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Philippines prepares for another volcano eruption

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/15/20, 12:03 pm

Authorities in the Philippines are debating whether to allow residents of a volcanic island to return after a devastating eruption. The Taal volcano poses a near-constant threat to the 5,000 villagers who live on the island, but many of them live off the land and have nowhere else to go. Taal erupted Sunday for the first time in 43 years and has continued to spew red hot lava into the sky since then. For now, the government has closed the island because scientists say the volcano could blow again at any moment.

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Iran admits it shot down plane

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/11/20, 10:22 am

An Iranian officer mistook a Ukrainian jetliner for an incoming cruise missile and decided to fire on it, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh of the Revolutionary Guard said Saturday. In a broadcast on state TV, the general accepted full responsibility for the plane crash outside Tehran on Wednesday hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on U.S. positions in Iraq. All 176 people on board were killed.

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Ukraine probes Iran plane crash

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/20, 12:32 pm

Ukrainian authorities are exploring alternative explanations for why a passenger jet crashed Wednesday in Iran, killing everyone on board. Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, said a missile strike was among the working theories. Ukrainian investigators arrived in Iran on Thursday and are awaiting permission to examine the crash site, he said.

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