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The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise normal precautions), 2 (Exercise increased caution), 3 (Reconsider travel) or 4 (Do not travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked, and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit travel.state.gov and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.

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A major Atlantic storm, Storm Ali, which hit the British Isles on Sept. 19, was responsible for the death of one person in the Republic of Ireland and another in Northern Ireland. Injuries were reported throughout the region.

With gusts of over 100 miles per hour, Ali caused damage and knocked out power across Ireland, Scotland and northern England. An Oceania Cruises ship docked at Inverclyde, Scotland, was torn from its mooring, but company officials reported that there were no...

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Part of a cliff wall at the popular Navagio Beach in Greece collapsed into a group of tourists on Sept. 13, injuring seven people. Navagio, on the Ionian island of Zakynthos, can be reached only by boat. It is commonly called "Shipwreck Beach," due to the prominent remains of a ship washed up on the beach.

On Aug. 1, 2018, the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a state of emergency in North Kivu Province after cases of ebola were confirmed in the area. At press time, 149 suspected cases had been identified, with 118 confirmed as ebola. It was suspected that at least 100 people had died of ebola in the outbreak, with 69 deaths due to ebola confirmed.

The ebola virus causes high fevers and internal and external hemorrhaging. It is spread via bodily fluids and is also carried by...

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Zimbabwe declared a state of emergency on Sept. 12 after an outbreak of cholera in the capital, Harare. Markets and schools were closed to prevent spreading the disease. At press time, the number of cholera cases in Harare was nearly 5,500, with 38 deaths attributed to the disease. The outbreak is believed to have been caused by overflowing sewers.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that is spread through contaminated drinking water. It causes watery diarrhea and vomiting, which, if left...

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On the northern portion of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sept. 28, one person was reported to have been killed and about 10 people were injured when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Donggla.

Roughly three hours later, a 7.5-magnitude quake occurred in the same area, triggering a tsunami measuring up to 6 meters tall that struck the western coast of Sulawesi and caused massive damage to the city of Palu. At press time, 844 people were known to have been killed...

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At least 228 people were killed, with many more still missing at press time, after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in northern Tanzania on Sept. 20. One crew member, an engineer, was rescued from an air pocket within the ship more than a day later; he had locked himself in a small room.

The ferry, the M/V Nyerere, had traveled from the city of Bugorora and was approaching the island of Ukara to dock when it capsized. It is believed that the ferry had been overloaded with...

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Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the southern Philippines on Sept. 15, leaving more than 80 people dead, most in landslides. The worst-hit area was in the town of Itogon, Benguet Province, where a landslide destroyed a shelter holding miners and their families, killing at least 32 people.

On Sept. 20, at least 21 people in Cebu province were killed in another landslide that occurred after the main portion of the typhoon had passed. Though Cebu had not been directly hit by the typhoon...

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