JAKARTA — Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian resort island of Bali erupted on Thursday night, spewing column of volcanic ash, Indonesian authorities said.

The height of the volcanic ash could not be seen as the mountain peak was covered by thick haze.


The eruption took place at 7:55 p.m. Central Indonesian Time (1155 GMT), and lasted for 4 minutes and 26 seconds, according to data from Mount Agung monitoring outpost located in Rendang, Bali’s Karangasem regency. (Indonesia-Volcano Eruption)
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TOKYO — Japan’s securities watchdog filed a complaint against ousted Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn and the company itself on Thursday, over suspicions the embattled former chief doctored remuneration reports.

According to the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, both Ghost and Nissan were alleged to have under-reported Ghosn’s pay package in the company’s securities reports presented to Japanese regulators.

The allegation of the misreporting of remuneration spans the three-year period through last March, the securities watchdog said, and has accused both Ghosn and Nissan of violating Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Act. (Japan-Ghosn-Allegations)
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TOKYO — The Bank of Japan (BOJ) said on Thursday that all regional economies across the country had been expanding or recovering from a string of natural disasters that struck the nation last summer on the back of steady income and spending growth, and an uptick in overseas exports.

But economists here have pointed out that Japan is facing significant headwinds related to its “ticking time bomb” demographic crisis and a consumption tax hike, which threaten to further contribute to the nation’s colossal public debt load and continued deflationary pressure. (Japan-Regional Economies)
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KABUL — At least 30 combatants from both the government security forces and the Taliban were killed since early Thursday as the warring sides intensified attacks against each other in insurgency-battered Afghanistan, officials said.

In a coordinated offensive, Taliban fighters stormed security checkpoints in Sitoot area of Faizabad district in the northern Jawzjan province early Thursday, triggering gun battles and leaving four security personnel dead and five others injured, deputy provincial governor Abdul Rahman Mahmoudi said.

According to Mahmoudi, the Taliban also suffered casualties but he did not give a figure. (Afghanistan-Fighting)
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BANGKOK — Four security guards were killed by unknown gunmen at a school in southern Thailand on Thursday, police said.

Three of the defense volunteers, who were standing on guard at Ban Buko school in Yarang district of Pattani province, were fatally shot at point blank range while the other one was pronounced dead at hospital.

A group of gunmen in camouflage gears approached the security guards and engaged in a conversation minutes before they opened fire at them, the police said. (Thailand-Shooting) Enditem


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