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Fort McMurray wildfire 'a perfect storm'

A Canadian Joint Operations Command aerial photo shows wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alberta Credit: MCpl VanPutten/CF Operations/Reuters

A raging wildfire in Alberta has now spread to 210,000 acres following dry and blustery conditions, coupled with high temperatures and low humidity.

Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA, told CBS: "The flames are moving so fast that they are nearly impossible to fight. In a way, it's a perfect storm."

The Alberta government have confirmed 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters and 22 air tankers were currently tackling 49 wildfires across the western and southern parts of the state.

According to local media, over the past 24 hours a further 25,000 people have been evacuated including 8,000 by air.


Spurs midfielder Dembele accepts FA charge

Mousa Dembele faces a ban. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has announced.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's cheek during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.

The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he has not contested the charge and could now face a lengthy suspension.

Cameron and Sturgeon to 'work together constructively'

Prime Minister David Cameron has called Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to congratulate her on the SNP's election success, a Downing Street spokesman said.

David Cameron and Nicola Sturgeon Credit: PA

The SNP claimed an historic third successive victory in the Parliamentary elections - though fell just shy of a second overall majority.

In return, Ms Sturgeon congratulated Mr Cameron on the gains made by the Conservatives, who won an all-time high of 31 seats - pushing Labour into third place.

The spokesman said the leaders discussed how they could work together on issues such as those facing the steel industry.

The Prime Minister and Ms Sturgeon agreed that the UK and Scottish Governments must continue to work together constructively, most crucially in the short term on the future of the steel industry.

It was noted that the two governments sharing information and experience could be of benefit to the steel industry across the UK, and they agreed to keep in touch on this issue.

– Downing Street spokesman

Resting Canadian firefighters pictured taking a break

Seven firefighters in the Canadian town of Fort McMurray have been snapped taking their first rest in almost a day.

Posted online by the Strathcona Fire Department, the firefighters are pictured in an apparently safe area, lying on the grass with houses seemingly unaffected from the devastating wildfires that have engulfed other parts of the state.

Alberta firefighters are currently tackling one of the worst bush fires in Canadian history with over 90,000 people - including whole towns 30 miles away - evacuated.


Cameron: Labour has 'completely lost touch' with people

David Cameron has hailed the Tories "stunning" results in Scotland on Super Thursday and said the elections show Labour has "completely lost touch" with the people it was supposed to represent.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the party had "hung on" and "grew support" in council elections across England in the face of poor predictions.

Foreign Secretary condemns 'horrifying' refugee airstrike

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: Lauren Hurley / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has described the bombing of a refugee camp in north-west Syria as "horrifying."

Joining the international outcry, Mr Hammond said: "Reports of the bombing of a refugee camp in Samarda... are horrifying. The Assad regime's contempt for efforts to restore the cessation of hostilities in Syria is clear for all to see."

Earlier on Thursday, the Mariinsky orchestra from St Petersburg performed at the ancient city of Palmyra - an act Hammond called "tasteless."

"This attack [in Samarda] took place against the backdrop of a concert in Palmyra, a tasteless attempt to distract attention from the continued suffering of millions of Syrians. It shows that there are no depths to which the regime will not sink. It is time for those with influence over Assad to say enough is enough."

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