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U.S., Norway Close Embassies in Ethiopia

The United States and Norway closed their embassies in the capital of Ethiopia on Wednesday amid heightened fears of terrorism for both nations. Police set up a roadblock on the street that passes the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy compound on the outskirts of Addis Ababa and were stopping and checking all vehicles. “For security reasons, we have decided to temporarily shut down for three days,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeremy Carper said. Carper did not say why the embassy was closing, and officials at Norway’s embassy were not immediately available for comment. The U.S. State Department has said there is a credible threat of terrorist attacks throughout East Africa. The Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera aired an audio tape on May 21 purportedly by Ayman al-Zawahri, top lieutenant of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, urging attacks on the United States, Britain, Australia and Norway. Full Story

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