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After 6 years, prize-winning author detained on Manus Island lands in N.Z. — and vows to stay

Six years after first arriving to a detention centre on Manus Island, Kurdish-Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani is in New Zealand. He's on a temporary visitor's visa for a book festival. But Boochani says he'll never return to Manus Island if he can help it.

Book about a random Sunday in the U.S. proves 'there's no such thing as an ordinary day'

Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten has a mantra: if you've got the patience to find it, and the skill to tell it, there's a story behind everyone and everything. 

Why this photographer brought a 1940s wooden camera to the impeachment inquiry

Renowned photographer David Burnett was just one of dozens of photojournalists in the crowd at the public hearings in the U.S. presidential impeachment inquiry on Wednesday. But he stuck out, because of his World War II-era wooden camera.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Nov. 15, 2019

A Texas family was ordered take down early Christmas decorations, so they put up more

Claudia Simonis is pregnant and her baby is due Dec. 25, so she wanted to get a jump start on decorating.

Amateur wildlife photographer captures photo of rare 3-antlered deer

Steve Lindberg was walking his dog in the woods near Marquette, Mich., last weekend when he came across a deer with "a pretty nice set of antlers."

Wi-Fi is illegal in this West Virginia town, but it 'keeps creeping in' anyhow

It's illegal to use Wi-Fi in Green Bank, West Va., because the town is home to a massive observatory that requires electromagnetic silence to operate. But it's becoming difficult to enforce that law as smart technology becomes more popular.

Anti-Trump books keep 'going missing' at an Idaho library, says director

The director of the library in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, says someone has been taking books off the shelf — specifically politically progressive titles and those that criticize U.S. President Donald Trump — and stashing them where no other patrons could possibly find them.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Nov. 14, 2019

'The simple things': Program that grants small wishes to dying patients deemed a success

The 3 Wishes Project, which began in Hamilton, Ont., is successful, powerful and cost-effective, according to a new study.

The last time he protested Erdogan in D.C., he got his head kicked in — but he's doing it again

When Murat Yasa protested Turkish President Raycep Erdogan's U.S. visit in 2017, he was beaten so badly that he suffered long-term brain damage.

At a Florida university, student senators are also trying to impeach their president

Donald Trump isn't the only president in the United States facing a possible impeachment right now.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Nov. 13, 2019

Dutch government ordered to repatriate children of ISIS militants

Despite a government that's firmly opposed, the Netherlands has been ordered by a Dutch court to repatriate 56 children living in difficult circumstances in Kurdish-run camps in Syria.

Children still being placed in immigration detention 'on a regular basis': report

Jenny Jeanes with Action Réfugiés Montréal says that Canada is not 'living up to the commitment' to limit family separations and the detention or housing of minors in immigration detention centres.

Unseen for decades, elusive 'mouse deer' spotted tiptoeing through Vietnamese forest

For the first time in nearly three decades, a conservation group has sighted a tiny two-tone mouse deer, called the silver-backed chevrotain, in Vietnam.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Writer who said it's 'time to say goodbye' to Don Cherry surprised he was actually fired

When Sunaya Sapurji wrote an article titled "It's Time To Say Goodbye To Don Cherry And His Xenophobic Ways," she never thought it would actually happen.

'We have everything,' says woman who narrowly escaped Calif. fire with her baby 1 year ago

When a wildfire burned Ellen Johnson's home to the ground last year, she felt like she had lost everything in the Camp Fire. But one year later, she says she can't believe how lucky she is.

Scottish poet tells the story of a Canadian vet in post-WW II America — in verse

Robin Robertson's The Long Take: A Noir Narrative chronicles the post-war journey of a traumatized soldier from Cape Breton, losing himself in the big cities of America, in the form of an elegy.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Nov. 11, 2019

Italian senator and Holocaust survivor 'will not give up' because of threats: colleague

Holocaust survivor and Italian senator-for-life, Liliana Segre, has been given a police escort after receiving anti-Semitic messages and threats.

Canada 'like a dream' for refugee who spent 6 years in Australia's Manus Island camp

Amir Sahragard is the first of two Manus Island refugees coming to Canada through a private sponsorship by the Australian-Canadian organization Ads-Up Canada.

30 years on, East German activist recalls the 'quite unexpected' fall of the Berlin Wall

When the Berlin Wall cracked open in November, 1989, Jens Reich was not there to see it. Which is striking, because the physician and molecular biologist was a leading activist in East Germany's civil rights movement.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Nov. 8, 2019