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Wildfires kill at least 30 in Portugal and Spain

LISBON/MADRID (Reuters) - At least 30 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and neighbouring Spain on Sunday and Monday, officials said.

Raging forest fire in Gran Canaria force hundreds to evacuate

About 800 people have fled their homes after a raging forest fire spread in Gran Canaria, Spain.

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WHO plans global war on cholera as Yemen caseload nears 700,000

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization will next month launch a strategy to stop cholera transmission by 2030, it said on Monday, as an unprecedented outbreak in Yemen raced towards 700,000 suspected cases with little sign of slowing down.

Hamilton has a 'forest fire' raging inside

LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton has credited a home victory at Silverstone in July with lighting the inner 'forest fire' that helped him blaze a trail back to the top of the Formula One world championship on Sunday.

Falling tree kills 12 at Portugal religious festival

LISBON: Twelve people were crushed to death and around 50 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Firefighters work at the area affected by a tree fell that killed several people in Funchal on Aug 15, 2017. -AFP

Greece seeks EU help as wildfires rage

ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters battled wildfires raging northeast of Athens for a third day on Tuesday as Greece asked for help from its European partners to prevent them from spreading.

Indonesia still desperately fighting fires

FOR the umpteenth time, fires have burned our forests and peatland, posing threats not only to people in the vicinity but also to our relationships with our neighbours because of the cross-border haze caused by the man-made disasters.

Order goes out – shoot forest burners

JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region.

Fiery fight: Firefighters trying to extinguish the flames in Ogan Ilir regency, South Sumatra. — Reuters

Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region.

Wan Junaidi: Malaysia ready to assist Indonesia to tackle haze problem

Malaysia has contingencies in place to battle the haze should it occur and is prepared to provide assistance to Indonesia to put out forest fires in the republic.

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