Embassy Staff Can Return to Java

WASHINGTON -- The State Department said it is allowing its employees and their dependents to return to its offices on the Indonesian island of Java.

Staff and dependents at the embassy in Jakarta and the consulate-general in Surabaya were told to depart the country during a period of political unrest in mid-May.

The department continues to warn Americans to avoid crowds, disturbances and areas where violence has been reported.

Due to robberies of taxi passengers, it also has advised Americans visiting Indonesia to avoid hailing taxis from the street and, instead, to engage them from queues at major hotels or by to call taxi companies.

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