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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

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"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 will participate by lighting torches. They were all chosen in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the country, but one torch bearer stands out from the rest: the first Arab Israeli newscaster in the country's history.

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.

The Edmonton Public Library in Alberta, Canada, is a busy and popular place — maybe a little too popular.

Librarians there recently realized lots of patrons weren't actually reading. They were sleeping. All day long.

“We did a seating sweep at a number of our Edmonton branches, and we found, over a two-week period in November, just about 500 people sleeping,” says Pilar Martinez, a deputy CEO with the Edmonton Public Library.

Would-be American presidents often have to transform themselves on the campaign trail, attempting to back away from their old opinions — or even scandals. But all of them could probably learn a thing about reinvention from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Courtesy of Ally Matthan/Facebook

Two friends from the south Indian city of Bengaluru, Ally Matthan and Anju Maudal Kadam, love wearing saris. But they both agreed that they weren't wearing the flowing, colorful wrapped clothing nearly enough.

So Matthan and Kadam decided to do something — they decided to make a pact to wear saris — probably the most well-known example of women's clothing from South Asia — twice a week, instead of always wearing more Western clothing, like jeans.

Canada's CBC is trying to move on from an embarassing incident of sexual harassment involving Jian Ghomeshi, the former host of its signature radio program, Q.

On politics and puppies, with Vladimir Putin

Apr 16, 2015

Every year, Vladimir Putin hosts an annual call-in show. It even has it's own trailer.

Vladimir Putin. Russian president. Action hero.
But don't expect him to appear in "Furious 8." The actual event would put Vin Diesel to sleep. It was four-plus hours of Putin answering, or deflecting, questions from the public.

Ibeyi means "twins" in the West African lanugage of Yoruba, and twinhood is revered and sacred among the Yoruba people. So it's no wonder that Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and her twin sister, Naomi, honored that tradition by calling their musical duo Ibeyi

Taquerias and Mexican restaurants are old hat along the California-Mexico border.

Look harder, though, and spot another type of cuisine that dates back more than 100 years — a kind of fusion from before fusion was a thing.

Most parents don’t love talking to their kids about sex. But in Thailand, that discomfort is translating into a culture of shame that’s leaving kids to figure out sex on their own, with very real ramifications.