Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

World

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A massive overhaul of India's security and intelligence agencies was announced Thursday in response to their handling of the Mumbai terrorist attacks. The government said it will set up an FBI-style investigative agency as well as 20 schools for counterterrorism agents. Also planned: a special command for maritime security, the filling of vacant jobs in other security agencies, the training of additional commando units, and closer coordination between state and local police agencies. Rioting that has troubled Greece this week appeared to be spreading to other European countries, and authorities said there is evidence that it was being coordinated via the Internet. Another person was hurt Thursday in Athens as teenage gangs attacked police stations. Meanwhile, smaller but still violent protests were reported in Denmark, France, Italy, and Spain, most of them targeting police. At least 55 people died Thursday when a terrorist entered a restaurant in Kirkuk, Iraq, and set off explosives he was carrying. The attack took place as Arab tribal elders were holding a meeting with representatives of President Jalal Talibani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. It was Iraq's worst since June, when 63 people died in a truck bomb explosion in Baghdad. In a TV address, Zimbabwe's president declared that the cholera outbreak there is over, despite World Health Organization reports that the number of deaths continues to climb. The UN agency said the disease has taken at least 774 lives. It estimated that more than 15,000 others are infected. President Robert Mugabe accused the US, British, and French governments of wanting "military intervention" in Zimbabwe because of the outbreak. It also has spread into South Africa, which declared their border a disaster area Thursday. Armed forces spokesmen in Sri Lanka vigorously denied claims that intense fighting around the Tamil rebel capital has cost the lives of 89 soldiers in the past two days. …

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