INTERNATIONAL NEWS: At least 50 feared dead in Greece wildfires

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At least 50 people are feared dead in wildfires burning in part of Greece.

According to the Red Cross, 26 bodies were found in the yard of a villa in the seaside village of Mati, which is at the centre of the disaster.

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Before news of the grim discovery, the official death toll reportedly stood at 24.

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Most of the victims were trapped in the village 40km (25 miles) north-east of Athens, and died either in their homes or their cars.

As part of a huge rescue effort, emergency workers also used boats and helicopters to evacuate a beach.

Officials also said a search-and-rescue operation is being conducted for 10 tourists who fled one of the fires in a boat.

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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said: "We will do whatever is humanly possible to control it."