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Rohingya refugees in Balukhali camp on January 13, 2018 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Have Fled One Crisis for Another

As the monsoon season looms, hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps at risk of an imminent cholera outbreak.

Rescue teams work amid the ruins of Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in Mexico City on Sept. 20. (Jose Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)T

The Earthquake to Come in Mexico

With a wave of corruption scandals sweeping out Latin American governments, is Mexico's next to fall?

US President Donald Trump holds the state flag of Texas outside of the Annaville Fire House after attending a briefing on Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 29, 2017.
President Donald Trump flew into storm-ravaged Texas Tuesday in a show of solidarity and leadership in the face of the deadly devastation wrought by Harvey -- as the battered US Gulf Coast braces for even more torrential rain. 
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Trump Cares More About Ideology Than the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The president’s nativism deprived Texas and Louisiana of help they need from Mexico.

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Watch Every Recorded Earthquake Around the World in the Last 15 Years (in Under 4 Minutes)

Every one of the world’s recorded earthquakes over the last 15 years turned into one terrifying animation.

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Death Toll In Haiti Spikes As Hurricane Matthews Arrives In the U.S.

President Obama tells those in harm's way to evacuate ahead of the storm.

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How Not to Be a Civilization

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

TOPSHOT - A man stands on a damaged home after a strong earthquake hit Amatrice on August 24, 2016.
Central Italy was struck by a powerful, 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours, which has killed at least three people and devastated dozens of mountain villages. Numerous buildings had collapsed in communities close to the epicenter of the quake near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria, witnesses told Italian media, with an increase in the death toll highly likely. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

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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5 Times Obama Was About to, but Didn’t, Have a Foreign-Policy ‘Katrina Moment’

Pundits love to speculate when Obama will have his "Katrina moment." So far, they've been disappointed.

Nepalese migrant workers queue to receive official documents in order to leave Nepal from the Labour department in Kathmandu on January 27, 2014.  Nearly 200 Nepali migrant workers died in Qatar in 2013, many of them from heart failure, officials said, figures that highlight the grim plight of labourers in the Gulf nation.   AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA        (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Watching Your Country Collapse from Afar

Thousands of Nepali workers in Qatar struggle to find a way to go home -- and give back -- to a country in crisis.

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An Earthquake Exposes Nepal’s Political Rot

The disaster could spur urgently needed democratization. But don't hold your breath.

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