Climbers evacuated from volcano
JAKARTA • Hundreds of climbers have been brought down safely from the slopes of an Indonesian volcano that erupted this week, Indonesia's disaster agency said yesterday. The fate of several daredevil tourists who refused to leave remains unclear.
More than 1,000 tourists, including 639 foreigners, were in Mount Rinjani National Park when Barujari, a smaller volcano within Mount Rinjani, began erupting on Tuesday.
UN seeks probe into protester's death
SEOUL • A United Nations rights envoy has called for an independent investigation into the death of a South Korean protester who had been shot by a police water cannon during an anti-government rally last year.
Mr Baek Nam-Ki, a 69-year-old farmer, died on Sunday. He had fallen into a coma last November after being hit by a water cannon used by police during a massive protest against Seoul's labour policies.
Thai rebels kill security volunteer
BANGKOK • A security volunteer was gunned down by suspected rebels while guarding a primary school in Thailand's restive south, police said yesterday.
Morning lessons were under way at the school in Narathiwat province when 10 militants arrived on motorcycles and opened fire on a group of security officers outside.