November 27, 1994 |
Asia Thailand: Fifty-five Americans are being held in Thailand on drug charges, the U.S. government reports. Of the 31 women and 24 men, one has been sentenced to death and 17 are serving life sentences. According to the State Department, many of these were gullible individuals who carried the drugs for others, having been lured by offers of free vacations or lucrative payoffs. Some were reportedly unaware that drugs were hidden in their luggage.
October 11, 1992 |
Massive traffic jams on Interstate 15 have been trapping Los Angeles-bound motorists returning from weekends in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. Round-the-clock construction on the four-lane highway is being blamed for the 4- to 8-mile-long slowdowns that have been occurring during peak 2-9 p.m. Sunday travel time.
October 27, 1996 |
Asia Laos: A prominent French businessman and a number of his Laotian employees were killed in an ambush on a road leading to Laos' ancient capital, a major tourist site, the Associated Press reported. Claude Vincent, 56, was the director of a French tour agency and owner of a restaurant in Viangchan (Vientiane), the capital. Unidentified gunmen killed him and at least two of his employees, then ransacked their van on the road between the northern town of Kasi and the old capital, Luang Prabang.
June 25, 1995 |
Middle East Israel and the Territories: A knife attack in the walled Old City of East Jerusalem led to wider violence early this month, the Reuters news service reported. A Jewish security guard was stabbed in the back by an Arab attacker, and that night several Jews smashed Arab-owned shops and cars in the Old City. In another incident, seven Arabs were arrested during a clash that broke out when Palestinians taunted Jews walking to the Western Wall.
April 25, 1999 |
Worldwide The beginning of NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia last month touched off a wave of anti-American and anti-British demonstrations, some of them violent, in several countries. Two days after the bombing began, the State Department warned of "the possibility of acts of retaliation against Americans and American interests worldwide." Although the demonstrations so far had not targeted tourist facilities or private U.S.
May 24, 1998 |
Central America Guatemala: Violence against travelers in Guatemala in recent months has included the kidnap-murder of an American woman and the rape of five Maryland college students. The Philadelphia-based AmeriSpan Unlimited, which provides Spanish-language training throughout Latin America and Spain, has compiled a list of security tips for visitors to Guatemala, including these: * Don't travel on public buses at night.
January 2, 1994 |
Africa Egypt: Terrorists attacked a tour bus in Cairo on Monday, and 16 people were wounded, including eight Austrian tourists, by the gunfire and explosives. A radical Muslim group opposed to Egypt's secular government claimed responsibility. There have been eight such attacks in the past year, leaving seven foreign visitors dead. Algeria: In response to terrorist murders of foreigners, the U.S.
July 24, 1994 |
Latin America Mexico: An American Mormon missionary and five Mexican friends were kidnaped and held for 10 hours near the city of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City, U.S. diplomats report. Their four armed captors apparently intended at first to hold them for $15,000 ransom but released them unharmed early the next morning. In Guadalajara, a powerful car bomb exploded in front of the upscale Camino Real Hotel on June 11, killing at least two people and injuring several others, according to the U.
April 24, 1994 |
Europe Turkey: A series of terrorist bombings in Istanbul have struck some of the city's best-known tourist sites and left two foreigners dead. In the worst attack, a bomb exploded April 2 at the 15th-Century Covered Bazaar, killing a Tunisian woman and a Spanish man and injuring 15 people, the Reuters news service reported. Ten days earlier, a bomb near the bazaar's entrance injured two Romanian women and two Turks.
August 25, 1996 |
Latin America Colombia: Already red-flagged by the U.S. State Department as a risky place for Americans to travel, Colombia became the subject of a more urgent State Department warning this month. Addressing Americans who may travel in or around the city of Cali, the department said guerrillas have targeted foreigners and their businesses for possible kidnappings. All U.S. citizens in the area are advised to exercise caution. The warning, which originated with the U.S.