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In the first attack on tourists in Egypt since 2006, two South Korean tourists, a South Korean guide and an Egyptian bus driver were killed by a suicide bomber who boarded a tour bus in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Feb. 16. Fourteen other South Koreans on board were injured.
The security climate in Saudi Arabia continues to improve, despite an attack of unknown motivation on the vehicle of two German Embassy officials in the Awamiyah section of the al-Qatif Governate in the Eastern Province on the night of Jan. 13. There were no injuries in the shooting.
The Department of State warns of the risks of traveling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa, or DRC). 
The US Department of State warns of a high threat of terrorism and kidnapping in Algeria. The majority of terrorist attacks, including bombings, false roadblocks, kidnappings and ambushes, occur in areas of the country east and south of Algiers.
The US Department of State warns that terrorist organizations continue to be active throughout Yemen. In the last year, several kidnappings of Westerners have been reported. Violent crime is also a growing problem.
The Department of State continues to warn US citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. 
Blackouts in 11 of Brazil’s 27 states on Feb. 4 left more than six million people without power, including in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. 
Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano, 85 miles southeast of Quito, erupted on Feb. 3 and weeks later was still spewing ash, though the eruptions were much smaller and fewer in number. With rains expected in early spring, the surrounding area is at risk of mudslides of loose volcanic ash.

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