• Volcanic ash again closes Bali airport

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    DENPASAR, Indonesia: Indonesia will extend the closure of an international airport on popular Bali resort island to Thursday due to ash from an erupting volcano, an official said Wednesday, grounding more than 100 flights. Authorities had closed the Ngurah Rai International Airport late Tuesday due to a large ash cloud drifting from Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the nearby island of Lombok. A total of 106 flights on Wednesday were canceled, including 59 international flights. Australian airlines Virgin Australia and Jetstar had already canceled all flights Tuesday, deeming conditions unsafe for flying, with Virgin also scrapping its roster for Wednesday. Ash from a different volcano stranded thousands of passengers on Bali for days during the peak holiday season in July.

    AFP

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