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Egypt: The U.S. Department of State Reissues Travel Alert

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel alert for Egypt Dec. 18, just days before a car bomb killed 14 people at a police compound in Mansoura, 80 miles north of Cairo. The Dec. 24 bombing appears to have targeted police, but reports indicated that several civilians were also killed or injured in [read more]

Bangladesh: Strikes Turn Violent

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

At least four people were killed during a three-day strike Oct. 27-29 headed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in an effort to bring down the government before January elections. The country’s major tourist season is just beginning, but many tour companies warned against traveling to the country as the strikes grew violent. Clashes erupted [read more]

Madagascar: Tourists Killed by Local Mob

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Two French travelers were killed Oct. 3 after a local boy was found murdered on Nosy Be, a small island just off of Madagascar’s northwest shore. The two men were accused of killing the boy and harvesting his organs and were hunted down by a mob of nearly 100 locals before being tortured and burned [read more]

Egypt: Violence Continues, Travel Warning in Effect

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

Violence continued in Egypt for a second month as the Egyptian Army launched helicopter strikes against possible militant targets in the Sinai Peninsula and sealed off roads leading to Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Tahrir Squares, where supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi continue to gather. National train service has been suspended for more than [read more]

Philippines: Updated Travel Warning from U.S. Dept. of State

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Dept. of State has issued an updated travel warning for the island nation to reflect ongoing security issues, particularly in the Sulu Archipelago and the southern island of Mindanao. U.S. citizens should continue to avoid non-essential travel to the Sulu region due to the high threat of kidnapping of international travelers, and violence [read more]

Argentina: National Police Strike Sparks Violence

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

A nationwide police strike spurred waves of looting in at least 17 of the country’s 23 provinces Dec. 8. At least five people were killed in separate incidents, with hundreds more injured. The violence began after demands for higher pay led to a police walkout in Cordoba province. The Cordoba strike was settled after the [read more]

Russia: Suicide Bombing in Volgograd

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

A suicide bombing in Volgograd, the planned venue for the 2018 World Cup, has raised safety concerns as Russia plans the 2014 Winter Games about 550 miles away in Sochi. The bus bombing, allegedly committed by a woman from North Caucasus, killed six and wounded more than 30 others. The incident happened a week after [read more]

India: Security Forces Deployed to Uttar Pradesh

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

Clashes left at least 30 dead and prompted the deployment of thousands of police officers and army troops to Northern India Sept. 9. The violence flared after the Aug. 27 killing of two Hindu youths about 80 miles north of New Delhi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Nearly 5,000 farmers gathered to demand justice [read more]

Malaysia: Conflict in Borneo Prompts Travel Warning

Date: March 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Following a violent insurgency that occurred March 1-3, the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has advised its citizens to avoid travel to the coastal region of eastern Sabah (Borneo). The Malaysian government has dispatched armed forces to the area and there is potential for more violence. The warning includes the towns of Lahad Datu, Kunak, [read more]

Rwanda: Armed Attack Prompts New Travel Warning

Date: December 5th, 2012 | No Comments

After an armed raid on the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s anti-poaching camp left one tracker dead, the U.S. Embassy has issued an emergency message to its citizens. Located in Karisoke Kazi, the camp sits directly outside Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Militants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) evidently conducted this attack, and the Embassy [read more]

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