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US Citizens Warned of Possible Terror Attacks in Bangkok

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BANGKOK) -- American citizens in Thailand are being warned of potential terror attacks that may take place soon in Bangkok.

The U.S. embassy in Thailand issued an emergency message on Friday, alerting that "foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future."

The embassy urged Americans to "exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok."

"U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public; be alert for unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel.  We also encourage you to keep a low profile in public areas, particularly areas frequented by foreign tourists," it added.

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Evacuation Flights Continue as Americans Leave Egypt

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- The evacuation of American citizens from the protest-ridden streets of Egypt is set to continue Tuesday with eight flights expected to depart from Cairo, according to a U.S. Embassy official in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The official, who was not named, told ABC News that two flights may land in Larnaca, while the others will go to Athens, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey and Frankfurt, Germany.  From there, passengers will have to arrange their own way back to the U.S.

The departing planes will be able to transport a total of 1,350 evacuees Tuesday, the official said.

On Monday, an estimated 1,200 Americans were evacuated from Egypt.  The U.S. State Department says there are approximately 52,000 Americans living and working in Egypt, many of whom are expected to leave the country if the situation becomes unbearable.

Political unrest has consumed Egypt for the past week as hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Crisis in Egypt: First Evacuation Flight Leaves

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- The first chartered flight evacuating U.S. citizens from Egypt took off from the turbulent country Monday as protesters organized for a million-man march against President Hosni Mubarak.

The flight is expected to arrive in Lanarca, Cyprus, later Monday, State Department officials said.  Five additional outbound planes are also being filled, officials said.

Hundreds of Americans remain at Cairo's airport, hoping to leave the country as it enters its seventh day of protests.

Mubarak, the embattled president of the world's largest Arab state, swore in a new cabinet Monday, according to state television.  On Friday, Mubarak dissolved his government.

His move on Saturday to appoint a vice president, Omar Suleiman, for the first time in his 30 years of authoritarian rule resonated with protesters as another way for Mubarak to cling to power.

The new cabinet is not likely to quell the thousands of anti-government demonstrators calling for his ouster.

A coalition of opposition groups is organizing a million-man march to take place Tuesday.  Opposition groups want to march from Tahrir, or Liberation Square, to force Mubarak to step down by Friday.  They are also calling for a strike, though banks, schools and the stock market are shut down for a second working day.

Police are back out after virtually disappearing from the streets late Friday, leaving a vacuum in security that was filled by looters, vandals, and the release of prisoners from the country's jails.

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