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In Chile, suspected Mapuche activists torch 16 trucks, diggers

Santiago - Sixteen trucks and diggers were torched overnight in southern Chile, police said Monday, in an area where indigenous Mapuche activists are demanding the return of their ancestral land.

German Muslim groups ask for support after mosque attacks

Berlin - Islamic groups in Germany Thursday criticised a lack of solidarity and support over a spate of attacks on Muslims and mosques carried out by right-wing extremists and "terrorist" groups.

Sweden investigates attempted arson against Jewish chapel

Stockholm - Swedish police on Monday said they are probing an attempted arson against a Jewish chapel after a similar attack against a synagogue, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Serbian court issues suspended sentences over US embassy fire

Belgrade - A Serbian court handed suspended jail sentences to four men on Tuesday for their involvement in setting fire to the US embassy in Belgrade nearly a decade ago.

Teacher who died saving kids in Brazil fire given award

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer on Sunday honored a nursery school teacher who died while rescuing children from a blaze set deliberately by a security guard, killing nine people.

Portuguese ex-firefighter jailed for starting 2016 forest fires

Lisbon - A Portuguese former firefighter has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for having started forest fires in central Portugal last year, a regional court announced Tuesday.

Portugal arsonists feed wildfire destruction

Lisbon - Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003.

Police nab fireman for arson as Italy blazes rage

Rome - A volunteer fireman has been caught setting fires in northern Italy as the drought-ravaged country struggled Friday to contain wildfire blazes.

Arson attacks on German rail tracks, police probe G20 protest link

Berlin - Several intercity rail tracks in Germany were hit by arson attacks overnight, police said Monday, in what could be protest action by left-wing extremists ahead of the G20 summit in July.

Arson attacks on German rail tracks, police probe G20 protest link

Berlin - Several intercity rail tracks in Germany were hit by arson attacks overnight, police said Monday, in what could be protest action by left-wing extremists ahead of the G20 summit in July.

Arson attacks on German rail tracks, police probe G20 protest link

Berlin - Several intercity rail tracks in Germany were hit by arson attacks overnight, police said Monday, in what could be protest action by left-wing extremists ahead of the G20 summit in July.

Arson bid hits campaign HQ of France's Le Pen

Paris - A building housing French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's campaign headquarters was hit by a arson attempt on Thursday, firefighters and police said, with only minor damage caused.

Hong Kong protester jailed over anti-China clashes

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong technician was jailed for four years and nine months on Monday for rioting and arson during anti-China protests last year, in the harshest punishment yet over the unrest.

Hong Kong protester jailed over anti-China clashes

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong technician was jailed for four years and nine months on Monday for rioting and arson during anti-China protests last year, in the harshest punishment yet over the unrest.

Hong Kong protester jailed over anti-China clashes

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong technician was jailed for four years and nine months on Monday for rioting and arson during anti-China protests last year, in the harshest punishment yet over the unrest.

Tourist critically injured in Hong Kong subway arson attack

Hong Kong - A Taiwan tourist was among three people in critical condition on Saturday after a rush hour arson attack on a Hong Kong subway train the previous night, officials said, with one man with a history of mental illness arrested for the crime.

Netanyahu says any deliberate Israel fires acts of 'terror'

Haifa - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday if proof was discovered that any of the fires across Israel were deliberately sparked they would be treated as acts of "terror.

Prisoners steal keys and riot at French prison

Poitiers - Dozens of inmates at a prison in central France escaped from their cells and rioted after stealing the keys of a warden, prison sources said.

Prisoners steal keys and riot at French prison

Poitiers - Dozens of inmates at a prison in central France escaped and rioted on Monday after stealing the keys of a warden, prison sources said.

Residents begin to return to fire-ravaged Northern California town

Lower Lake - Some residents of a small Northern California town that was nearly consumed by a wildfire that started Saturday were given the OK Wednesday to return to their properties to see what's left.

Two Alabama campers arrested over Colorado wildfire

Boulder - Two Alabama men were arrested and charged with arson Sunday afternoon in connection with a wildfire that has spread to more that 600 acres and forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people, reports the Boulder, Colorado Sheriff's Office.

China bus arsonist who killed 18 condemned to die

Bejing - A man convicted of killing 18 people when he set a public bus on fire in China has been sentenced to death, authorities said.

Dramatic rescue of man in burning car caught on video

Cupertino - A man on his way to lunch dragged a man from a parked car emitting thick black smoke moments before the vehicle burst into flames. Police suspected the man in the car was drunk.

Mexico convicts 10 officials in deadly day care fire

- Mexico convicted and sentenced 10 government officials to prison for up to 29 years over a 2009 day care fire that killed 49 children, court sources said Saturday.

Alberta volunteer firefighter facing 18 counts of arson

Mayerthorpe - The town of Mayerthorpe is reeling after a 19-year-old firefighter and son of a former mayor was charged with 18 counts of arson including one for the CN trestle bridge fire.

Fire hits home of witness to arson that killed Palestinian family

Duma - Fire on Sunday engulfed the home of a key witness to an arson attack by Jewish extremists that killed a Palestinian family last year, but he survived the blaze, police and residents said.

Fire hits home of witness to arson that killed Palestinian family

Duma - Fire on Sunday engulfed the home of a key witness to an arson attack by Jewish extremists that killed a Palestinian family last year, but he survived the blaze, police and residents said.

Fire hits home of witness to arson that killed Palestinian family

Duma - Fire on Sunday engulfed the home of a key witness to an arson attack by Jewish extremists that killed a Palestinian family last year, but he survived the blaze, police and residents said.

Police: Couple's security camera catches them committing arson

Mesa - It is far from unusual for criminals to be caught after police view security camera footage. In this case police allege a couple's own security system recorded them setting fire to the house next door.

Suspicious fire at mosque on Christmas Day

Houston - Investigators with the Houston Fire Department are investigating a possible case of arson at a mosque in southeast Houston on Christmas Day.
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Israeli firefighters help extinguish a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on November 2...
Israeli firefighters help extinguish a fire in the northern Israeli port city of Haifa on November 24, 2016
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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
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 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
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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.
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 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.
From left  Zackary Ryan Kuykendall  26  of Vinemont  Ala.; and Jimmy Andrew Suggs  28  of Vinemont  ...
From left, Zackary Ryan Kuykendall, 26, of Vinemont, Ala.; and Jimmy Andrew Suggs, 28, of Vinemont, Ala. The men have been arrested in connection with starting the Cold Springs fire.
Boulder Sheriff's Department
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.
LAFD Battles Wall of Flames from Arson Fire
LAFD Battles Wall of Flames from Arson Fire
Mike Meadows / Los Angeles Fire Department
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 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.