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Foreign travel: Warnings issued for Middle East, North Africa

U.S. State Department issues travel warnings for Middle East, North Africa and Saudi Arabia.

August 11, 2013

A worldwide travel alert issued Aug. 2 by the U.S. State Department warns Americans to be alert to "the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula."

On July 25, the State Department issued a travel warning for Saudi Arabia, telling Americans "to fully consider the risks of traveling" to that country, citing security threats because of terrorist groups, "some affiliated with Al Qaeda, who may target Western interests."

A topping-off ceremony celebrated China's tallest building, which is in Shanghai's financial district. The Shanghai Tower is 2,073 feet tall. Dubai's Burj Khalifa is 2,722 feet.

Britain is unhappy with a suggestion from Spain's foreign minister to charge travelers crossing the border from Gibraltar to Spain a fee of $66.38 (50 euros). Gibraltar is under Britain's control.

Portraits by Bob Dylan are going on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Aug. 24. "Bob Dylan: Face Value" runs through Jan. 5.

Tourists seeking an original way to take in France's countryside can do so in a helium-filled zeppelin. Airship Paris' 250-foot-long, five-story airship began flights over the forests and villages northwest of Paris.

Sources: Department of State, Bloomberg, Associated Press

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