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.
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.
August 23, 1998 |
Worldwide Coordinated terrorist bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 7 killed more than 250 people, including 12 U.S. citizens. The State Department quickly warned Americans against traveling to those two adjacent East African countries, but lifted the warnings a week later after objections from the Kenyan government, which relies heavily on tourism income. Other U.S. embassies might be targeted, the State Department warned.
February 27, 2000 |
Europe Austria: Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Vienna to denounce the inclusion of a far-right party in the new national government, and Austria began feeling a tourist backlash. Last weekend, at least 150,000 protesters gathered peacefully at Heroes' Square in the capital to oppose the Freedom Party's entry into the right-wing coalition government. On Feb.
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.
September 21, 1997 |
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