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After an uncommonly dry winter and spring, almost 79 percent of the Portuguese mainland was enduring extreme or severe drought at the end of July. (AFP photo) Manila Bulletin

Portugal battling fresh wildfires

By Agence France Presse Portugal was battling a new rash of forest fires ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures, as authorities warned of further…

Several areas of Italy including the capital Rome are struggling with water shortages. (AFP/File / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome

By Agence France-Presse Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned Wednesday. The Lazio region…