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Local residents use tree branches to fight a fire restart in Thrakomakedones, near Mount Parnitha, north of Athens, on Aug. 7. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Fires are spreading through Greece uncontrolled for a fifth day, destroying land and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate the second-biggest island of Evia, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The fire began in Evia on Tuesday before spreading across thousands of acres of forest in the north, per Reuters.

  • The wildfires, which come amid Greece's worst heatwave in more than 30 years, have destroyed homes and businesses and killed animals.
  • Greece has deployed its army to fight the fires and has received assistance from other countries, including Cyprus, France and Israel. Germany also said it was sending firefighters and vehicles.
  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the situation a "nightmarish summer," adding the government's priority "has been, first and foremost, to protect human lives."
  • Dozens of wildfires emerged over the last 24 hours, with the biggest flames still burning in Evia and areas in the Peloponnese including Arkadia and Ancient Olympia.
  • "(It's) really bad," Thanasis Kaloudis, a resident of Thrakomakedones, told Reuters. "All of Greece has burned."

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Aug 13, 2021 - World

French officials call for increased security at vaccine sites amid vandalism

People continue their protests for the fourth week in a row after the highest constitutional authority in France ruled in favor of measures for a COVID-19 "health pass." Photo: Alaattin Dogru/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

France leaders are calling for increased security at vaccination centers and pharmacies across the country as thousands of people protest against the government's COVID-19 health policy pass, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: Local authorities in France have found 22 cases of vandalism since July 12 at vaccine sites, including Nazi symbols and bomb threats, per Reuters.

Firefighters tackling 105 blazes face further threat as heat wave looms

A partially burned truck on Wednesday near a downed electrical power pole after the Dixie Fire moved through the area in Greenville, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Fresh evacuation orders were issued in California and Montana on Wednesday, as firefighters in U.S. Western states battled 105 large fires — and authorities warned more wildfires could ignite as a dangerous heat wave looms.

Driving the news: The National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday fire managers could see an "[i]nitial attack and large fire activity could increase in the Northern California, Northwest, portions of the Great Basin and Northern Rockies areas due to hot, dry and windy conditions and the potential for lightning."

Updated 29 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

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