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2006-01-02 00:21:04

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooler weather and light rain across southeastern Australia on Monday helped contain scores of bushfires that destroyed 15 homes and vast areas of farmland over the weekend. Firefighters said 27 bushfires continued to burn across the most populous state of New South Wales on Monday, and could take up to four days to fully control, although there was no immediate threat to homes. Up to 50 fires flared across the state at the weekend, fueled by strong winds and...

2006-01-01 15:56:14

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cooler weather and light rain on Monday helped Australian firefighters battling scores of bushfires that destroyed 15 homes over the weekend amid soaring temperatures. At least 50 fires broke out in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, gutting three homes at two small seaside communities north of Sydney and another five at Junee in the state's west where fire killed livestock and burned out about 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of farmland....


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
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.
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