A huge wildfire is approaching the wealthy resort of Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol, where the authorities have evacuated thousands of people.
Flames reached the Elviria area on the edge of Marbella early on Friday.
A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, prosecutors said, following claims by his wife that he may have been poisoned.
French officials on Tuesday said prosecutors had agreed to begin an inquiry, but they have yet to appoint an investigating judge.
Typhoon Bolaven has caused damage to western parts of North Korea, already hit hard by flooding in recent weeks.
Hundreds of trees were felled and power supply cut as the storm struck, state media said.
Six US soldiers have been disciplined for the incineration in February of up to 100 Korans and other religious texts in Afghanistan, the US military said.
They will not face criminal prosecution over the incident, which sparked rioting that claimed at least 30 lives and saw two US troops shot dead.
Nine prisoners have been executed in The Gambia, despite international alarm at an apparent official policy to carry out all death penalties by next month.
The prisoners were shot dead by firing squad on Sunday, the interior ministry said.
Several hundred bodies have been found in a town near Damascus after a ferocious assault by the Syrian army, according to a watchdog group, as activists accused government forces of a gruesome "massacre".
A court in Egypt has sentenced a man to five years in prison and another 75 people to one-year suspended sentences in connection with attacks on the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Cairo last year, a court official has said.
Some foreigners are fighting in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, alongside rebels who say they are disappointed that more residents have not joined their cause.
Reporting from the frontline, Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr says the young rebels in the city have come mainly from the countryside of Aleppo province.