebel bomb attack kills at least three senior aides to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Escape velocity. By implementing a rapid testing procedure, Dr. Julio Montaner says Vancouver could help put an end to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Doing the neutron dance. Inside a project designed to bring culture and choreography to scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider.
Khanna, but not forgotten. We'll look back at the life and career of a Bollywood giant: the late, great Rajesh Khanna.
And...take me to the liver. In a development that's a boon for gourmands and a bummer for ducks, a shadowy California group defies the state's ban on foie gras with secret "duckeasies".
As It Happens, the Tuesday edition. Radio that's transfixed by the life of the pâté.
For years, Laszlo Csatary lived on a quiet street in Montreal, running an art dealership in his basement. No one in the neighbourhood suspected Mr. Csatary might have a dark past.
In 1997, history almost caught up with him. That's when Canadian authorities finally confronted the Hungarian immigrant with allegations about his role during the Holocaust. Then he fled the country.
This morning, police in Budapest charged Laszlo Csatary -- who's now ninety-seven -- with war crimes, accusing him of torture at a Nazi internment camp.
Efraim Zuroff is one of those who helped hunt Mr. Csatary down. He works at the Simon Weisenthal Center. We reached him in Jerusalem.
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It's being presented as a movement that will change history and bring an end to HIV.
Today in Vancouver, Dr. Julio Montaner launched a new campaign for rapid HIV tests. The tests can yield results within thirty seconds. Dr. Montaner is the Director of BC's Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, and he says that the test is Vancouver's opportunity to be a world leader in working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The campaign begins as delegates head to Washington, DC for the International AIDS Conference, which begins on Sunday.
We reached Dr. Julio Montaner in Vancouver.
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Some of the strangest things in the universe are discussed in the hallways of the Cern research facility in Switzerland. That's where the discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle was announced earlier this month, thus ending a forty-five-year search for the answer to the question of how matter gets its mass.
Now there are other important questions that scientists want answered. For instance: "How long has there been a modern dancer crawling over my desk?"
Ariane Koek is the new head of Cern's little-known arts development program. We reached her in Geneva.
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The first superstar of Bollywood is gone.
Today, the beloved Mumbai actor Rajesh Khanna died at the age of sixty-nine.
Mr. Khanna was the quintessential romantic leading man. Handsome, vulnerable, and able to represent an Indian Everyman.
He began his acting career in the 'sixties, and with his boyish good looks, and on-screen charm, he quickly started to get attention. And in 1969, after his appearance in the romantic drama "Aradhana" -- which translates to "Worship" -- his career sky-rocketed. He became one of the biggest stars in the world's biggest movie-making city.
In the 'seventies, Rajesh Khanna starred in fifteen consecutive movies, each of which set new box-office sales records. For three decades, he was the Prince Charming of Indian film. And in the 'nineties, he switched careers and became active in Indian politics -- and was elected to Parliament as a member of the Congress Party.
While his advanced age, poor health, and alleged drug and alcohol abuse kept Mr. Khanna out of the public eye in recent years, a history of Indian cinema would not be complete without acknowledging his remarkable contributions.
As actor Anupam Kher tweeted earlier today: "Rajesh Khanna taught us how to smile. He added dignity to our concept of Romance. His songs made us forget our daily struggles of life."
From that first film that made Rajesh Khanna a star, here is a song that reminds us of a bygone Bollywood era. This is "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani".
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Some are calling this a turning point in Syria.
An explosion today at a meeting of senior government officials in Damascus has killed at least three people, including the minister of defence and President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law. There are some unconfirmed reports that the number of casualties is higher.
Thabet Salem is a Syrian journalist who works for NBC. We reached him in Damascus.
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At the Ontario legislature today, MPPs finally got a chance to question the former head of the province's scandal-riddled air ambulance service, called ORNGE.
Dr. Chris Mazza recieved a one-point-four million dollar salary for heading up ORNGE, plus more than a million dollars in bonuses and interest-free loans. And meanwhile, stories piled up about financial irregularities, the agency's hiring of his girlfriend, poorly equipped aircraft, and patients dying while they waited for service.
Health Minister Deb Mathews has blamed Dr. Mazza and his fellow executives for misleading her about the performance of the agency. In the run-up to today's testimony, she called on him to explain how he could have put his own interests ahead of the interests of Ontario patients.
Dr. Mazza denied all of that today, and when Conservative MPP Frank Klees gave him a chance, he did his best to cast himself in a more sympathetic role -- for the record.
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There's a new underground trade spreading throughout California. It doesn't involve drugs or weapons. No, this under-the-table business is about what's served above the table. Specifically, duck livers.
As of July first, the sale of foie gras is now banned in the state of California. But chefs and their restaurant patrons are finding their way around the ban.
Daniel Mallahan is a chef and one of the organizers of "Croikey!" a so-called "duckeasy" held this past weekend at an undisclosed location. People attending the event signed up via e-mail, and hours before the meal was served, they found out the location via text message. We reached Daniel Mallahan in San Francisco.
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To an outsider, it might seem that the job of the President of the United States would be gruelling. Relentless. Fraught with moral and political peril.
Well, to at least one insider, the job can be boiled down to one word: "awesome".
This week, on the Hoover Institution's program "Uncommon Knowledge", former President George W. Bush sat down to discuss life after the Oval Office with host Peter Robinson.
After a quick chat about baseball, Mr. Robinson asked, "How did you think through what you wanted to accomplish in your 'afterlife'?" Here's the former president's response.
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Maybe you bought a rainbow assortment of highlighters, and tried to clarify things by marking different passages in different colours. Or maybe you just threw the book across the room before giving up altogether.
For his part, William Faulkner agreed with the highlighter people about the opening section of his novel "The Sound and the Fury". That's the notoriously challenging part, told by Benjy Compson, a thirty-three-year-old, mentally disabled man who can't distinguish between past and present. It's full of huge, unexplained jumps to different times, as one event reminds Benjy of another.
Faulkner knew it was challenging. In a letter to his editor, he once wrote, "I wish publishing was advanced enough to use coloured ink..." He also grumbled, "I'll just have to save the idea until publishing grows up."
Well, welcome to adulthood, publishing. The Folio Society is releasing a version of "The Sound and the Fury" in fourteen different colours of ink. Each colour designates a different time period. So now, when Benjy's memory hops from the present to the past, the colour of the words will change.
It's possible that William Faulkner himself would be relieved -- because he considered "The Sound and the Fury" a "splendid failure". Here's the author himself, from the "Faulkner at Virginia Audio Archive" -- recorded during his tenure as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia in 1957. First, he responds to the question of which book he considered his best.
You can hear the tension in Claire Boucher's music -- unconventional pop that sometimes uses her voice as just another instrument in the mix. It's compelling, and surprising, and it's made her a kind of pop star already.
She performs under a stage name: Grimes. And her latest album is called "Visions". Yesterday, "Visions" made the short list for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, awarded to the best Canadian album of the year.
Here's her song "Genesis".
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