Philippines Warns Mount Mayon Could Erupt, Begins Evacuation
The Philippines has begun a forced evacuation of residents near the country's most active volcano, which officials warn is glowing red and could soon erupt.
Authorities said Tuesday a recent increase in volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls at Mount Mayon means there could be a hazardous eruption "within weeks."
Anyone living within six kilometers of the volcano is being evacuated. Soldiers are preventing those who have left from returning to their homes.
The 2,460-meter Mount Mayon, which is located about 340 kilometers south of Manila in Albay province, is known for its picturesque conical shape.
It has erupted dozens of times in the last several hundred years. The most violent eruption occurred in 1814, when lava buried the town of Cagsawa, killing 1,200 people.
In May 2013, five climbers were killed near the summit after the volcano spewed ash on them.
Suicide Bomber Kills Three Foreign Troops in Kabul
A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosive-filled car into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least three foreign troops and wounding five others.
NATO did not release the nationalities of the soldiers.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi says at least 13 civilians were also wounded.
The blast occurred Tuesday morning on the main road linking the U.S. embassy to the Kabul airport.
Police say the suicide bomber carried out the attack a few hundred meters from the embassy's main entrance.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.