TRAVEL SECURITY NEWS UPDATE.

 
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The U.S. Department of State has issued a worldwide caution to remind Americans to be vigilant about their personal safety when traveling abroad. "We are seeing indications that Al-Qaida continues to prepare to strike U.S. interests abroad," it said. Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 888-407-4747 in the U.S., or 317-472-2328 outside the U.S. and Canada. Separately, State has warned Americans not to travel to Indonesia. Anyone already there is strongly urged to avoid traveling to Aceh. Legislative elections will be held on April 5 2004, and there could be election-related demonstrations and violence.

In the aftermath of the terrorist bombings in Madrid, which left almost 200 dead and almost 1,500 wounded at latest count, U.S. Homeland Security has issued a bulletin advising state officials, police, and transit and rail agencies to be vigilant. The group suggested adding more surveillance and advised people to look out for unattended bags and backpacks. A spokesman for Homeland Security, however, has said that there is no specific indication that terrorists are considering such attacks in the U.S. in the near term. The U.S. terror alert...

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