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Egypt: Nuclear Power Plant Under Construction as Violence Continues

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Interim-President Adly Mansour announced plans to resume construction on a nuclear power plant in al-Dabaa, 180 miles north of Cairo. Construction on the plant began under ousted-president Hosni Mubarak, but was suspended when locals accused the state of taking their land by force and without payment. Local residents recently abandoned a months-long occupation of the [read more]

Turkey: Travel Warning for Southern Region

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Turkey Sept. 6, cautioning American citizens traveling to or residing in Turkey to be alert to the potential for violence. Though the warning specifically references threats against United States government facilities and personnel, all U.S. citizens are warned to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings. The warning [read more]

Netherlands: The Hague Rates Terrorism Risk as “Substantial”

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Due to an increase in the number of violent extremists traveling to Syria, and signs of increased radicalization among youth, the threat of terrorism has increased from “limited” to “substantial,” Dutch authorities reported March 14. The U.S. Dept. of State has not issued any travel warnings for the country, but notes that, as with other [read more]

Kenya: Tourist Resort Attacked on Eve of Election

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

An Italian tourist was shot and hospitalized when a gang of masked men, armed with guns and machetes, attacked a coastal resort near Malindi Feb. 20. On the eve of the country’s general election, scheduled for Mar. 4, experts warn that tensions are running high, and tourists may be swept up in local protests or [read more]

Turkey: Embassy Attack Prompts Updated Travel Warning

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

In light of the recent attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and instability at the Turkish-Syrian border, the U.S. State Dept. has issued an updated travel warning. The Consulate strongly recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all border areas with Syria, and exercise extreme caution when traveling anywhere in southeastern Turkey. Travelers should stay abreast [read more]

Kenya: Officials Say Country is Safe After Terror Attack

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Tour operators and travel agents in Kenya said that tourism activities continue uninterrupted after the terrorist attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall began Sept. 21. The siege, which ended Sept. 24 and left at least 61 civilians dead, was led by Somali militants and was the first major violent incident since the country’s 2007/2008 election violence [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]

Peru: Embassy Revises Travel Warning for Cuzco, Machu Picchu

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Lima has lifted its travel restriction for Cuzco and the region of Machu Picchu after a thorough review of information regarding a potential kidnapping threat to U.S. citizens. The Embassy continues to recommend that its citizens proceed with caution if traveling in or around the Peruvian “VRAEM” Emergency Zone, which includes [read more]

Peru: California Couple Missing in Cuzco

Date: February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Authorities are searching for a California couple reported missing while traveling in the Cuzco region, an area where the U.S. government recently warned its citizens of a potential kidnapping threat. The warning, issued in early February, was hotly disputed by the Peruvian government, and both Peruvian and U.S. authorities have denied any indication of kidnapping [read more]

Mexico: Tourist-Zone Crime Adds to Image Problem

Date: February 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Another barrage of negative headlines has thrust Mexico into the international spotlight, but this time its tourist zones are directly involved, increasing safety concerns and worrying those who rely on tourism jobs and revenue. Recent media coverage of a daytime murder in Mexico City’s busy Zona Rosa, along with the case of six Spanish tourists [read more]

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