Firefighters on Monday battled to contain a wildfire northeast of Athens as high winds caused the blaze to spread overnight after it damaged dozens of homes at a coastal village northeast of the Greek capital.
British firefighters said they had extinguished a small fire on an underground train at Oxford Circus station in the centre of London's main shopping district on Friday, saying it had been caused by an electrical fault under the train.
A gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital Manila on Friday, firing shots, setting gaming tables alight and killing at least 36 people, all suffocating in thick smoke, in what officials believe was a botched robbery.
A massive explosion gutted Mexico's biggest fireworks market on Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and injuring 72, the authorities said.
A Philippine passenger jet heading to Japan was forced to turn back on Monday after smoke was detected in the aircraft, while the wheel of a second plane caught fire after it aborted taking off from a separate airport.
A Jetstar plane was forced to land in Brisbane after the cabin filled with smoke en route from Sydney to Cairns, the Australian airline said on Friday.
A fast-growing wildfire destroyed at least 50 homes near the riverside community of Lake Isabella in central California, as five other major blazes up and down the state posed a diminishing threat to populated areas.