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Europe: Travelers Warned of Measles Outbreak

Date: May 30th, 2012 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued a measles outbreak warning for parts of Europe, particularly Ukraine, Romania and the United Kingdom. The CDC has strongly advised travelers who are going to the 2012 European Football Championship in Ukraine, or the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, to ensure that they have been [read more]

Europe: Extreme Weather Plagues Britain, Continent

Date: July 25th, 2007 | No Comments

Extreme weather is plaguing Europe, with England suffering its worst floods in 60 years and intense heat contributing to forest fires in southern Italy and across the Balkan peninsula. Romania saw temperatures above 100 for seven straight days, while a fast-moving brush fire drove thousands of tourists out of hotels and campsites to the beaches [read more]

Romania: Bird Flu Caution

Date: January 24th, 2006 | 1 comment

Avian flu virus has appeared in Romania but no human cases have been detected. Some areas are under quarantine as officials cull poultry and disinfect vehicles and property, and the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest urged Americans to make their own preparations for emergencies, whether a health epidemic or a natural disaster such as an earthquake [read more]


Date: May 13th, 2002 | No Comments

A protest by some 2,000 coal miners en route to Bucharest was crushed by police February 17. Traditionally, Romanian miners have wielded strong political power by marching in protest, and they have not been afraid to use force. The miners flexed their muscles in January and won demands from the government, but this time the [read more]


Date: September 4th, 2001 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest temporarily suspended public services August 30 to evaluate its security procedures and will reopen as soon as possible. Americans requiring emergency services can phone the Embassy at 40-1-210-4042. In neighboring Bulgaria, the U.S. Embassy in Sofia was temporarily closed August 30 for the same reason, but reopened the [read more]

Balkan Region: UN Report Calls Balkans One of Europe’s Safest Places

Date: June 4th, 2008 | No Comments

According to a UN report, the Balkan region is now one of the safest in Europe. The report found that this region that was wracked by violence and war in the 1990s now has lower rates of homicide, robbery and rape than Western Europe. Of the nine countries in the study—Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, [read more]

Central Europe: Floods Threaten Many Countries

Date: April 4th, 2006 | No Comments

Flooding from melting snow and heavy rain threatened a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 2002. Floods forced evacuations in the Czech Republic, where a state of emergency was declared in seven of its 14 regions, in Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. Serbia and Romania were on high alert. Unlike the floods of 2002, the current [read more]

Central Europe: Floods

Date: August 23rd, 2005 | No Comments

Three days of torrential rain caused extensive flooding in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. In Switzerland, rail service through the Alps to Italy was shut down and many major roads were closed. Several villages, including the resort town of Grindelwald, were cut off and floods threatened parts of Interlaken and Bern, the [read more]


Date: December 19th, 2001 | No Comments

A strike by bus and streetcar drivers brought Bucharest to a standstill July 6, with more than a million people affected by the walkout. Drivers are demanding their salaries be doubled and vowed to stay away from work until their demand [read more]

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