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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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US Issues Travel Alert Warning Americans after Foiled Terror Plot

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Following the disruption of an alleged Iranian-linked plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., the State Department has issued a travel alert, warning about the possibility of "anti-U.S. actions."

"The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian Government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States," the department said.

The warning was released Tuesday, the same day news surfaced that FBI and DEA agents reportedly foiled the plot to kill Adel Al-Jubeir.  Officials say bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C., as well as bombings of the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were also discussed.

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State Department Confirms: North Korea to Free Detained US Citizen

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department confirmed Friday afternoon that American Eddie Jun will soon be released from detention in North Korea and allowed to leave.
“We welcome North Korea's decision to release U.S. citizen Eddie Jun,” deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. Toner said that the Swedish embassy, which represents the U.S. in Pyongyang, confirmed that Jun will be released shortly.
His release comes as a senior U.S. official, human rights envoy Ambassador Robert King, is visiting Pyongyang this week as part of a separate mission to assess whether North Korea is prepared to accept food assistance.
King was able to visit Jun on Thursday. Toner wouldn’t say much about his condition but said that he appeared to be in “decent health.”
Toner had no confirmation of reports that Ambassador King had expressed his regret for the incident since there is no readout yet from the U.S. delegation which remains in North Korea.
The State Department made clear that Jun’s release will not pave the way for progress on food aid or other issues like nuclear talks.
“It's important to note and to clearly state that our food aid -- any decisions about food aid are not related in any way to any -- I don't know -- policy-related decisions, if you will,” Toner said.

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US Issues Travel Warning About Violence in Bahrain

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As the security situation in Bahrain deteriorates and the potential for violence increases with the arrival of security forces from other Gulf countries, the U.S. State Department is now urging Americans not to travel to Bahrain and suggests those already there should leave the country.

The agency also announced Monday that it has authorized the departure of family members of U.S. Embassy staff who wish to leave Bahrain.

Although the department says "there is no indication that U.S. citizens are being threatened or targeted," it urges Americans in Bahrain to stay alert and to avoid all demonstrations.  The agency says "spontaneous demonstrations and violence can be expected throughout the country."

Violence between police and protesters has escalated in Bahrain since demonstrations began last month, with clashes leaving several dead and wounded.  Protesters in the country are demanding jobs, the release of political prisoners, broad constitutional reforms and an end to the monarchy that has ruled Bahrain for 200 years.

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US Urges Americans Wishing to Leave Egypt to Go to Airport ASAP

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department is calling for U.S. citizens wishing to leave the protest-filled streets of Egypt to report to airports immediately as a fourth day of evacuations gets underway Thursday.

The State Department tweeted Thursday, "U.S. citizens WISHING to depart #Egypt on USG flight should proceed to airport asap AFTER the morning end of curfew."

The agency told ABC News it will continue to organize charter flights as long as there is a demand.  It had previously tweeted that "additional U.S. government flights after Thursday are unlikely," but that message came before the full extent of the violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday came to full light.  Only about 200 people -- a little more than one full flight -- left the country on Wednesday.

Since Monday, when evacuations began, over 1,900 Americans have left Egypt.  An estimated 50,000 Americans are registered with the U.S. Embassy as being in Egypt.

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