WASHINGTON -- The State Department alerted travelers to Kazakstan
about a new scam at Almaty Airport, where men posing as greeters
"lure unsuspecting foreigners into cars purportedly to take them to
The driver proceeds to a secluded gas station, then demands
about $100 for gas to drive back to the city. The department said
travelers should make advance arrangements with their contacts in
Almaty "for concrete identification upon arrival at the
The department also said Kazakstan suspended the 72-hour transit
rule that allowed those with visas from other members of the
Commonwealth of Independent States to transit the country.
Separately, the department announced:In Panama, boaters should be advised that local
search-and-rescue capabilities "are greatly diminished" with the
departure of the U.S. military.In Mali, U.S. citizens should avoid crowds and political
rallies and defer nonessential travel to the northern regions.