As It Happens

As it Happens: Wednesday Edition

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Part One

China human-rights lawyers
The Chinese government cracks down on lawyers who defend their clients on human-rights grounds. 

Old Qur'an
The leaves got left. But now, those pieces of parchment have been analyzed -- and they come from a manuscript of the Qu'ran so old the writer may have known Mohammad himself. 

Paris red light cyclists
In Paris, cyclists get the go-ahead to go ahead and ignore red lights at some intersections -- as the city yields to the realities of how bike riders roll.  

Part Two

Ice scientists
Their vessel has been called into service to help frozen-in communities -- but scientists on an Arctic research vessel were supposed to be doing research.  

Mandela painting
An art expert spots a great work of South African art hung in a London apartment, being used as a bulletin board.