Indonesian police guard churches amid terror alert

Police searched worshippers and swept for bombs at churches in Indonesia on Sunday amid warnings by Western nations that Islamic militants may be plotting Christmas attacks. Indonesian officials downplayed the alerts, which have become something of a tradition themselves since Christmas Eve bombings at churches across the country in 2000 killed 19 people. U.S. embassies in Jakarta and Australia warned the threat of an attack over the holiday season was "serious" and "credible" and that foreigners could be targeted, though it did not say what the alert was based on.