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Toronto man mourns 'brave' sister, among 3 killed on way home from Afghan TV station

Shahnaz Raufi Mohmand bravely pursued a career in Afghanistan's media despite the tremendous risks, her brother said. And for that, she paid the ultimate price.  

Scientists have virtually unfolded a 17th-century locked letter for the 1st time

Hundreds of years ago, letter writers would secure their secrets through the elaborate art of "letterlocking." Now, for the first time, researchers read these secrets from 17th-century Europe without physically opening the letter, using virtual reality technology.

'Beautiful' harlequin frogs bred outside Panama for the 1st time

Andrew Gray is now a proud caretaker of 23 "absolutely stunning frogs." The British scientist led the team that successfully bred critically endangered variable harlequin toads in captivity outside their country of origin for the first time.

As It Happens: Wednesday Edition

March 3, 2021

Bunny Wailer's music 'lives on in us,' says friend and collaborator Sly Dunbar

Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers, died Tuesday at a hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica, after suffering a stroke. He was 73. 

Family hopes to get citrus-squirting word 'orbisculate' into dictionary to honour father

If you've ever found yourself at a loss for words after being squirted in the eye by a fruit, Hilary Krieger has a suggestion: "orbisculate." But don't bother looking it up in the dictionary — at least not yet. 

'Things are going to be great': Whitehorse Bhangra dancer celebrates his COVID-19 vaccine

Whitehorse is the first capital city in Canada to open its vaccine clinics to people 18 and up. 

As It Happens: The Tuesday Edition

March 2, 2021

This 29-year-old cancer survivor is joining the 1st all-civilian space mission

As a little girl, Hayley Arceneaux wanted to go to space. But as a cancer survivor with a titanium prosthesis in one leg, she figured that dream was out of her reach.

Oldest man to swim ice mile says January dip in Ireland's River Shannon was 'fairly cold'

Ger Purcell thought his friend was out of his mind when he suggested that the 66-year-old Irish man should continue his longtime summer pastime of swimming outdoors into the winter months. Now he holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest male athlete to complete an ice mile.

Foot greetings and face condoms: Germans coin 1,200 new words about the pandemic

People in Germany have coined more than 1,200 new words related to life under COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the Leibniz Institute for the German Language.

Plumber drives from New Jersey to Texas with his family to help with storm repairs

A plumber and his family drove 22 hours from New Jersey to Texas to help repair people's homes after a devastating winter storm.

As It Happens: Monday Edition

March 1, 2021

Daniel Prude's brother 'outraged' that police officers won't be charged in his death

Joe Prude would like to see the Rochester, N.Y., police officers who held down his brother Daniel Prude until he stopped breathing charged with murder, and he's not done fighting for justice. On Tuesday, a grand jury ruled that the officers involved in the 41-year-old Black man's death will face no criminal charges.

Mysterious old photos of Alaska a 'beautiful gift,' says one of people pictured

Jennifer Skupin had nearly forgotten about the trove of 60-year-old photographs that she found at a Dutch flea market a decade ago until she cleaned out her cupboard. Now, she's tracked down the people pictured.

As It Happens: Friday Edition

Feb. 26, 2021

Canada promised to end solitary confinement, but a new report says it's still happening 

Federal prisons in Canada are still using solitary confinement nearly two years after the government banned the practice, a new report has found.

Why this artist animated people's weird pandemic dreams 

Early on in the pandemic, Marcie LaCerte had a familiar nightmare with a pandemic twist. That dream inspired the New York artist and her colleagues to interview 20 people in five continents about their dreams, which LaCerte has turned into an animation called Invisible Monsters and Tomato Soup.

As It Happens: Thursday Edition

Feb. 25, 2021

As Toronto cracks down on tiny shelters, a woman who lived in one says it 'felt like a home'

A woman who spent several weeks living in one of Khaleel Seivwright's tiny shelters says the city is wrong to go after him. 

Elijah McClain's father calls for justice after report finds police had no basis to stop his son

LaWayne Mosley says it's long past time for police and paramedics to be held accountable for his son's death. 

Kenyan farmers are turning crop-eating locusts into sustainable animal feed

The Bug Picture is working with communities in Kenya to harvest the insects and mill them, turning them into protein-rich animal feed and organic fertilizer for farms.

As It Happens: The Wednesday Edition

Feb. 24, 2021

Melting butter hard? Palm oil may be the culprit, says food researcher

Many Canadians have struggled melting butter to room temperature. Food scientists say the reason for firm butter may be palm oil in cow feed.

Violinist gives long-distance lessons to teenager in coronavirus lockdown

Kevin Tang was having a hard time cooped up at home in Chengdu, southwest China. His violin teacher, acclaimed violinist Anthea Kreston, assigned him difficult concerto on a tight timeline to take his mind off things.