Adrienne Arsenault

Senior Correspondent

Emmy Award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault co-hosts The National. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue stories across the globe. Since joining CBC in 1991, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.

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Susan Rice's warning to Canada: Don't let Huawei work on your 5G networks

Susan Rice, the U.S. national security advisor under U.S. president Barack Obama and the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is clear about how dangerous she considers the risk of allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei to work on 5G networks in Canada.

'A serious overreaction': Ex-Canadian ambassador to Saudi Arabia breaks silence on tweet-fuelled clash

In his first, exclusive interview since being expelled from Saudi Arabia over a tweet, former Canadian ambassador Dennis Horak criticizes Canada's diplomatic efforts in the Kingdom as well as Iran.

Leaving Venezuela: How Colombia is shouldering a migration crisis

The economic disaster in Venezuela has forced many people to try their luck by heading west - to Colombia.

Mali 'far messier' than other peacekeeping missions, says Canada's defence chief

Canadians who remember the last substantial peacekeeping mission of a couple decades ago will have to brace themselves to accept that the upcoming mission in Mali is not that, says Gen. Jonathan Vance.

Canadian troops in Mali prepare for daunting, dangerous UN peacekeeping mandate

A small advance team has arrived in Mali for Canada's first substantial peacekeeping mission in nearly two decades.

'This can't be real': Survivor of Manchester concert bombing surprised with royal wedding invite

Picking out the perfect dress and hair style is a welcome distraction for a 12-year-old still coping with the horror she witnessed during the deadly attack at Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester last year.

Canadian firm AggregateIQ used to sidestep Brexit campaign spending limits, whistleblower alleges

A Canadian online advertising company widely credited for its outsized role in convincing British voters to leave the European Union was also used in an effort to sidestep Brexit campaign spending limits, according to a whistleblower.

Crowdsourced command centre co-ordinates rescue efforts in Houston

An app called Zello and a constantly updating map are helping one group of volunteers navigate the chaos of rescue efforts in Houston.

'We're going back.' Strangers help rescue people stranded by Harvey

Neighbours and perfect strangers arrived with boats of all shapes and sizes to help get Houston residents safely out of flooded neighbourhoods.

'Democracy as we know it is dead': Filipino journalists fight fake news

The bogus stories that pollute the internet in the Philippines are startling in their venom, frequency and sometimes clumsy attempts to look real, writes Adrienne Arsenault.

Few signs of Canadian investigation into Abu Sayyaf beheadings in Philippines

The Canadian government pledged to investigate the beheadings of two Canadians at the hands of Filipino militants in 2016. But during a recent trip to Manila, CBC found little evidence of a Canadian presence looking to find the killers.
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Jailed Philippine senator says she 'won't be quiet' about President Duterte

Jailed Philippine Senator Leila de Lima says she's a political prisoner. President Rodrigo Duterte says she's a drug trafficker. CBC's Adrienne Arsenault travelled to Manila for an exclusive jailhouse interview with de Lima.

Inauguration sets tone for presidency — but doesn't always go as planned

Nixon had dead pigeons, Jackson had a drunken mob. It's anyone's guess what to expect at Trump's inauguration.

Americans vow to gobble more, squabble less this Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so fighting is as expected as candied yams — especially this year. But many Americans say they have had enough of politics and will be heeding the Washington Post's advice to engage in "more gobble, less squabble."
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Veterans draw round of applause from travellers in Washington airport

The departure hub at Reagan National airport in Washington, D.C., can be a bit of a circus. But a group of 16 veterans on a visit to the city's war memorials this weekend drew recognition from passing travellers — the applause capturing the attention of CBC's Adrienne Arsenault as she returned from covering the U.S. election.