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Friday, 24 December, 1999, 03:48 GMT
In pictures: World on alert

Security has been stepped up around the world, amid fears of a terrorist threat in the run-up to the new millennium.




Policemen and a private security guard hired by the US stand behind newly-erected concrete barricades outside the America Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan. The US fears its citizens may be targeted.




Israeli border police officers armed with M-16s stand guard in front of Jerusalem's central bus station. They say they have not received any specific threats but are on general alert.




Security personnel check a vehicle in Nairobi, before it is allowed into the US embassy compound in the Kenyan city. More than 200 people were killed in a bomb at the embassy in August 1998.




Italian policemen patrol St Peter's square at the Vatican in Rome. Security will be high throughout the Christmas festivities.




A British policeman wearing a flak-jacket and armed with an assault rifle, guards the departure lounge in Terminal 1, at London Heathrow airport. Ports and airports across the UK are on heightened alert.




A US Customs agent checks the boot of a car entering the country from the border crossing at Lacolle in Canada. Border security is said to be extremely tight ...




... leading to huge queues of traffic at the San Ysidro Border Crossing from Mexico to California.

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24 Dec 99 |  Americas
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