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'They're innocent in all of this': Bring home children of ISIS fighters, aid group says

Save The Children is calling on Canada and other countries to bring home the children of alleged ISIS fighters before the Turkish military action in Syria makes it impossible.

How a Slate journalist found Mitt Romney's secret 'Pierre Delecto' Twitter account

Slate writer Ashley Feinberg explains how she figured out that a Twitter account by the name of Pierre Delecto belonged to U.S. Senator Mitt Romney.

Grandson of Holocaust survivor bears witness as former Nazi guard goes on trial

In Germany, 93-year-old Bruno Dey is on trial for being an accessory to the murders of more than 5,000 people — because when he was 17, he was a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

Oct. 21, 2019

This ant travels 108 times its body length each second by 'galloping' on hot sand

Saharan silver ants are "in a way, faster than humans and even horses," says a scientist who recorded their top speeds in the scorching Tunisian desert.

How musician Tom Wilson discovered his Indigenous identity

Hamilton, Ont., musician Tom Wilson's new memoir charts his lifelong quest to discover his true identity — and how it finally led him, in his mid-fifties, to a Mohawk reserve in Quebec.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Oct. 18, 2019

NDP candidate Tracey Ramsey on green jobs, Jagmeet Singh and the party's 'surge' in the polls

The more Canadians get to know NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, the more they love him, says the NDP's Tracey Ramsey.

'I'm not going to reconsider': Toronto's top librarian refuses to bar speaker critical of transgender rights

Toronto's public library is standing by its decision to permit a third-party event featuring a writer and activist who argues against transgender rights, despite mounting opposition from authors, politicians and the city's mayor.

After Nigerian painting fetches $1.8M, artist's son says: 'I hope it's coming back to Lagos'

A painting that sold for $1.8 million at Sotheby's on Tuesday was created to celebrate black beauty and promote peace in post-war Nigeria, says the artist's son. 

Discovery of family in Dutch farmhouse 'shocking for the whole community': local reporter

A small Dutch community is reeling after a family of seven was found living in complete isolation in a secret room inside a farmhouse for at least nine years, unbeknownst to neighbours. 

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Oct. 17, 2019

Canadian men's soccer coach says win over U.S. promises bright future

Canadian men's soccer coach John Herdman says his team's win over the U.S. not only ended a 34-year winless streak against the Americans — it ushered in a bright future for the sport in Canada.

Massive tulip scam uncovered in Dutch flower markets, says growers' association

Millions of dollars worth of old tulip bulbs are being sold to tourists at the famous Amsterdam floating flower market, with almost none of them flowering.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

Oct. 16, 2019

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.