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Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

Sydney - Australia set up a national inquiry Thursday into its month-long bushfire crisis that affected three in four Australians and prompted widespread criticism of the government for its sluggish response to the blazes.

Fifteen children killed in Haiti orphanage fire

Kenscoff - Fifteen children were killed when a fire swept through an unlicensed orphanage outside Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, a judge told AFP on Friday, highlighting the severe shortcomings of the island nation's child welfare institutions.

Rains 'breaking the back' of Australia bushfire crisis

Sydney - Heavy rain was raising hopes Friday for an end to Australia's unprecedented bushfire crisis, as downpours douse blazes that have burned out of control for months.

Emergency declared for bushfire-threatened Canberra

Sydney - Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital.

Australia heatwave renews bushfire worries

Sydney - Australia was bracing for a heatwave to sweep across the country's fire-ravaged southeast in the coming days, with the forecast stoking fears the soaring temperatures could inflame bushfires.

French firefighters demand better conditions in fiery Paris protest

Paris - Thousands of French firefighters on Tuesday took to the streets of Paris in a pyrotechnic protest to demand better working conditions, igniting flares and even setting their fireproof jackets alight.

Death toll in Peru gas tanker blast rises to eight: ministry

- The death toll from a powerful gas tanker explosion that ripped through a district of Lima rose to eight on Friday, after four more victims succumbed to severe burn injuries overnight, Peru's health ministry said.

Death toll in Peru gas tanker blast rises to eight: ministry

- The death toll from a powerful gas tanker explosion that ripped through a district of Lima rose to eight on Friday, after four more victims succumbed to severe burn injuries overnight, Peru's health ministry said.

Probe begins into deadly crash of firefighting tanker in Australia

Sydney - Investigators Friday began searching the wreckage of a large tanker aircraft which crashed while battling devastating bushfires in Australia, killing three US crew members.

Three US firefighters killed in Australia water bomber crash

Sydney - A large water-bombing plane crashed while fighting fires southwest of Sydney on Thursday, killing all three US crew on board, Australian officials said.

Three American crew killed as firefighting plane crashes in Australia

Sydney - Three American crew helping to battle Australia's devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.

High alert for new Australia bushfires as heat and winds pick up

Sydney - Australian firefighters are on high alert for the possibility that scorching temperatures and strong winds could whip up new bushfires on Thursday, coming after rain brought welcome respite to fire-ravaged areas.

Eleven dead in fire in Siberian workers' shack

Moscow - Eleven people including 10 from Uzbekistan died when a fire ripped through a wooden shack in a remote Siberian village on Tuesday, in the latest tragedy involving migrant workers in Russia.

Australia fires 'devastating habitats' of endangered species

Sydney - Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperature...

Dust storms and giant hail batter bushfire-weary Australia

Sydney - Thunderstorms and giant hail battered parts of Australia's east coast on Monday after "apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country.

Dust storms and giant hail batter bushfire-weary Australia

Sydney - "Apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas of Australia over the weekend, with thunder and giant hail battering the east coast, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country.

Threatened species hit hard by Australia's bushfires

Sydney - Australia's bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.

At least eight die in blaze at Czech disability home

Prague - At least eight people died and thirty were injured after a fire at a home for people with learning disabilities in a western Czech town early Sunday, rescuers said.

Australia's farmers count cost after bushfires wipe out livestock

In the wake of ferocious bushfires that tore through Kangaroo Island, local farmer Rick Morris has endured the gruelling task of burying 400 sheep killed when most of his sprawling property went up in flames.

Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia

Sydney - Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas.

Rain brings joy for Australian firefighters, farmers

Sydney - Drought-breaking storms dumped desperately needed rain on some bushfire-ravaged parts of eastern Australia on Friday, while giving joy to many farmers who have faced losing precious livestock and crops.

Australia to lose billions as bushfires deter tourists

Sydney - Australia will lose billions of dollars in tourism revenue as international visitors cancel trips in droves due to bushfires raging across the country, an industry body forecast Friday.

Fires, then floods: How much can a koala bear?

Sydney - A week ago, koalas at an Australian wildlife park were in the path of raging bushfires. On Friday, they were soaking wet and being carried to safety from flash floods.

Rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage

Sydney - Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia Friday for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of blazes remained out of control.

Secret mission saves Australia's 'dinosaur trees' from bushfires

Sydney - A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world's last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as "dinosaur trees", from Australia's unprecedented bushfires, officials said.

Relief as rain falls over Australian bushfires

Nowra - Heavy rain fell across parts of fire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.

Race to save animals on Australia's fire-ravaged 'Galapagos'

On an island famed as Australia's "Galapagos" for its unique and abundant wildlife, rescuers are racing to save rare animals in a bushfire-ravaged landscape.

Relief as rain falls over Australian bushfires

Nowra - Rain fell across parts of bushfire-ravaged eastern Australia on Thursday and more wet weather was forecast, giving some relief following months of catastrophic blazes fuelled by climate change.

Secret mission saves Australia's 'dinosaur trees' from bushfires

Sydney - A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world's last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as "dinosaur trees", from Australia's unprecedented bushfires, officials said.

Two killed, 8 hurt in blast at Spain chemical plant

La Canonja - Rescuers found a body at a chemical plant in northeastern Spain on Wednesday, raising to two the number of those killed when an explosion ripped through the facility, triggering a massive blaze which raged through the night.
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Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould
Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould
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The fire at the Deonar Dumping ground in Mumbai is in its third day.
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Views of the La Atalaya area after the fire. The sky is still full of smoke.
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Kenya's Naivasha township: The fire left a charred landscape
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Sunset behind the Mount Charleston fire. Henderson, Nevada. July 9, 2013
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Two amphibious planes which have been fighting the fire.
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Canadian Tire store in Toronto's Leaside sets ablaze.
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A fire on Detroit's West side. Firemen and women work to put out the blaze.
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Screengrab from Houston fire video
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Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould
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A gas tanker exploded in Almaty, Kazakhstan causing huge damage.
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I found this smoke evocative, considering hominins have been using fire for a million years in this place. Was it Homo habilis down there?
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Fire quickly engulfs the car
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FDNY announced brothers died in this house fire early this morning.
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Fire in downtown Toronto destroyed heritage building at Dundas and Gould
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Views of the La Atalaya area after the fire. The sky is still full of smoke.
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