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On Roatan, one of Honduras’ Bay Islands, residents protesting increases in the price of electricity blocked roads and demonstrated widely in October. The US Embassy advises not trying to pass through roadblocks.

In Bolivia, Congress has agreed to hold a referendum in January 2009 on the controversial new constitution that the president proposed. It is hoped this will quell recent widespread protests, which occasionally turned violent, especially in the lowland eastern provinces.

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

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The Department of State suggests that nonessential travel to Bolivia be deferred.

In late August-early September, opposition to the central government’s policies by five of the nine departments (Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando, Chuquisaca and Tarija) turned increasingly violent. Hunger strikes, marches and roadblocks became violent as pro-government and opposition forces attempted to consolidate or impede control of government buildings and facilities such as gas and oil pipelines.



In 1991, Somalia’s dictator was overthrown by warlords, and the country has not had a stable government since.

Clashes between various factions caused a million Somalis to leave their homes since last year, and in the last few months increasing violence in addition to soaring food prices (up 700% in one year) have caused an escalation in the number of refugees. Many are crossing into Yemen, and some are continuing across desert to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations to look for work...


Monsoon-swollen rivers overran their banks, broke dams and levies and caused devastating floods in Nepal and in India’s northeastern regions of Bihar, Assam, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh in August and September — the worst floods there in over 50 years.

Thousands of villages were swamped and more than 1,500 people were killed, with millions displaced. The waters will take months to recede, and aid camps are overwhelmed. The Indian government is supplying food, water and refugee camps, and...


On Oct. 1, five bombs exploded in markets and a bus station in Guwahati, northeastern India, killing one and wounding 100. On Sept. 13, five bombs blew up in shopping areas of New Delhi, killing 21 and injuring dozens. The group called the Indian Mujahideen again claimed responsibility.

The attacks match the pattern of bombings in Jaipur, Bangalore and Ahmedabad in August and early September. The low-intensity bombs were packed with materials to cause widespread injuries in densely...


Just hours after Asif Ali Zardari was sworn in as the new president of Pakistan on Sept. 20, a truck bomb exploded in front of the Marriott in Islamabad. Hotel security managed to stop the truck in front of the hotel, but the enormous blast killed at least 50 people, injured more than 260 and caused extensive damage and a fire.

Diplomats, foreign travelers and hotel security personnel were among the dead.

British Airways indefinitely suspended all flights to and from Islamabad...