JAKARTA – A volcano in eastern Indonesia has erupted, killing six people, a disaster management official said Saturday.
The Rokatenda volcano on Palue island, in East Nusatenggara province, sent an avalanche of debris down its flanks, a National Disaster Management Agency spokesman said.
About 10,000 people lived within the volcano’s danger zone, he said, and more than 2,700 were displaced.
The 2,870-foot volcano has shown increased activity since October. It spewed hot ash or more than a mile into the sky early Saturday.
Bus crash kills 16 royal guards
MARRAKECH, Morocco – Morocco’s official news agency said 16 royal guards have died in a bus crash after the vehicle drove off a road and plummeted 650 feet.
The accident happened early Saturday on a road linking two cities on Morocco’s northern coast, MAP reported. The driver lost control of the bus at a bend in the road and it overturned and fell off the road, the report said.
In addition to those killed, another 42 guards were injured, including eight seriously. They were hospitalized in Al Hoceima, about 280 miles northeast of the capital, Rabat.
Government, rebels look past peace talks
HAVANA – Colombia’s government and its largest rebel army have begun building agreements on the guerrillas’ eventual political integration if peace talks succeed, negotiators said Saturday as they entered another recess between rounds of discussions.
In a joint statement, the two camps said they are working on accords covering “rights and guarantees for the exercise of the political opposition.”
Representatives of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have been holding peace talks in Havana since last year.
India-built sub’s reactor activated
NEW DELHI – India on Saturday activated the atomic reactor onboard its first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, paving the way for its deployment by the navy in the next two years.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the development represented a giant stride in the progress of India’s indigenous technological capabilities.
The vessel is the first ballistic missile submarine to be built outside the five recognized nuclear powers: the United States, France, Russia, Britain and China.