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2005-08-26 11:40:03

By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Police in Portugal have arrested 127 people suspected of starting forest fires that have destroyed swathes of land as authorities stepped up efforts to ensure fires do not restart when temperatures rise again. Police said on Friday they had arrested the 127th person linked to the fires in central and northern Portugal that have destroyed about 5 percent of the country's forests this year and killed 14 people. "In my opinion, 80 percent of fires are...

2005-08-25 12:34:00

LISBON (Reuters) - Forest fires that have ravaged central Portugal and killed at least 14 people revived on Thursday, flaring up as summer temperatures rose during the day, the national fire service said. In the afternoon, seven small fires were out of control, the biggest near Santarem, about 60 km (35 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the service said in a statement. Cooler weather and clouds had helped firefighters snuff out fires that have devastated forests in central Portugal and on...

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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.