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Perpetual Traveller - Travel Warnings 2017 - Week 24

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Here below is our Week 24 Travel Warning Report, exclusively for Perpetual Travellers!

Stay safe!

Global Ramadan Terrorism Risk
Increased risk of terrorist attacks, disruption during Ramadan; There remains to be a heightened threat of terrorist activity during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which will end on 24 June. In a 26 May video posted on social media, the Islamic State (IS) group called for its supporters to step-up attacks on the West during the period. Two IS suicide bombers in Baghdad on 30 May killed more than 30 people at the start of Ramadan and in 2016; IS claimed major attacks in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia that left more than 400 dead and 700 wounded. In addition to the potential for violence, there is typically a slowdown in business activity during the period, which could affect commercial operations and government services.

Colombia
An improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Andino Shopping Centre in Bogota on 17 June 2017; B…

The Hotel Taxi Scam you need to avoid!

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This scam in essence is a common play conducted by Hotels across the world that do not value their clients best financial interests. In its simplest form, whenever a Hotel Guest requests to the Concierge or Reception for a Taxi to the airport or wherever, the Hotel calls a Taxi Company or worse still a friend of someone with whom they have crafted a commission based deal.
Essentially the commission becomes a kind of surcharge and the Hotel Guest will end up paying significantly more for the ride. The minimum mark up is around 5 euro and the maximum can even go up to 50 euro in extreme cases for longer rides. This scam manifests its way in various forms around the world. At London Heathrow Airport Hotels for example, commonly private cars are used (even unofficial on occasions). Some 5 star Hotels justify the unofficial surcharge by arranging for a Limousine or Luxury car, even if you just asked for a mere Cab.

SOLUTIONThe first rule of the thumb is to simply never blindly trust a Hote…

Perpetual Traveller - Travel Warnings 2017 - Week 20

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In the wise words of Bill Hill who developed the concept of Perpetual Traveller, the most dangerous place in the world is where you are right now! Most Perpetual Travellers explore and travel to new countries relentlessly around our planet, however there are risks associated to this, hence Perpetual Traveller Overseas will now develop a Weekly Report to warn you about travel risks.

Here is our first release!

Brazil
A number of protests are expected to take place across Brazil over the coming weeks in response to political developments. Roads and public transport may be severely disrupted. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place, monitor local media and follow the advice from the local authorities.

Vietnam
A number of British and foreign visitors have died in Vietnam while engaged in adventure tourism in rural areas; don’t stray off main routes and, where required, take a reputable guide; (Road travel) - updated information on taking taxis.

South Korea
Updated inf…

Europe Slammed by its own Latest Poll!

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Paradoxically, EU people and non-EU people seem to have one thing in common; lack of trust in the European Union.

Traditionally, Britain was always the most consistently Euro-skeptic country within the EU. Since the recent raft of Bail-Outs, that has now changed.
According to the most recent survey conducted in the UK, a shocking 68% of UK citizens don't trust the EU, however that number is even greater in Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Portugal and even more.
Just to get an idea, a worrying 83% of Cypriot citizens say they do not trust the EU decisions. It's not surprising that the vicious Troika cocktail of austerity, doom and gloom which has been forced on the unsuspecting people of the EU bail-out countries is deeply unpopular.

Interestingly, the Poll of 32,000 people across a section of people within the Euro-zone was paid for by Brussels. 
The unpleasant and revealing results for the unpopular European Commission were semi concealed, as they were not featured in any Press Relea…

Volcanoes Around the World

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Many years before, volcanic eruptions were thought to be the punishment of Gods. Nowadays, the reasons of a volcanic eruption are well known to the public. 
This, of course, doesn't make their explosive effects less devastating. 

Today, we are going to show you a list of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world!   

Mosque Torched In "Price Tag" Attack

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Police in Jerusalem clashed with Israeli right-wing extremists after a mosque was set on fire in that city. The mosque which has not been used in years, was also tagged with graffiti that read "A good Arab is a dead Arab." These events are being labeled "price tag" attacks.

Source: planetdata.net

Arrests Made In French Citizens Kidnapping

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Three alleged kidnappers of two French citizens have been arrested in Mali. Phillipe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic were grabbed at gun-point on November 23 in Hombori, Mali. According to one official, the three men were "subcontractors" for Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) and the hostages are now in their hands. There is no word yet as to the fate of their French captives.

Source: planetdata.net

Chinese Leader Wants Navy Prepared for War

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Interesting insight from China's perspective on recent comments made by Chinese President Hu Jintao when he "urged the navy deputies to accelerate the transformation and modernization of the Navy, and make extended preparations for warfare in order to make greater contributions to safeguarding national security and world peace."
Source: planetdata.net

Belgium Grenade Attack Kills Four

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A man threw grenades and opened fire on a crowd at a bus stop in Liege, Belgium this morning (12/13). At least four people have been reported killed with 64 wounded. At this time there are few details, but one report says the attacker was one of the the dead from self-inflicted wounds. Earlier reports said another had been captured by police, but now officials say Nordine Amrani acted alone.

Source: planetdata.net

Woman Beheaded for "Witchcraft and Sorcery"

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Amnesty International has condemned Monday's (12/12) execution of a Saudi woman convicted of "witchcraft and sorcery." Amina bin Salem was beheaded in the northern province of al-Jawf. She was the second woman beheaded since October when another woman suffered the same fate after being convicted of killing her husband by setting his house on fire. Amnesty International says this marks the 73rd execution in Saudi Arabia this year.

Source: planetdata.net

73 Dead in Hospital Fire

An early morning fire at the Amri Hospital in Kolkata, India has left at least 73 dead and many dozens injured. Starting in the basement the fire quickly spread throughout the facility trapping many patients who died of suffocation. One expert said that many people died unnecessarily because the hospital is encased in a glass facade that trapped gases and carbon monoxide causing many to be asphyxiated. The state government has already brought criminal charges against the hospital authorities.

Source: planetdata.net

Airlines Fight UK Air Passenger Duty Charges

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A group of four British and Irish passenger airlines have united to try and overturn current Air Passenger Duty charges in the UK.
Air Passenger Duty (APD) is levied on virtually every commercial flight that leaves a UK airport. It's applicable to the tickets brought by all travellers carried by aircraft with a minimum ten ton weight or a minimum of 20 passenger seats, although with an exemption made for connecting flights involving international destinations.


Air Passenger Duty Charges
Put into effect in 1994, UK APD was initially charged at somewhere between £5.00 and £40.00 but it's since been adjusted five times.  Now, UK Air Passenger Duty charges range from a minimum of £24.00 to a maximum of £170.00 - a price band influenced by several factors including flight length and ticket class.  That's a situation that British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Ryanair and Easyjet all want changed and, backing their cause, they've highlighted what they consider its negative effect…

Three US Students Arrested in Cairo

A fourth day of protests and violence continues in Cairo's Tahrir Square with thousand of protestors flooding into the city and being met by security forces firing tear gas and rubber bullets. During the clashes three U.S. students attending American University in Cairo were arrested for throwing fire bombs outside the interior ministry offices. The students are said to be in police custody and are being investigated for their alleged activities. No names have been released.

Source: planetdata.net

The German Government plant malware on the Laptops of Travellers at customs

In an age of austerity and eroding human rights it appears that the German Government have taken it into their own hands to deliberately plant malware onto the Laptops of unsuspecting travellers passing through German customs.

It was the well known hackers group aptly called the "Chaos Computer Club" that first uncovered this extraordinary issue. In essence the Malware is like a Spyware that can syphon away intimate data, but also offers a remote control and back door functionality for uploading and executing arbitrary other programs. Significant design and implementation flaws make all of the functionality available to literally anyone on the Internet.

One would have thought that if the German Government were going to play such games with their own citizens that at least it would be secure Spyware! The Chaos Computer Club went on to suggest that the Spyware could even be used to plant evidence, giving this matter a 1984 feel. Moreover, it could turn on Web cams record conv…

Ruling Party Official Says Putin to be Presidential Candidate

An official from Russia's ruling United Russia party told state-owned RIA Novosti on Saturday that party members are going to nominate former president and current prime minister Vladimir Putin to be its presidential candidate in next March's election.
Of course there is very little chance of Putin not winning his third (non-consecutive) term as Russia's president.

Source: planetdata.net

Palestine Accepted into UN's Cultural Agency

The UN's cultural agency voted to accept Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The vote was 107 to 14 with 52 abstentions. While the U.S. currently provides 22 percent of UNESCO's funding, laws passed in the 1990's prohibit the U.S. from financing any UN organization that allows Palestine as a full member. That means UNESCO could lose some $70 million annually as the U.S. laws come into play.
Source: planetdata.net

Grenade Attack After Kenyan Warning

One day after the U.S Embassy in Kenya warned of a possible terror attack and told citizens to delay traveling in that country, a grenade attack at a Nairobi nightspot injured twelve. No one has taken claim for the attack, but there are suspicions it may have come at the hands of Al-Shabaab in retaliation for Kenyan troops crossing the border with Somalia in pursuit of the militants.

Source: planetdata.net

Kyrgyzstan Operation Captures 10 Suspected Terrorists

With presidential elections scheduled for later this month, coupled with ethnic tensions between the Kyrgyz and the minority Uzbeks, Kyrgyzstan security forces are on high alert with increased security checks, roadblocks and controls across the region. One anti-terror operation recently netted 10 suspected members of Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a terrorist group who officials believe were planning to set-off a series of bombs across southern Kyrgyzstan.

Source: planetdata.net

Iran Plot Causes US to Issue Worldwide Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens of the potential for anti-U.S. actions following the disruption of a plot, linked to Iran, to commit a significant terrorist act in the United States. This Travel Alert expires on January 11, 2012. The U.S. government assesses that this Iranian-backed plan to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador may indicate a more aggressive focus by the Iranian Government on terrorist activity against diplomats from certain countries, to include possible attacks in the United States.

Source: planetdata.net

Philippines Bombings May Be Test for Larger Attacks

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A series of bombings on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines has intelligence authorities concerned it may be the work of terror suspect Basit Usman. Usman is a reputed member of the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) also linked to the Abu Sayyaf group. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombings, but authorities are concerned they may be test missions in preparation for larger attacks potentially targeting the capital Manila. Police are currently hunting 20 suspects who reportedly have been trained in bomb making by Usman.

Source: planetdata.net