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South Taiwan fire destroys 20 homes, stores

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A fire broke out and burned through a row of buildings in Pingtung County around noon on Saturday (Jan. 8), resulting in one injury. Liberty Times reported that the fir...

Turkmenistan wants to close 'Gates of Hell' gas crater

Turkmenistan's president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, said Saturday he wants to extinguish the flaming Darvaza natural gas crater. The site is a popular tourist attraction in the Central Asian co...

Officials: Colorado wildfire caused $513 million in damage

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Last week's Colorado wildfire caused at least $513 million in damage and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes and structures, officials said Thursday as they updated the toll of prope...

Firefighters finally leave South Africa Parliament complex

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Firefighters have left South Africa's Parliament complex and handed over responsibility for it to police four days after a major blaze destroyed the main chamber of the ...

Investigators narrow search for origin of Colorado wildfire

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Federal and state investigators have interviewed dozens of people in their search for the cause of a destructive Colorado wildfire, but the results of that investigation — and ev...

Fire reignites at South Africa's Parliament in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The fire that has already destroyed South Africa's main Parliament chamber flared up again Monday about 36 hours after it started in the 130-year-old complex of historic...

2 missing in huge Colorado fire as investigation continues

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (AP) — Search teams looked for two missing people in the smoldering debris from a massive Colorado wildfire while people who escaped the flames sorted through the charred remnants of...

India: Will COVID pose more problems in 2022?

India's devastating second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year brought the nation's health care system to its knees. At the height of the wave in April and May, the daily number of new in...

A world ablaze, captured by AP photographers in 2021

“Some say the world will end in fire,” wrote the poet Robert Frost -- and for much of 2021, Associated Press photographers captured scenes of a world ablaze, amid rumblings of ruin. ...

Late night inferno at Taiwan paper factory destroys two plants

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A fire broke out late Friday evening (Nov. 19) at a paper product factory in Miaoli County, spreading quickly across over 3,300 square meters to destroy two buildings. ...

Wildfires torched up to a fifth of all giant sequoia trees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lightning-sparked wildfires killed thousands of giant sequoias this year, leading to a staggering two-year death toll that accounts for up to nearly a fifth of Earth's largest trees...

Suspected letter bomb detonates at post office in Taoyuan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A letter bomb exploded at a Xinwu District post office in Taoyuan at 7:56 a.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 17), setting the docking area ablaze and filling the air with smoke. P...

Raiders struggle amid emotional fallout from Ruggs crash

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders lost another game coming out of a bye week. This was far removed from a normal bye week, though. While preparing to face the New Yo...

McKinney has 2 picks, Giants edge Raiders 23-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — After testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, safety Xavier McKinney spent most of the week not knowing whether he was he was going to play for the New York Giants aga...

Officials: Iraq arrests mastermind of deadly 2016 bombing

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said Monday it has detained the mastermind behind a deadly 2016 bombing in a Baghdad shopping center, which killed around 300 people and wounded 250. The suicide...