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BANGKOK: Thailand must brace for serious water shortages when the hot season begins in March after a year with unusually little rainfall, one of the country's top water management officials said Monday (Dec 30).
SYDNEY/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A volunteer firefighter was killed battling Australian bushfires on Monday as "columns" of flames generating their own dangerous weather systems bore down on a tourist region, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.
SYDNEY (AFP): A petition to cancel Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but officials say the show will go on.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Residents of two small communities in the southern Australian state of Victoria were told to evacuate on Saturday, as a bushfire burned out of control nearby and as temperatures were set to rise.
PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) are hopeful of retaining their 23-member national team for next year despite failing to meet their four-gold medal target at the Philippines SEA Games recently.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian authorities said on Friday they are focussed on protecting water plants, pumping stations, pipes and other infrastructure from intense bushfires surrounding Sydney, the country's largest city.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - South Australian winery owner Clare Anderson said she was "crying into her vines" as her fire-ravaged estate was hit by another bout of intense heat on Friday, robbing the vineyard of a chance to recover.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska is set to finish 2019 with a record average high temperature after a year of extremes ranging from a sweltering summer and rampant wildfires to vanishing sea ice and winter rains where heavy snows were once the norm.
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - More than 245 homes have been destroyed and 700 people left destitute after a forest fire tore through a low-income area of the Chilean seaside city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian popstar Kylie Minogue has invited weary Britons to forget politics and "call on your friends in Australia" in a tourism campaign launched in Britain on Christmas Day.