It began as just a regular Saturday shopping trip. Now, scores of visitors to a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, are dead, and dozens more are hostages, since Somali-based militants staged a coordinated attack.
Escape from Westgate. We'll reach two men who managed to flee the carnage -- one the former Somali prime minister, and the other a local politician who was very nearly shot in the head.
Contrary at the coal mine. The people of the Tahltan First Nations believe a site in a B.C. valley is sacred -- which is why they're doing everything they can to block a mining company from drilling.
Mobile home. BlackBerry is sold for 4.7 billion dollars, and the buyer says it's business-as-usual -- which is exciting for investors, but less so for the people who are set to be laid off.
Their ears were the windows to the soul. Forty years ago today, a British club started a movement by playing rare and forgotten American records -- and tonight, I'll speak to the man who helped spread "Northern Soul".
And...the toilet is willing -- but the flush is weak. Across the U.S., sewer systems are clogging up with so-called "flushable wipes" -- and their growing popularity has sewage authorities feeling pretty bummed out.
As darkness fell, fires were blazing inside the Westgate shopping complex in Nairobi.
Two days after suspected Somali militants stormed the crowded, upscale mall, Kenyan security forces said they had sealed off the building and were preparing to end the standoff.
The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least sixty-two people are confirmed dead, including two Canadians.
Ben Mulwa is one of the many people who were injured on Saturday when the attack began. We reached him earlier today at home in Nairobi.
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To the Tahltan First Nations, it's known as the "Sacred Headwaters" -- the source of three important salmon rivers. But the area in northwestern B.C. is also something else: a potentially lucrative source of coal.
For over a month, dozens of Tahltan have been camped out near a site run by Fortune Minerals, which is proposing a forty-square kilometer open-pit coal mine in the area. They've now ramped up their protest, by blocking the main gate to the mine exploration site.
Rhoda Quock speaks for the Tahltan protesters. We reached her by satellite phone at the gate of the Fortune Minerals camp near Mount Klappan.
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The "Northern Soul" music scene's motto is "Keep the Faith". And tonight, thousands of fans across the planet will be lighting a candle -- figuratively, at least --to remember the scene's most famous place of worship.
Forty years ago today, Wigan Casino, in Wigan, England held its first ever all-nighter dance party. And hundreds of dancers from Northern English working-class communities gathered to listen and dance to rare American soul music -- music that had struggled for an audience in the U.S.
Russ Winstanley founded the now-legendary Wigan Casino nights. We reached him at his home in Wigan, England.
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Within hours of the attack on a crowded Nairobi mall on Saturday, the Somali militant group al-Shabaab had claimed responsibility.
The Kenyan Interior Ministry says that at least sixty-two people were killed in the three-day standoff at the Westgate Mall.
Among the hundreds of people who were at the popular shopping complex on Saturday was Somalia's former Prime Minister.
We reached Ali Khalif Galaydh in Nairobi.
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It was an emotional end to an emotional week.
The Gathering of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded in Vancouver yesterday, with a speech and a Walk for Reconciliation through the city's downtown core. It's estimated that 70,000 people took part in the march.
Among them was Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. She delivered the keynote address before the March. Here's some of what she had to say.
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A very private act is turning into a very big public-sector mess.
Over the past few years, you might have noticed ads for pre-moistened wipes, to use instead of -- or perhaps in tandem with -- toilet paper. To cleanse yourself, after you've ... relieved yourself. They're presented as flushable, or biodegradable. But in many parts of North America, these wipes are not breaking down, and they're clogging up sewer systems -- including in New York State.
Tom Walsh is the Senior Project Coordinator at South & Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts. We reached him in Mayville, New York. That's about a 120 kilometres southwest of Buffalo.
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Poetry is not an easy way to make a buck, but Mia Anderson managed to cash in big today.
Her poem, The Antenna, has won the 20,000-dollar Montreal International Poetry Prize.
The Anglican priest and long-time actress responded to the win by describing how pleased she was, quote, "that the judge seems to have 'got' what I was trying to toss aloft."
Here is Mia Anderson reading The Antenna.
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Just thought I'd share this five-star review of "As It Happens" with you. It reads, "Best show you'll ever hear! Perfect in every way! Ignore all criticism of it, not that there is any! Oh, and the hosts are...the hosts are..."
See, that's where I bogged down. I'm not sure whether to write "superlative" or "a sheer unadulterated delight". I mean, I don't want to be immodest.
I'm kidding, obviously. I would never write a fake review of this program just to increase our audience. Nor would I pay someone else to do that. But it turns out that plenty of companies do -- and now, some are being punished for it. Today, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that 19 different companies had been fined for commissioning, or writing up, fake reviews. Those companies also agreed to knock it off.
To crack the case, officials with the Attorney General's office pretended to be the owners of a yogurt store that was suffering as a result of bad online reviews. They asked so-called "reputation-enhancement firms" to, you know, enhance the store's reputation. And then, for as little as a dollar per review, critics from all over the world posted rave reviews of the yogurt store on the sites I mentioned -- despite, of course, never having been there, because it didn't exist.
Some people found these reviews dubious. But the reputation-enhancement firms had that covered. In the words of the New York Times article, quote, "They also went on review sites that criticized their own fake-review operations and wrote fake reviews denying they wrote fake reviews." Unquote.
Apparently, the process of writing these phony positive reviews is called "astroturfing". So beware when you're trying to determine whether a five-star online review is real or not. Because sometimes the grass is greener on the other site -- but it's not real grass.
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Will they bring it back from the Rim?
Today, beleaguered Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry announced it had been sold -- provisionally, at least -- to Fairfax Financial Holdings, based in Toronto. The deal is said to be worth about four-point-seven billion dollars. And, if Fairfax CEO Prem Watsa is to be believed, Blackberry will continue to operate as it does now.
This news, however, comes on the heels of Friday's announcement of more than four thousand layoffs and a billion-dollar loss.
Sameet Kanade is a research analyst with Jacob Securities, who has followed the fortunes of Blackberry. We reached him in Toronto.
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He was once the darling of Chinese politics. But now, Bo Xilai -- a former member of the Communist Party's inner circle -- will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.
This weekend, Bo Xilai received a life sentence for bribery, corruption and abuse of power. His downfall came after his wife was investigated last year, and found guilty of the murder of British businessman, Neil Heywood.
Soon the spotlight was turned on Mr. Bo, and the suddenly out-of-favour politician was accused of abuses of power.
Some people claimed the charges were politically motivated. But others welcomed the news.
Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping investigated corruption in the Bo family for state-run media in Hong Kong. That work put him in prison. Mr. Jiang now lives in Canada. And back in April last year he spoke to Carol about Bo Xilai through an interpreter. Here is an excerpt from that interview, from our archive.
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They've been put away -- "away" being the operative word.
Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario have been protesting and holding hunger strikes over the past week. They say they've been cut off from their families and their lawyers. And they're also complaining that their living conditions are much worse in Lindsay than they were in Toronto.
The inmates were moved to Lindsay last month, which is approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto.
Guidy Mamann is an immigration lawyer who has approximately two dozen clients that have been moved to Lindsay. We reached Mr. Mamann in Toronto.
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It's one of the deadliest attacks ever on Christians in Pakistan.
On Sunday, hundreds of worshippers were gathered at the All Saints Church in the city of Peshawar when two suicide bombers blew themselves up -- killing dozens of people, and wounding many more.
Freelance journalist Shamim Mahmood -- who is a Christian himself -- was in Peshawar yesterday. We reached him earlier in Islamabad. Because of the quality of the phone line, Mr. Mahmood will speak slowly, and a warning: some details in this conversation are disturbing.
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It's not often that a knitting connection gives one a toehold in the world of space travel. But for Catherine Goykhman, it has -- and it's a dream come true.
Ms. Goykhman is a knitter in Toronto, who's originally from Sudbury, Ontario. And right now she's knitting socks for astronauts. She was recently a guest on the CBC Sudbury program Points North, where host Jason Turnbull needled her for more information on the project.