Daily Archives: February 20, 2008

GOVERNMENT WARNINGS

On 15 February 2008, the U.S. Department of State issued the following Travel Warning: “This Travel Warning is being updated to inform American citizens of recent attempts to assassinate the President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) and … Continue reading

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Kosovo / Serbia (Country threat level – 4)

Kosovo formally declared its independence from Serbia on 17 February 2008. The United States recognized Kosovo’s independence on 18 February. Several other countries, including the United Kingdom, France and Australia have done the same, while others — such as Germany … Continue reading

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Timor – Leste (Country threat level – 4)

Timor Leste government forces launched a military campaign on 15 February 2008 against rebels believed to be responsible for an assassination attempt on President Ramos-Horta earlier in the week. Military personnel launched the operation against the rebels, who have been … Continue reading

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Philippines (Country threat level – 4)

On 18 February 2008 approximately 20,000 people staged mass rallies across the southern Philippines to protest against the presence of U.S. soldiers. The rally comes ahead of the start of joint war games between Philippine and U.S. forces. Demonstrators also … Continue reading

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Pakistan (Country threat level – 5)

On 19 February 2008 PML- Q, the main party supporting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, conceded defeat in parliamentary elections held on 18 February. The two main opposition parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (which was led by assassinated former Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Myanmar (Country threat level – 4)

On 19 February 2008 four bombs exploded nearly simultaneously in the eastern provincial border town of Tachilek, located in Shan State, approximately 340 mi/550 km northeast of Yangon. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The first explosion occurred at … Continue reading

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Venezuela (Country threat level – 4)

A pipe-bomb exploded on 18 February 2008 outside a court house building in Caracas. The blast caused some damage but no casualties; it was the third explosion in Caracas in a week. The unknown Grupo Venceremos de la Izquierda Central … Continue reading

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Mexico (Country threat level – 3)

Police authorities increased security in Mexico City following a bomb attack near the security ministry that occurred on 15 February. Authorities activated the National Security Warning System, which heightens the security of airports, roads, seaports and border crossings. Additional security … Continue reading

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Cuba (Country threat level – 2)

Fidel Castro announced on 19 February 2008 that he is resigning as president and commander in chief. Castro temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul on 31 July 2006, after having undergone intestinal surgery. Castro has rarely been seen … Continue reading

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ACS picks up 311 deal

Affiliated Computer Services Inc. will establish and operate a 311 customer service center for Solano County, Calif., under a 42-month contract worth $4 million. Under the contract, ACS of Dallas will provide implementation services and develop and refine various data-driven … Continue reading

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