September 7, 2017

Security Message: Kingston (Jamaica), Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Embassy Kingston alerts U.S. citizens to the presence of Category 5 Hurricane Irma affecting the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.  Although there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect for Jamaica or the Cayman Islands, the National Hurricane Center forecasts that Irma will remain a powerful storm throughout the week. It is being advised that U.S. citizens monitor local and regional emergency management organizations for updates on the situation and for information on emergency preparedness, including the Jamaican Office of Disaster Preparedness …

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August 7, 2017

Somalia Travel Warning

U.S. citizens are being warned to avoid travel to Somalia because of widespread terrorist and criminal activity.  Militants associated with both the al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group, al-Shabaab, and the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) operate with relative impunity throughout large parts of the country, including Mogadishu, and attack civilian, military, and government targets. U.S. citizens should be aware that kidnapping, bombings, murder, illegal roadblocks and other violent incidents are common throughout Somalia, including Somaliland. There is no U.S. …

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August 7, 2017

Travel Alert – North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

The Secretary of State published a Notice on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 that will restrict the use of U.S. passports to travel into, in, or through North Korea/the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), effective Friday, September 1, 2017.  The Secretary has authorized the restriction due to the serious and mounting risk of arrest and long-term detention of U.S. citizens under North Korea’s system of law enforcement. Persons who wish to travel to North Korea on a U.S. passport must …

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July 5, 2017

March of Justice Approaches Istanbul

Members of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and their supporters are scheduled to arrive in Istanbul on or around July 9, after a 250-mile protest march, that started in Ankara on June 15. The self-proclaimed March for Justice is being led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of CHP, and according to media reports, as many as 10,000 people have joined in recent days. The march is taking place during a politically charged time – there is an ongoing state of emergency …

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June 4, 2017

London Attacks – What we know so far

A van has struck pedestrians on London Bridge in central London leaving a number of casualties, including fatalities. Police have declared a “terrorist incident” there and at nearby Borough Market amid reports of stabbings. Armed police and ambulances were called to reports of a white van hitting several people on London Bridge at approximately 22:08 BST on Saturday. Witness reports say the van mounted the pavement of the bridge. Police have said there has been “more than one” person killed …

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