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Stay away from Libya, Alice Springs, Lebanon – and Dorset

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TRAVEL WARNINGS. The Traveling Reporter has again scanned the web for the latest travel warnings.

Following a kidnapping of two Turks in Lebanon, Turkey has issued a travel warning for non-essential journeys to Lebanon, the Washington Post reported.

The United States has resumed consular services at its embassy in Libya but continues to warn against all but essential travel to the country, Huffington Post reported on August 27. The embassy reopened last September, offering emergency services for U.S. citizens after it was closed for several months during the fighting that ousted longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

Police  in Dorset, UK, is issuing advice to motorists about possible travel disruption ahead of a series of major summer events being held across the first weekend of September, View Online reported.

The German Government has warned backpackers not to walk the streets of Alice Springs, Australia, at night after increasing reports of rapes, thefts and assaults on young tourists in the desert town. The German Foreign Office said on its website that Alice Springs is a “special situation, especially at night”, the Northern Territory News reported. The call came after a German tourist was one of two young women gang-raped at gunpoint inside her own parked van at night in Alice Springs last May, according to the Herald Sun.

Archives: Earlier travel warnings

The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Iraq, given security and political issues in the country, the UPI news agency reported. The Department updated a January warning that followed the departure of U.S. military forces from the country. The warning states that the ability of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to respond to the needs of U.S. citizens in the country “is extremely limited.”

The Swedish embassy in Minsk, Belarus, has issued a warning to its citizens there, advising them “to be particularly careful and cautious when traveling and staying in the country,” the RTT News reported. “Due to recent events, including the expulsion of the Swedish Ambassador in Belarus, there are grounds for Swedes to be particularly careful and cautious when traveling and staying in the country,” the Embassy said in a statement.

With the Paralympics gearing up in London weeks after the Olympics, tourists are again warned of chaos in the British capital, Sky News reported.



The editor of the Traveling Reporter works as a business news editor, and is a frequent traveler. When not doing any of that, he spends time on his boat and tries to figure out where to travel next. Two of his top destinations are the Philippines and San Francisco. Email Erik! Follow the Traveling Reporter at Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Chime In, Pinterest, Google+, Weibo, Storify, Facebook, Traveldudes, Myspace.