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Trailers could house those displaced by fires in California wine country

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LOS ANGELES Residents of Northern California's wine country left homeless by the state's deadliest-ever wildfires could be temporarily housed in federal government trailers, officials said on Wednesday, as the death toll from the blazes rose to 42.

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Portugal minister resigns over deadly wildfires, PM under pressure 18 Oct 2017

LISBON Portugal's interior minister resigned on Wednesday after wildfires killed more than a hundred people in the past four months, but the move did little to appease the opposition which called on Prime Minister Antonio Costa also to step down.

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Crews push to contain California fires, search for bodies 18 Oct 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. Crews fought their way across rugged, steep terrain on Tuesday in a push to gain full control of the deadliest wildfires in California history, as search-and-rescue teams picked through an ashy moonscape of destroyed homes looking for victims.

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Portugal's government faces no-confidence vote over forest fires 17 Oct 2017

LISBON A Portuguese opposition party launched a motion of no-confidence in the Socialist government on Tuesday over its failure to prevent the loss of human lives in this week's lethal wildfires, the second such disaster in four months.

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Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland 17 Oct 2017

GALWAY, Ireland Three people died as Tropical Storm Ophelia battered every corner of Ireland on Monday, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves. | Video

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California wildfire evacuees allowed home as crews search for bodies 17 Oct 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. More evacuees were expected to return home on Tuesday in Northern California where the state's deadliest wildfires have killed at least 41 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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Searchers pick through burned-out California homes for bodies 17 Oct 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. Search-and-rescue teams combed through gutted homes across California's celebrated wine country on Monday, looking for the charred bodies of those killed in the state's deadliest wildfires, as survivors slowly began returning home.

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Wildfires kill at least 39 in Portugal and Spain 16 Oct 2017

LISBON/MADRID At least 36 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and another three in neighbouring northwestern Spain on Sunday and Monday. | Video

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Three dead as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland 16 Oct 2017

LAHINCH, Ireland Three people died as Tropical Storm Ophelia battered Ireland's southern coast on Monday, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre (30-foot) waves.

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Firefighters gain edge in battle with deadly California blazes 16 Oct 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. Firefighters gained ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history on Sunday as winds eased while searchers combed charred ruins for more victims of the blazes that have claimed at least 40 lives. | Video

China economic reforms may result in $14.4 trillion GDP, growth at 6 percent – Asia Society report

Sweeping economic reform initiated by China President Xi Jinping in November 2013 marked a turning point for the world's second biggest economy. If implemented fully, China's potential GDP growth can be sustained at 6 percent through 2020. One risk: Falling short of that growth rate could result in growth at half that projection, or worse, leading to a new economic crisis, according to a new study.