Forest Fires Claim Lives in Greece

Greece is under a nationwide state of emergency Saturday as more than 170 wildfires sweep through the country, killing more than 45 people and raining ash on the capital, Athens.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said the rash of forest fires "can't be a coincidence." He suspects arson, and authorities have made at least one arrest.

Other European Union countries are sending in firefighting aircraft, equipment and firefighters.

John Psaropoulos, editor of The Athens News, talks with Debbie Elliott.

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