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Firebomb attacks on home and office of Hong Kong media tycoon

Hong Kong - Firebomb attacks early Monday on the Hong Kong home and office of pro-democracy newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai have triggered new fears over the safety of outspoken media figures in the city.

France's New Year car-burning ritual recedes

Paris - The French government on Thursday reported a 12-percent drop in the number of cars torched on New Year's Eve - a ritual among revellers in the country's high-rise suburbs.

Arson attack on Swedish mosque injures five

Stockholm - An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday injuring five people, police said, as the country grapples with a political crisis caused by the rise of the extreme right.

Sunni sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man who admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Friday for the attack that killed the imam.

Sunni tried for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Brussels - A Moroccan man admitted setting fire to a Shiite mosque in Brussels to protest the crackdown on fellow Sunnis in Syria when he went on trial Thursday for the attack that killed the imam.

West Bank home torched in suspected settler attack

Ramallah - Suspected Jewish extremists firebombed a house in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank early on Sunday, its mayor told AFP, pointing the finger of blame at local settlers.

ATM damaged in attempted theft from Caisse populaire Desjardins

They'd apparently readied a diversion, but suspects apparently hadn't considered all the logistics to ripping a bank machine Monday night from the lobby of a Pointe-aux-Trembles credit union.

Massive King fire in Northern California fully contained

Placerville - California's disastrous King fire that burned nearly 100,000 acres of mostly forested land in Northern California has been fully contained, officials said Thursday.

Local man accused of setting massive Sierra foothills fire

Placerville - Authorities still have not explained why they think a 37-year-old man Pollock Pines, Calif., man deliberately set a massive forest fire that has burned nearly 100,000 acres of timber and threatens more than 10,000 homes.

Youth started California wildfire

Los Angeles - Investigators have determined that it was a youth who intentionally started a destructive fire that tore through southern California in May, destroying dozens of homes and forcing more than 13,000 people to evacuate.

Fans stage small-scale riot after Brazil's loss to Germany

An absolutely crushing defeat by Germany led to some intense rage from Brazilian fans. So much rage that a few of them burned down some buses and looted an electronics store.

Woman charged with arson after trying to set spider on fire

A woman from Kansas is facing an arson charge after she lit a small fire with towels in order to catch a spider and kill it.

B.C. man arrested for attacking family, setting house on fire

Langley - Andre Harvey Richard, 44, was captured yesterday morning ending a manhunt that began when it was alleged he attacked his wife and stepdaughter and set the family's home on fire.

Grisly 1930's murder case re-examined

Hardingstone - A forensic team from the University of Leicester (UK) have opened an investigation to try and identify the victim of a gruesome murder case from 1930. This was the same team who, last year, identified the body of King Richard III.

More than 1,000 vehicles set ablaze on New Year's Eve in France

Every culture has its own special way of celebrating the start of a new year. In France, that celebration often includes citizens setting strangers' cars on fire.

The weirdest fires of 2013

Firefighters tackle all sorts of fires from the fairly trivial to infernos. Last year, they tackled both, and more than their fair share of weird ones.

Arson attack on UK Muslim mosque in a summer of racist hatred

Harlow - Essex police are investigating an arson attack on an Islamic centre in Harlow that may have occurred in the early hours of August 26. Members of the mosque discovered the blaze when they arrived to pray at 4am and the centre suffered limited damage.

Op-Ed: Mairead Philpott — A woman with NO appeal

London - Early last month, Mairead Philpott was given a seventeen year sentence for her role in the fire that killed her six offspring. Now, her lawyers say this is too long.

Woman gaoled for five murders

Prestatyn - Last October, Melanie Smith started a fire that killed five people. Today she was sentenced, and police have released new pictures of the fire damage.

Mass murder and alleged child murder in Wales

Machynlleth - Wales has a population of barely three million souls, but this week it has seen two of the most harrowing criminal trials in the UK this year.

Review: ‘The Derby Fire — Secrets and Lies’ Special

Derby - In May last year, six siblings were killed by a fire at their Derby home. Yesterday, their parents were convicted of their manslaughter.

Arsonists attack offices of Israeli football club

Jerusalem - The offices of Beitar Jerusalem, an Israeli football club, has had its offices burned in an alleged arson attack. No injuries were reported in the attack which, according to police, led to extensive damage to the offices.

Man sets Denny's Christmas tree on fire after long wait

San Antonio - Texas police are currently looking for a man who set fire to a Christmas tree at a Denny's restaurant. Reportedly, the man was an agitated customer who was tired of waiting.

Peaceful French seaside village plagued by serial arsonist

Larmor-baden - To look at it, no one would think it hides a dark secret but over the past year, the tranquil seaside village of Larmor-Baden, with a population of just over 800, in Brittany, western France has been plagued by no less than eight fires.

The latest from violent Britain

London - A baby boy killed by a dog, and five members of the same family killed in a deadly arson attack...not quite as bad as the Gaza Strip, but give us time.

Canadian triple murder suspect captured in Florida

Tallahassee - Justin Bresaw, wanted in Quebec after allegedly burning a house down and killing three people, has been arrested in Tallahassee after fighting a police officer and fleeing into the woods.

Video: CCTV footage of arson attack on Microsoft in Greece

Athens - Police in Athens have now released CCTV footage of the arson attack on Microsoft's office in Greece, showing the arsonists forcing entry into the building.

Op-Ed: Abominable crimes round up, Europe

A round up of some of the most notorious and terrible crimes currently in the news, mostly in the UK, from a house fire in England to mass murder in Norway.

Despicable crimes round up, UK, mid-May

Britain gave the world William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Alexander Graham Bell and Paul McCartney. And quite a few people we'd rather not talk about.

Op-Ed: Despicable crimes round up, UK

A gang of serial abusers of underage girls; the murders of two babies; and an arson attack that kills five kids are among the stories that make Britain the crime capital of Europe.
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A home on Detroit s west side became a victim of arson on Angel s Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backy...
A home on Detroit's west side became a victim of arson on Angel's Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backyard]
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith kil...
Photographs released by South Wales Police of the building where a fire started by Melanie Smith killed five members of the same family, including a 15 month old baby.
South Wales Police
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A home on Detroit s west side became a victim of arson on Angel s Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backy...
A home on Detroit's west side became a victim of arson on Angel's Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backyard]
Wayne Huntsman is shown with his lawyer before being arraigned in Superior Court on Friday. Huntsman...
Wayne Huntsman is shown with his lawyer before being arraigned in Superior Court on Friday. Huntsman was arrested and is charged with allegedly setting the King wildfire in California.
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A vacant house in Detroit falls to arson
A vacant house in Detroit falls to arson
A home on Detroit s west side became a victim of arson on Angel s Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backy...
A home on Detroit's west side became a victim of arson on Angel's Night (10/30/10) [Taken from backyard]
The burned playground in Toronto s High Park
The burned playground in Toronto's High Park
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A home on Detroit s west side became a victim of arson on Angel s Night (10/30/10) [Taken from side ...
A home on Detroit's west side became a victim of arson on Angel's Night (10/30/10) [Taken from side of house]
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A home on Detroit s west side became a victim of arson on Angel s Night (10/30/10)
A home on Detroit's west side became a victim of arson on Angel's Night (10/30/10)
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A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit s West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.