Bali on a high amid summit drawing world leaders

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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 12:00 am

BALI, Indonesia (AP) - A decade ago, Bali's famed white sand beaches and popular shopping areas were deserted as visitors scared off by terrorism shunned the "island of the gods."

The dark cloud of the suicide bombings that killed 202 mostly foreign tourists in 2002 lingered for years, decimating one of Asia's top tourist destinations. But the Hindu-dominated resort island has worked to overcome that image and is sending a message to the world this week that it's now on a Bali high by hosting leaders and more than 8,000 delegates, business people and journalists at the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

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