State Department issues Korea advice, Peru alert

WASHINGTON -- Citing "several random attacks in recent weeks" against U.S. citizens in the Itaewon district of Seoul, South Korea, the State Department advised travelers who visit the district and the market areas of South Korea to keep a low profile.

Travelers also should avoid large crowds, travel in groups if possible, avoid confrontations with vendors and report suspicious activities to the police, according to the department.

Separately, the department alerted travelers to Peru that political demonstrations in Lima and other major cities could increase in size and number before and after the July 28 presidential inauguration.

Opposition leaders have called for a national march on July 26 to 28. The march and related demonstrations could cause serious traffic disruptions, including routes between city centers and airports, it said.

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