State Dept. issues advice on Guatemala City

WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised travelers to Guatemala that riots and demonstrations are possible in Guatemala City, the capital.

Visitors should monitor news broadcasts and avoid protests, such as the riots that flared up on April 27 in the capital after local bus fares were increased, the department said in a "public announcement."

Separately, the department updated a public announcement for the Philippines, advising U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi due to terrorist activities of the Abu Sayyaf group.

The group is holding 27 Filipino hostages in Basilan and has kidnapped several tourists and staff from a Malaysian dive resort on the island of Sipidan and taken them to Sulu, it said.

The department also renewed a public announcement for Zimbabwe to re-emphasize political strife, the occupation of farms that resulted in at least 11 deaths, flood damage and fuel shortages.

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