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Etna volcano wakes up in Italy producing quakes, column of ash

Etna volcano wakes up in Italy producing quakes, column of ash

Science
Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Mount Etna volcano, the highest in activity in Europe and one of the most active in the world, woke up Monday morning producing intense seismic activity and producing a cloud of ash visible from several miles away. The activity started at 8:50 a.m. local time and just in the first three hours there were nearly 130 earthquakes, according to a statement from the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology. The earthquakes were accompanied by the emission of a dark cloud of ash, it added. Authorities have issued a yellow alert but are monitoring the activity, Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera reported. The nearby airport of Catania functioned throughout the day without problems other than one hour of flight interruptions, during the afternoon, the newspaper re...
What missing journalist wrote in his final column

What missing journalist wrote in his final column

World
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's final column for The Washington Post has been published two weeks after he went missing. The US resident's assistant sent his passionate article on the lack of press freedom in the Arab world a day after he was reported missing after entering Istanbul's Saudi consulate on 2 October.Karen Attiah, the Post's global opinions editor, said the paper held off publishing the column until Wednesday night "because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together"."Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post," she wrote. Image: Jamal Khashoggi's assistant sent his final column the day after he went missing Mr Khashogg...
Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Technology
Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 4,900 meters southward. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a "red notice" to airlines. Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in t...
Andy Murray column: My first Wimbledon, the Lions, and learning from boxing

Andy Murray column: My first Wimbledon, the Lions, and learning from boxing

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Wimbledon 2017 on the BBCVenue: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July Starts: 11:30 BSTLive: Coverage across BBC TV, BBC Radio and BBC Sport website with further coverage on Red Button, Connected TVs and app. Click for full times.When I first played at Wimbledon I ate pizza before my matches and was staying in someone's basement, so I've come a pretty long way.I didn't actually know that I was through to my 10th Wimbledon quarter-final until someone told me after Monday's match.This is the tournament, and Centre Court is the place, where I've played my best tennis, and I guess that consistency proves it.I lost that first quarter-final in 2008 in straight sets to Rafael Nadal, and I must admit I ...