The Taal Volcano in the Philippines has thrown molten rock into the sky, triggering official warnings that a hazardous eruption of toxic gas may be imminent. A state of calamity has been declared across the province of Batangas, south of the capital Manila. Philippine volcanologists say that there have been up to date 144 volcanic eruptions. That means that this volcano is still active. It may not look as busy as it did last night and this morning when there was a huge towering column of smoke. Today they said that they could see fishes on the side of the volcano. Lava was spraying early this morning and they say that this alert level four is maintained today. That means there could be a possible hazardous eruption in the coming hours or days.
The chief of police in the Iranian capital Tehran says officers are under orders to show restraint towards protesters’ furious over the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner. All 176 people on board were killed. The protest went on late into the night as Iranians vented their fury against the regime and against Iran’s powerful revolutionary guards who shot down the plane. Some videos on social media recorded gunshots, but the head of police in Tehran denied that any of his officers had opened fire. Iran is under intense international scrutiny as well as new pressure at home. Just days after the regime galvanized mass support following the killing of Qassem Suleimani, the country's second most powerful man, the mood has turned dramatically, and the authorities are now being ridiculed and reviled.
France's president Emmanuel Macron is hosting a summit later with his counterparts from the Sahel to discuss the military campaign against jihadist militants. Leaders from Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, known as the G5 Sahel, are gathering in the southern French town of Pau. Mr. Macron expect more than just symbolism from the meeting. He wants a clear understanding from his African counterparts that the French troops are not the occupation forces that some critics claim, and he wants to redefine the operation’s mission and gather more international support for the military campaign in the Sahel. To that end, Mr. Macron has invited the head of the European Council and the Chairman of the executive body of the African Union to join the discussions.
Firefighters in the Australian state of New South Wales said they're hopeful of containing the vast Gospels Mountain fire that has been burning near Sydney for almost three months. They say rainfall and cooler temperatures meant they had an opportunity over the next week to try to get an upper hand over the blaze, which has burned 800,000 hectares of national parkland. Dozens of other fires are still burning out of control.
Three male Kenyan teachers have been killed by suspected al-Shabaab militants in an attack on a school near the country's northeastern border with Somalia. The police say a child was injured by a stray bullet, but that female teachers and a nurse at the Kamuthe center in Garissa county was spared by the gunman.
Queen Elizabeth is holding talks at her Sandringham residence in England later to try to map out a future path for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their announcement that they want to step back as senior royals. Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry will be at the meeting. It's being called the Sandringham showdown. The queen's already there and later today she’ll be joined by other senior members of the royal family. After the initial shock, hurt and disappointment, there's now a desire to find a way forward and quickly. The key questions to answer: how will Harry and Megan fund their new lives? And what does their desire to be financially independent mean? Will the couple keep their role titles? At the moment there's no suggestion they want to renounce them. And who will foot the bill for their security?
The trial of the former head of world athletics Lamine Diack, who was charged with corruption, starts today in Paris. The 86-year-old from Senegal is facing allegations in connection with the Russian doping scandal, which surface in 2015. Mr. Diack denies having accepted bribes to allow Russian athletes who had failed drugs tests to continue competing. He also denies having received financial support from Russian officials which was allegedly used to fund political campaigns in Senegal.
Police in Bangladesh are investigating a Sufi folk singer who was arrested on Saturday under the country's controversial Digital Security Act. Shariat Sarker has been accused of hurting religious sentiment. Clerics objected to one of his performances last month, which was later made available online.