In early February, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be retiring as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The announcement came as a surprise to those both inside and outside Vatican City. With extreme haste, the church moved to elect a new pope. And on March 13, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio, became Pope Francis. (Length: 14:45)
The surprising sleeper of the film season Argo went on to win the Academy Award for best picture in 2013. But there was more Canadian involvement in that story than Ben Affleck’s film revealed. In fact, without the Canadians, the rescue may never have happened. Here is the real story of Argo. (Length: 17:49)
For eight violent days in 2012, rockets and missiles were launched over the Israel-Gaza border. It was the most serious violence between Israel and Hamas in years. CBC reporters entered the zone to try and understand the viewpoints of both sides in the conflict. (Length: 17:24)
A rare combination of factors resulted in the formation of a “Superstorm” off the east coast of North America. More than 100 people were killed in the U.S. and there was billions of dollars in damage. We follow the storm’s progress as it moves towards North America and throughout its destructive wrath. (Length: 14:22)
It was seventeen months into the violent struggle in Syria, but August of 2012 was the bloodiest month of the conflict so far. An estimated five thousand people lost their lives in a civil war with no end in sight. This News in Review story follows this continuing conflict, the latest salvos from both rebels and President Bashar al-Assad and recent developments on the UN stage. (Length: 18:17)
As hundreds of moviegoers enjoyed a midnight showing of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes is alleged to have walked into the theatre and opened fire on the crowd. Twelve people were killed and nearly sixty injured. This News in Review story looks at the aftermath of the horrific incident and the issue of gun violence in the U.S. (Length: 18:15)
For 50 years the Southeast Asian country of Burma was ruled by a brutal military dictatorship. But now the generals have loosened their iron grip and democracy is slowly making a comeback. In this News in Review story we look at those democratic reforms and what they mean for the people who live there. (Length: 16:26)
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