Three men huddle around their outrigger while waiting for passengers as flood waters continue to rise due to rain and high tide Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in Navotas City, north of Manila, Philippines. 

Rebel alliance: Part I

Critical State, a weekly foreign policy newsletter from Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into how rebel groups survive when natural disasters strike.

A woman stands inside a damaged interior with blue painted walls underneath an arch and art hung loosely on the walls.

‘Our house is your house’: Locals open their homes after Beirut blast

A man in shorts and a baseball hat stands next to construction workers covered in soot.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ revisits nuclear catastrophe with a nod to climate change

A young girl looks back after getting her shoe stuck in the mud while carrying supplies

The real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than the official count

The World

Takeouts: Gulf oil spill threatens Democrat’s climate bill, listener responses

Conflict & Justice
A dog on a street destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains

Colombia mudslides kill at least 200 after rivers burst their banks


Some 5 inches of rain fell Friday night, causing rivers to overflow and sending major mudslides that destroyed parts of southern Colombia and killed as many as 200 people, with many more injured or still missing.

NYU professor studying the way humans use transportation


Transportation systems in America are incredibly hard on the environment — between cars and airplanes and the like — but a professor in New York says that doesn’t have to be the case.

Port Salut

A once-dreamy Haitian beach town picks up the pieces after Hurricane Matthew


What it means to be lucky in the aftermath of a brutal storm.

The interior of a destroyed house

Hundreds are dead in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew


And nearly two dozen more were killed on other Caribbean islands.

VIDEO: Airplane from U.S. makes belly landing in Poland after landing gear fails

A Boeing 767 from Newark, N.J., to Warsaw, Poland, had to make a crash landing Tuesday when its landing gear would not deploy. No one was injured.