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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]

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]

Philippines: Government, Rebels Sign Peace Accord

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Government officials have signed a power-sharing accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the third of four proposed pacts that will assist in establishing a final peace agreement with the southern Moro guerrillas. The final of the four agreements is expected to be signed in January, bringing peace after decades of conflict. The pact [read more]

Thailand: Protests Continue in Bangkok

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Thousands of protestors calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down remained in the streets of Bangkok after riot police removed barricades Dec. 3. At least four people were killed and 256 injured during the height of the three weeks of demonstrations. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban called for more action against the government and [read more]

Ukraine: Protestors Fill Streets of Kiev

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators filled the streets of Kiev Nov. 24 in what may have been just the first in a series of protests. The marches were spurred by the government’s decision to back out of talks with the European Union and to instead work on strengthening economic ties with Russia. Riot police were mostly [read more]

Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

North Korea: Detained War Veteran Returns to U.S.

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

American Korean War Veteran Merrill Newman returned home Dec. 7 after being held as a war criminal for more than 40 days in Pyongyang. Newman was detained after completing a 10-day guided tour and removed from his home-bound flight in North Korea’s capital when he was suspected of illegal activity. The U.S. Department of State [read more]

Ukraine: Protests Continue for Third Week in Kiev

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests in Kiev continued for a third week as security forces moved in to raid the opposition party’s headquarters Dec. 9, just one week after violent clashes erupted in the capital. Armed police cleared out encampments and cut off electricity to the occupied City Hall, allegedly using force against many of the demonstrators. The actions [read more]

Ukraine: Number of Protestors Grow in Kiev

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned of a coup in Kiev Dec. 2, as he was informed of demonstrators’ plans to seize the parliament building. The protests began Nov. 21 when Ukraine announced plans to back out of talks with the European Union in order to strengthen ties with Russia. The number of demonstrators has grown [read more]

Egypt: President Declares State of Emergency

Date: January 30th, 2013 | No Comments

President Morsi declared a month-long state of emergency Jan. 26, after political unrest escalated into violent street protests that left 52 people dead. Soldiers have been deployed to the three main cities on the Suez Canal where the latest rash of protests erupted—Port Said, Ismailia and Suez—and central Cairo and Alexandria remain volatile. Anti-government sentiment [read more]






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