Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

May 1, 2016

Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires

Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year’s haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry’s expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy — though green groups are skeptical. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in April ...

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

Jan 31, 2016

Tasmanian bush fires raze ancient World Heritage forests

World Heritage-listed forests whose origins predate the age of the dinosaurs are being destroyed by raging Australian bush fires, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Firefighters in Tasmania — an island state south of the mainland known for its cooler temperatures ...

Fire rages on top floor of Ritz Carlton in Paris

Jan 19, 2016

Fire rages on top floor of Ritz Carlton in Paris

Fire engulfed the top floor of Paris’ Ritz Carlton hotel Tuesday, burning out of control for hours in one of the city’s most storied plazas. The fire began early in the day at the posh hotel where Princess Diana spent her final hours before ...

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

Jan 3, 2016

Skyscraper blaze in Persian Gulf raises questions about safety

A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve — the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years — has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region. Hundreds of gleaming ...

Dec 26, 2015

Clinton's childhood home sustains light damage in fire

Fire that caused minor damage to former President Bill Clinton’s childhood home in Hope, Arkansas, was apparently caused by arson. Hope Police Department Chief J.R. Wilson says a motorist spotted flames early Friday at the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site. Wilson says that when ...

Christmas fire destroys 53 houses in Australia

Dec 26, 2015

Christmas fire destroys 53 houses in Australia

A bush fire that flared in a scenic area of southern Australia on Christmas Day has destroyed 53 houses, officials said Saturday. The blaze prompted evacuations Friday in two towns popular with vacationers southwest of Melbourne, Wye River and Separation Creek. “I can confirm ...

Dec 25, 2015

Gas tanker truck fire kills more than 100 people in Nigeria

A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria on Thursday, killing more than 100 people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders in time for Christmas. The disaster took place in Nnewi, a predominantly Christian community ...

Nov 26, 2015

Australia's bushfires leave trail of death and destruction

Fourteen bushfires burning across southern Australia have killed two people and thousands of animals, and destroyed 16 homes, and authorities on Thursday said they feared the toll could rise. The fires, which stretch across 210 km (130 miles), broke out on Wednesday in heat-wave ...

Miyazaki mother, three 12-year-old boys die in blaze

Nov 1, 2015

Miyazaki mother, three 12-year-old boys die in blaze

Three elementary school boys and the mother of one of them were killed in a fire that broke out in a three-story building in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, police said. The victims were Tomoko Nakamura, 43, her son, Yu, and his school friends, Haruto Tabata ...