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GUATEMALA

Fuego volcano erupts ash

Fuego volcano threw black ash into the sky on Saturday, causing the government to evacuate 100 nearby residents and forcing the closure of Guatemala City’s La Aurora International Airport, President Otto Perez told reporters. The volcano, about 40 km southwest of the capital, forced the cancellation of several flights as workers sought to clear the runways of ash.

AUSTRALIA

Hostages planned stabbing

Two staff members of a Sydney cafe said they plotted to stab a gunman who held them hostage during a 16-hour siege in December last year. Joel Herat and Jarrod Hoffman revealed in paid interviews broadcast yesterday by Nine Network television that they had armed themselves with box cutters after gunman Man Horan Monis took them and 16 others hostage in downtown Sydney. Hoffman said if someone had jumped Monis, he “would stab him in the jugular” artery. However, Hoffman was concerned that Monis had his sawed-off shotgun pointed at a pregnant hostage.

UNITED STATES

Gay marriage in Alabama?

Alabama is set to become the 37th US state where gay people can legally marry unless the US Supreme Court orders a last-minute stay of a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage. Gay couples are expected to seek marriage licenses across the deeply conservative state tomorrow. Joe Babin and Clay Jones of Irondale said they plan to be one of the couples getting married that day. Babin said they want to be part of what he described as a historic day. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has asked the US Supreme Court to extend the stay since justices are set to consider the issue of gay marriage later this year. As of Saturday, the court had not responded to the state’s request.

UNITED STATES

Conquistador saint mulled

California’s history cannot be told without the story of Junipero Serra. The 18th-century Franciscan missionary introduced Christianity and established settlements as he marched north with Spanish conquistadores. However, plans to make Serra a saint have reopened wounds for many Native Americans in California and beyond. They say the missionary wiped out native populations, enslaved converts and spread disease. Native Americans have protested outside the Los Angeles cathedral for several weeks. An online petition asking Pope Francis to change his mind has more than 3,000 signatures. However, Catholics and scholars of Serra said the man must be judged in the context of his time. Serra considered himself more moderate than other missionaries. Pope Francis plans a trip to Washington this fall that is likely to include a sainthood ceremony for Serra.

UNITED STATES

Horse gets stuck in bathtub

Firefighters in Northern California rescued a horse that got stuck in an outdoor bathtub. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District captain Michelle Eidam said the horse was dancing around in her stall to protect the bathtub used as her food trough when she suddenly fell in on Wednesday. The horse, named Phantom, was stuck in the bathtub for about 25 minutes with her feet up in the air. Her owner saw the horse fall and called the fire department. Between firefighters and the owner’s family, they were able to prop the bathtub on its side and pull Phantom forward onto her feet. Phantom was not injured.

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