Aircraft warned as volcano shoots ash
MANILA • A rumbling volcano in the central Philippines shot a huge column of ash into the sky yesterday, prompting the official aviation agency to warn aircraft to stay away.
Mount Kanlaon, located in the central island of Negros, launched a plume of ash about 1.5km into the air, said Mr Kenn John Veracruz of the official Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
Sri Lankan refugees allowed to land in Aceh
LHOKNGA (Aceh) • Dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat off Indonesia were allowed to come ashore yesterday, easing a tense stand-off with the local authorities that drew international condemnation.
The 44 migrants, including many women and children, had been stuck on a boat off Aceh province for a week because the authorities in the western province refused to allow them to disembark.
But officials relented yesterday.