Greece fires

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Firefighters Battle Blazes Near Athens

(Newser) - Fire crews outside Athens are scrambling to exploit a lull in high winds as they fight massive wildfires that broke out Friday and have razed about 58 square miles north of the Greek capital. The flames are still spreading, and a dozen nuns had to be rescued from a convent... More »

Desperate Greeks Look to TV for Help

Fire victims appeal to broadcasters , not government, for help

(Newser) - Desperate Greeks have resorted to calling TV stations with pleas for rescue from wildfires that have been raging for the past week, Der Spiegel reports, highlighting what one critic calls a "deep mistrust of the capability of the state machine." And the stations have gotten results: "Wherever... More »

Fires Are 'National Humiliation'

Officials say blazes are contained, but critics condemn 'national humiliation'

(Newser) - Firefighters in Greece said today they have tamed the wildfires that have ravaged the countryside, the BBC reports, but the political tempest over the handling of the crisis is just heating up. As protesters demonstrated in Athens against the government, crews said the fires that have claimed 63 lives are... More »

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