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."