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2006-01-27 20:50:00

CANBERRA -- Cooler conditions and a little rain calmed deadly bushfires in the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday and allowed weary firefighters to make some headway in their battle, but authorities warned the crisis was not over. Firefighters managed to control one of the four most dangerous blazes -- three of which are less than 100 km (60 miles) from Melbourne, Australia's second-most-populous city -- but the rest are still burning out of control. Hundreds of people have evacuated...

2006-01-27 08:53:08

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-27 01:13:10

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Thunderstorms sweeping across the bushfire-ravaged Australian state of Victoria dampened some of the deadly fires with patchy rain, but lightning sparked a new blaze and threatens to wreak more havoc in the coming days. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes as four large blazes burned out of control and stretched firefighting resources. Three of the fires are less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne....

2006-01-26 03:50:00

CANBERRA -- Firefighters battling bushfires threatening numerous towns and communities in southern Australia on Thursday are now face a new risk -- severe thunderstorms with wind gusts of up to 110 km (68 miles) per hour. Hundreds of people have fled their homes as high temperatures and strong winds fanned four dangerous blazes -- three less than 100 km (62 miles) from Australia's second most-populous city Melbourne -- causing them to jump containment lines. A massive blaze in the Grampians...

2006-01-23 21:20:22

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Firefighters in three Australian states raced on Tuesday to control ferocious bushfires that have left three people dead, destroyed homes and killed tens of thousands of livestock before expected hot windy weather returns. Cooler conditions overnight allowed emergency services to make some headway in their battle against the blazes, but several massive bushfires in Victoria, Western Australia and the island state of Tasmania were still burning out of control....

2006-01-01 03:53:14

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Raging bushfires destroyed several homes and threatened others north of Sydney on Sunday as scorching temperatures and hot, dry winds fanned fires across southeastern Australia. Temperatures reached up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 F) in some areas, and firefighters were battling scores of blazes, although authorities said cooler weather and rain were bringing relief to South Australia and parts of Victoria. In New South Wales, Australia's most populous state,...

2005-12-31 02:48:05

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Firefighters throughout southeastern Australia were on high alert on Saturday, battling a series of minor blazes amid soaring temperatures and high winds that threatened potentially dangerous bushfires. Two fires, in rural Victoria and South Australia states, posed a danger to local communities, authorities said, while other small blazes in Victoria and Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, were mainly under control. Gusting hot winds took the...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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