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Hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdish region kills 19

- A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed 19 people and injured dozens more on Friday, officials said.

Moscow factory fire 'kills 12'

Moscow - At least 12 people, including three children, perished in a fire in a Moscow factory that caused the roof to collapse, Russian authorities said on Sunday.

Two Northern California wildfires caused $1 billion in damage

San Francisco - Insurers expect to pay out $1 billion in losses to California property owners from the Valley and Butte fires in September that killed six people and damaged more than 2,500 structures.

Paris's famed Ritz hotel to reopen in June after fire

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will reopen in June after major renovations, three months behind schedule because of a fire on its top floor earlier this month, a spokesman said Friday.

Eurostar passengers stuck on train for eight hours after fire

Lille - Around 700 passengers on a Eurostar train from London to Paris were stuck in northern France for eight hours after a fire on board, the company said Monday.

Major fire at Paris' famed Ritz hotel, no casualties

Paris - A major fire broke out at the landmark Paris Ritz hotel, which is closed for renovations, the fire service said Tuesday.The blaze is on the "top floor of the building and the roof", a fire service spokesman said.

Sweden launches probe into mosque arson bid

Stockholm - Swedish police said Sunday they have launched an investigation into possible arson after a fire at a mosque in the southwest of the country."At this time it is unclear how the fire started.

Sao Paolo toxic cloud leaves 100 people ill

S - A fire at a warehouse where various compounds were being stored created a noxious cloud that sickened some 100 people outside Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

Woman who set deadly Paris hotel fire avoids jail

Paris - A French woman convicted of causing a hotel fire that killed 24 people including 11 children walked free on Tuesday after an appeals court reduced her sentence.

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

Perth - Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

Perth - Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

Losses mount from west Australian bushfire

Perth - The number of homes lost in a bushfire in Western Australia rose on Saturday to 121, as officials admitted the emergency was not yet over with three people still unaccounted for.

Dubai probes cause of massive New Year's Eve hotel fire

Dubai - Smoke was still rising from a 63-storey luxury hotel in Dubai on Friday as authorities worked to determine the cause of a spectacular fire that engulfed the building on New Year's Eve.

Man survives Dubai fire after hanging from balcony

Dubai - Grasping the edge of a balcony 48 stories from the ground, just metres away from a raging fire, the photographer thought he may not live to see 2016.

All residents evacuated from Dubai hotel fire: police chief

Dubai - A huge fire ripped through a luxury Dubai hotel on Thursday near the world's tallest tower, where people were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations, authorities said.

Week-long Spanish wildfires extinguished as rain comes to rescue

Madrid - After a week-long battle against more than 200 wildfires that ravaged northern Spain, local authorities and rescue services announced Tuesday that long-awaited rainfall had helped extinguish the blazes.

Firefighters battle more than 130 wildfires in northern Spain

Madrid - Amid unseasonably warm weather, firefighters battled more than 130 wind-fuelled wildfires in northern Spain on Monday which officials suspect were deliberately set.

Spain deploys aircraft to battle wildfires

Madrid - Spain on Sunday deployed three water-dropping planes to battle wildfires raging in remote regions in northern and central Spain amid unseasonably warm weather, the government said.

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.

Saudi hospital fire 'kills at least 25'

Riyadh - A fire ripped through a hospital in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, killing at least 25 people and injuring 107, the authorities said.

Spain pilot fighting wildfires dies in helicopter crash

Madrid - A helicopter battling a fire in northern Spain crashed on Wednesday, killing the pilot, emergency services said.

Fire rips through Portuguese language museum in Brazil

S - A large fire tore through the Museum of the Portuguese Language in Sao Paulo Monday, partly destroying the historic building but apparently claiming no victims, Brazilian authorities said.

Spanish firefighters battle a hundred wildfires in Asturias

Madrid - Spanish firefighters were battling around 100 wildfires in the northwestern Asturias region on Sunday, where flames fed by strong winds forced the closure of roads and a rail line, officials said.

Popular EE Power Bar portable chargers recalled due to fire risk

UK mobile network EE's decision this year to give all its customers a free portable charger went down exceptionally well, shifting 1 million units in four days. EE has now announced it wants every Power Bar back though because they pose a fire risk.

Russian psychiatric hospital fire kills 23

Moscow - Twenty-three patients, most of them elderly, died when a fire ripped through a psychiatric hospital in southern Russia Saturday night, in the latest tragedy to hit the country's mental health infrastructure.

Suspected arson attack on California mosque

Los Angeles - Authorities were investigating a case of suspected arson after a blaze broke out at a California mosque, officials said, a week after a Muslim couple shot dead 14 people in the US state.

Fire destroys 1,000 slum homes in India's Mumbai

Mumbai - A massive fire sparked by a series of gas cylinder explosions swept through a packed slum in India's Mumbai on Monday, killing at least one person and destroying around 1,000 homes, officials said.

Inmates flee, thousands homeless in Manila slum blaze

Manila - A huge fire forced hundreds of Philippine inmates out of their cells and razed a sprawling shantytown near a Manila prison Friday, leaving thousands of residents homeless, authorities said.

Fire kills 18 migrants at Algeria camp

Alger - A fire sparked by an electrical fault killed 18 African migrants and injured 43 others Tuesday at a camp in Algeria, emergency services and the Red Crescent said.

Teen's death pushes Romania nightclub fire toll to 60

Bucharest - The death toll in the nightclub blaze that toppled Romania's government late last month rose to 60 on Sunday, following the death of a teenaged student in an Austrian hospital, medical sources said.
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