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Libya: US State Department Issues Travel Alert as Violence Increases

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BENGHAZI, Libya) - The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for Libya, urging Americans to avoid non-essential travel to the country amid rising violence.

The alert came Saturday, a day after the department issued the same type of alert for Bahrain, where political unrest has been far less deadly.

The advisory for Libya cites clashes between protesters and security forces in six Libyan cities and says the potential exists for "spontaneous demonstrations and violence" over the next several days. Among the cities mentioned in the advisory are Ajdabiya, Al-Bayda, Al Marj, Derna, Tobruk and Benghazi.

Sources in Benghazi and the eastern Libyan city of al Bayda tell ABC News that as many as 500 people have been killed and 2,000 injured as continued pressure is put on their 42-year leader, Muammar Gaddafi, to step down.

Gaddafi has now cut all communications to the country and is trying to wipe out the rebellion. Witnesses say the dead are piling up too quickly to count as protesters face heavy machine gun fire, snipers and the full weight of Libya's military.

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United States Issues Nigerian Travel Advisory to Americans 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) -- The United States has cautioned Americans traveling to Nigeria about the increased danger in the country.  The new travel warning, issued by the State Department, cited the recent bombing in the country's capital during Nigeria's 50th anniversary celebration.

A rebel group from Nigeria’s oil-rich south has claimed responsibility for the bombing and has threatened to carry out further attacks.

The travel warning also cites the escape of 150 members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, based in northeast Nigeria.  The group has carried out recent attacks on government institutions and is considered hostile to western foreigners.

Although this year marks the 50th anniversary of independence for the West African country, increased violence, kidnappings and continued political wrangling ahead of next year's hotly contested election have many Nigerians wondering what there is to celebrate. 

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