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In the face of news that at least 20 tourists had just been kidnapped in Acapulco, the Mexican government has announced the preparation of a plan to alter the nation's police structure that would essentially federalize the country's 2,200 local police departments under a unified command.

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British actor Emma Thompson has drawn the ire of Roman Polanski's supporters by removing her name from a pro-Polanski petition she'd signed following the Polish filmmaker's September arrest in Switzerland. On Tuesday writer-filmmaker Yann Moix archly accused Thompson of "petition tourism."

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Who was responsible for this week's siege in Mumbai? Some clues had emerged in the Indian metropolis by Thursday night, as the crisis appeared to be winding down, although the fate of several hostages still hung in the balance.

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At least 40 people were killed and scores more injured Saturday when a truck bomb detonated near the entrance of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan -- a destination for Westerners and other visitors to the Pakistani capital city -- as heads of state dined at the prime minister's house nearby.

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