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Turkey Alert: Families of U.S. Consulate (Istanbul) ordered to leave over safety concerns

wvva.com/ap reported the State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns.

In a statement issued Saturday, the State Department says the decision is based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent.

The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. The order applies only to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, not to other U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey. Read Full Article

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Libya: Authorities searching for Canadian, Italians abducted near border with Algeria

Libyan authorities ​search for Canadian and two Italians abducted at border theguardian.com reported the three were abducted at gunpoint on the highway between Ghat and Ubari, while three North Koreans kidnapped by Isis have been freed by Libyan forces Libyan authorities are searching for two Italians and a Canadian abducted at gunpoint near the Algerian [...]

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Travel Scams in Turkey

travelscams.org reported … Despite being known as a friendly bunch, there is still a very intense bunch of crooks out to fleece you of your money. Getting recourse is difficult as well, as the police does not have a good command of English and from most anecdotes, are not readily willing to help. So what [...]

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Ankara Turkey: Germany temporarily closes embassy, fear of attack

dw.com reported Germany has temporarily closed its embassy in Ankara, reportedly because of fears of an attack. Turks are said to be outraged by a German magazine’s depiction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a dictator. Germany closed its embassy and all other consular offices in Turkey on Wednesday, with reports that officials feared the [...]

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Suicide Bombers Strike Three Cities Across Saudi Arabia in one day

telegraph.co.uk reported suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan. The explosions targeting US diplomats, Shi’ite worshippers and a security headquarters at a mosque in the holy city of [...]

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Egypt: Three foreign tourists stabbed by suspected IS militants at hotel

bbc.com reported three foreign tourists have been stabbed by two suspected Islamic State militants who stormed into a hotel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The attackers, armed with knives, were shot by police at the Bella Vista hotel after they attacked two Austrian guests and a Swede, officials say. One assailant was killed [...]

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Instabul Turkey: Suspected IS member kills ten people in tourist area

A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group has killed 10 people, at least eight of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul, officials say. Istanbul Sultanahmet district…8 of the dead were German tourists. Germany issues alert warning for Turkey. Read Article

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Accusation of visas, passports being sold through Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq

Venezuela Sold Immigration Documents to Hezbollah Terrorists. Frances Martel reports, faustasblog.com A Venezuelan diplomat in hiding is accusing the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro of selling visas, passports, and even falsified birth certificates out of its embassy in Baghdad to an estimated thousands of Middle Eastern citizens, including at least one confirmed Hezbollah terrorist. [...]

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain: Tensions Rise After Execution of Cleric, 46 others for terrorism offenses

PROTESTS IN SAUDIA ARABIA, BAHRAIN independent.co.uk reported several protests have taken place in majority Shia Qatif and in Bahrain, following the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr and 46 others for ‘terrorism offences’. Demonstrators carrying pictures of the Shi’ite cleric were involved in a clash with police in the Bahraini village of Abu-Saiba, where dozens were tear-gassed, [...]

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Kuwait: 25 expats arrested for unlawful acts

news.kuwaittimes.net reported after receiving information about flats being used as brothels, detectives went to Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Hasawi and arrested 25 expats, including nine women, for offensive acts. All were sent to concerned authorities. Read Article

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