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Fire kills at least 70 in old part of Dhaka

Asia Pacific Feb 21, 2019

Fire kills at least 70 in old part of Dhaka

A devastating fire raced through densely packed buildings in a centuries-old shopping district in Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 70 people, officials and witnesses said Thursday. The fire in Dhaka's Chawkbazar area was mostly under control after more than 10 hours of frantic efforts. Some ...

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Feb 15, 2019

Tasmania fires may wipe out ancient species

Tasmania's ancient rainforest and alpine flora species face an uncertain future, scientists have warned, after out-of-control bush fires consumed vast tracts of wild bush land. As authorities downgraded emergency warnings Friday, with wetter weather — and even some snow — bringing respite from more than ...

New Zealand wildfires show no sign of easing; 3,000 flee

Asia Pacific Feb 10, 2019

New Zealand wildfires show no sign of easing; 3,000 flee

Strong winds are expected to fan forest fires that have been burning for a week through New Zealand's South Island, forcing thousands of people from their homes, with more residents expected to flee, officials said. The Pigeon Valley fire covers 2,300 hectares (5,700 acres), with ...

Deadly Mexican fuel blast poses president's biggest test yet

World Jan 20, 2019

Deadly Mexican fuel blast poses president's biggest test yet

A pipeline explosion north of Mexico City that killed at least 73 people has confronted President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with the biggest crisis since he took office pledging to crack down on graft and fuel theft. Petroleos Mexicanos said its specialists and local officials ...

Fire in under-construction Tokyo high-rise injures four workers

National Jan 11, 2019

Fire in under-construction Tokyo high-rise injures four workers

A fire broke out in a high-rise building under construction near a bustling Tokyo railway station on Friday, leaving four male workers injured, but all remained conscious, firefighters and police said. A plume of black smoke was visible after 2 p.m. rising from the upper ...