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Death toll reaches 13 in Tennessee wildfires

Thirteen people were confirmed dead and about 70 were still missing on Friday in wildfires that continue to burn in a 70-square-kilometre area in and around Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park, local media reported.

Six arrested over Turkey boarding school fire deaths

Six people have been arrested following a fire at a boarding school dormitory in southern Turkey, including the director of the school, the Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday.

Three confirmed dead as thousands flee Tennessee wildfires

At least three people have died after ravaging wildfires in the US state of Tennessee that threatened the popular Great Smoky Mountain National Park and led to the evacuation of thousands of residents and tourists, officials said Tuesday.

Report: 12 killed, 22 injured in fire at girls' dormitory in Turkey

At least 12 people were killed and 22 injured in a fire at a girls' dormitory in a school in southern Turkey, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday citing the governor.

Eighteen arrested for fire that destroyed Lesbos refugee camp

Greek police have arrested 18 migrants following a fire at a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, the Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini reported Tuesday.

Large fire in Lesbos refugee camp contained, arson suspected

A fire that forced thousands of people to flee a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos destroyed most of the camp but is now under control, eyewitnesses said Monday.

Thousands flee fire in refugee camp on Lesbos

More than 3,000 people fled a fire in a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Greek media reported.

Large forest fire rages across Greek island

A forest fire on the Greek island of Thasos in the northern Aegean Sea has destroyed several homes.

Fire kills 17 Kyrgyz migrant workers in Moscow

A fire in a Moscow industrial estate killed 17 workers from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, reports said Saturday.

Indonesia deploys 7,200 firefighters as smog spreads to Singapore

Indonesia has deployed 7,200 personnel to fight forest fires as smog from blazes spread to neighbouring Singapore and took air pollution there to unhealthy levels, an official said Friday.

California fire beats firefighters, forces thousands to flee

Tens of thousands of people in southern California were ordered to flee a raging wildfire burning out of control in a rural mountain area on Wednesday, authorities said.

Three dead as wildfire sweeps across Portuguese island of Madeira

A wildfire that has claimed three lives and displaced over a thousand people on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday reached the capital, Funchal.

22 injured in fire at refugee accommodation in central Germany

Twenty-two residents at a home for refugees in the German state of Hesse were injured in a fire early Wednesday, a police spokesman said.

Baghdad hospital fire kills at least 13 babies

Twelve newborn babies are dead after a fire erupted at a Baghdad hospital Wednesday, reported Iraq's Health Ministry.

Nearly 7 per cent of Spanish island La Palma destroyed by wildfire

Nearly 7 per cent of La Palma has been destroyed by a deadly wildfire that has ravaged thousands of acres of the Spanish island since last week, the Spanish news agency Efe said late Monday.

German suspect held without bail in deadly wildfire on Spanish island

A 27-year-old German man suspected of starting a deadly wildfire still blazing on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands, was ordered held without bail by a Spanish judge, the regional court said Saturday.

Man dies in wildfire started by burnt toilet paper on Spanish island

A 54-year-old man died Thursday while helping fight a wildfire on the Spanish island of La Palma that broke out after toilet paper was set on fire, the Spanish news agency Efe reported.

Bus fire in central China kills 35 people

A bus burst into flames when it collided with a guardrail on a motorway in central China on Saturday, killing 35 people, state-run media reported.

Fire at India's biggest munitions depot kills 17

Seventeen soldiers were killed in a major blaze at India's largest munitions depot in the western state of Maharashtra on Tuesday, defence officials and police said.

At least 17 dead after blaze at home for the elderly in Ukraine

At least 17 people were killed when a fire broke out at a privately run home for the elderly outside the Ukrainian capital Kiev, authorities said Sunday.

17 dead; 1 missing after dormitory fire in Thailand

At least 17 children were killed and five injured in a fire at a girls' dormitory at a school in northern Thailand, police said Monday. 

Three dead, dozens injured in Germany apartment building fire

Three people, including a child, were killed and about 30 injured after a fire broke out Tuesday in a four-storey apartment building in the western German city of Duisburg.

Most of Alberta town saved despite "ocean of fire"

Despite heartbreaking scenes of utter destruction, firefighters managed to protect most of the oil town of Fort McMurray in the western Canadian province of Alberta, officials said Monday after touring the devastated town.

Cooler weather slows "out-of-control" Alberta fire

Fire crews fighting the massive wildfire in the western Canadian province of Alberta finally got a Mother's Day present from Mother Nature as cooler temperatures slowed down the advance of the conflagration.

Refugee who set self on fire dies in Australian hospital

A North Korean court has sentenced a US national to 10 years of hard labour for spying and subversion, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported Friday.

Police investigating fire at Roma family's home

The site of the accident was visited by Zagreb Deputy Mayor Vesna Kusin, the head of the city's Crisis Management Office, Pavle Kalinic, and the head of the Zagreb City Roma Minority Council, Muhamed Zahirovic.

Fire at Saudi petrochemical plant kills 12

A fire erupted Saturday in a petrochemical plant in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing 12 workers, a local official said.

At least 12 dead in blaze at Moscow sewing factory

At least 12 people were killed, including three children, after a fire swept through a sewing factory in north-eastern Moscow, authorities said Sunday.

Fire burns down office of Israeli human rights group

An overnight fire ravaged the Jerusalem office of B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation that documents violations against Palestinians in the occupied territories, police said Monday.