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Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island.

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent.

On Saturday, the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said there had been five small eruptions detected coming from the mountain, and an ash column as high as 1000 metres had been observed.

There had been a “tremendous increase” in volcano activity.

They said locals and tourists should be 12 kilometres away from the crater in some areas. theguardian.com
A failing dam is causing "extremely dangerous" flooding on a Puerto Rico river in the wake of Hurricane Maria, authorities say.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the "imminent failure" of the Guajataca Dam is a "life-threatening situation".

More than 70,000 people live in the nearby areas of Isabela and Quebradillas.

Operators of the Guajataca Dam said the structure, at the northern end of Lake Guajataca in northwest Puerto Rico, began to show signs of failing at 14:10 local time (18:10 GMT).

It sparked a flash flood emergency for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities, the NWS said in a series of tweets.

The agency urged residents in the area to "move to higher ground now" in an alert posted on its website. bbc.com
President Trump on Thursday announced new financial sanctions targeting North Korea as his administration seeks to build international support for more aggressively confronting the rogue nation, whose escalating nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have reached what U.S. officials consider a crisis point.

The new penalties seek to leverage the dominance of the U.S. financial system by forcing nations, foreign companies and individuals to choose whether to do business with the United States or the comparatively tiny economy of North Korea.

U.S. officials acknowledged that like other sanctions, these may not deter North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s drive to threaten the United States with a nuclear weapon, but is aimed at slowing him down.

Kim on Thursday reacted angrily to Trump's remarks and actions this week, calling the president a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and Trump's earlier speech at the U.N. “unprecedented rude nonsense.” 

Kim said that he was now thinking hard about how to respond.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Thursday night that the North’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said in New York that his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill Kim Jong Un’s vow to take the “highest-level” action against the United States. washingtonpost.com
The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima.

It is the third major earthquake to strike around the world in the last 24 hours - following one in Mexico that measured a magnitude of 7.1, while another 6.1 magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand.

The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km.

Details of any damage are yet to emerge, and no tsunami warning has yet been issued.

A tsunami sparked by an earthquake in the Pacific hit the nuclear plant in Fukushima in 2011 causing a major disaster - with the water disabling the emergency generators required to cool the reactors at the plant after they had automatically shut down.

The incident led Japan to close all 54 of its nuclear plants for a time, while five are now back online. independent.co.uk
To prove that he’s giving his loved ones no special treatment, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday claimed that he ordered law enforcers to kill any of his children if they were involved in the illegal drug trade.

“Ang order ko nga noon kung may anak ako nasa droga, patayin ninyo, para walang masabi ang tao," Duterte said after awarding outstanding government workers and groups in Malacañang.

"Kaya sabi ko diyan kay Pulong, ‘My orders [are] to kill you if you are caught and I will protect the police who will kill you kung totoo iyan’,” he added. 

“The better. So that may masabi ako sa tao, ayan, daldal kayo, ayan, patay na ang katawan ng anak ko,” Duterte said.

Duterte was referring to his eldest son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte who was tagged in the P6.4 billion shabu shipment mess in the Bureau of Customs. gmanetwork.com
The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years destroyed hundreds of homes, knocked out power across the entire island and turned some streets into raging rivers Wednesday in an onslaught that could plunge the U.S. territory deeper into financial crisis.

Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria blew ashore in the morning near the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 mph (250 kph).

It punished the island of 3.4 million people with life-threatening winds for several hours, the second time in two weeks that Puerto Rico has felt the wrath of a hurricane.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Maria had weakened into a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph (175 kph).

It was centered just off the northwestern corner of Puerto Rico, moving at 12 mph (19 kph).

It was expected to pass off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic late Wednesday and Thursday. abc7.com
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan.

The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima.

It is the third major earthquake to strike around the world in the last 24 hours - following one in Mexico that measured a magnitude of 7.1, while another 6.1 magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand.

The depth of the earthquake, which struck at 2.37am local time, was measured at 10km.

Details of any damage are yet to emerge, and no tsunami warning has yet been issued.

Only 41 people reported feeling the effects of the quake to the US Geological Survey. independent.co.uk
New Zealand has been rocked by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake which struck southwest of Invercargill, followed by a 5.1 magnitude quake northeast of Seddon.

Initial classifications called it a strong quake, hitting 585km southwest of Invercargill at a depth of 10km.

Tremors may have been felt in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere, while the Seddon quake was felt strongly in Wellington.

The second quake was strong enough to be felt in nation's capital, with Metlink Wellington reporting all trains have been stopped.

A seismologist said the two quakes - which hit exactly an hour apart - were not linked.

GNS seismologist Dr Anna Kaiser said there was no link to the Mexico City earthquake that has left more than 100 people dead. dailymail.co.uk
Spanish national police have stormed ministries and buildings belonging to Catalonia's regional government to put a stop to the region's independence referendum.

The Guardia Civil, which acts with the authority of Madrid's interior ministry, is searching for evidence regarding the planned 1 October referendum on Catalan independence, which Spain's Constitutional Court has declared illegal.

In the early hours of the morning armed officers arrived at various Catalan ministries, including the economy department, foreign affairs department, and social affairs department, Spanish media reports.

At least twelve Catalan officials are said to have been arrested, including the chief aide to Catalonia's deputy prime minister, Josep Maria Jové.

The arrests come as the mayors of Catalan towns who back the referendum were yesterday questioned by state prosecutors.

Pro-independence crowds have formed outside the regional ministries in support of the provincial government and in protest against the raids and searches. independent.co.uk
Norway's giant pension fund is now worth over $1 trillion – yes, 1 followed by 12 zeros.

"I don't think anyone expected the fund to ever reach $1 trillion when the first transfer of oil revenue was made in May 1996," fund chief Yngve Slyngstad said in a statement.

Norway is a major oil producer, and it has plowed its energy earnings into the fund in order to fund pensions and other government expenses – the fund's value works out to over $190,000 for each of Norway's 5.2 million citizens.

The fund is among the world's biggest investors in stocks, owning $667 billion worth of shares in over 9,000 companies globally.

Its largest holdings are in Apple, Nestle, Royal Dutch Shell, Novartis, Microsoft and Alphabet, the owner of Google.

The fund also owns large real estate portfolio, including stakes in buildings at the world's most desirable addresses, such as Times Square in New York, Regent Street in London, and Champs Elysees in Paris. cnn.com