Death toll in floods in Bombay area closes in on 1,000

BOMBAY, India - Renewed downpours lashed Bombay on Monday, slowing efforts to retrieve bodies as the death toll crept toward 1,000 after six days of rains that have paralyzed India's financial capital.

Floodwaters poured into houses in Bombay's northern suburbs, as navy divers tried to rescue people in low-lying areas. Residents were ordered to stay home for a second straight day as heavy rains, which began late Sunday, pounded western India.

Iran delays reopening nuclear plant at U.N. request

ISFAHAN, Iran - Iran threatened to reopen its nuclear processing plant here Monday but later agreed to a two-day delay after receiving a request from the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog agency.

Ali Agha Mohammadi, spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told The Associated Press that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei asked Tehran for a ''maximum of two days'' to send its inspectors to Iran's nuclear facility where they can oversee the dismantling of U.N. seals.

Investigators search for link between attacks

LONDON - Police investigating failed July 21 bomb attacks in London said Monday they had arrested two men during raids in the city, as authorities tried to determine whether there were links between that attack and the transit bombings three weeks earlier.

A total of 23 people have been arrested in connection with the failed bombing attempt, including the four main bombing suspects in police custody in London and Rome.

The July 21 bombing came exactly two weeks after July 7 attacks that killed 52 people plus all four suicide bombers. Both attacks both hit three subway cars and a red double-decker bus, but the July 21 attackers' explosives failed to detonate and took no lives.

Explosion at shipyard kills one

MOSCOW - An explosion on a decommissioned nuclear submarine being cut up for scrap metal at a northern Russian shipyard killed at least one person and seriously injured another, an emergency official said Monday.

The blast at the Zvyozdochka plant on the White Sea took place at 8:32 a.m. aboard a submarine that had already been stripped of its nuclear fuel and reactors, said Igor Grigoriyev, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry in the Arkhangelsk region.

Grigoriyev said a welding torch apparently ignited fuel vapors that had built up in one compartment of the submarine. One worker was killed and a second hospitalized and in intensive care, he said.

Sudanese mourn news of official's death in crash

KHARTOUM, Sudan - Grief-stricken supporters of a former Sudanese rebel leader tore through the capital in riots that left 36 people dead Monday, smashing cars and shops and angrily blaming the government for their hero's death in a helicopter crash.

Despite doubts among the rioters, the southern rebel movement dismissed talk of a plot against Vice President John Garang and sought to keep alive the fragile north-south peace deal he championed for Sudan.

The 60-year-old Garang, who had been Sudan's first vice president for just three weeks, died Saturday along with 13 other people when their helicopter crashed into a mountain in southern Sudan in bad weather.

- From wire reports