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The World brings you award-winning coverage of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries, and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in US news coverage.

Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

With thousands of migrants risking their lives every week to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Europe, European leaders are urgently looking for new ways to respond to the crisis. One idea they're considering is targeting smugglers directly, by capturing or destroying their boats.

Bruce Wallace

Two years have gone by since the eight-story Rana Factory complex collapsed in the suburbs of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. But at the site of the disaster, little has changed.

You can still find clothing labels with familiar names like JC Penney and Joe Fresh in the rubble. Nothing new has been built here, and the site has not been fully cleared. For survivors it’s a painful reminder — and metaphor — of lives still in disarray, despite Western efforts to compensate the more than 2,400 people injured in the catastrophe as well as the families of the 1,134 who died.

Bradley Secker

As Armenians around the world commemorate the 100th anniversary of what's widely considered a genocide — though not in Turkey — some in Turkey are exploring their hidden Armenian roots. That includes Armen Demircian, a 54-year-old retired Turkish civil servant, who lives in the city of Diyarbakir.

Laura Trejo/UTEP News Service

When Joanne Peeples has visitors, she takes them over to the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso — not because she used to teach here but because the school doesn’t look like anything she’s ever seen. 

Though it’s close enough to see Mexico over the border and 80 percent of the student body have Mexican roots, the campus looks more like something you’d see in the Himalayas.

Southern Chile readies for a third volcano eruption

Apr 23, 2015

After sitting dormant for about half a century, the Calbuco volcano erupted outside the Chilean city of Puerto Montt.

The pictures and videos of it are pretty incredible. I've been looking at them all morning long.

Reporter who broke story wonders if botched US operation will lead to change

Apr 23, 2015
#Bring Warren Home

The reporter who broke the story of the two hostages slain in a botched US counterterrorism operation wonders if President Barack Obama's public apology will lead to change.

The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous reported the strike in January on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border came only after hundreds of hours of surveillance. Intelligence sources told Entous there was no sign of hostages at the location. Obama repeated that assertion in a news conference confirming the deaths of American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto, who had been held by Al Qaeda.

If you want to find Canada's answer to American bluegrass, head to the area known as the Ottawa Valley, which runs along the Ottawa River between eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

The valley is rich in musical history, featuring a style that uses lots of fiddle — just like you might expect to hear in Kentucky. And just as contemporary bluegrass has Alison Krauss an an ambassador, the Ottawa Valley has April Verch.

Bennett Mills is a self-proclaimed raccoon magnet.

"I’ve had them sitting in the car beside me. I've had them in my kitchen. I've had them lying on my bed," he says. "I've had them in places that I would certainly prefer not to have had." 

And, like many Torontonians, he's fed up. 

Raccoons love to root around for food in the city's garbage bins, using their finger-like front paws to open the lids and the weight of their big butts to tip the bins over.

On April 22, 1915, the world witnessed the first-ever deadly use of chemical weapons.

On that day, around 5:30 in the evening, German soldiers released 168 tons of chlorine gas in a sector of the Western Front, near the Belgian city of Ypres.

The goal was to break the stalemate that had gripped World War I's Western front of since the end of 1914, pitting the Germans against British, French and Belgian forces, all stationed in trenches stretching from the seacoast of Belgium all the way to the border with Switzerland.

Orlando de Guzman is no stranger to conflict. Born in the Philippines, he covered conflicts in Malaysia and Indonesia as a journalist. But he says nothing prepared him for what he saw when he arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to make a film.

The documentary, called "Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory," borrows its subtitle from an essay written by James Baldwin during race riots in Harlem in 1966.

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it would end its air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. On Wednesday? More airstrikes. 

Baraa Shiban, a Yemeni NGO worker living in London, says he and other Yemenis were briefly excited when the supposed halt in airstrikes was announced. But the resumption of bombings sent them scrambling back to their phones, checking to see if their relatives in Yemen had survived.

"This is not just my feeling, this is a general feeling amongst those Yemenis who now are stuck abroad," he says.

Thanks for listening to ISIS radio in English

Apr 22, 2015

"We thank our listeners for tuning in, and present the following Islamic State news bulletin for Wednesday the third of Rajab in the year of 1436 in the Prophetic Hijra..." 

ISIS, the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State, has proven itself to be a formidable military force in Syria and Iraq. But it is also a master of propaganda, although often of the most brutal kind. This month, the group has begun a new type of broadcast: radio news bulletins in English, distributed through social media. 

If hockey is Canada's religion, its cathedral is the great outdoors.

Generations of young Canadians have learned the game on ponds and homemade outdoor rinks — even hockey god Wayne Gretzky. The story goes that Gretzky's dad made a rink in the family's backyard to help his son develop the skills that would one day make him arguably the best player ever.

Courtesy of Lucy Aharish

During Israel’s Olympics-style Independence Day spectacle on Wednesday, 14 Israelis participated by lighting torches. They were all chosen in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the country. One of them was a rare breed in this nation: an Arab Israeli newscaster.

For Mohammad Jibran Nasir, a 28-year-old Pakistani lawyer turned civil rights activist, the goal is simple: Stop extremist violence.

Nasir has dedicated himself to this mission since December 2014, after a particularly bloody and savage Taliban attack left Pakistan shaken to its core.