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Volcanic Eruption Closes 3 Indonesian Airports

Thousands of tourists are stranded on three Indonesian islands after ash from the Mount Rinjani volcano forced the closure of airports and blanketed villages and farmlands. Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island blasted ash and debris 3,500 meters (11,480 feet) into the air on Wednesday, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman.   The eruption shut down flights at the Ngurah Rai international airport in Bali, about 135 kilometers (84 miles) from Lombok,...

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