Hundreds of acres of heathland destroyed as wildfires spread across Scottish Highlands

Huge grassland fire brought under control before it reaches Scottish town after burning through the night Dozens of firefighters battled blaze near Fort William in Scottish Highlands Hundreds of acres of heath, grass and trees have burned in dry conditions Cause unknown but farmers are currently allowed to set moorland on fireLocal Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy praises efforts of emergency services By Becky Evans and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 22:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:03 GMT, 2 April 2013 Firefighters worked through the night to bring under control a huge grassland blaze. Crews were called to tackle the wildfire north of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands at around 4pm yesterday, which broke out on grassland and heath north of the B8004, stretching for three miles. Ross, Skye and Lochaber Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy praised the efforts of emergency service crews who tackled the fire, with no properties in the area having to be evacuated

Syrian "dictator" Bashar al-Assad "cannot win", says his OWN vice president

Syrian 'dictator' Bashar al-Assad 'cannot win', says his OWN vice president Farouq al-Sharaa says neither Assad nor the rebels can can win the warBattle now being fought on outskirts of Assad's powerbase in DamascusMost prominent figure to say in public that Assad will not win | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 17 December 2012 President Bashar al-Assad can not win the Syrian war according to his own vice president. Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of the president or rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad's powerbase in Damascus. Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad's Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president's inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels.

House built in the middle of a motorway in China is finally demolished

No longer living in the fast lane: Elderly Chinese couple finally give in and let bulldozers pull down their house after motorway was built around it Elderly couple refused to have their home demolished, saying the compensation offered was not enough But they are thought to have accepted an increased amount from the Chinese GovernmentHouse became a symbol of resistance against authorities that often pressure residents into making way for developers | UPDATED: 15:47 GMT, 1 December 2012 At five storeys high, it stood in the middle of a newly-built motorway as a symbol of resistance. But after refusing to relocate while authorities built a giant road around their home, an elderly Chinese couple has finally admitted defeat.