Greece battles new blazes as firefighters make progress in Spain
19 August 2021 | 6:32 am
Officials in Spain said that, while wildfires could now be under control, the possibility of another flare-up was high as forests are very dry. In Greece, two new blazes were being tackled.
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Greek firefighters have been battling blazes on numerous fronts, including near the capital. Prosecutors ordered an investigation into the causes of the fires and alleged claims of racism and scapegoating of migrants.
The president of the Spanish Soccer Federation, Luis Rubiales, has said he will not resign after kissing a player on the lips after the Women's World Cup Final.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze at the edge of Greece's Dadia national park. The European Commission described it as the largest single fire in the history of the EU.
Conservative leader Nunez Feijoo had asked the Socialist Sanchez to back his government formation for two years. Spain faces the threat of remaining in political deadlock, since the July general election.
The wildfires raging in northern Greece are causing unprecedented devastation. Nature reserves have gone up in flames and livelihoods have been destroyed. Some Greeks have accused migrants of starting the blaze.
The Greek island of Paros, in the Cyclades, is a popular tourist destination during the summer season, when around 450,000 visitors flock to the picturesque island of 12,000 inhabitants. But locals have become exacerbated by this huge influx of tourists and the illegal privatisation of certain beaches. Protests have even erupted on Paros under the banner of "Reclaim the beach".
Nearly two weeks after Spain's soccer boss forcibly kissed World Cup star Jenni Hermoso on the lips during a globally televised event, he has refused to step down. The Spanish government is now upping the pressure.
The Spanish men's soccer team on Monday criticised the country's football chief Luis Rubiales for his “unacceptable behaviour” towards women's player Jenni Hermoso. Rubiales forcibly kissed Hermoso on the lips after Spain won the Women's World Cup two weeks ago.
The future of the Spanish FA boss hangs in the balance. But for women’s football, the backlash against Luis Rubiales and the stunning World Cup win could pave a path to a brighter future.
At least seven people have died after torrential rains caused flash flooding in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. The deluge comes on the heels of extreme heat over summer.
More than a dozen people died in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria as heavy rains hit parts of those countries. Record rainfall hit the central region of Magnesia in Greece.
Spanish suspended football federation chief Luis Rubiales could face a sexual assault charge, after player Jenni Hermoso filed a criminal complaint over the unsolicited kiss he gave her at the Women's World Cup final.
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