News Watch

Despite the recent smooth transition of government in Nepal, some unrest remains. One subgroup continues to engage in extortion, abuse and threats of violence, particularly in rural areas. Clashes continue among other political rivals. Violent actions by multiple armed splinter groups in the Terai region along the southern border with India remain a significant concern.

While protests and pre-election localized bombing incidents have decreased, demonstrations and disruptions still...


As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 27 destinations: Nepal, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Chad, Kenya, Yemen, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Iran, Georgia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Algeria, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Cote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Burundi, Syria, Central African Republic, Philippines and Nigeria.  

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In the troubled far-northeastern region of India, nine explosions shook Guwahati and three towns in western Assam on Oct. 31, leaving 75 dead and over 300 injured in the worst bombings in the militancy-hit state’s history.

Guwahati bore the brunt, with 41 killed and 167 wounded in three blasts (in a market, a city area and the chief judicial magistrate’s compound). Twenty were killed and 60 injured in the three blasts in Kokrajhar, while two Barpeta Road bombs killed 14 and injured 70...

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck in southwest Pakistan on Oct. 29. Hundreds of people died in several villages and an estimated 12,000 people were left homeless as 1,500 homes and buildings collapsed. The epicenter was near the Valley of Ziarat, one of the main tourist spots in Baluchistan province.

A magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck in the province of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, on Oct. 6, leveling about 100 buildings and killing over 70 people. The mountain village of Nura, near the China border, suffered greatly.

Rebel fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo overran a major army camp in late October, killing a number of government soldiers and civilians. They also took over the headquarters of Virunga National Park, sending more than 50 park rangers fleeing into the forests, home to about 200 of the world’s 700 remaining mountain gorillas.

The raid took place three weeks after another attack on the same camp, Rumangabo, in which about 1,500 troops were killed. Due to the fighting, about...


The Department of State continues to warn US citizens against all travel to Sudan, particularly in the Darfur area, where violence between government forces and various armed militias continues. Westerners have been victims of carjacking and armed robbery. Land travel at night should be avoided.

On Jan. 1, 2008, two American Embassy employees were assassinated while traveling in their vehicle in Khartoum. In May 2008, the city of Omdurman, adjacent to Khartoum, was attacked by armed...


Although a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect June 19, 2008, the Gaza Strip continues to be a potential center of violence between Israeli security forces and Palestinian terrorist groups.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad still occasionally launch rockets against Israeli towns as far north as Ashkelon. The Israeli Defense Forces retain the option of responding to these attacks with military force. In addition, Hamas uses violence against other Palestinian factions in Gaza....