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Australian firefighters battle worst blazes in 70 years

More than 3,000 firefighters are battling to contain some of Australia’s worst wildfires in 70 years, as flames fanned by strong winds threatened homes in Victoria state. Victoria’s Country Fire Authority reported 14 major fires across the state, the worst to Melbourne’s north-east, where there were fears a number of fire fronts could merge into a single huge blaze. The fires, which have burned out more than 200,000 hectares (495,000 acres) of land, have left a pall of smoke over Australia’s second largest city so thick that medical authorities warned people with respiratory problems to stay indoors. Full Story

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