MSN still seem to be pursuing their dogmatic localisation policy.
The localised results that I am presented with eliminate all of the big international sites and I am left with a list of local blogs.
If someone searches for a place, they probably want results relating to that place rather than local sites that mention that place.
i.e. if I search for "france" while in Boston, I don't just want to see local Boston sites that mention that country - I want to see the best sites about France!