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Indonesia Fire 2
Summary: Large fire at fuel depot after explosion
Story No: 592845
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 01/18/2009 09:40 PM


1. Wide shot of fire at fuel depot

2. Pan left from fuel tank to fire

3. Close up flame

4. Wide of residents walking away with their belongings

5. Medium shot of police officers standing by

6. Medium shot of resident sitting in front of their house

7. SOUNDBITE: (Indonesian) Karsi, resident near the depot

"I was inside the house when I heard an explosion. I got out and saw very big fire."

8. Wide shot of fire engine

9. Medium of firefighters standing near their truck

10. Various of firefighters on top of house hosing down flame

11. Close up of flame and smoke

13. Wide of firefighters hosing down flame.


Firefighters battled a blaze at a major fuel storage depot in northern Jakarta Sunday that sent clouds of billowing black smoke into the sky.

No one was believed to have been hurt.

It was unclear what started the fire, but explosions were heard from the tank, said a worker at the Pertamina national oil company fuel depot.

Karsi, a resident who lives near the depot, also said he I heard an explosion when he was inside his house.

Indonesians often have a single name.

A Pertamina spokesman told local El Shinta radio the tank holds about 1.3 (m) million gallons of regular gasoline.

Scores of fire trucks, hundreds of firefighters and uniformed soldiers were at the scene.

Flames reaching more than 300 feet (100 meters) into the air could be seen from several miles (kilometres) away.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the blaze, but gave no details.

Residents were cleared from the area around the Plumpang depot, which distributes about 100,000 barrels of fuel to the city every day.

Residents from the crowded shanty town surrounding the depot were removing their belongings, fearing the fire could spread to other tanks and cause more explosions at the site.

Teams of firefighters perched on walls surrounding the depot to hose the flames, attempting to contain them and keep surrounding structures cool.

It was unclear if the fire would impact fuel supplies.

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Subjects: Explosions, Building explosions, Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia
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US Fires 2
Summary: Brush fire destroys over 70 homes in California
Story No: 585406
Source: On scene video
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/14/2008 11:13 AM
People: Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe


Montecito, California

1. Various of houses burning

2. Fire truck with house burning in background

3. Close Up on fire truck light with house burning in background

4. House burning, zoom out to multiple houses burning on a hill

5. Mid of House burning, zoom out to wide of street with fire trucks

6. Various of houses burning

7. Fire truck parked in front of house

8. Close Up on burning roof, zoom out to house

9. Burning embers flying into sky

10. Fire trucks driving

11. Helicopter dropping water

12. Fire trucks lined up on street

Buena Park, California

13. Fire crew cutting trees

14. Firefighters using hose line on a burning structure

15. Firefighter with hose in his hands

16. Firefighters setting up chainsaw

17. Helicopter dropping water

18. Various of houses burning


An explosive wildfire destroyed about 70 homes, injured four people and forced thousands to flee in the ritzy southern California community of Montecito, a longtime hideaway for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe.

The fire started around 6 p.m. (0200 GMT) on Thursday and quickly spread to about 800 acres (325 hectares), destroying dozens of homes in less than five hours in the foothills of Montecito, just southeast of Santa Barbara.

Several fire departments were battling the flames as thick plumes of smoke hovered overhead.

Montecito fire spokeswoman said about a quarter of the community of 10-thousand people was evacuated and more could be moved out if the fire spreads.

Two people who suffered smoke inhalation and two others with substantial burns, said the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's director of public affairs.

About 125 engines and three water-dropping helicopters were en route or at the scene, said a spokeswoman for Santa Barbara County.

Firefighters faced wind gusts as high as 70 mph (112 kph) on Thursday night.

Gusts were expected to remain strong through early Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The fierce winds known locally as "sundowners" blow from land to sea in the evening, reversing the normal onshore flow of cool, moist sea breezes.

They are caused by the area's unique topography.

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Subjects: Residential fires, Property damage, Wildfires, Fires, Accidents and disasters, General news, Wildfires, Natural disasters
People: Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe
Locations: California, United States
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US Wildfires
Summary: At least one killed as battle to contain fires continues
Story No: 571021
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 07/11/2008 10:24 PM
People: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush


1. Wide of flames on hillside

2. Mid of wildfire, pan up to more fires burning

3. Firefighters walking through bush

4. Firefighter holding hose, pan to fire

5. Mid of firefighter walking near fire engines

6. Wide of fire


7. Wide of firefighter standing by blaze

8. Firefighters standing near fire engine

9. Wide of firemen by side of the road

10. Wide of photographer

11. Wide of flames against hillside

12. Fire truck driving near flames

13. Various of wildfire

14. Wide of firefighter by blaze

15. Tracking shot of flames


Wildfires in northern California killed at least one person on Friday and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes.

In the town of Concow, over 50 homes were burnt to the ground and in the nearby town of Paradise, some 10-thousand residents were forced to leave their homes.

At least one person died after the wildfire swept through an area near Concow, fire officials said on Friday.

The state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed the death, but did not provide any details.

Officials said the unprecedented fire season, plagued by drought and high temperatures, had seen the most fires burning at any one time in

recorded California history.

Fire officials estimated about 320 fires were still burning in the state this week.

Most of the blazes began during a massive 21 June lightning storm that sparked 800 wildfires across northern California.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered an additional two-thousand National Guard troops to help firefighting efforts around the state, while President George W. Bush scheduled a visit to the state next week to survey the damage.

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Subjects: Wildfires, Fires, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Government and politics, General news, Wildfires
People: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush
Locations: Butte County, Idaho, United States
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UK Fire 2
Summary: Fire consumes Camden market and celebrity hangout
Story No: 553768
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 02/09/2008 10:02 PM
People: Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss



1. Wide shot of fire fighters spraying water onto Hawley Arms

2. Wide shot of flames over Hawley Arms

3. Wide shot of flames

4. Various of fire crews spraying fire with water


5. Mid shot of Camden Lock market, fire engines

6. Fire, smoke rising

7. Various of flames rising behind building

8. Fire engine hosing water on building, pan to flames rising behind building

9. People looking at fire, taking pictures

10. Various of flames rising over building

11. Zoom in on fire rising over building

12. Various of flames rising

13. Fire engine, flames in background near Hawley Arms pub

14. Various of flames rising

15. Various of firefighters hosing water on building


A major fire tore through London's famous Camden market late on Saturday, ripping through market stalls and partially consuming an iconic pub, fire officials and witnesses said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

More than 100 firefighters and 20 engines battled the blaze at the sprawling clothes and crafts market, one of the British capital's top shopping and tourist destinations that spreads over more than a dozen city blocks.

Hundreds of people poured out into the streets, taking pictures of the inferno as police tried to push the crowds back and set up protective cordons.

At one point, flames shot up around 40 feet (12 metres), sending huge plumes of smoke billowing as bright red sparks crackled in the night sky.

London's fire department said it was alerted at 1910 GMT, according to its Web site, and firefighters said the flames were being brought under control more than three hours after the blaze was reported.

It was unclear how much damage had been done to the market.

AP Television reporters, whose headquarters face the market area, said the fire spread quickly across the market and surrounding buildings, consuming part of the Hawley Arms, a famous pub that has attracted celebrities, including singer Amy Winehouse and model Kate Moss.

Firefighters concentrated water hoses on the upper stories of the building housing the pub, as glowing yellow smoke poured out from the top of the roof.

The culturally vibrant Camden area has six open-air and indoor markets, which are popular with tourists and residents, selling everything from handmade soaps to second hand clothing.

The market also has dozens of food stalls.

It was unclear what started the fire, but the maze-like markets are packed tightly on weekends when hordes of tourists descend on Camden to snap up T-shirts and jewellery.

The area is also known for its alternative bars and clubs and shops, which are typically packed on weekends.

Keyword camden fire

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Subjects: Fires, Celebrity, Accidents and disasters, General news, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment
People: Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss
Locations: Camden, New Jersey, United States
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China Hotel Fire
Summary: Fire guts unfinished Mandarin Oriental hotel amid holiday fireworks
Story No: 595151
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 02/09/2009 03:11 PM
People: Rem Koolhaas

An unfinished Beijing hotel was on Monday destroyed by a fire that broke out amid holiday fireworks celebrations.

The Mandarin Oriental hotel caught fire sometime before 9:00 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) on Monday night as the skies of the Chinese capital were filled with fireworks celebrating the lantern festival.

There were no reports of deaths or injuries resulting from the fire.

The entire building hotel was engulfed in flames, sending off huge plumes of black smoke and showering the ground below with embers.

At least seven fire crews were on the scene and police held back crowds of onlookers.

The hotel, due to open this year, lies on the northern edge of a complex that also includes CCTV's imposing Z-shaped headquarters, a major prestige project for the city.

The Mandarin Oriental was due to be one of Beijing's most luxurious hotels, with 241 guest rooms.

Both buildings were designed by Rotterdam, Netherlands, architects Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren for the firm OMA.

Both were nearing the end of construction. Along with Mandarin Oriental, the hotel building was to have housed a visitors centre, a theatre and exhibition spaces.

Beijing usually tightly restricts the use of fireworks in the downtown area, but waives the rules each year during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Monday, the final day of the exemption period, marked the first full moon since the Lunar New Year, and massive fireworks barrages exploded between buildings and in open spaces throughout the city.



1. Wide of Mandarin Oriental hotel on fire with fire truck driving by

2. Flames

3. Mid of policemen blocking people

4. Mid of fire truck

5. Tilt up of building on fire

6. Zoom out from building on fire

7. Pan of fire truck driving by building

8. Wide of building on fire

9. Tilt down of building on fire

10. Various of building on fire

11. Tilt up of building on fire

12. Wide of building on fire

13. Various of building on fire

14. Smoke billowing from top of building, moon

15. Pan from another building to building on fire

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Subjects: Commercial fires, Architecture, Fires, Accidents and disasters, General news, Arts and entertainment
People: Rem Koolhaas
Locations: Beijing
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Nigeria Fire 2
Summary: AP cover of pipeline fire which killed about 100
Story No: 564938
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/16/2008 09:21 AM


1. Burning Flame

2. People on street

3. Tractor burning, zoom in

4. Fire truck moving into position

5. Burning tractor

6. Fire truck

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, no name given:


"The operator is trying to push the (inaudible). So they now use ripper to pull up the pipeline. (inaudible). They have told him that's the pipeline there. They cannot tell him what he is doing that is his job. They can't teach him anything. So you can see, this is my house."

8. Wrecked house

9. Vehicles on street

10. Wrecked house

11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop, no name given:

"They can't move anything, there is a lot of dead bodies here."

12. Pan to fire

13. Burning tractor

14. Various, fire


A road-grader accidentally tore open a fuel pipeline in Nigeria and sent an inferno raging over houses and a school, setting off a stampede of terrified children and killing about 100 people and injuring 20, a Red Cross official said.

It was still unclear how many children were among the people killed.

The road construction equipment was working in Ijegun village on the distant outskirts of Nigeria's main city, Lagos, when it pierced the pipe and fuel began spewing into the surrounding neighbourhood on Thursday, Red Cross disaster coordinator Suleman Maikubi said.

Moments later, an explosion billowed oily plumes of flame and soot high into the air, witnesses said.

Pupils in a crowded secondary school rushed from their classrooms in panic as blazing fuel flowed toward the compound.

Children were squeezed against the schoolyard walls during the stampede out the exit gate and some of the youngsters were killed, villagers said.

Hundreds of onlookers gaped at the fire, which could be seen from miles away, as firefighters sent water jetting into the conflagration.

Pipeline fires are common in Nigeria. More than 400 people died in two similar pipeline explosions in Lagos in 2006 and at least 40 died in December.

Authorities frequently blame the disasters on criminal gangs that tap into pipelines to siphon fuel for sale. After the gangs move on, people crowd in to scavenge for fuel and a spark can set leaked fuel ablaze.

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Subjects: Fires, Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: Nigeria, Lagos, West Africa, Africa
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UK Smoke 4
Summary: WRAP Thick black smoke from fire at Olympics construction site ADDS Flames, vox pops
Story No: 543414
Source: AP, SKY, AP (Amateur Video)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/12/2007 04:11 PM



1. Various helicopter aerials showing site of fire

AP (Amateur Video)


2. Close ups of flames and smoke from fire


3. Various helicopter aerials showing site of fire

4. Aerial of fire engines at the site

5. Aerial of fire officers fighting fire

6. Aerial of fire engines at the site

7. Aerial of hose spraying water from crane onto fire

8. Various helicopter aerials showing site of fire

AP Television

9. Various of smoke billowing from fire behind canal

AP Television

10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox Pop:

"I could see the thick black smoke, it was like a big black mushroom and it was just getting thicker and thicker and it was all up in the sky and it, like, looked real serious."

11. Various of fire crew directing hose on fire from crane


12. Wide shot of smoke from fire in background with London Eye in foreground


A fire at an east London warehouse on the 2012 Olympics site sent a towering column of black smoke over the British capital on Monday, authorities said.

There were no reports of injuries.

The blaze broke out shortly after noon (1206GMT) on the western boundary of the Olympic Park site in Stratford, the Olympic Delivery Authority said.

Police said there was nothing to suggest a suspicious cause.

The industrial area, about 9 kilometres (5.5 miles) east of central London, is under extensive reconstruction for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Olympics officials said the fire broke out near the site where the main press centre will be located.

About 15 fire engines and 75 firefighters were fighting the blaze, the London Fire Brigade said.

One railway line was closed because of smoke, Network Rail said.

Transport for London, the agency that operates bus and subway services, said there were three bus garages in the area but none was involved in the fire.

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Subjects: Fires, Transportation, Industrial fires, 2012 London Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Industrial accidents, Olympic games, Rail transportation industry, Accidents and disasters, General news, Events, Accidents, Transportation and shipping, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Sports
Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
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US Plant Fire
Summary: Explosion and fire at chemical plant
Story No: 541695
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/30/2007 07:01 AM


1. Wide of plumes of smoke bellowing out of Barton Solvents chemical plant

2. Close-up of fire

3. Various of smoke bellowing into sky

4. Wide of emergency vehicles at scene

5. Police officer directing traffic

6. Wide of fire truck at site of fire

7. SOUNDBITE: (English) A.J. Mumm, Polk County Emergency Management Agency coordinator:

"We will maintain defensive mode. At this point again, everyone has been evacuated from the immediate site, including employees and the public in the immediate area. So, it is still too dangerous to put any responders into harm's way at this point so we will remain in defensive mode."

8. Helicopter in background, plumes of black smoke in foreground

9. Wide of smoke and helicopter in sky

10. Wide of scene


An explosion and fire on Monday at a chemical distribution facility northeast of Des Moines in Iowa sent plumes of thick smoke into the sky and burned out of control for several hours after it ignited.

Flames and clouds of black smoke soared above the Barton Solvents facility.

Fire departments throughout the Des Moines area responded to the fire, and the smoke thinned out by early evening.

The explosion occurred about 1:15 p.m. (1815 GMT) when a substance in a warehouse was being moved into a portable storage tank, said Barton Solvents' president, who added he didn't know what substance was being moved or how it ignited.

One worker suffered slight burns and was treated at the scene, and a firefighter was taken to a hospital with heat exhaustion, officials said.

A.J. Mumm, a coordinator for the Polk County Emergency Management Agency, said 55-gallon (250 litres) barrels and 300-gallon (1364 litres) tanks exploded and there were concerns about loaded rail cars and truck tanks on the site.

"We will maintain defensive mode. At this point again, everyone has been evacuated from the immediate site, including employees and the public in the immediate area. So, it is still too dangerous to put any responders into harm's way at this point so we will remain in defensive mode," Mumm told reporters.

Firefighters battled a second blaze at a nearby recycling centre that apparently started when a flaming barrel flew from the Barton plant and landed on a wood pile at the centre, said a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Officials were still assessing damage at the recycling centre and were not sure whether the blaze had been extinguished.

Police closed Interstates 80 and 235 near the fire for more than two hours before opening them around 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), after tests showed the air quality was acceptable, officials said. However, the Federal Aviation Administration advised pilots to avoid the area because of poor visibility.

Barton Solvents Incorporated is a wholesale distributor of industrial chemicals, oils and surfactants under the Barsol trade name.

The company's president said a variety of substances were stored at the site, including hydrocarbons and petroleum-based solvents.

Of particular concern was a rail car, which was filled with hexane, a flammable chemical.

An explosion at a Barton Solvents plant in Valley Centre, Kansas, in July prompted widespread evacuations in the community of about 6-thousand people north of Wichita.

Investigators have said it was caused by static electricity as workers filled a tank that contained a dry-cleaning product.

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Subjects: Occupational accidents, Industrial accidents, Chemical plant explosions, Industrial fires, Chemicals manufacturing, Explosions, Evacuations, Emergency management, Accidents and disasters, Accidents, General news, Chemical plant explosions, Fires, Materials industry, Industries, Business, Government and politics
Locations: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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US Fires
Summary: AP night pictures from San Diego area
Story No: 541140
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 10/25/2007 03:40 PM
People: George W. Bush



1. Various of flames

2. Zoom out to wide of firefighter on edge of flames

3. Various of flames and smoke


Firefighters continued to battle blazes into the early hours of Thursday morning in the rural community of Jamul, near the Mexican border, in an attempt to gain control of the sprawling wildfires that have claimed the life of one person.

A merciful easing of the winds gave fire crews on Wednesday a chance to fight back against some of the fires.

President George W. Bush was scheduled to visit the region on Thursday and promised a strong response to the disaster.

But the wind-driven infernos that are scarring vast swaths of Southern California's landscape may leave more than just a temporary path of destruction when they are finally extinguished.

The wildfires could leave a legacy of environmental devastation that will be evident for years to come, scientists say, especially in areas that have been scorched several times recently. Some of the damage may never be reversed.

Property damage has reached at least one (b) billion US dollars in San Diego County alone, and Bush has signed a major disaster declaration for California.

The death toll of one contrasts to 22 dead from a fire of similar magnitude in 2003.

And while the final toll has yet to be tallied from this week's fires, officials were crediting an automated, reverse telephone calling system that prompted the orderly evacuation of more than half a (m) million people, ten times the number evacuated four years ago.

On Wednesday winds dropped to around 21-36 miles per hour (34-58 kilometres per hour), considerably less than the fierce gusts of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour) that whipped fire zones earlier in the week.

The improving weather allowed for a greater aerial assault on the flames and helped firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes.

Firefighters had fully contained the three major fires in Los Angeles County by nightfall, and largely contained several smaller fires north of San Diego, though large fires were still burning almost unchecked.

Despite the progress firefighters had made on Wednesday, none of the six major blazes in San Diego County was more than 15 percent contained, and those fires threatened more than 8,500 houses.

The top priority was a fire in San Bernardino County that threatened 6-thousand homes and continued to rage out of control.

The causes of many fires remained under investigation.

So far, this week's fires have destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned 674 square miles (1,745 square kilometres) across five counties, from Ventura in the north all the way into Mexico.

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Subjects: Residential fires, Fires, Accidents and disasters, General news
People: George W. Bush
Locations: Jamul, California, United States
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Greece Forest Fires
Summary: 18 dead as massive forest fires rage
Story No: 534086
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/25/2007 07:12 AM




1. Various of forest fires

2. Moon

3. Various of forest fires

Seven kilometres from Zaharo


4. Various of burnt out cars in which an unknown number of people were burned to death


A wave of massive fires raged out of control across Greece early on Saturday, sweeping into mountainous towns and villages and killing at least 18 people in the south.

It was the country's deadliest forest fire toll in decades.

Rescue crews were checking reports of several other bodies found in a mountain village in the western Peloponnese, fire department spokesman Nikos Diamandis said early on Saturday.

Throughout the day on Friday and into the night, 170 fires raged across the country, with blazes reported from the western Ionian islands to Ioannina in northwestern Greece and down to the south.

The most devastating, and deadly, fires were in the Peloponnese region of the south.

Hundreds of people were reportedly trapped by the flames, many in mountainous villages in the western Peloponnese, near the town of Zaharo.

That fire, which was too large for the fire department to give accurate details on how many hectares had been burned, killed at least 11 people, including three firefighters, authorities said.

Hot, dry winds gusting to gale force throughout Friday frequently prevented firefighting planes from taking off, leaving mainly ground forces to fight the flames in the southern Peloponnese, occasionally helped by helicopters.

No respite was forecast, with strong winds expected to continue, meteorologists said.

With firefighting services stretched to the limit, the military was called in to help.

Five hundred soldiers, as well as several military helicopters, were to join the firefighting efforts at first light on Saturday. Dozens of soldiers were already helping battle the flames.

Apart from the 11 people killed near Zaharo, one more person was found dead in a separate fire near the town of Amaliada to the north, possibly of smoke inhalation, the fire department said.

Across the Peloponnese to the southeast, five people burned to death earlier Friday near a hotel on the outskirts of the town of Areopolis, including two whose charred bodies were found locked in an embrace.

Authorities were working to identify the remains. A firefighter also died of a heart attack while battling that fire, Diamandis said.

Greece has suffered its worst summer for forest fires this year, with hundreds of blazes burning thousands of hectares of forest and brushland.

A recent three-day heat wave, in which temperatures have touched 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), has left forests and shrubland parched, and the flames have been fanned by strong winds across Greece.

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Subjects: Wildfires, Fires, Forests, Accidents and disasters, General news, Wildfires, Natural disasters, Environment and nature
Locations: Greece, Western Europe, Europe
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