U.S. Dept. of State Issues Travel Warning for Kenya

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  Increasing terrorist threats along the Kenya-Somalia border The U.S. Department of State issued a Travel Warning earlier this month for Kenya, warning travelers to avoid the border area between Somalia and Kenya due to increased terrorist threats, and said travelers should also be aware of the risk of terrorism throughout the country. “Avoid travel […]

U.S. State Dept. issues Travel Warning for Turkey

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Withdrawal of Istanbul consulate families The U.S. State Department issued a Travel Warning for Turkey on Friday, ordering the withdrawal of family members of employees at the Consulate General in Istanbul. The increased threat of terrorism from extremist groups has also prompted the Governor of Ankara to declare a state of emergency in the capital, […]

Security fears starting to play out at Rio’s Olympics

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High-profile incidents risk spoiling otherwise successful Games The concern about the security situation in Rio de Janeiro leading up to these Summer Olympic Games was not entirely groundless, as recent attacks there are starting to show. On Wednesday, what appeared to be a bullet tore through the window of a bus carrying reporters, 8 foreign […]

After attacks, U.S. State Department posts travel warning for Saudi Arabia

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Suicide bombings prompt caution before pilgrimage Coming roughly a month before the annual Hajj, when millions of Muslim pilgrims descend on the Islamic holy city of Mecca, the U.S. State Department has issued a Travel Warning for Saudi Arabia. “Terrorist groups… have targeted both Saudi and Western interests, including the U.S. Consulate General in Jeddah, mosques […]

Security crisis deepens in Brazil 3 weeks before the Olympics, but travel bargains abound

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Police on strike, homicides on the rise   Less than a month before the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, police are still on strike to protest back pay withheld from them in the midst of the financial crisis declared in the Brazilian state back in May. This is particularly concerning news as […]