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How Not to Be a Civilization

Mother Nature is using her words. Are we smart enough to heed them?

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More People Will Die in Italy’s Next Earthquake

Why are moderate quakes still killing hundreds of people in a wealthy country? Corruption and political ineptitude.

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Life After the Mud

In Indonesia, the world’s largest mud volcano has been erupting continuously for 10 years. A wealthy family's gas company may be to blame. But it’s the poor who’ve paid the price.

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Hajj Closed to Iranians After Year of Discord

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are set to keep tens of thousands from the anual pilgrimage.

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Can Justin Trudeau See the Forest Fire for the Trees?

Canada’s photogenic prime minister promises a new type of enlightened, environment-friendly leadership. But he's still hooked on dirty oil.

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Who Is Really Putting Nepal Back Together?

Half a year after Nepal's devastating earthquake, its the smaller community organizations that are helping the country rebuild, while the giants of disaster relief lag behind.

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The Deadliest Stop on the Road on Mecca

Mina, where pilgrims take part in a symbolic stoning of the devil, has been the site of a disproportionate share of hajj deaths.

Passport

Watch the Massive Explosion That Just Lit Up a Chinese City

The cause of the explosion was reportedly related to a shipment of explosives to the city's port.

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Rebuilding Nepal, from the Government Up

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in Kathmandu has opened up an opportunity for the reform the country so desperately needs.

Dispatch

The Defenders of Yarmouk

Just a few miles from downtown Damascus, pro-Assad Palestinian militias are fighting a grinding battle to the death against the Islamic State.

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