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NEW DELHI -- Indian naval divers on Wednesday afternoon opened the main hatchway of a stricken, Russian-made Indian submarine that caught fire, blew up and sank at dock earlier in the day in one of the worst naval accidents in India's history.

But visibility for the divers within the sunken boat was almost zero, and rescue and recovery operations for the 18 missing crew members was expected to take time. Three sailors who were on the outside of the ship when it exploded managed to scramble to safety.

The submarine was docked at the Lions Gate naval shipyard, close to South Mumbai's busy financial district and within two miles of the Gateway of India.

Industrial park to reopen

SEOUL, South Korea -- North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to reopen a joint industrial complex.

The breakthrough came during what the South billed as a final round of make-or-break negotiations on whether to restart or permanently shut down the Kaesong industrial zone, a factory park in the North Korean border town of the same name.

At stake in the talks was the future of the Kaesong complex, where 123 South Korean companies employing 53,000 North Korean workers produced $470 million worth of textiles, electronic parts and other labor-intensive goods last year.

Oil regulator arrested

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has arrested the head of the country's oil and gas regulatory authority in connection with a bribery investigation following a raid on his home, officials said Wednesday.

Rudi Rubiandini, a former deputy energy minister who took over the oil and gas regulatory authority in January, was being detained for questioning by anti-corruption agency, known as the KPK, after being arrested Tuesday night, said Elan Biantoro, a spokesman for the regulatory authority.

Pakistan rejects threats

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's government has brushed aside an al-Qaida ultimatum, pledging to carry out the scheduled executions of three convicted terrorists next week.

The militants warned, in turn, that proceeding with the executions would unleash a murderous campaign of revenge against politicians of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party.

Bahrain protesters rally

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Bahrain opposition groups rallied in villages across the Gulf kingdom, kicking off what they describe as a rebellion seeking to bring down the ruling Al Khalifa family.

While the organizers of the Bahrani uprising movement have not disclosed their identities, majority Shiite Muslims have led more than two years of protests demanding equal rights and representation from the kingdom's Sunni Muslim monarchs.

Doctors to exit Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya -- One of the world's most tenacious humanitarian groups said Wednesday that it could no longer endure the risks that come with operating in Somalia.

After suffering years of attacks on its staff members in Somalia, the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders said that it would shut down all operations in the country after 22 years of working there.

The move will strip many civilians of access to health care. Last year in Somalia, the group provided outpatient treatment to 624,000 people, admitted an additional 41,100 to hospitals and performed 2,750 surgeries.



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