Amazon fires "so much worse than before" say locals

In Porto Velho, capital of a Brazilian state ravaged by recent fires, residents are on edge and falling ill from the pervasive smoke. A hymn describes the city's sky as forever blue, but now it's grey with smoke.

Tallest Pagoda in Asia Burns to the Ground

This is the tallest pagoda in Asia, and it’s burning to the ground. The Buddhist pagoda was about 15 stories high and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It was being renovated after the original was destroyed in 2008 during an earthquake. Now it will have to be renovated again. The fire burned for over four hours. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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