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A Famed Resort Where Tourists Fear to Tread

It is as if the terrorist attack had already occurred. Beaches and bars are nearly empty. Tour ferries float at anchor in the distance. Even the elephants are idle, with few customers to ride them. Thailand’s most famous beach resort is a study in suspended animation, devastated by a slowdown in tourism caused by fears of terrorism and SARS infection. This week, things got even worse as Thailand found itself in the bull’s-eye of the latest terrorist threats. In the country’s Muslim south, the police arrested three men they said were members of a terrorist cell that was planning to attack embassies and entertainment spots. Full Story

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