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GROUND WORKERS for Philippine Airlines went on strike Thursday, but their union leader called off the walkout after President Fidel Ramos agreed to mediate in the pay and benefits dispute. . . . A VOLCANO on the remote eastern Indonesian island of Ternate erupted Wednesday, showering several villages with ash and dust but causing no casualties or major damage. . . . WILLIAM SWINTON, a famed paleontologist who wrote one of the world's first textbooks on dinosaurs, has died at age 93 in Toronto.