Clinton to cut short Africa trip after volcanic eruption

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Posted: Jun 14, 2011 1:54 AM
Clinton to cut short Africa trip after volcanic eruption

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut short her trip to Africa on Monday over fears an ash cloud from an erupting volcano in Eritrea could hamper her departure from neighboring Ethiopia, officials said on Monday.

U.S. officials said they had been told Ethiopia's aviation authorities were considering shutting down Addis Ababa's main international airport later in the evening as the ash cloud headed toward the capital.

(Reporting by Andrew Quinn; Editing by Richard Lough)