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Firefighters spent a third day battling a spate of blazes on the suburbs around the Greek capital Sunday amid gale-force winds that whipped on the fires.

"I have ashes on my desk, but I'm not smoking. Penteli mountain is," said Alexander Liaros, referring one of the suburbs where fires were raging Sunday.

More than 600 firefighters and soldiers -- aided by residents -- used whatever was at their disposal to bring the blaze under control as the flames inched closer to Athens from the northeast. Read full article »

Journalist Anthee Carassava in Athens and CNN's Saeed Ahmed in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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