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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.

Four, including German national, die in U.S. heatwave

Los Angeles - At least four people, including a German man, have died from the blistering heat that has gripped the western United States and sparked wildfires and evacuations across the region, authorities said Monday.

Australia braces for new heatwave as residents return to charred homes

Melbourne - Residents returned on Sunday to charred homes after a Christmas Day bushfire in southern Australia destroyed more than 100 properties, with firefighters bracing for a new heatwave forecast in the lead-up to the new year.

Christmas wildfire claims more than 100 homes in Australia

Melbourne - A bushfire which flared on Christmas Day has destroyed more than 100 homes in southern Australia, officials said Saturday, as they warned the losses could have been worse.

Australia fire death toll at 3 as damage tops $44 mln

Adelaide - Australians were counting the cost of bushfires Friday, with officials saying a volunteer firefighter died from a suspected heart attack while battling an eastern blaze and a southern inferno razed at least 35 homes.

Australia firefighters battle deadly inferno

Adelaide - Firefighters on Thursday searched burnt-out cars and homes after a devastating "Armageddon-like" blaze in Australia left two dead and 16 in hospital after raging across a 40-kilometre (25-mile) front.

Australian bushfires leave four dead in 'day from hell'

Perth - At least four people died in bushfires raging out of control in parts of Western Australia, authorities said Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting the "day from hell".

Taco Bell fires employee after being caught with hand down pants

Sandusky - Taco Bell sacked an employee after a photo of them went viral on social media. The employee was shown with his hand down the back of his pants.
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