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An indefinite curfew was imposed on Indian-controlled Kashmir Sunday and thousands of paramilitary troops patrolled the streets as separatists organized a new rally for independence. The demonstration, planned for Monday, would be the first since the end of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan. The top two organizers were arrested and a third was placed under house arrest.Skip to next paragraph
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Nine more people were found murdered Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico, in violence blamed on a turf war between rival drug traffickers. The discoveries bring to 49 the number of such deaths in the city in less than a week. Elsewhere, a drug gang also was blamed for assassinating the mayor of Ixtapan de la Sal, a popular resort town. Two others riding in his car were wounded when gunmen sprayed it with bullets.
President Evo Morales of Bolivia deepened his government's rift with the US, announcing Saturday that he'd rejected a request by the Drug Enforce-ment Administration for a flight that would ferry agents between two cities. "We don't need anyone spying," said the leftist leader, who last month expelled US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Bolivia is the world's No. 3 producer of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine. The US pays Bolivia $66 million a year to crack down on illegal drugs.
A completed assembly plant for the world's cheapest car was abandoned over the weekend, throwing plans for bringing the $2,500 vehicle to market this year into doubt. Tata Motors Inc. blamed opposition by a local political party in India's West Bengal State for its decision to site a new plant elsewhere. The Trinamool Party organized violent protests against the plant by farmers on grounds that they'd been inadequately compensated for selling their land to Tata Motors.
Rescuers brought the 10th – and last – survivor to safety from a gold mine in the northern Philippines, almost two weeks after he and his co-workers were trapped by flooding. Six others died. Reports credited the miner's physical fitness for keeping him alive during the ordeal. But he later was arrested for his failure to appear for trial on theft and robbery charges.