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World in brief: Foreign tourism in Tibet banned

From Wire Reports

BEIJING – China has banned foreign tourists from traveling to Tibet ahead of a parade in the capital to mark 60 years of communist rule, an official said today, amid stepped-up security across the country.

Tan Lin, an official with the business administration office at the Tourism Bureau of Tibet, said foreign tourists would be banned starting today, but those who have already arrived would be allowed to stay.

China has tightened security in recent weeks ahead of the Oct. 1 holiday.

Sales of knives have been banned at some stores after two separate knife attacks near Tiananmen Square last week.

Nominee criticized over ’90s slayings

MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon’s pick for attorney general faced questioning in Congress on Monday amid criticism by human-rights groups that he failed as a state prosecutor to solve the killings of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez during the 1990s.

Calderon has named Arturo Chavez Chavez to be the nation’s top law-enforcement officer at a moment when the government is locked in a bloody war against drug-trafficking cartels and the public’s confidence in the justice system is low.

Chavez, 49, who belongs to Calderon’s conservative National Action Party, would take over for Eduardo Medina Mora, who resigned earlier this month as part of a Cabinet shake-up.

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