Australian wildfire

A Rural Fire Service firefighter tries to extinguish a fire approaching homes near the Blue Mountains suburb of Faulconbridge

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Australia's prime minister accused the U.N.'s climate change chief on Oct. 24 of "talking through her hat" when she drew a link between wildfires raging in his country and global warming. Firefighters are battling about 60 fires burning across New South Wales state, with strong winds fanning blazes in the Blue Mountains, a major commuter area of small towns west of Sydney. (Reuters)

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