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Worldwide travel advisory issued for U.S. citizens overseas

The State Department issued a worldwide advisory to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad about the potential for anti-American violence in the wake of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

“Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations,” the advisory said.

U.S. government facilities worldwide remain at a heightened state of alert, the State Department said, and some may temporarily close or suspend public services when necessary.

Americans abroad are urged to keep an eye on media coverage of local events and to maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, the advisory said.

U.S. citizens overseas who want to receive the latest travel updates and information on travel and security issues were urged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Travel information is also available at http://www.travel.state.gov/. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

From staff reports

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