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Kurdish politician slain in Syria wanted to unite the country in peace, says friend

Hevrin Khalaf was "a peaceful woman" who wanted to end the crisis in Syria through dialogue, says her friend and colleague. 

Inside the Booker Prize jury room, where the indecision was unanimous

In what's being called "an explicit flouting of the rules," Booker Prize jury members decide to give the literary award to two authors: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo.

Scottish farmer drives 442 km to rescue lamb she sold for meat

Melanie MacLean knew immediately that she'd made a mistake when she sold her favourite lamb Norman.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Oct. 15, 2019

Susan Sontag's self-doubt and sexual identity explored in new biography

On the outside, Susan Sontag appeared to be a confident, effortlessly glamorous intellectual elite. But on the inside, she was wracked with uncertainly, says her biographer. 

Iowa paper successfully fights libel suit by ex-police officer — but struggles to cover costs

The Carroll Times Herald newspaper successfully fought off a libel lawsuit brought by a former police officer who they exposed for having inappropriate relationships with teenage girls. Doug Burns, the paper's co-owner and vice-president of news, has started a Go Fund Me to help cover the newspaper's legal expenses.

Chrystia Freeland on climate change, electoral reform and the Liberals' new challenges in Quebec

After four years in government, the Liberals' commitment to "sunny ways" has become a little cloudy. Chrystia Freeland tells us why her party should get a second chance now that the first impression has worn off.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Oct. 14, 2019

Michael Christie's book Greenwood tackles climate change, forestry and family dysfunction

You could categorize Michael Christie's new novel Greenwood as a sprawling work of historical fiction. But its family story is timeless — and its environmental message couldn't be more timely.

Ontario woman spends hundreds for son to meet YouTube star Blippi  — who won't be there

Dana Oliver was overjoyed when she snagged tickets to take her two-year-old son to see Blippi, the YouTube sensation for preschoolers, in Toronto. Now, she's outraged to find out Blippi will be played by someone else.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Tech law expert nearly duped by 'very, very clever' phone scam

Pieter Gunst says he wanted to share the story of a sophisticated phishing scam that very nearly took his money because he doesn't want other people to fall for the same tricks.

B.C. man, 90, saved by teens after being stranded on logging road for 3 days

Two teenagers are being hailed as heroes after saving Paul Jones, who was stranded for three days inside his car on a logging road along B.C.'s Sunshine Coast.

Staten Island artist's monument to giant octopus attack spawns a seductive legend

No one misses the 400 people who perished when a giant octopus attacked a Staten Island ferry — the same day JFK was assassinated. That's because the attack never happened — although artist Joseph Reginella convinced many people it did.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

'They are invading': Kurdish politician defiant as Turkey bombs northern Syria

Turkey launched widespread airstrikes Wednesday along their border with Syria, in a movement Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called "Operation Peace Spring." But from Salih Muslim's viewpoint, the operation has been anything but peaceful.

New distillery honours Nearest Green — the slave who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey

After Fawn Weaver read an article that named a former slave as the mastermind behind Jack Daniel's, she decided to bring his legacy to the forefront with a new whiskey and distillery that bears his name.

Why this city councillor believes Calgary doesn't need to declare a climate emergency

Edmonton and Canmore, Alta., have joined dozens of other cities nationwide in declaring emergencies at the local level. But city councillors in nearby Calgary, including Ward Sutherland, say they have no intention of following suit.

Squirrel blamed for car engine stuffed with nuts

A U.K. mechanic found hundreds of nuts clogging the engine of a client's Honda Civic.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Federal leaders' debate was 'an awesome fail' of flash over substance, says strategist

After Monday night's federal leaders' debate featuring six candidates and five moderators, all crammed into two hours, veteran journalist turned Ottawa strategist Elly Alboim tells us why the whole thing was an "awesome fail."

U.K. scientists dissected a fatberg and found, among the gunk, some false teeth

Scientists have discovered that a 63-metre-long fatberg — a mass of congealed fat, wet wipes and hygiene products — from the depths of southwest England’s sewers isn't toxic. But it tells an interesting story about the people who created it.

'It really starts to sink in': Leader of all-female plastic pollution voyage

Emily Penn just set sail with the first of 30 groups of women who will be spending the next two years touring the world's oceans, trying to solve the problem of plastic pollution and studying its effects on marine life.

'I was so surprised': Owner catches chicken sneaking into her bedroom to lay eggs

A woman in Maine discovered her six-month old chicken regularly flies the coop, sneaking into her house to lay a daily egg in her bedroom.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition