September 15, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Bomb threat clears Eiffel Tower

 
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Police officers stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat. About 2,000 people were cleared from the monument.
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Paris – The Eiffel Tower and its immediate surroundings were evacuated Tuesday evening after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat, but explosives experts scoured France’s most-visited monument and found nothing suspicious, Paris police headquarters said.

Parts of a second tourist hub – the Saint-Michel subway station near Notre Dame Cathedral – were briefly evacuated following a similar threat, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the threats. But they came after the head of France’s counterespionage agency was quoted this weekend as saying that the risk of a terrorist attack on French soil has never been higher.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Drone aircraft unleashed two missile attacks in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border, making September the most intense period of U.S. strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said.

The stepped-up campaign that included Tuesday’s strikes is focused on a small area of farming villages and mountainous, thickly forested terrain controlled by the Haqqani network, a ruthless American foe in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say.

The missiles have killed more than 50 people in 12 strikes since Sept. 2 in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan, according to an Associated Press tally based on Pakistani intelligence officials’ reports.

Mexico City – Mexico’s top immigration official resigned Monday in the wake of a massacre of 72 migrants that exposed how brutally drug cartels have come to control human smuggling routes in the country.

Cecilia Romero stepped down as head of the National Institute of Migration, a post she had held since the beginning of President Felipe Calderon’s term in December 2006, the Interior Department said in a statement.

A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said the government was looking for someone with more experience in security to head the institute.


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