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Fires in Greece spread, multiply

Fires pushed by gale-force winds tore through more parched forests, engulfed villages and scorched the edges of Athens on Saturday, sending ashes raining onto the Acropolis. The death toll rose to at least 49, with 10 or more missing, as the government declared a nationwide state of emergency. Soldiers and military helicopters reinforced firefighting forces that were stretched to the limit by Greece’s worst summer of wildfires in decades. In the most ravaged area — a string of mountain villages in the south — rescue crews picked through a grim aftermath that spoke of last-minute desperation as the fires closed in. Full Story

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