State Dept. issues three advices

WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised U.S. travelers to avoid political protests in Peru, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

In Peru, the department cited demonstrations in Lima and other major cities relating to national elections and advised travelers there "to monitor news broadcasts closely."

In Guinea, the department alerted travelers to possible protests and heightened security in Conakry, the capital, due to the trial of an opposition leader.

Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, is experiencing "an increase in civil unrest and violent activity related to a strike called by collective opposition groups," it said.

In other developments, consular information sheets for Malta and El Salvador were updated.

Travelers were told that although Malta has a low rate of violent crime, break-ins and car thefts are rising.

Also, travelers in Malta were urged to exercise caution in the Paceville nightclubs area.

In El Salvador, the department said that "kidnappings for ransom are an ongoing problem."

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