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US warns Americans of travel dangers in Algeria
The State Department is warning American citizens about the risks of travel to Algeria and is authorizing the families of staff members to leave the country if they choose. The warning comes as a standoff with Islamist extremists at a Sahara natural gas complex came to an end. Algerian officials say at least 23 hostages and all 32 militants involved were killed.

 

In its travel warning Saturday night, the State Department cites credible threats of the kidnapping of Western nationals and says there is a high threat of terrorism and kidnappings in Algeria. (AP)