In Jordan, protests over high fuel costs continued for five days when the government removed fuel subsidies on Nov. 14. Thousands of people marched in demonstrations in cities in all 12 governorates. There were some violent clashes that led to 200 arrests, 70 people injured and one death.
The US Department of State reminds travelers that while the Saudi government has greatly improved the security environment throughout the Kingdom since the major terrorist attack against foreign nationals in 2007, an ongoing security threat remains.
As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 33 destinations: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Dem. Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Kenya, Dem.
In Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two rangers, one soldier and five militiamen were killed and three soldiers were wounded on Oct. 25 when rangers patrolling with an army escort were attacked by militiamen from the Mai Mai Pareco group.
Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, but violence linked to narco-trafficking continues to affect some rural areas and parts of large cities, and terrorist and criminal activities remain a threat throughout the country, according to the US Department of State.
The Roman Catholic shrine and healing baths at Lourdes, France, were covered in a thick layer of mud left by floods on Oct. 20. Visits to the grotto’s shrine, altar and baths were suspended, pending removal of debris. The baths were to reopen after water pumps were repaired.