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Thailand Travel Warning, terrorism threat, border areas, protests

gov.uk reported the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border. On 10 April 2014 the Australian authorities indicated that extremists may be planning to target westerners in the southern border provinces. See Terrorism

The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. There is a high threat of terrorism. Political demonstrations continue in and around Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand. Some of these have been violent, including the use of firearms and grenades, and there have been casualties and deaths. The situation is unpredictable and further protests are expected. You should avoid protest sites. Read Article

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Thailand: Protests to oust prime minister begins, 100,000 in streets of Bangkok

mashable.com reported that An organized, monthlong protest in Bangkok began on Monday as some 100,000 demonstrators flooded the streets to oust Thailand’s current prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. The past two months of protests to force her resignation came to a head as anti-government protestors, headed up by People’s Democratic Reform Committee leader Suthep Thaugsuban, began […]

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Unrest in disupted area causes closures of some Kyrgyz-Tajik border crossings

According to rferl.org, several roads along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border remain closed after an alleged arson attack destroyed a teahouse belonging to a Kyrgyz citizen in a disputed area. On December 19, Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Tokon Mamytov went to the area to join negotiations between local Kyrgyz and Tajik officials in Tajikistan’s Isfara district. The […]

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Thailand: Travel Warning Bangkok

dailymail.co.uk reported that more than 30,000 demonstrators marched to 13 areas across the city, including state offices, military headquarters and television stations. The tourist industry in Thailand could be dealt another blow after further political demonstrations flared up in Bangkok over the weekend. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has not updated its advice since […]

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Kiev Ukraine: police fire tear gas at demonstrators during protests

Ukrainian police fired tear gas Monday at pro-European demonstrators staging a second day of protests outside the government seat in Kiev over a decision to scrap a key pact with the EU. Scuffles broke out outside the government headquarters shortly before the European Union announced that the offer of a broad political and economic deal […]

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Iran: Thousands demonstrate outside former U.S. Embassy in Tehran

Usatoday.com reported that, tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the streets Monday outside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran in the biggest anti-American rally in years, a show of support for hard-line opponents of President Hassan Rouhani’s historic outreach to Washington. Read Article

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Tensions rising in Cameroon over recent surge in refugees

Allafrica.com reports that Cameroon is grappling with the influx of over a hundred thousand refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria, whose presence is causing tensions with the local population. The refugees are hosted in some 300 sites in Cameroon’s eastern and northern regions. Some 90, 000 of the 105,467 refugees are Central […]

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Italy: Anti-austerity protest in Rome turns violent

According to telegraph.co.uk, at least 100 protesters in hoods and motorcycle helmets attacked the Italian economy ministry in Rome on Saturday after a march against austerity turned violent. Protesters with masks over their faces hurled flares, bottles and thunder flashes at a line of police guarding the entrance to the government building. They beat the […]

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Tajik train assaulted by armed group in Russia

According to news.tj, there ought not to seek political motives in a recent attack on Tajik train in Russian territory, Mohammad Egamzod, a spokesman for the Tajik Embassy in Moscow, told Asia-Plus today morning. According to him, this incident should be solved by railway companies of the two countries. “We have familiarized ourselves with comments […]

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Tunisia: Suicide bomber attacks resort in Mediterranean town of Sousse

According to the Washington Post, a man blew himself up Wednesday in front of a popular seaside hotel as authorities foiled a possibly related assault at the mausoleum of modern Tunisia’s secular founder, the Interior Ministry said. The attack was believed to be the country’s first suicide bombing. Tunisia had largely avoided major terrorist incidents, […]

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