U.S. ISSUES WORLDWIDE SAFETY CAUTION
- The U.S. government issued its latest version of a worldwide safety caution Wednesday to U.S. citizens abroad, CNN reported.
Terrorist groups "continue to plan terrorist attacks against U.S. interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East," a statement by the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs said.
Travelers should be cautious when using public transportation systems, including maritime services like ferries, the statement said.
The Middle East and Africa are the most unpredictable areas, with terrorist groups and pirates attacking recently in Yemen, Algeria, Kenya and Somalia, the statement said.
It listed a number of places that might be targeted, including "high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, and other tourist destinations."
Maritime authorities recommend Western seafarers stay at least 200 nautical miles off Somalia and avoid the port of Mogadishu, the statement said.
The Department of State "encourages U.S. citizens living overseas or planning to travel abroad to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program," the statement said.
- 1854 Russian forces occupy Bayazet (Western Armenia).
- 1874 The Tsar publishes additional rules for Armenian schools, while keeping them as parish schools.
- 1890 The Hnchaks organize the Gum-Gapu demonstration in Constantinople.
- 1908 Death of Yeghia Demirtjipashian. He was born in 1851.
- 1914 Start of the First World War.
- 1918 Lenin, through the Government of Soviet Russia, decides to liquidate the National Soviets, Committees, the Security Council, and Armenian bourgeois-nationalist and counter-revolutionary organizations, that existed in Russia.
- 1921 The Red Army enters Meghri. The Zangezur area returns to Soviet Armenia.
- 1921 The organizer of the massacre of the Armenians of Baku, Jivanshir, is executed in Constantinople by Armenians.
- 1971 Death of writer Soghomon Taronetsi.