There are now several dozen Westerners who have gone to Syria and volunteered for Kurdish militias fighting ISIS. And while many have military experience, some are simply outraged neophytes eager to help fight the jihadi group.
Toronto was slammed with a record-setting thunderstorm this week. It unleashed flash floods that caused havoc in the Canadian city. Anchor Marco Werman gets the details from CBC reporter Laura Lynch in Toronto.
Boubacar Sadek is believed to be the last remaining master calligrapher in Mali. He fled Timbuktu with rare documents. He now makes a living in the capital Bamako. Laura Lynch reports for the CBC and The World.
Fighting is flaring around the Mali city of Gao, despite reports that rebels had ceded the territory to incoming French troops. CBC reporter Laura Lynch just returned from Gao. She tells host Marco Werman that local residents want to French to stay put.
Correspondent Laura Lynch in Mali describes the time she's just spent with a French army convoy on the road to Gao, Mali. Islamists extremists have been pushed out of Gao, but there are still dangers on the road.
As the militants melt away from cities and towns in northern Mali, there have been scenes of jubilation. People who have experienced life under the rule of Islamist fighters say it has been a harsh, violent existence.
Thousands are still without electricity in areas hit by Superstorm Sandy. Among those helping to restore power on Long Island are dozens of Canadian utility workers. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with the CBC's Laura Lynch.
Server farms house huge numbers of machines that support websites which need to be kept cool. As a result, more and more high tech companies are building data centers in the far north to take advantage of the naturally cool climate there.