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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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Antigovernment protests in Hong Kong, ongoing since June 9, 2019, increased in intensity in November after a protester was shot at close range by police on Nov. 11. That same night, after the shooting, protesters lit a counterprotester on fire. Both victims survived their injuries.

Protests continued to ramp up in intensity, culminating in protesters’ taking over the campus of Hong Kong University on Nov. 14, keeping police back with fire bombs and bows and arrows. Police laid...

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Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, stepped down from office on Nov. 11 after intense protests, which were joined by police and members of the military, following a contested presidential election. The results of that election, which gave Morales his fourth term as president, were questioned by the Organization of American States, which was acting as a monitor and said it found evidence of widespread data manipulation. Mr. Morales was given sanctuary in Mexico.

Shortly after Morales,...

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On Nov. 28, more than 40 protesters were killed in Iraq, the deadliest single day since protests began there on Oct. 27. Most of those killed were in the city of Nasiriyah, where security forces using live ammunition fired on protesters blocking a bridge. Protesters were also killed in Baghdad and Najaf. In total, at press time, nearly 400 people had been killed since protests began.

On Nov. 29, after the country’s top Shia cleric called for a new government due to the continued use...

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Ongoing protests against rising fuel costs and purchasing limits began in Iran on Nov. 15, quickly becoming violent. Protests had mostly subsided by the 21st.

According to Amnesty International, at least 100 people were killed during the protests, a number that the Iranian government denies. Iran shut down access to the internet and phone service nationwide from Nov. 16 to 21 to limit protesters’ ability to communicate and plan protests.

One government-approved news source,...

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Antigovernment protests in Chile, starting in early October 2019 after a proposed increase in public transportation fares, were ongoing at press time despite that proposal’s being rescinded. During the protests, at least 24 people were killed and more than 2,300 were injured, leading Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, to admit that security forces had committed “abuses” against protesters.

On Nov. 15, the Chilean government announced that the country would...

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At least 200,000 protesters took to the streets throughout Colombia on Nov. 22 to protest the economic policies of the government. Most protests were peaceful; however, in some larger cities, including Bogotá, protesters clashed with police, leading to at least 98 arrests. There were more than 500 injuries, to both protesters and police, reported. On Nov. 23, the mayor of Bogotá imposed a citywide curfew in response to the continuing protests.

During the protests, one student was...

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Israel killed a leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group, along with four others, in a targeted attack on Nov. 12. Over the next few hours, the two militaries exchanged fire, with Islamic Jihad firing more than 150 rockets into Israel. At least 26 Palestinians were killed during the fighting, including six civilians. No Israelis were killed. Dozens of injuries were reported on both sides.

An Egypt-brokered cease-fire was agreed upon on Nov. 13. It was mostly holding at press time,...

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