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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.

Fire-hit Greece calls off EU help as PM says conditions improve

Atenas - Greece on Wednesday called off a request for European assistance in battling wildfires as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said firefighters had gained the upper hand in halting a destructive blaze near Athens after three days.

Hundreds join silent London march for fire victims

London - Hundreds of people marched silently on Monday through the west London neighbourhood where a devastating fire in June left at least 80 people dead.

Large wildfire raging near coastal Athens homes

Atenas - A wildfire was raging Monday on the coastal front of Athens, officials said, with summer homes under threat and a local village evacuated.

Spain sends help to battle Portugal's wildfires

Lisbon - Spanish firefighters and water-dumping aircraft have bolstered Portuguese efforts to gain control of forest fires raging in the centre of the country, the European Commission said Monday.

Portuguese firefighters gain upper hand against wildfires

Lisboa - Firefighters aided by calmer winds were gaining control of wildfires raging across drought-hit Portugal on Thursday but warned the fire danger remained high in the coming days.

Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

Lisboa - Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday, officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes.

Hundreds flee as fire rages in southern France

Paris - A forest fire raged in parched southern France on Thursday, forcing 400 campers and residents to flee, firefighters said.

Fire erupts in Dubai residential highrise

Dibai - A fire erupted in a residential highrise in Dubai Sunday, authorities said, days after a blaze tore through a tower across the street.

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Dibai - Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in the glitzy Gulf city state of Dubai early on Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years.

Fire breaks out near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market

Toukyo - A fire broke out on Thursday just outside Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market -- the world's biggest -- with flames and thick grey smoke spewing out of old wooden buildings.

Europe's biggest oil refinery shut for two more weeks

Den Haag - Europe's biggest oil refinery will remain shut for another couple of weeks after a power station on the site was hit by a huge fire, oil giant Shell said Tuesday.

Sri Lankan crew averts mid-air fire caused by phone

Colombo - Crew on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane carrying 202 passengers have extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a mobile phone battery in an overhead locker, the carrier said Monday.

Police consider manslaughter charges over London tower blaze

London - British police said there may be "reasonable grounds" for bringing corporate manslaughter charges over the Grenfell Tower fire disasterm as loved ones of victims gathered for a service on Thursday.

Fires in southern France 'under control'

Marseille - Huge fires that forced mass evacuations of residents and holidaymakers in southern France were "under control" early Thursday, firefighters said, although they warned new blazes were still starting.

Portugal battles raging forest fires

Vila De Rei - Forest fires raged in the early hours of Thursday in central Portugal, cutting off roads and forcing thousands to flee just a month after deadly blazes left more than 60 people dead.

Locals join firefighters battling French blazes

Bormes-les-mimosas - Local residents joined firefighters in southern France Wednesday to battle blazes that have forced over 10,000 people to flee and left chunks of coastal forest a blackened mess.

France battles raging fires on Cote d'Azur

Marseille - Thousands of firefighters battled forest fires in large areas of southeast France Tuesday, with one "extremely virulent" inferno raging near the jetset resort of Saint-Tropez, emergency services said.

Hundreds battle wild fires across southern France

Bastia - Hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes across southern France on Monday, with one inferno spreading across 900 hectares of forest and threatening homes on the island of Corsica, emergency services said.

Wild fire threatens homes on France's Corsica

Bastia - Dozens of firefighters were battling a blaze on the French island of Corsica on Monday that has spread across 900 hectares of forest and was threatening homes, emergency services said.

New blazes break out in fire-ravaged central Portugal

Lisbon - More than 2,000 firefighters were battling forest fires that broke out on Sunday in central Portugal, which was hit by deadly blazes last month.

London fire survivors heckle authorities at tense meeting

London - Survivors of last month's deadly tower block inferno in London packed a tense meeting Wednesday and heckled the new leader of the local authority that has been attacked for its handling of the disaster.

Canada announces aid for evacuees as fires continue to blaze

Kamloops - As forest fires raged Wednesday in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster.

No respite for tens of thousands of Canadians fleeing wildfires

Montr - Tens of thousands of people who fled wildfires in western Canada were unable to return home Tuesday as the massive blazes raged on.

Three dead as blaze tears through Hawaii high-rise

Honolulu - At least three people were killed and a dozen injured Friday when a massive fire tore through a 36-story apartment complex in Honolulu, local media reported.

14 injured in Moscow shopping centre blaze

Moscow - A huge fire broke out at a Moscow shopping centre Monday, injuring 14 people, and involving more than 200 firefighters and 60 trucks to put out.

Sopranos actor kicks off Nepal fire truck expedition

Kathmandu - Sopranos star Michael Imperioli kicked off an expedition Monday that will see a motley crew of celebrities drive 10 fire trucks on Nepal's hair-raising roads for charity.

Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Los Angeles - Wildfires roared Sunday across much of California, forcing thousands to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat and flames menaced thousands of structures.

Forest fires rage in sweltering California

Los Angeles - Wildfires raged Sunday across much of California forcing hundreds to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat.About 5,000 firefighters were battling 14 large wildfires around the state, according to Cal Fire.

Inmates set Guyana prison ablaze, one officer dead after riot

Georgetown - One prison officer was killed and seven others were injured during a jailbreak in South America's Guyana that saw inmates set fire to the facility and four prisoners escape, authorities said.
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