Firefighters are on high alert for a catastrophic threat from bush fires in Australia. Residents of some 100,000 homes near Sydney are at risk and are being urged to leave their homes.
Protesters have demanded that the conservative government do more to tackle climate change. Fires raging across parts of Australia have produced a toxic smoke that is choking the country's largest city.
Officials advised Sydney residents to stay indoors as parts of Australia's most populous city were covered in smoke from nearby bushfires. Firefighters warned that more hot and windy days were on the way.
The premier of the Australian state of New South Wales has declared a state of emergency as deadly bushfires continue to rage. Three people have been killed so far, with fires now threatening the city of Sydney.
New South Wales Police have detained a 20-year-old on suspicion of starting a blaze. Fires in the region have so far caused more than a million hectares of damage, with no end in sight, according to authorities.
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