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U.S. Toughens Warning for Yemen, Allows Departures

The State Department ramped up its travel advisory for Yemen on Friday as it warned it was concerned about possible attacks by extremists against U.S. citizens or interests in the Middle Eastern state. Britain also cited risks in Yemen on Friday. It suspended work at its embassy there “in the light of a current, credible threat to Western interests,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. Yemen was the site of the 2000 USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 U.S. sailors, and the 2002 attack on the French supertanker Limburg, which killed one. The U.S. notice warned Americans to delay traveling to Yemen and authorized the voluntary departure of family members and nonemergency personnel working at the U.S. Embassy in the capital Sanaa. Full Story

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