U.S. Employees Return to Java

WASHINGTON -- The State Department issued an announcement permitting its employees and their dependents to return to their offices on the Indonesian island of Java.

The State Department ordered employees and dependents from its embassy in Jakarta and consulate general in Surabaya to depart the country May 14 in response to riots estimated to have killed up to 1,000 people.

The State Department continues to warn Americans in Indonesia to avoid crowds, disturbances and areas where violence has been reported.

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