Chris Dolmetsch
December 31, 2009

[efoods]New York is banning backpacks in Times Square, Bangkok is tightening security and Sydney is cracking down on public drinking as police around the world gear up for millions of New Year’s Eve revelers.

The cities said the extra police presence was in the works even before the arrest this week of a 23-year-old Nigerian for trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet. An al-Qaeda group took responsibility for the attempt and threatened more attacks.

“We always assume the worst,” New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters this week. The Dec. 25 Northwest incident “doesn’t cause us necessarily to re-evaluate specifically, but we always think that we’re up against an intelligent, cunning foe here.”

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