3,000 pressed into battle against raging Portugal wildfires

Aug 16, 2017

3,000 pressed into battle against raging Portugal wildfires

Around 3,000 firefighters in Portugal were struggling to put out more than 150 wildfires raging across the country Tuesday, as persistent hot and dry weather stoked the flames, officials said. In one case, around 800 firefighters supported by air units were needed to finally bring ...

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

May 25, 2017

Beloved doll Licca-chan keeps spirits up in disaster-hit Fukushima

Long-popular doll Licca-chan has been a perennial favorite among tourists, drawing crowds of young fans, helping support the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture from the 2011 nuclear and earthquake-tsunami calamity. With the visage of an 11-year-old schoolgirl, the dress-up doll first debuted in 1967 and ...

Mexico fireworks warehouse blast kills 14, including 11 children

May 10, 2017

Mexico fireworks warehouse blast kills 14, including 11 children

An explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Mexico killed 14 people, including 11 children, authorities said Tuesday. The blast struck Monday night in a rural area of central Puebla state, Diodoro Carrasco, a senior official in the state government, told radio station Cinco Radio. Officials said ...