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Crews race to contain fire near Athens after thousands flee

Firefighters in Greece raced Wednesday to fully contain a wildfire on the outskirts of Athens that destroyed or seriously damaged dozens of homes overnight, forced thousands to flee, and threatened a former royal palace, as high temperatures fueled wildfires across the country.

Burned vehicles after a wildfire in Varibobi area, northern Athens, Greece, on Aug. 4, 2021. (Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)