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Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 44

Lisbon - The death toll from forest fires that have devastated parts of central Portugal in recent days rose again on Friday to 44, following the death of one of the people injured in the blazes, authoriities said.

Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43

Lisbon - The death toll from forest fires, which ravaged swathes of land in central Portugal in recent days, has risen to 43 after the discovery of another corpse, authorities said Thursday.

Seven dead in India firework factory blast

New Delhi - An explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in eastern India killed seven workers and injured nine others in the hours before Thursday's Diwali festival, officials said.

California fire toll rises to 42

San Francisco - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 42 on Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said, as rescuers found another body.

Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires

Lisbon - Portugal's interior minister has been replaced amid criticism over the government's handling of a series of deadly forest fires that have killed more than 100 people in four months.

Radical Russian artist charged over Paris bank blaze

Paris - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner were charged on Wednesday with torching the facade of a Paris branch of France's central bank and placed in pre-trial detention, a legal source said.

Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires

Lisbon - Portugal's Interior Minister Constanca Urbano de Sousa resigned Wednesday as criticism mounts over the government's handling of a series of deadly forest fires that killed more than 100 people in four months.

Firefighters battle California blazes, search for victims

San Francisco - Body recovery teams carried out a grim search for victims of California's devastating wildfires on Monday as firefighters made progress battling blazes which have killed at least 41 people.

Spanish premier blames arsonists for deadly wildfires

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday that arsonists were to blame for most of the deadly wildfires raging in northwestern Spain which have so far killed three people and injured dozens.

Wildfires kill 34 in Portugal and Spain

Lisboa - At least 31 people have died in fires ravaging forests in northern and central Portugal over the past 24 hours, rescuers said Monday afternoon, after three people were killed in Spain in blazes sparked by arsonists and fanned by Hurricane Ophelia.

Three dead as Hurricane Ophelia fans wildfires in Spain

Madrid - Wildfires whipped by strong wind gusts spawned by Hurricane Ophelia burned across northwestern Spain on Sunday, leaving three people dead, officials said.

California fire toll rises to 40

Santa Rosa - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home.

California fire toll rises to 33, winds cause concern

San Francisco - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 33 on Friday as firefighters made some progress in containing the infernos but said intensifying winds were a concern.

Green vineyards stand out in black of California fires

Napa - Odd pockets of lush green -- grape vines, believe it or not -- stand out amid the ashen landscape left by northern California's wildfires.It turns out vines are pretty sturdy when it comes to surviving flames, and they act as a sort of fire wall.

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

Santa Rosa - The death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state's history.

Mourning loss as California fires rages on

Santa Rosa - Michael Desmond held firm to a scorched mailbox and wept as he vowed that his childhood home -- turned to cinder by wildfire -- would rise anew.

21 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

Santa Rosa - More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless.

Thousands evacuate as California wildfires kill 10

Napa - More than a dozen fast-moving wildfires tearing through through California's wine country have killed at least 10 people, destroying hundreds of homes, authorities said Monday.

Blaze at Moscow shopping centre forces 3,000 to evacuate

Moscow - Three thousand people were evacuated from a shopping centre in Moscow on Sunday after a massive fire broke out, Russia's emergency services ministry said.

Anger in Ghana after four die in fuel station fire, blasts

Accra - Ghanaians on Sunday pushed the government to improve safety at fuel stations after four people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the nation's capital, triggering explosions.

Three dead in Ghana as gas truck fire causes explosions

Accra - At least three people were killed and dozens injured after a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in Ghana's capital, Accra, triggering explosions at two fuel stations, emergency services said Sunday.

Four children perish in French housing block blaze

Strasbourg - Four children and an adult were killed when a fire engulfed a social housing block in the French city of Mulhouse on Sunday night, authorities said.

Tens of thousands evacuated from Ukraine arms depot 'sabotage' blasts

- Ukrainian authorities evacuated more than 30,000 people Wednesday from the central Vinnytsia region after a huge arms depot storing missiles caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said was a possible act of "sabotage".

Malaysia arrests suspects in deadly school fire

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian police have arrested seven suspects accused of intentionally starting a fire that killed 23 children and teachers at an Islamic school, an official said Saturday.

Two children dead, one missing in Ukraine camp fire

Kiev - A fire swept through a children's camp in Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa, killing two girls and leaving a third one missing, authorities said Saturday.

Malaysia buries victims of deadly school fire

Kuala Lumpur - Victims of a fire at an Islamic school in the Malaysian capital that killed 23 boys and teachers were buried Friday, as hundreds of mourners looked on in stunned silence.

Grenfell Tower fire inquiry promises 'answers'

London - An inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire disaster opened on Thursday with a minute's silence to remember the victims, as survivors demanded answers over the west London apartment block blaze that killed at least 80 people.

Portugal struggles to rise from the ashes of its deadliest fire

Pedr - Joaquim Godinho and his wife Edite watch with blank faces and heavy hearts as a bulldozer demolishes the charred remains of their home of nearly 30 years.

Malaysia school fire kills 23 children and teachers

Kuala Lumpur - Twenty-three people, mostly children, were killed Thursday by a blaze that tore through a Malaysian religious school, trapping them in a dormitory with metal grilles barring its windows.

25 people, mostly students, killed in Malaysia school fire

Kuala Lumpur - Twenty-five people, most of them students, were killed when a fire tore through a religious school in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, an official said.
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