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INDIA-SUBMARINE FIRE

NEW DELHI -- Eighteen sailors were trapped aboard a submarine that caught fire and sank Wednesday morning after an explosion, an Indian navy official said. He said other sailors were working frantically to save them. Developing. By Ashok Sharma. AP Photos, Video pursuing.

NKOREA-DETAINED AMERICAN

When an American is jailed in North Korea, it usually sets off a game of "send me a statesman." Twice in recent years, a former president has traveled to Pyongyang to gain freedom for prisoners. In the latest case -- that of American missionary and tour operator Kenneth Bae -- it appears to be a game that either Washington or Pyongyang is refusing to play. Perhaps both, even though Bae's health has deteriorated enough that he has been transferred from a jail to a hospital. By 0700GMT. 1000 words. By Eric Talmadge. AP Photos.

VIETNAM-DANGEROUS SCRAP

DONG HAI, Vietnam -- Nguyen Xuan Thiet knew the copper band around the base of the American bomb left over from the Vietnam War could fetch him up to a dollar at the scrap yard. So he clasped the projectile between his bare feet, and began banging with a chisel to pry out the precious metal. It was nearly the final act of his life. The bomb exploded, tearing both legs off below the knees and four fingers. In one of the war's grimmest legacies, victims are still falling. In 2012, there were at least 500 casualties in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from unexploded bombs and other ordnance, according to activists and government databases. By 0700 GMT. 1000 words. By Chris Brummitt. AP Photos, Video.

ASIA-TYPHOON

HONG KONG -- A typhoon lashes Hong Kong with wind and rain, closing down the bustling Asian financial center Wednesday before sweeping toward mainland China. Offices, schools and courts were shut and the stock market halted trading as Typhoon Utor approached, bringing an eerie calm to the normally busy southern Chinese commercial hub. Developing. By Kelvin Chan. AP Photos.

KOREAS-TENSION

PAJU, South Korea -- Officials from North and South Korea resume talks over the fate of a shuttered factory park the rivals jointly ran until Pyongyang pulled out its workers in April. The industrial complex just north of the heavily armed border in Kaesong, North Korea's third-largest city, was the last symbol of cooperation between the Koreas until Pyongyang halted operations during a torrent of threats that included vows of nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul. Developing. AP Photos.

BANGLADESH-OPPOSITION SHUTDOWN

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Clashes between Bangladeshi police and opposition activists leave one man dead and injure about 20 in the second day of a nationwide general strike, television stations reported. Moved. By Farid Hossain.

AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington -- Lawyers for the U.S. soldier convicted of killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year asks a judge to remove the prosecution team from the case before his sentencing next week, after at least one prosecutor read compelled statements the soldier gave to Army doctors. Emma Scanlan, a civilian attorney for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, said during a hearing the prosecutors were accidentally given a copy of compelled statements Bales made to Army psychiatrists -- and at least one read it, even though he should have known better. Moved. By Gene Johnson.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

WORLD MARKETS

BANGKOK -- Asian stock markets drift after U.S. retail sales add to expectations the Federal Reserve will start scaling back its monetary stimulus this year. The U.S. government said retail sales edged up in July by 0.2 percent, slightly less than expected. But core sales -- a category that excludes autos, gas and building supplies -- reached the highest level in seven months. Moved. By Pamela Sampson.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG-LABOR RIGHTS

SEOUL, South Korea -- A labor group says Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory. The group said the lawsuit is seeking $108 million in damages. Moved. By Youkyung Lee.

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Updated : 2021-05-06 08:54 GMT+08:00