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Hong Kong enters recession as street protests erupt in flames

Hong Kong enters recession as street protests erupt in flames

Hong Kong has fallen into recession, hit by five months of anti-government protests that erupted in flames at the weekend, and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year, the city's Financial Secretary said.

Crews fight to outflank raging northern California wildfire

Crews fight to outflank raging northern California wildfire

Firefighters battled on Saturday to outflank a wildfire that has forced the closure of an interstate highway in northern California.

Portugal wildfires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Portugal wildfires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.

Five dead as California wildfire consumes more homes

Five dead as California wildfire consumes more homes

More than 38,000 people remained under evacuation orders on Sunday in and around the city of Redding, about 257 km north of the state capital Sacramento.

One killed in California wildfire as residents race to flee

One killed in California wildfire as residents race to flee

One person was killed in a raging, out-of-control wildfire that sent residents racing to flee a northern California city on Friday.

Wildfire kills 60 near Athens, flames trap families

Wildfire kills 60 near Athens, flames trap families

Emergency crews found one group of 26 victims, some of them youngsters, lying close together in a field just 30 metres from the sea near Mati in eastern Greece.

Pilot killed after light plane crashes in Melbourne

Pilot killed after light plane crashes in Melbourne

The plane came down on Scarlet Street, Mordialloc, a narrow tree-lined street.

Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after accident

Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks after accident

The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi, which had been adrift and on fire following the accident with the freighter CF Crystal, had "suddenly ignited" around noon, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

Iranian oil tanker burns as winds, waves lash rescuers

Iranian oil tanker burns as winds, waves lash rescuers

The poor conditions, with strong winds, rain and waves as high as 3 metres, frustrated efforts to tame the oil tanker fire and search for the 31 remaining crew members, the Ministry of Transport said.

Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

Firefighter killed battling massive California blaze

A firefighter was killed on Thursday while battling a mammoth California wildfire as crews sought to protect coastal cities and towns in the path of flames that have destroyed more than 700 homes.

13 Myanmar passengers killed in Thai van crash

13 Myanmar passengers killed in Thai van crash

Thirteen Burmese people were killed on Friday when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom's notoriously dangerous roads.

California evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies

California evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies

More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes.