October 26th, 2010
08:41 AM ET

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, forcing thousands to flee

Mount Merapi spewed smoke early October 26.

The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted Tuesday, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee, the Antara national news agency reported.

Images on Indonesian TV showed the volcano lighting the sky with a fiery glow and sending thick clouds of gray smoke high into the air.

Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, has a summit elevation of nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). It is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes and lies in one of the world's most densely populated areas.

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October 26th, 2010
08:07 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

10:00 am ET - Leonard Gonzalez trial – Leonard Gonzalez goes on trial for the murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings, a prominent Florida couple known to adopt children with special needs.

10:30 am ET - Gupta testifies – CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta testifies at a Senate subcommittee hearing in New Jersey looking at how chemicals that we are exposed to daily might be harming the health of children.

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October 26th, 2010
05:36 AM ET

World update: French pension bill set to become law

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Tuesday:

France strikes - The Pension Reform Bill is set to become law today as students are poised to take to the streets in a series of rallies across the country. Read the full story

UK GDP figures - UK GDP figures were released today. They showed a slowdown in growth at a rate of 0.8% as opposed to 1.2% in the previous quarter but beat gloomy predictions of 0.4%.

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