State Dept. issues travel advice

WASHINGTON -- The State Department advised travelers to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza to "increase their vigilance with respect to their personal security," saying it believes the potential has increased for terrorist attacks in the region.

U.S. citizens should stay off public buses and exercise caution near bus stops and crowded areas, the department said.

Separately, the department said U.S. tourists may wish to steer clear of Prague, Czech Republic, during the second half of September due to anticipated demonstrations before and during meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Sept. 26 to 28.

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