World Bulletin / News Desk
A wildfire swept through forests near Athens on Thursday, forcing residents to use garden hoses and tree branches to keep the flames away from their homes.
The blaze, fanned by strong winds, charred the roofs of five houses in one of the Greek capital's suburbs and forced people to evacuate their homes, said fire service officials, though there were no reports of injuries.
"It's burning very close to residential areas and the winds are strong," said a fire brigade official. "We are doing everything to contain it."
Greece regularly faces wildfires during its dry summer months. But any large outbreak this year could pose a particular challenge for Greece's debt-ridden government, which is struggling to cut spending and pull the country out of an economic crisis.
Shortly after being appointed in June, the country's Citizen Protection minister Nikos Dendias said Greece was not ready for the forest fire season and faced a shortage of operational aircraft.
The government has already asked for water-bombing aircraft from Spain and Italy to help control the wildfires.
Greeks still vividly recall devastating wildfires in 2007 that killed 65 people, scorched thousands of hectares of forest and farmland, destroyed villages and threatened archaeological sites.
Dozens of firefighters with 35 fire engines, five aircraft and two helicopters battled the flames on Thursday.
Another wildfire, in the southern Peloponnese, raged unchecked for a second day though the flames appeared to be receding, officials said.
Iraq says al-Baghdadi's aide was killed in airstrike near Syrian border
Reinforcements come amid protests in Tripoli and other Libyan cities against French military intervention in the country
U.S. authorities have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents related to the bank’s dealings with the Malaysia 1MDB investment fund
Additional police have been deployed as a security measure following a threat at Amsterdam
Petrobras said Friday it had sold its majority stake in a pre-salt exploration block in the Santos Basin to Norway's Statoil for $2.5 billion.
Madrid is seeing if it can bring criminal charges against the speaker of the Catalan parliament for urging the assembly vote for independence.
With three million Iraqi's being displaced already by the current battle against ISIL another one million risk being forced out of their homes
Facebook may be forced to pay back more than $3 billion in taxes after federal investigators asked a judge in California to force Facebook to open up its financial and business records for 2010
Six Michigan state workers have been charged with hiding data that showed that Flint's water was contaminated with lead
Brazilian police have said that they have arrested a a Lebanese man who was a former member of the militant group Hezbollah and also wanted for drug trafficking.
UNICEF will continue its effort to provide aid in the north east Borno state despite an ambush attack on a convoy on Thursday
The Gülen movement has founded charter schools and universities across the world in particular in Central Asia with the Turkish ambassador warning the country over its Gulen linked schools
Viktoria Zeynep Gunes, 18-year-old swimmer who escaped Crimea in 2013, will now represent Turkey in Rio Olympics
Juncker has warned of concerns of the EU refugee deal collapsing after the failed July 15 coup attempt
Security forces have exchanged fire with protesters backing opposition group holding hostages in a police building in Yerevan.
Austria has turned over two men who were part of the ISIL network who were responsible for the Paris attack in November