Today: Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jun 12, 2011

Volcanic ash cloud could disrupt flights all week, New Zealand

Bolts of lightning light up the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano as it explodes, sending tonnes of ash 15,000m into the sky. Photo / AP
Bolts of lightning light up the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano as it explodes, sending tonnes of ash 15,000m into the sky. Photo / AP
Flights over New Zealand could be disrupted for days as ash from the Chilean volcanic eruption drifts across the country.
The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile began erupting on June 4, with the ash plume drifting thousands of kilometres across the South Atlantic, South Africa, Indian Ocean, Tasmania and now across New Zealand.
It forced the cancellation of more than 60 New Zealand flights and left more than 7000 passengers stranded over the weekend.

Report: Military vehicles storm Syrian town - CNN.com


Syrian mourners at a funeral service of an anti-regime protester on the Syrian side of the Syria-Turkey border, on June 11, 2011.

Syrian mourners at a funeral service of an anti-regime protester on the Syrian side of the Syria-Turkey border, on June 11, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: Report: Authorities find decapitated and mutilated bodies in a mass grave
NEW: Syrian state television says a soldier is killed in the clashes
British foreign secretary: Many have fled the Syrian "military offensive" in Jisr al-Shugur
U.N. chief: "The use of military force against civilians is unacceptable"
(CNN) -- At least three people were killed in clashes as Syrian forces surged into a northwestern city Sunday, state media reported.
Jisr al-Shugur was under heavy shelling as hundreds of military vehicles entered the city and helicopters hovered in the sky, said the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of human rights activists.

Iran always ready for nuclear talks with G5+1: FM



Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi speaks during the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Tehran, Iran, June 12, 2011. The second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
TEHRAN, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday Iran is always ready for nuclear talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1).
"If they (West) are ready (for talks), we are ready," he told Xinhua on the sidelines of the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference held by Iran.

Turkey's Erdogan set for victory with reduced majority | Reuters

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By Seda Sezer and Daren Butler
ISTANBUL | Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:36pm EDT
(Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party was set to win Sunday's parliamentary election with 50.2 percent of the vote, but looked unlikely to get enough seats to call a referendum on a planned new constitution. A Muslim democracy and candidate for the European Union, Turkey has become an economic powerhouse and influential player on the global stage since Erdogan's AK Party first swept to power in 2002.

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