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Thousands of police were enforcing security on Indonesia's Bali island Sunday amid indications that the executions of three convicted Islamist bombers are imminent. The US and Australian governments both warned their citizens to avoid traveling to the Muslim nation or to at least keep a low profile if visiting there. The militants whose bombs killed 202 people – many of them Australian tourists – are expected to be executed by firing squad at any time.Skip to next paragraph
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US antidrug activities in Bolivia were ordered to stop immediately by President Evo Morales, who accused agents of spying for and providing cash to "criminal groups" opposed to his rule. Morales said the suspension would be indefinite. The move was the latest in a series dating back to September, when the leftist leader expelled US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. In Washington, the State Department rejected Morales's claim as "absurd."
"To clear up any accusations against me," Mexico's acting federal police commissioner resigned. Victor Gerardo Garay said he'd cooperate in an investigation into whether his department has allowed drug shipments to move through Mexico City's main airport. Some analysts saw the resignation as more bad news for President Felipe Calderón, who has been waging an uphill battle not only against narcotics trafficking but also to change the perception that Mexico's police are corrupt and untrustworthy.
Three more men were found dead Sunday following a gas explosion in a state-owned coal mine in China's Shanxi Province, bringing the casualty count to 26, reports said. Three others remain missing. Seven men escaped the blast last Wednesday night. The Shanxi mine had up-to-date licenses, the Xinhua news agency said. Almost 3,800 Chinese miners have died in accidents or flooding this year.