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World 07 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australian fire crews battle blazes

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian fire crews battled through the night to halt fires threatening the country's two main cities ahead of a weekend forecast to be tinder-dry.

World 07 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia bushfires kill 14, more feared dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian bushfires killed at least 14 people in the southern state of Victoria on Saturday as a heatwave sparked more than 40 blazes across the state and neighbouring New South Wales, police said.

World 07 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia bushfires kill 14, more feared dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian bushfires killed at least 14 people in the southern state of Victoria on Saturday as a heatwave sparked more than 40 blazes across the state and neighbouring New South Wales, police said.

World 07 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia drops water bombs on raging bush fires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Aircraft dropped water bombs on raging Australian bush fires on Saturday as a

World 07 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Homes destroyed as Australia struggles to rein in fires

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Aircraft dropped water bombs on raging Australian bush fires and homes went up in flames on Saturday as a once-in-a-century heatwave sent temperatures in Melbourne to their highest on record.

World 06 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Fires threaten Australian cities, alert issued

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Firefighters with aircraft and thermal imaging equipment tackled bushfires in and near Australia's two largest cities late on Friday as the country's densely populated southeast braced for a major heatwave.

World 01 Feb 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia heat wave subsides, fires under control

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Temperatures in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Adelaide fell on Sunday after days of searing heat in the densely populated southwest region that has been blamed for a spate of sudden deaths.

World 31 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Australia heatwave eases a little, fires burning

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A heatwave blamed for raging bushfires and a spate of deaths eased a little in Australia's densely populated southeast on Saturday, but a ban on lighting fires in the open remained in force.

World 29 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Sydney's poor, elderly hit hardest by climate change

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Climate change will hurt Sydney's poor and elderly the most, as many live in low-lying coastal areas vulnerable to rising sea levels and cannot afford technologies that protect them from life-threatening heatwaves.

World 20 Jan 2007 | 12:00 AM

Outback storm floods Australia, bushfires burn

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is living up to its iconic image as a sunburnt country of droughts and flooding rains, with a huge outback storm causing flooding in three states on Saturday as drought-fuelled bushfires continued burning.