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Canadian vaccine maker says it would be closer to rollout if it had more help from Ottawa

As the European Unison threatens to limit the export COVID-19 vaccines, one company says it's time for the federal government to throw its support behind made-in-Canada alternatives. 

Muslim comedian jailed in India over jokes he didn't even tell, says friend 

A Muslim comedian in India was arrested for insulting the Hindu religion — all before he even opened his mouth to tell a joke, says his friend and manager. 

Caligula's purported pleasure garden to go on public display following decade-long excavation

Roman emperor Caligula, who ruled briefly almost 2,000 years ago, was considered a tyrant, a hedonist and even a pervert. And much of his debauchery purportedly took place at an imperial pleasure garden called Horti Lamiani. In recent years, a vast garden complex believed to be his has been painstakingly unearthed and restored.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Jan. 26, 2020

10 years after the Arab Spring, this Egyptian political activist has no regrets

Monday marks the 10th anniversary of when Egyptians first gathered en masse in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand political change.

Woman behind Bernie Sanders's viral mittens shares how they ended up on his hands

Jen Ellis of Vermont didn't know when she gave a pair of homemade brown and white mittens to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders five years ago, they would eventually become one of the defining images of President Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday. 

'Poop everywhere': Key West bans chicken feeding to rein in roaming wild birds

City leaders in Key West, Fla. are trying to pass a ban on feeding wild chickens that roam the streets. The chickens are a popular part of the city's appeal but they also leave poop everywhere, and one resident said they nip at her ankles.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Jan. 25, 2020

U.S. Democrat who wore trailblazer's pearls to inauguration 'optimistic' about future

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee says she feels like a "heavy weight" has been lifted, following the inauguration of Joe Biden.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Friday, January 22, 2021

Swedish man creates giant snow penis to say sorry for destroying smaller snow penis

Emilian Sava used a snow blower to create the 70-metre long drawing after people online objected to him brushing away a much smaller drawing on a frozen waterway in Gothenburg.

Hot dog stand owner and customer go from strangers to friends through kidney donation

It's not every day that a person feels compelled to donate a kidney, but hot dog stand owner Skully White says his decision to donate to customer Tim Hiscock was 'an incredible journey.'

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Thursday, January 21, 2020

Black prosecutor felt 'hopefulness and joy' seeing Kamala Harris become U.S. vice-president

When Kamala Harris raised her right hand and swore to serve as Vice-President of the United States on Wednesday, Runako Allsopp said it gave her a hopefulness that she hasn't had over the past four years.

Teacher in National Guard deployed for Biden inauguration teaches music remotely

Sgt. Jacob Kohut is a band teacher, and he's also in the U.S. National Guard, so when he was called up to Washington, D.C. ahead of president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday, he knew he wanted to keep teaching his students remotely.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

These climbers from Nepal just became the first to conquer K2 in winter

On Saturday a group of Nepalese climbers — led by elite mountaineer Nirmal Purja, known as Nimsdai — became the first team to overcome K2's avalanche-prone terrain and frigid temperatures in order to summit during the winter months.

Alberta mayor 'wasn't prepared' to hear of Biden's plan to cancel Keystone XL pipeline

News that U.S. president-elect Joe Biden has plants to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit surprised Doug Jones, the mayor of Oyen, Alta., a community whose population has doubled thanks to construction work on the pipeline.

As It Happens: Tuesday Edition

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Why this $20 US bill with a Del Monte banana sticker is worth $57K or more

Dustin Johnston, the vice president of currency at Heritage Auction, says a $20 US bill with a Del Monte fruit sticker on it is coveted by collectors. So far, online bidding on the bill has reached up to $57,500 US ($73,300 Cdn).

This man owns $321M in bitcoin — but he can't access it because he lost his password

Stefan Thomas is a bitcoin millionaire. Or, he would be if only he could remember his password. 

A pigeon named Joe was spared from a grisly fate because he's not American

When Kevin Celli-Bird found an emaciated pigeon in his backyard, he didn’t expect it to become a heated international story full of politics and mystery. 

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Monday, January 18, 2021

As It Happens vs. artificial intelligence: Can you tell which headlines are real?

Research scientist Janelle Shane fed real As It Happens headlines from 2020 to an AI called GPT-3, and it generated a few of its own. Can you tell which stories are real, and which ones were invented by an artificial intelligence?

Basketball helped her find her 'true self.' Now she's sharing it with other Muslim women

When Fitriya Mohamed played basketball in high school, she didn't see a lot of other Muslim girls on the court. So when she graduated from university, she decided to do something about it.