Foreign report: Vigilance urged during India’s holidays


The U.S. State Department has urged travelers to be vigilant during the Indian holidays, which are October through January. The State Department said there are “increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks.”


U.S. citizens should not get closer than 12 miles to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in March. Travelers should also stay away from “the area northwest of the plant that the government of Japan has designated as the ‘Deliberate Evacuation Area.’”


Elections this Sunday may be related to a recent increase in violence. Ten Colombian soldiers died recently in a guerrilla ambush in what the military called the deadliest attack it has suffered this year.


The Basque separatist group ETA has said it will stop the campaign of violence that has dogged Spain since 1968, though analysts said the cease-fire did not mean the end of the push for Basque independence.


A 7.6-magnitude earthquake that recently struck the island nation of Tonga did not cause any damage or injuries. The region lies on the “Ring of Fire,” where about 90% of the world’s quakes occur.


6. England

Protesters who camped outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in central London recently forced the cathedral to close to visitors for the first time since World War II. The protesters are allied with the “Occupy” demonstrators in the U.S.

Sources: State Department, Reuters and the Associated Press