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05 Dec 2022
Indonesia evacuates villagers as volcano erupts on Java island
A volcano has erupted in Indonesia, spewing a cloud of ash 15km into the sky and forcing the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people, authorities have said, as they issued their highest warning for the area in the east of Java island. There were no immediate reports of any casualties from the eruption of the Semeru volcano, and Indonesia’s transport ministry said air travel was not affected, but notices had been sent to two regional airports for them to be vigilant. “Most roads have been closed since this morning, and now it is raining volcanic ash, and it has covered the view of the mountain,” Bayu Deny Alfianto, a community volunteer, told Reuters by telephone from near the volcano. Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java, erupted last year killing more than 50 people and displacing thousands. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said 1,979 people had been moved to 11 shelters and authorities had distributed masks to residents. The Japan Meteorological Agency, which had initially been on alert for the possibility the volcano could trigger a tsunami, said the volcano’s plume of ash reached a height of 15km (50,000 feet). The eruption, 400 miles (640km) east of the capital, Jakarta, follows a series of earthquakes in the west of Java, including one last month that killed more than 300 people. Indonesia’s Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, PVMBG, raised the level of volcanic activity to its highest level and warned residents not to approach within five miles (8km) of Semeru.

14 Nov 2022
Lebanon, Algeria condemn Istanbul's deadly attack
Lebanon and Algeria condemned on Sunday the deadly bomb attack in Türkiye's Istanbul that killed at least six people and injured 81. In a statement, Lebanon's Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered its condolences to the Turkish government and families of the victims, wishing "a speedy recovery for the injured." It also expressed its "full solidarity with Türkiye in these dire circumstances." In a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said his country is "confident that Türkiye will remain stronger than adversity, with the determination of its leadership and the solidarity of its people." The explosion, which hit the busy pedestrian Istiklal avenue of Istanbul on Sunday, was confirmed by the Turkish side to be a terror attack. Meanwhile, Algeria condemned "in the strongest terms the terrorist bombing," and expressed its full solidarity with the government and the people of Türkiye during the hard moments, read a statement from the Algerian Foreign Ministry. The statement also urged the international community to intensify efforts to combat terrorism. "Algeria, which has suffered from the scourge of terrorism and triumphed over it, remains convinced that Türkiye can overcome this scourge thanks to the unity and steadfastness of its people and their support for the efforts of its leadership aimed at preserving the country's security and stability," said the statement.