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Chile Volcano Forces Flight Cancellations in Australia and New Zealand

John Foxx/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- A number of flights in and out of Australia and New Zealand had to be cancelled Sunday due to ash from a volcano in Chile threatening the airspace in and around the two countries.

On Sunday Virgin Australia posted an advisory on its website saying that it was suspending all flight services into and out of New Zealand, and Melbourne and Tasmania, Australia from 7 p.m. Australian time.

Also taking precaution, and grounding part of its fleet was Qantas airlines, which cancelled several flights in and out of the same three areas Sunday.

Airlines are taking such steps as ash travelling from the volcano into the airspace creates dangerous flying conditions for pilots, with particles also posing a threat to jet engines. According to a release from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, ash from the Puyhue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern Chile was expected to get up to somewhere between 20,000 feet and 35,000 feet in New Zealand airspace over the weekend.

Earlier in the week, the volcano also prompted flight cancellations in parts of Argentina and Uruguay.

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Volcanic Ash Cloud Forces Obama Out of Ireland

STR/AFP/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Once again, an erupting Icelandic volcano is complicating President Obama's travel. This time the volcano is Grimsvotn, and it has forced President Obama to leave Ireland prematurely.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest announced Monday that the president would need to leave Ireland a day early because of the dense ash plume. The UK's Civil Aviation Authority said the ash might reach Scottish air space as soon as Tuesday.

"Due to a recent change in the trajectory in the plume of volcanic ash, Air Force One will depart Ireland for London tonight," Earnest said. "The schedule for tomorrow will proceed as planned."

Last November, President Obama had to cut short his visit to a different nation where he was having something of a homecoming: Indonesia, where he spent four years as a child. And in April 2010, the president had to cancel a visit to Poland for the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, killed in a plane crash with his wife and dozens of other Polish leaders.

The two incidents were the fault of eruptions from the Icelandic Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

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