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