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Bali volcano eruption raises fears for Indonesia tourism

Airport closes, 100,000 told to leave as hot clouds and lava threaten

Foreign tourists take pictures as Mount Agung erupts at Besakih Temple in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 26.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Eruptions from Mount Agung on the Indonesian resort island of Bali intensified on Monday, forcing the island's main airport to close and thousands of people to leave the area. They also are threatening Indonesia's goal of increasing foreign tourist numbers by 30% this year and could have consequences on an economy that heavily relies on tourism.

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