US CLOSES EMBASSIES OVER POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACK

Aug 03, 2013

By Bob Komsic

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Washington’s issued a global travel alert and ordered 21 embassies and consulates to close this weekend.

U.S. intelligence has reportedly received information suggesting al-Qaida and affiliated groups plan attacks in the Mideast and North Africa as well as beyond the region.

Canadian diplomatic missions in that part of the world have been told to exercise added caution.

Ottawa says when a close ally takes such action it means there’s an elevated risk to Canadian diplomats and tourists.

But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says there are no plans to close Canadian embassies and consulates tomorrow.

Ministry officials are monitoring the situation.

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