More homes destroyed as Australia battles major bushfire

More than 30 homes are feared destroyed as firefighters battle the worst bushfire in South Australia for three decades, with officials warning Sunday of a threat to lives even as weather conditions improve.

Homes lost as bushfire rages out of control in Australia

Dozens of homes were feared lost as an intense bushfire raged out of control in South Australia on Saturday, with firefighters struggling to contain the worst blaze in decades as strong winds fanned the flames.

Two Australian boys held for blast that caused bushfire

Three people were killed and many injured on Monday, police said, when a car ploughed into pedestrians and caught fire in Beijing`s Tiananmen Square, the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests bloodily suppressed by the government.

Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

Fire officials defended Australia`s defense department today after investigators revealed a military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have torn across the nation`s most populous state over the past week.

Plane fighting Australia fires crashes as cooler weather eases threat

A plane dousing wildfires in bushland around the Australia`s biggest city, Sydney, crashed into a national park on Thursday, sparking a new fire to add to 55 still burning across the state of New South Wales.

Bushfires in Australia still raging but major threat averted

The firefighter officials battling the wildfire in the state of New South Wales in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney said that the worst fears from the blazes are over but the crisis are far from over yet.

Military exercise sparked big Australian wildfire

A military training exercise ignited the largest of the wildfires that have ravaged Australia`s most populous state in the past week, investigators said on Wednesday.

Bushfires in Australia: Major fire threat averted for today

Authorities on Wednesday said that people in Blue Mountains region can return to their home as a possible fire threat for the day has been averted.

Australia merges blazes in wildfire battle

Firefighters today deliberately merged two major blazes in southeastern Australia in a desperate battle to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.

Australia`s bushfire insurance claims hit $96 mn

At least 900 bushfire claims have been lodged with the Australian insurers so far, with losses of more than 100 million Australian dollars ($96 million), the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said Tuesday.

Bushfires push Australian region in state of emergency

Australian region of New South Wales is in a state of emergency following over 56 bushfires burning across the state, of which 12 are reportedly out of control.

New South Wales Blue Mountains fires could merge into one: Report

Adding fuel to the concerns sparked by Australian bushfires across New South Wales, the fire commissioner has warned that three fires could merge into one, worsening the situation, reports said.

Australia issues `catastrophic` alerts as fires rage

"Catastrophic" alerts have been issued in Australia after record-breaking temperatures and wild lightning storms sparked more than 100 fires across the country, officials said on Saturday.