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British PM appoints ex-judge for tower blaze inquiry

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday appointed a retired judge to lead a public inquiry into the London tower block blaze, as a funeral was held for one of at least 80 victims.

Germany evacuates apartment block over Grenfell fire fears

Berlin - German authorities on Tuesday evacuated a high-rise apartment building in the western city of Wuppertal, over fire safety fears in the wake of London's Grenfell Tower tragedy.

UK to probe widespread use of cladding after tower blaze

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday promised a "major national investigation" into exterior cladding on high-rise buildings following the deadly Grenfell Tower fire, after safety tests on 95 similar blocks recorded a 100 percent failure rate....

Spain fire near World Heritage site 'under control'

Madrid - A wildfire that threatened a nature reserve in southern Spain designated as a World Heritage site has been brought under control, officials said Tuesday after evacuating over 2,000 people including tourists.

Spain firefighters gain upper hand over blaze near nature reserve

Mazag - Spanish firefighters on Monday beat back a wildfire which threatens a renowned national park that is home to endangered species and has forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people from homes, campsites and hotels.

Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve

Madrid - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.

Pakistan marks grim Eid after oil tanker inferno kills 153

Bahawalpur - Pakistan began Eid in mourning Monday as the death toll from an oil tanker explosion rose to 153, with scores more injured after they were caught in a fireball while scooping up spilt fuel.

UK fire fears continue as 60 buildings deemed unsafe

London - The fallout from London's devastating tower block blaze continued on Sunday with the government announcing 60 high-rises have failed safety tests, as an insurance body said they had warned officials of the fire risks.

Fire licks Spanish nature reserve, 1,800 evacuated

Madrid - Hundreds of firefighters battled Sunday to contain a fire after it broke out at a nature reserve in southern Spain, prompting the evacuation of more than 1,800 people, authorities said.

The worst oil tanker fires around the world

Paris - At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in central Pakistan early Sunday when a fire erupted after crowds rushed to collect fuel from an overturned oil tanker.Here are the most serious such incidents around the world over the past decade.

139 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire

Multan - An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Pakistan Sunday, killing at least 139 people and injuring scores as crowds scavenging for fuel ignored warnings to stay clear, officials and witnesses said.

123 dead, more than 100 wounded in Pakistan oil tanker fire: official

Islamabad - At least 123 people were killed and scores injured in a fire that broke out after an oil tanker overturned in central Pakistan early Sunday and crowds rushed to collect fuel, an official said.

London tower blocks evacuated over fire fears

London - Thousands of residents from 650 London flats were evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, but dozens refused to leave their homes, according to local officials.

Five London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety fears

London - Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks' external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno.

Stunned residents turfed out of London tower blocks over fire concerns

London - Baffled and bewildered, residents of five London tower blocks were dragging their belongings through the dark streets early Saturday, having been told to pack their bags and get out due to fire safety concerns."It's totally crazy.

Scotland Yard mull manslaughter charges over Grenfell Tower blaze

London - Manslaughter charges could be filed over London's deadly tower blaze, police said Friday after finding that exterior cladding on the building had failed safety tests and that the fire started with a faulty fridge.

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

G - The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend, killing more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said, but grief and anger smouldered across the country.

Fears for thousands of tower block residents after London inferno

London - Tower blocks housing thousands of people across England are being urgently tested to check if their outer coverings pose a serious fire risk following the Grenfell Tower disaster, with nearly a dozen already testing positive for combustible material.

From village to village, delivering aid in Portugal fire zone

Pessegueiro - Claudia Borges unloads boxes of water and cereal bars from a removal truck at a fire operations centre on a mountaintop in Portugal, black smoke rising in the background.

Combustible cladding found in UK tower blocks: PM

London - Combustible cladding has been found in "a number" of publicly-owned tower blocks in Britain following emergency checks after a devastating fire in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

G - The main forest fires raging in Portugal since the weekend, which have killed more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said.

Anger simmers around burnt-out west London tower block

London - One week on from the fatal London tower block inferno, the macabre smell of the burnt-out building clings to a traumatised neighbourhood, where every conversation is peppered with indignation.

Fire chief reopens debate over cause of deadly Portugal blaze

G - A fire chief reopened the debate over Portugal's deadly forest blaze Wednesday, arguing it had a criminal origin, as hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain it.

Questions swirl over Portugal fire's 'road of death'

Castanheira De P - Portugal's N236, now dubbed the "road of death", lies charred black from the devastating fire that swept from one side of forest to the other, trapping families and couples in their cars, and firefighters who had come to the rescue.

Portugal PM demands answers as deadly forest fires still rage

Pedr - Portugal's prime minister led calls Tuesday to find out why a highway now dubbed the "road of death" -- where most of the 64 victims of a giant forest fire perished -- had not been blocked off, as questions mounted over the disaster management response...

Portugal's deadly forest fires: the victims

Lisbon - A child who died in the flames during his parents' honeymoon, a family saved by a water tank and a group of friends rescued by a generous neighbour.

Portugal forest fire: What we know

Lisbon - The huge forest fire that erupted Saturday in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured 135 more, with many trapped in their cars by the flames.

'Everything burned': Portugal fire survivors recount horror

Vila Facaia - When the fire roared into the village of Pobrais, in central Portugal, Miguel Manuel's mother called him in a panic. He rushed to help her, braving the danger of driving through flames, but it was too late by the time he arrived.

Portugal risks more and more deadly fires: experts

Paris - Highly exposed to global warming's climate-altering impacts, Portugal is likely to see more massive forest fires such as the one -- still raging -- that has killed at least 60 people this weekend, experts say.- Why Portugal, why now?

79 people presumed dead in London tower block fire

London - Seventy-nine people are dead or missing and presumed dead following a devastating blaze in a London tower block, police said Monday, as Britain held a minute's silence for the victims.
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