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Explosions Sink Indian Submarine with 18 On Board

Steve McAlister/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- A series of explosions partially sank a submarine docked in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The vessel, built in Russia, contained at least 18 naval personnel at the time of the explosions, reports the New York Times. Officials are uncertain of the condition of those on board.

The vessel, the Sindhurakshak, is one of 10 Indian submarines of its class. According to the Times, India is among the largest arms buyers in the world because of its inability to produce weapons of high quality at a low cost. Much of their defense equipment comes from Russia.

Only nine of India's submarines are currently operational and about five or six operate at any given time, meaning that areas of India's coast are not adequately guarded.

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Explosion Kills Dozens in Pakistan

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUETTA, Pakistan) -- An explosion outside a fruit market in Quetta, Pakistan has killed more than 40 people and wounded scores of others, including women and children, according to the Deputy Police Chief of Quetta. However, a rescue source says more than 50 people were killed in Saturday's attack.

The target this time was the Hazara Shite minority community.

The Hazara community that are mostly Shites have been the frequent target of sectarian extremists in Baluchistan province.

At the start of the year in January, more than a hundred Shite people were killed in a single day in three simultaneous attacks. The provincial government was sacked and governor's rule was imposed after the provincial government failed to stop such attacks that had become frequent and deadly.

The city is tense and the Hazara community has come out on the streets to protest the attack on Saturday.

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Ten Afghan Girls Killed in Blast; Two Injured

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- At least 10 girls were killed and two others injured in an explosion in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.

The girls were collecting firewood in Nangarhar province when they hit a land mine, according to the spokesperson for the province's governor.  It is not clear if the mine was old or had been recently planted.

The girls belong to different families living close by in the area.

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Deadly Explosion Rocks Beirut

AFP/Getty Images(BEIRUT) -- A large explosion killed at least eight people and injured dozens more in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Friday, local officials said.

Video and still images from the scene show confusion and chaos, with emergency sirens blaring and many people -- some with blood stains on their clothes -- walking through rubble in the streets.

Lebanese state media reported the explosion appeared to be caused by a car bomb, and photos posted online appear to show the remains of one vehicle that was completely mangled and burned out. The explosion occurred during rush hour.

One journalist on the scene told ABC News she saw "loads of body parts" and part of a car lodged into nearby buildings. Glass was shattered everywhere, she said. The explosion took place in the heart of east Beirut, but was felt clear across the city, another witness said.

No group has publicly taken credit for the attack. One Lebanese politician reportedly told a local television station it was similar to past bombings blamed on the Syrian regime, but the Syrian government quickly condemned the act.

"Such terrorist acts are condemned and unjustifiable wherever they happen," Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi said, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.

Col. Wissam al-Hassan, an anti-Syrian senior Lebanese intelligence official, was killed in Friday's blast in Beirut. Al-Hassan's death was first reported by local media and confirmed to ABC News by a high-level Lebanese security official.

Al-Hassan was a central figure in the investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri that largely pointed fingers at the Syrian regime. He also uncovered in August an alleged plot by a prominent Lebanese politician allied with the Syrian regime to plant bombs and carry out political assassinations in Lebanon.

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Diaper Shortage Possible After Japanese Plant Explosion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- An explosion at a Japanese chemical plant this weekend has the spectre of a global diaper shortage.

The plant in the coastal city of Himeji, operated by Nippon Shokubai Co., is one of the world’s largest producers of acrylic acid, a primary ingredient used in disposable diapers.

Powerful blasts rocked the facility on Saturday, as firefighters were trying to control a blaze at one of the tanks containing the chemical.  One firefighter died and 34 employees and first responders were injured in the blast.

Acrylic acid is a key component of superabsorbent polymers or SAP, which absorb large amounts of liquid.  Nippon Shokubai makes roughly 20 percent of the world’s SAP and maintains a 10 percent global market share of acrylic acid.  The plant had been ramping up production to meet increasing global demand, especially from China, according to Japanese media reports.

Prior to the accident, the plant in the Hyogo Prefecture manufactured 460,000 tons of acrylic acid annually, supplying clients like Procter and Gamble, which relied on Nippon Shokubai for products it sold in Asia.

Roughly four million tons of acrylic acid are produced in the world, with the largest manufacturers in Germany and the U.S., according to Nippon Shokubai spokesman Akira Kurusu.

Kurusu said the company had already reached out to other producers to make sure their clients’ needs are met, but said he could not comment on whether the plant closure in Japan would affect global costs and supply.

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Explosion Spotted on Jupiter a Comet or Asteroid?

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A bright flash was spotted on Jupiter early Monday morning, and astronomers are trying to figure out exactly what hit it.

The flash was first spotted by Dan Peterson, an amateur astronomer from Racine, Wisc., who saw the flash through a telescope. He posted about his sighting on the Association of Lunar & Planetary Observers message board with the subject line, “I observed an explosion on Jupiter this morning!”  He reported that the explosion occurred inside the southern edge of Jupiter’s northern equatorial belt of clouds.

“My best guess is that it was a small undetected comet that is now history, hopefully it will sign its name on Jupiter’s cloud tops,” he wrote.

Astrophotographer George Hall of Dallas was shooting video of Jupiter at the time and caught the flash on camera at 6:35 a.m. Monday.

Glenn Orton, a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. said he believes a frozen comet may be the culprit.

“Most things in that part of the solar system are called Jupiter-family comets,” Orton said. “They’re ice balls that move in and have started co-orbiting around Jupiter. ”

The explosion doesn’t appear to have left any trace, Orton said. It was quickly swallowed up by Jupiter’s thick atmosphere.  Orton said he and other researchers will publish a paper about their observations in the next few months.

In August 2009, a space rock hit the planet leaving a giant black mark and sending debris into Jupiter’s clouds. In June 2010, another explosion caused an Earth-sized fireball to emerge from Jupiter, much like Monday’s sighting. Orton believes Monday’s impact was about the same size as that in 2010.

“It’s the big gravitational vacuum cleaner of the solar system,” Orton said.

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Bulgaria Official: Blast Suspect Had Fake Michigan Driver's License

Obtained by ABC News(BURGAS, Bulgaria) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Thursday that an explosion on a bus with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria was likely carried out by a suicide bomber who was carrying a fake Michigan driver's license.

The attack occurred Wednesday on a parking lot outside Burgas Airport in Bulgaria.  According to officials, the blast killed seven people, including five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian bus driver and the suspected suicide bomber.  Thirty-two others were wounded in the attack.

Novinite Daily quotes Borisov, saying the terrorist attack in Burgas is most likely the work of a suicide bomber.  Borisov said the suspect was carrying a fake Michigan driver's license but authorities haven't confirmed whether the American passport on him was fake as well.

The suspected bomber was described as a Caucasian man with long hair and sports attire.

The Bulgarian foreign minister said the suspected bomber was in the country for four to seven days and was approximately 35 years old, according to multiple Bulgarian media outlets.

"From what we could see on the CCTV video cameras, we think it's a person who was a suicide bomber," Bulgarian officials in Burgas told ABC News.  "The investigation is still going on in close cooperation with the Israelis and Americans."

The man was filmed walking around the airport for an hour prior to the attack by security cameras on the premises, according to the report.  His body sustained the most damage in the blast, leading investigators to believe that he set off a bomb located on his person when he boarded the bus.

Bulgarian police are checking fingerprints with all international databases and analyzing bombers' DNA to see if they can find a match with the suspected suicide attacker.

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Scores Dead in Nigerian Fuel Truck Explosion

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAGOS, Nigeria) -- At least 95 people were killed Thursday in Nigeria while siphoning oil from a fuel truck that had crashed on a highway.  Authorities say the victims died when the truck exploded.

A spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency said residents from a nearby village were catching leaking fuel from the wrecked tanker truck with makeshift containers when the vehicle exploded.

Nigeria is the top crude oil producer in Africa and the fourth-largest supplier of oil to the U.S., but its lack of proper roads in the country’s oil-rich swampland is responsible for countless deadly accidents.

In 2010, more than 200 people died when a wrecked tanker truck exploded into flames as they approached.

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Car Bomb Kills Kandahar Police Officers; Injures Dozens

Lance Cpl. Dexter S. Saulisbury/Released(KANDAHAR, Afghanistan) -- Afghan officials say at least seven people, including five police officers, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday.

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the blast that has left nearly two dozen people injured. Many of the people injured are in critical condition, according to health officials in Kandahar.

The attack follows last month's bombing just outside the main NATO base in Kandahar, an attack claimed by the Taliban. Despite the addition of tens of thousands of NATO forces in southern  Afghanistan, Kandahar and the surrounding province remain of the most dangerous areas in the country.  

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Explosion in Syrian Capital Leaves Several Dead, Wounded

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- An explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus Friday morning has left at least 10 people dead and 46 others injured, according to Syrian state television.

Syrian TV says a police bus was attacked by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives on his belt when the bus stopped at a traffic light.  Bloody images of the attack's aftermath were seen on TV.

Friday's attack comes just two weeks after twin explosions at security buildings in Damascus killed 44 people.

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