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Australians flee as soaring temperature, winds threaten to fan fires

Reuters Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Residents in parts of eastern Australia evacuated their homes on Tuesday as soaring temperatures and strong winds threatened to fan bushfires in a giant blaze north of Sydney, the country's biggest city.
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