As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 32 destinations: Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Eritrea, Guinea, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Kenya, Democratic People’s Republ
The annual September monsoon rains brought heavy flooding to several areas in central Pakistan, particularly the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and Kashmir. At least 260 people were killed, with over a million affected. Infrastructure was damaged, along with 73,000 houses and shops.
• On Sept. 12, the US Department of State ordered the departure of all nonemergency government personnel from LIBYA, following the attack on the US Diplomatic mission in Benghazi in which the American Ambassador was killed.
On Sept. 15, following an attack on the Embassy in Khartoum, the Department of State ordered the departure of nonemergency US government personnel from Sudan. It urges avoiding all travel to the Darfur region and the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.
The US Department of State continues to strongly recommend deferring all travel to the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan/South Sudan border region. Fighting between Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) has declined since spring but could renew.
The US Department of State warns against all travel to Mali at this time because of fluid political conditions and the loss of government control of Mali’s northern provinces, where factions linked to Al-Qaeda threaten to attack and kidnap Westerners.
Although Guinea has been relatively calm since the democratically elected president took office in December 2010, legislative elections, which should have taken place shortly after the presidential elections, have been repeatedly delayed, causing increasing anger, the US Department of State repor
More than one million people joined Catalonia’s annual independence day demonstration in Barcelona on Sept. 11. The self-governing region of Spain is asking Madrid for a larger portion of the country’s tax revenues plus a financial bailout.