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More than 3,000 people evacuated as volcano Villarrica erupts in southern Chile

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Ash and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago, on Tuesday. Photo - Reuters
Volcano Villarrica in southern Chile erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, sending a plume of ash and lava high into the sky, and forcing the evacuation of nearby communities

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Iraqi forces seek to seal off IS militants around Tikrit
Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and militiamen sought to seal off IS militants in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the militants

Hadi wants Yemen reconciliation talks moved to Saudi Arabia
Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi called on Tuesday for troubled UN-brokered reconciliation talks to be moved to neighbouring Saudi Arabia if agreement cannot be reached on a venue inside Yemen

Egyptian court defers parliamentary election indefinitely
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