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Police patrols in Copenhagen's Norrebro district will be tripled to about 20 officers Sept. 1. The neighborhood is home to many minority groups and has been plagued by violent crime in the last year, including gang turf wars. Pairs of officers will be assigned specific streets and have a dedicated phone number for residents to call.


The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City reported that two tourist groups hiking the Acatenango Volcano near the tourist city of Antigua were attacked in July under similar circumstances. In one incident the gunmen attempted a sexual assault, and in the other they shot the armed escorts accompanying the tourists.


In an effort to prevent more terrorist attacks at Jakarta's luxury hotels, Indonesian police took over security at 33 of the capital's five-star hotels. Bomb-sniffing dogs will be stationed at entrances, and explosive-detection devices will be used. Security will be increased on all floors. Indonesia's president vowed to tighten security throughout the country after two hotels were damaged in July 17 bombings. The J.W. Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton have since reopened.

South Africa

A strike by about 150,000 municipal workers shut down buses, clinics and other services Monday. In many cities, rallies deteriorated into looting and other violence. More chaos erupted Tuesday in Mpumalanga province and Thokoza, a Johannesburg township. The strike continued while unions considered the government's offer of a 13 percent wage increase to combat rampant inflation.


Police in Spanish beach resorts were put on alert for a bomb threat from the Basque separatist group ETA just days before a car bomb destroyed the façade of a 14-story barracks housing civil guard police and their families in Burgos, killing no one but injuring more than 60. The bombing occurred without warning at 4 a.m. The police alert for beach resorts followed the arrest of three Basque terror suspects near Pau in southern France. Police learned that three vans may have been loaded with explosives in France and driven to Spain for possible detonation in beach towns. ETA has long used southern France as a base for attacks in Spain, but French and Spanish police collaboration in recent years has disrupted their operations. The group has detonated small bombs in beach resorts in past summers to damage the Spanish tourism economy.

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