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INDIA-SUBMARINE FIRE

NEW DELHI --An Indian navy submarine crippled by a pair of explosions that killed at least some of the 18 sailors aboard had been damaged in another deadly blast in 2010 and had been brought back into service only a few months ago. The latest explosion sent a huge fireball into the air and sent nearby sailors jumping into the sea in panic. It is shaping up to be another embarrassment for India's military, which has been hit with a corruption scandal as it races to modernize its forces. Moved. By Ashok Sharma. AP Photos.

KOREAS-TENSION

PAJU, South Korea -- North and South Korea move closer to reopening a jointly run factory park but provided no indication when the shuttered complex might resume work. The development, while not conclusive, marks an improvement on six past failed rounds of talks, the last of which ended in a scuffle. Moved. By Ahn Young-Joon and Hyung-Jin Kim. AP Photos.

ASIA-TYPHOON

BEIJING -- Tens of thousands of people are evacuated as a powerful typhoon thunders into southern China after shutting down the bustling Asian financial center of Hong Kong and sinking a cargo ship. Moved. AP Photos.

NKOREA-DETAINED AMERICAN

TOKYO -- Kenneth Bae, the latest of several Americans jailed by North Korea in recent years, has already waited longer for his freedom than any of the others had to. But as his health deteriorates, Washington and Pyongyang appear unable to negotiate, each wary of giving concessions to the other. Moved. By Eric Talmadge. AP Photos.

PAKISTAN-INDIA

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani military accuses Indian troops of carrying out a new round of shelling along the disputed Kashmir border and killing a civilian. An Indian officer denied the allegation, the latest in a series of claims of cross-border attacks made by both sides over the last week. The flare-up has threatened to derail recent peace overtures by the nuclear-armed rivals, illustrating the vulnerability of the normalization process. Moved. By Sebastian Abbot. AP Photos.

PHILIPPINES-US MILITARY

MANILA, Philippines -- A larger U.S. military presence in the Philippines will help the country detect and deter territorial intrusions in the South China Sea through information-sharing but American troops will still be banned from getting involved in regular security operations, the Philippine defense chief says as negotiations begin on a defense agreement that would allow more U.S. troops to have temporary access to Philippine military camps and bring in aircraft, ships and other security assets into the country. Moved. By Jim Gomez. AP Photos.

BANGLADESH-OPPOSITION SHUTDOWN

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Clashes between Bangladeshi police and activists supporting a major Islamic opposition political party leave one person dead and about 20 injured in the second day of a nationwide general strike. Moved. By Farid Hossain.

AFGHANISTAN MASSACRE

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Washington -- Lawyers for a U.S. soldier convicted of killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year ask a judge to remove the prosecution team from the case before his sentencing next week, after at least one prosecutor read statements the soldier gave to Army doctors. Moved. By Gene Johnson

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

NEW ZEALAND-FONTERRA-RESIGNATION

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A senior executive at New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra resigns in the aftermath of a botulism scare. Moved. AP Photos.

INDONESIA-CORRUPTION-OIL

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The head of Indonesia's oil and gas regulator is arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a private oil company. Moved.

SKOREA-HYUNDAI-STRIKE

SEOUL, South Korea -- Labor unions at Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. say workers voted to strike after talks with management for increased pay and benefits collapsed. Moved. By Youkyung Lee. AP Photos.

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. Moved. By Youkyung Lee.

JAPAN-BOEING 787

TOKYO -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines say they are checking their Boeing 787 fleets for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects that plagued the aircraft earlier this year. Moved.

HONG KONG-EARNS-CATHAY PACIFIC

HONG KONG -- Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. scratched out a small first-half profit as weak global demand continued to batter its air cargo business. Moved. By Kelvin Chan. AP Photos.

FEATURES:

VIETNAM-DANGEROUS SCRAP

DONG HA, 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. On Aug. 15, 1973, the United States flew its final bombing mission over Southeast Asia, ending the country's direct military involvement in the war. Forty years later, victims are still falling in one of the grimmest legacies of the conflict. Moved. Chris Brummitt. AP Photos.

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Updated : 2021-04-17 05:24 GMT+08:00