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Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California made progress Saturday containing a sizable new blaze in the southern part of the state as they continued to battle a much larger fire in the north.

California braces for powerful winds that could feed fires

Los Angeles - California braced on Tuesday for the most powerful winds this season that threaten to spread destructive fires raging in the state and could spark new blazes.

Rain puts out some of Bolivia's wildfires

La Paz - Heavy rain that has drenched eastern Bolivia's Chiquitania tropical savanna has put out fires that have ravaged millions of hectares in recent months, authorities said Sunday."It has rained all across Chiquitania.

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

La Paz - More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday.

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Rio De Janeiro - The fires that burned through the Amazon rainforest last month sparked international outcry and offers of help, but as world leaders meet in New York, the planet's largest rainforest remains engulfed in flames.

The Amazon's 'weather engine' has impacts on rainfall globally

The Amazon's lush greenery and network of waterways are at risk in the face of this summer's record fires, but another force of nature brewing high above the landscape is also deserving of attention, scientists and researchers say.

Bolivia enlists 'supertanker' plane to battle wildfires

La Paz - Bolivia took delivery Friday of a "supertanker" aircraft to help fight wildfires that have devastated vast swathes of forest and agricultural land.

Greece to speed up destruction of illegal property after fires

Atenas - Greece vowed Wednesday to bring in a raft of measures following the deadly fires near Athens as the family of an elderly victim filed a complaint of "negligent homicide" against the authorities.

Two more bodies found at sea after Greek wildfires

Atenas - The bodies of two people thought to have fled into the sea to escape the wildfires that ravaged coastal towns near Athens last week have been recovered, port police said Tuesday.

Greek PM Tsipras visits scene of wildfire disaster

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday paid his first visit to the area ravaged by the country's worst ever wildfires, as anger mounts over his government's response to the disaster which has claimed scores of lives.

Greek PM Tsipras visits scene of wildfire disaster

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday paid his first visit to the area ravaged by the country's worst ever wildfires as anger mounts over his government's response to the disaster that left scores of people dead.

Greek wildfires death toll rises to 91

Atenas - Greek fire services on Sunday said three more people were confirmed killed by the wildfires that have devastated seaside resorts near Athens, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 91.

Death toll climbs to 88 from Greek wildfires

Atenas - A woman has died in hospital taking the death toll from Greece's worst wildfires to 88, many of them children, officials said Saturday.

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday said he assumed "political responsibility" for the country's deadliest wildfires as a bitter debate raged over who was to blame for the tragedy.

Blame game blows up over deadly Greek wildfires

Atenas - Grief and shock over Greece's deadliest wildfires were clouded Friday by a bitter debate over who was to blame, as the opposition rejected the government's suggestion that the blazes were started deliberately.

Volunteers rush to help Greece fire victims

Greece - Schools in the Greek port town of Rafina are unusually busy for summer -- overflowing with donations and volunteers, showing the vast wellspring of local solidarity for victims of deadly fires."You see this girl?

Fire destroys late Greek director Angelopoulos' archives: widow

Atenas - The house and private archives of Greek cinema godfather Theo Angelopoulos, who died in 2012, were destroyed in this week's deadly wildfires near Athens, his widow said Thursday.

Fire at their backs, Greek elderly flee with grandchildren

Greece - Yiannis Philippopoulou was sure he saw his nine-year-old twins picked up by a boat after they fled the flames. But days since the family's chaotic escape from the inferno, the girls appear to have vanished.

Greece counts cost of deadliest wildfires in memory

Atenas - Family members were helping Thursday to identify the bodies of the 82 people killed in Greece's worst ever wildfires as anger mounted over how authorities could have let the disaster happen.

Life and death lottery for those fleeing Greek fire

Greece - When the fire came, Kiriaki Alexiadou and her grandson dashed to their car and fled to safety. Their neighbours, who set out towards the sanctuary of the sea on foot, were burned alive.

Fires sweep much of Europe as countries swelter in the heat

Paris - Dozens of wildfires have hit countries across northern Europe and Greece as a heatwave continues to hold across much of the continent. The fires have been particularly devastating in the Attica region around Athens, where dozens of people have died.

Greece asks EU for air support to battle fires

Atenas - Greece on Tuesday pleaded for assistance from European neighbours to help battle wild fires including a blaze ravaging a forest near Athens.

High winds hamper Greek firefighting efforts

Atenas - Greek firefighters struggled to control blazes for a third successive day Tuesday, as flames fanned by high winds forced people to flee homes near the capital.

Wildfires hit Greenland after record temperatures

Stockholm - Police in Greenland warned people to stay away from western areas of the island as wildfires scorched swathes of scrubland.

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.

Firefighting planes battle flames near Croatia's Dubrovnik

Zagreb - Firefighting planes were dispatched to battle a fresh blaze near Croatia's Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik on Thursday as scores of emergency personnel remained on duty further north.

Montenegro wildfires rage but 'under control' in Croatia and Portugal

Podgorica - Firefighters in Montenegro battled for a third day Wednesday to douse wildfires along the Adriatic coast, while blazes ravaging parts of neighbouring Croatia as well as Portugal were brought under control.

Wildfires rage on Adriatic coast

Zagreb - Firefighters in Montenegro and Croatia battled Tuesday to douse wildfires on the Adriatic coast and managed to control the blaze on the outskirts of Split, Croatia's second largest city.

Montenegro asks for international help to fight fires

Podgorica - Montenegro asked Monday for international help to fight wildfires in the Lustica peninsula on the country's Adriatic coast."The situation at Lustica is critical.

Firefighters bringing blazes under control in Portugal, France

Lisbon - Firefighters were making progress in quenching forest fires that have ravaged parts of Portugal and France, officials said Friday, as Spain faced a rash of possibly deliberate blazes.
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