State Department issues Ecuador warning

The State Department alerted U.S. travelers to Ecuador to an "uncertain political situation" after antigovernment demonstrations erupted there on Jan. 6 and President Jamil Mahuad was ousted on Jan. 21.

Travelers in Ecuador should avoid political protests and "consider leaving if the situation deteriorates," the department said.

Separately, the State Department lifted a travel warning for the Ivory Coast, saying life there "by and large returned to normal" after a Dec. 23 coup d'etat. Nevertheless, the department said it "urges" U.S. travelers to the Ivory Coast "to exercise caution" during this "period of extended political uncertainty."

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