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The US State Department advises deferring travel to Ukraine, particularly to the east and south and the capital city of Kyiv (Kiev). 
Twenty-one people were killed during protests surrounding a special election in Bangkok and southern Thailand on Feb. 2 that had been called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. 
In Venezuela, protests against the soaring crime rate, high inflation and a lack of basic necessities began on Feb. 2 in San Cristobal and spread to the capital, Caracas, where anti- and pro-government groups staged rival demonstrations.
On Feb. 5, factory workers in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, demonstrated outside the cantonal government building, as they had weekly for six months, protesting claims of government corruption, unpaid wages and a lack of jobs.
Weeks of heavy rains caused massive flooding throughout Bolivia, particularly in the central and northern lowlands, in February. At press time, the floods had caused the deaths of 59 people and more than 100,000 cattle.
The Department of State warns of an increasing frequency of terrorist bombing attacks throughout Lebanon.
The US government recommends avoiding all travel to Somalia, where Al-Shabaab-planned assassinations, suicide bombings and armed attacks in civilian-populated areas are frequent. There is a particular threat in places where large crowds gather and Westerners frequent.
The US Department of State warns against all travel to Afghanistan. Remnants of the former Taliban regime and members of other terrorist organizations hostile to the local government and foreign nationals remain active in every province of the country. 

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