The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning at the end of January, reducing its diplomatic presence on the island (only in Haiti, not the Dominican Republic) and warning citizens against traveling to the country. The impoverished and politically unstable Caribbean nation of Haiti has seen even more rebellion over the weekend. As of Monday, armed rebels were in control of several town around the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and conflicting reports were being given as to how many people had been killed.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for Cote d'Ivoire that urges Americans to defer travel to the country. Americans who do travel there are asked to avoid travel to the interior parts of the country; travel by U.S. government personnel outside of Abidjan requires authorization by the ambassador. Rebels known as New Forces control much of the country to the North. State also issued a warning for Afghanistan that said the security threat remains high. It has issued new phone numbers for the Embassy in Kabul, although it cannot offer passport or visa services there. The U.S. Embassy can be reached at 93-20-290002/29005.

The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning against Haiti, saying family members of State employees have been authorized to leave the country, and private American citizens should evaluate their own security and consider leaving the country. There have been violent confrontations between government supporters and students in the country. The U.S. Embassy has been closed several times recently...

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