January 24, 1999 |
Middle East Yemen: Americans were warned to defer travel to Yemen, and officials there reported a substantial drop in tourism because of the killings of four Western tourists on Dec. 29. The three Britons and an Australian died during a shootout as Yemeni troops tried to rescue 16 hostages from Islamic extremists in Abyan province, about 175 miles southeast of Sana, the capital.
June 22, 1997 |
Western Europe As masses of Americans begin summer trips to Europe, the State Department has some cautionary advice for travelers headed for some of the more popular countries: Britain: It has been a year since the last major Irish Republican Army attack in England, but terrorism remains a possibility. Although Americans are not targeted, they might be affected. Violent crime is relatively rare in Britain. Burglars and pickpockets, however, are very active in London and other large cities.
February 28, 1999 |
Worldwide Violent demonstrations erupted across Europe earlier this month after fugitive Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan, who had been hiding in the Greek Embassy in Kenya, was taken into Turkish custody and flown to Turkey. Three of Ocalan's supporters were killed as thousands of Kurdish demonstrators clashed with police and stormed Greek, Kenyan, Israeli and U.N. diplomatic sites in nearly two dozen cities.
July 27, 1997 |
Asia Cambodia: Following a violent change of government, the State Department posted a warning on Cambodia, advising Americans not to travel there and urging those already in the country to leave. Nonessential U.S. Embassy staff and dependents of embassy employees were ordered out. Two dozen Oklahoma college students who had traveled to Cambodia to teach English were evacuated to Thailand. The temple complex at Angkor Wat, a major tourist magnet, was deserted.
January 28, 2001 |
Asia Sri Lanka: A fatal attack on a group of foreign tourists has undercut Sri Lanka's efforts to attract tourism in one area even while its army battles rebels in others. Late last month, gunmen believed to be army deserters raided a beach resort in Hungama, on the southwest coast about 120 miles south of Colombo, killing a German man, raping a woman and holding a dozen German tourists at gunpoint for several hours.
September 21, 1997 |
Americans love "Best of . . ." lists, but there is a big one that most of us have never heard of. Luckily, it's readily available on the Internet's World Wide Web, but you should by all means avoid it if you have a pressing appointment or if it's near bedtime. The World Heritage List is a site to get lost in for hours. It's the ultimate digital locale for daydreaming.
January 23, 2000 |
Latin America Mexico: Accusing foreign visitors of meddling in local politics, the Mexican government has brought deportation proceedings against 43 foreigners, including 34 Americans, who took part in New Year's celebrations sponsored by Zapatista rebels in troubled Chiapas state. Twelve of the foreigners have been ordered out of the country, and hearings will be held for the remaining 31. The celebration, attended by U.S.
June 24, 2001 |
Nepal: This Himalayan kingdom has been destabilized by the slayings of its king and queen and several other members of the royal family by Crown Prince Dipendra, who then fatally wounded himself. The State Department "strongly recommends" that Americans put off traveling there for the time being, and Britain has issued a similar warning to its citizens.
December 31, 2000 |
Europe Italy: Two bomb incidents in Rome and Milan may signal the start of a new outbreak of terrorism, officials said. On Dec. 22, a bomb exploded in the offices of a Communist newspaper in Rome, seriously injuring a right-wing extremist suspected of planting the device. Four days earlier, police defused a bomb on the roof of Milan's cathedral hours before it was set to explode. An anarchist group claimed to have set the bomb, and police stepped up security for Milan's churches.
July 22, 2001 |
Race-based rioting has erupted in several northern England cities this summer. Some of the worst occurred in Bradford earlier this month, when mobs of white and South Asian youths fought running battles, torching cars and throwing bricks, bottles and gasoline bombs at police. Similar violence, some of it blamed on agitation by white supremacist groups, has struck Oldham, Burnley, Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent. All five contain sizable Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations.