Tuesday 22 January 2019

In brief: Chile volcano grounds flights

Virgin Australia will suspend flights into and out of the southern city of Adelaide when the ash cloud from a Chilean volcano returns to Australian airspace.

Volcanic ash grounded hundreds of flights and stranded thousands of passengers last week when it hovered over several Australian cities and New Zealand. By Friday, all flights were running normally. But the ash has lapped the globe again and will causing problems again tomorrow.

Virgin Australia cancelled all flights to and from Adelaide tomorrow. Other airlines are looking at meteorological data.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center said the ash could also disrupt air traffic in Sydney and Melbourne.

Winds hinder firefighters

Extremely high winds are expected to challenge firefighters trying to protect homes threatened by a pair of fires in southern and eastern Arizona.

The small New Mexico town of Luna is in the path of the massive Wallow Fire burning in eastern Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Fire breached a containment line along Highway 180 on Saturday and about 200 residents were ordered to evacuate and remained out of their homes.

Four missing after flooding

Police in Georgia said four people were missing after heavy flood waters raced through a mountain pass and swept away a roadside cafe.

The flooding on the Mtiskhevi River also caused landslides and blocked a main route.

Government officials have warned it could take two to three days to clean up after the flood.

Voters support gay partnership

Voters in Liechtenstein have overwhelmingly backed a new law giving gay and lesbian couples the right to register their partnership.

The government said 68.8pc of voters approved the law in a binding referendum. About 31.2pc voted against it.

Roman Catholic groups had challenged the law saying it would weaken family ties.

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