Iraq: In an Aug. 10 warning, the agency warns travelers "against all but essential travel to Iraq."
Saudi Arabia: The Aug. 8 warning asks travelers to "consider the risks of traveling" to Saudi Arabia. It cites a July 4 border crossing attack by Al Qaeda and more threats to Saudi and U.S. interests.
Pakistan: Travelers are asked to defer all nonessential travel in the warning issued Aug. 8.
Nigeria: An Aug. 8 warning tells travelers to stay away from the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and advises travelers to be aware of safety and health issues. Ebola has been reported in Nigeria.
Liberia: On Aug. 7, the State Department warning asks that travelers defer all but nonessential trips to Liberia because of Ebola.
Cameroon: The Aug. 6 warning cites security issues and tells travelers to stay out of the far north, where Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group, has been active. "Twenty-one expatriates have been kidnapped since 2013," the warning says.
As the Panama Canal prepares to mark its 100th birthday, officials are worried because a drought has decreased the water levels of Gatún and Alajuela lakes and could cause problems for some of the three dozen or more ships that cross the canal each month. October through December is the rainy season, but if moisture is as light as it was last year — November's rainfall totals were the lowest in a century — problems could occur by the end of this year or early next, Panama Canal Authority chief Jorge Luis Quitano told the Associated Press.
Electric bikes, or ebikes, which are making cycling tours more accessible for the masses, may be the solution to some of Germany's freight issues: The Transport Ministry is studying how the bikes could replace freight-hauling trucks. Germany already has more than 1.5 million bikes on the roads and, Bloomberg News reports, has invested about $17.4 million in "ebike sciences and implementation projects through 2016."
Black Sea concert
Musician and actor Steven Seagal's blues band performed Aug. 9 in Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, in a concert organized by a motorcycle gang of Russian nationalists known as the Night Wolves. In the spring, Russian President