Icelandic volcano erupts as India sets election date; EU aids Egyptian economy while South Sudanese schools close due to extreme heat

Icelandic volcano erupts as India sets election date; EU aids Egyptian economy while South Sudanese schools close due to extreme heat

Just a mere 40 minutes after authorities received indications of an eruption late Saturday, lava shot from a huge fissure on the Reykjanes Peninsula near Grindavik and the famed Blue Lagoon. This was the fourth eruption to have occurred here since December, and it took services by surprise. The town and resort were both evacuated shortly after the eruption.

The largest-ever democratic exercise is set to begin on April 19, with a whopping 960 million voters participating in India’s parliamentary elections. Indians will head to the polls for seven electoral phases through June 1, with the count set to take place on June 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to secure another five years at the helm of an increasingly religiously divided India, which is also expected to become the third-largest world economy by 2027.

The EU has agreed to send Cairo a funding package of €7.4 billion ($8.06 billion) between now and 2027 to help stabilize Egypt’s economy and wean it off Russian gas. The Egyptian economy has been hard hit by recent economic crises, particularly the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, which is impacting tourism and shipping in the Suez Canal.

A heatwave in South Sudan has caused temperatures to reach as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to all schools being shut down starting today. Children are advised to stay indoors with the scorching temperatures set to last for up to two weeks.

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