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Jeff Flake calls Trump's tweets about congresswomen 'vile' — but he won't call them racist

A former Republican senator says calling Donald Trump racist or demanding he be impeached would just play into the president's hand.

Still no freedom for Eritrean man falsely identified as human-trafficking kingpin

Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe thought he was going to walk out of Italian prison a free man on Friday after a judge ruled he was the victim of mistaken identify. Instead he went to a detention centre.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

July 15, 2019

Chuckwagon champ Kelly Sutherland defends the sport after 3rd horse dies in Calgary Stampede

Kelly (The King) Sutherland discusses the third horse death at this year's Calgary Stampede — and why he'll still saddle up in defence of his sport anytime.

As it Happened: The Archive Edition - Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire

Roméo Dallaire witnessed the horrors of the genocide in Rwanda up close. From our archives, Dallaire speaks to As It Happens host Carol Off about his 2016 book and his struggles with PTSD.

'We're losing our identity': Why this small Irish county is fighting Sitka spruce trees

In northwestern Ireland, the small county of Leitrim says it is overrun with Sitka spruce trees, planted as part of a government initiative to fight climate change. County Coun. Justin Warnock says the trees are destroying his community.

This Mississippi reporter bowed out of Republican campaign trip over demand she bring a male chaperone

Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell says Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Foster's request that she bring a male colleague along while covering his campaign is an act of "blatant sexism."

As It Happens: Friday Edition

July 12, 2019

Canadian singer who quit drinking calls for booze-free options at music venues

Damhnait Doyle cut out alcohol a year ago and says the industry should do more to support musicians who don't drink.

Producer sets record straight on Rip Torn's wild reputation — and that time the actor broke into a bank

A former executive producer of The Larry Sanders Show pays tribute to the late actor Rip Torn — who was a force of nature, onscreen and behind the scenes.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

July 11, 2019

Ford, Trudeau gov'ts should quit 'bickering' and save Thunder Bay jobs: union president

End of the line. Bombardier announces it's laying off half the workers at its Thunder Bay train car plant, and the local union rep says that if politicians don't get their act together, the other half will be gone soon.

The Chicago Defender, an iconic black paper, hits newsstands for last time

The Chicago Defender, the century-old newspaper that tells the stories of black Americans, hit newsstands Wednesday for the last time. It will now be digital-only.

Snowball the cockatoo is blowing scientists' minds with his 14 unique dance moves

Snowball the cockatoo is changing the way we think about music, culture and human evolution with his fresh and funky dance moves.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

July 10, 2019

Canadian bioethicist calls plan to prevent deafness in gene-edited babies 'offensive'

A Russian molecular biologist says he plans to edit human embryos to prevent deafness, something Canadian ethicist Françoise Baylis says defies the international scientific community.

Public health expert calls for 'green burials' on roadsides and other unused land

Dr. John Ashton has an idea he says could address climate change and the U.K.'s shortage of cemetery space at the same time.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

July 9, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein is in 'a world of trouble' this time, says former U.S. federal prosecutor

Elie Honig says this time around, Jeffrey Epstein will probably go down for his alleged trafficking and sex abuse of underage girls.

Why this Hong Kong pop star confronted China in front of the UN Human Rights Council

A Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist asks the UN to intervene in the battle against the city's proposed extradition law — and reconsider China's membership in the Human Rights Council.

Sudanese activist says new deal gives too much power to forces behind deadly crackdown

A Sudanese pro-democracy protester says she's "cautiously optimistic" about a new power-sharing deal, and she hopes all the violence and death on the streets will not be in vain.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

July 8, 2019

Spy vs Spy cartoonist says Mad magazine will live on in the satirical art it inspired

After 67 years, Mad magazine is effectively shutting down.

Why this funk band's 1st album was released decades after the songs were recorded

After receiving a collection of thousands of tapes from a Philadelphia's well-known Sigma Sound Studios, a university puts out a debut album by the band Nat Turner Rebellion — decades after the songs were recorded.

Norway lawmaker who sexually abused asylum seekers hid behind 'do-gooder' reputation: advocate

Former cabinet minister Svein Ludvigsen has been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing three young men who were seeking asylum in Norway.