More violence in Philippines

WASHINGTON -- The State Department repeated a recommendation that U.S. travelers to the Philippines should avoid the south and west of Mindanao Island, including General Santos City and Cotabato, "due to increased violence in the area."

In a new public announcement, the department also repeated earlier advice to stay away from the islands of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo located in the Sulu archipelago in the extreme southwest of the Philippines.

Separately, travelers to Laos were advised to stay away from the Morning Market area of Vientiane, the capital, due to the potential recurrence of recent explosions that injured several foreigners and Laotians.

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