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Portugal bets on youngsters to battle future wildfires

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OLIVEIRA DO HOSPITAL, Portugal After devastating wildfires swept across Portugal's interior in 2017, killing at least 116 people, authorities are pinning their hopes on youngsters to tackle future catastrophes and protect isolated populations.

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Blame climate, but crowded forests also fuel California fires 14 Nov 2018

With a tweet blaming California's wildfires on "gross mismanagement of the forests," President Donald Trump dismissed the role of climate change in the worsening blazes across the U.S. West - generating widespread derision in the Golden State.

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Deadly 'megafires' the new normal in California 14 Nov 2018

Paradise, California had long prepared for wildfires but only in its worst nightmares did it imagine the kind of "megafire" that last week destroyed most of the town and is becoming a common occurrence in the state.

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Miley Cyrus, Neil Young lose homes in Malibu fire; Gaga visits shelter 12 Nov 2018

LOS ANGELES Singers Miley Cyrus and Neil Young were among hundreds of people who lost their homes in wildfires that destroyed parts of the California seaside town of Malibu, where flames burned for a fourth day on Monday.

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Ferocious winds whip California fires as death toll rises to 31 12 Nov 2018

PARADISE, Calif. The death toll from wildfires raging in California rose to 31 on Sunday after six more people were found killed in what was poised to become the deadliest wildfire in state history. | Video

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Rains and floods kill eight in Jordan, force tourists to flee Petra 10 Nov 2018

AMMAN Heavy rains and flooding killed at least eight people in Jordan and forced authorities to evacuate more then 3,700 tourists from the ancient city of Petra on Friday, officials said. | Video

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California town in shock and mourning now threatened by wildfire 10 Nov 2018

It is a moment many Californians have come to dread: Seeing smoke from one of the state's increasingly devastating wildfires approaching and knowing they may soon be forced to leave their homes, perhaps forever.

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Fukushima tests to help assess cooling of damaged reactors - Tepco 09 Nov 2018

TOKYO The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami nearly eight years ago, said on Friday it planned tests early next year to see how much melted uranium fuel has cooled in the damaged reactors.

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A month later, hurricane trips up Florida Panhandle voters 07 Nov 2018

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. Christy Todd said she is a regular voter in Mexico Beach, the oceanfront Florida Panhandle community nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael less than a month ago. But she sat out Tuesday's elections.

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Philippines races to free 23 trapped under landslide 31 Oct 2018

MANILA Philippine rescuers worked with bare hands and shovels to try to free 23 people trapped under earth and rubble on Wednesday, after Typhoon Yutu dumped heavy rains on the northern mountainous region, triggering floods and deadly landslides.

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.