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Explosion reported outside the US Embassy in Beijing

A fire or possible explosion appears to have taken place outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday. A woman was reportedly detained after spraying gasoline on herself, according to official media, AP reports. Photos posted on Twitter...
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Rescue crews search burnt homes as Greece wildfires kill at least 81

The number of dead from a fire which ripped through a Greek coastal town reached at least 81 on Wednesday as frantic relatives tried to track down people missing from the inferno and officials began the grim task of identifying bodies, Reuters...
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Trump, Juncker voice desire to reduce tariffs, trade tensions

US President Donald Trump and European Union’s chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker expressed a desire on Wednesday to cut tariffs and ease transatlantic trade tensions as a high-stakes White House meeting got under way, Reuters reports. Trump,...
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More than 150 dead in IS attacks on southern Syria

A string of suicide blasts and raids claimed by the Islamic State group killed more than 150 people in southern Syria on Wednesday, in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country, AFP reports. The Syrian Observatory for...
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Greece wildfires death toll hits 80 as rescue efforts intensify

The number of deaths from the worst forest fires in Greece for more than a decade has risen to 80 as rescue workers intensified efforts to locate those who had gone missing, The Guardian reports. Officials said crews were going from house to...
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Drones hunt ‘criminal’ arsonists in Greece forest fires

Ten tourists drowned when a boat capsized trying to rescue them from gale-driven forest fires which have killed at least 74 in Greece and which may have been started deliberately, offthegridnews.com reports. A mother and son from Poland were...
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Greece fires in pictures

Greece’s worst wildfires in a decade are raging near Athens, having killed at least 74 people and injuring more than 150, express.co.uk reports. Pictures show a hillside of homes gutted by huge flames, rescuers at an area where dead bodies...
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Greece wildfires: Search for missing family members after 80 dead (photo)

Greek authorities are looking for dozens of people missing after the deadly wildfires near Athens, BBC reports. At least 80 people have died, and a search continues for survivors who fled the blaze, including those who took to the sea. High...
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Intense heat wave to build across western Europe as wildfires rage in Sweden

A hot July across much of western Europe will climb to another level this week as a heat wave builds from Spain to Scandinavia, AccuWeather reports. Anyone living in the core of this heat wave will be at a high risk for heat-related illnesses,...
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PM May takes personal charge of Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would now lead negotiations with the European Union, shifting the focus of the Brexit department towards preparing for Britain’s departure from the bloc, Reuters reports. A special unit within...