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Political violence remains a problem in Nepal. The Young Communist League (YCL), a Maoist Party subgroup, continues to engage in extortion, abuse, and threats of violence, particularly in rural areas. Youth groups have formed from the other two main political parties, the Nepali Congress (NC) and the United Marxist-Leninist Party (UML), and clashes continue among these political rivals. Violent actions along the southern border with India remain a significant concern, according to the state department's website.

Protests, demonstrations and disruptions are frequent. The May 4, 2009 resignation of the prime minister and the resulting government have created an environment of decreased political stability and the potential for demonstrations to be called without advance notice.

Demonstrations can become violent with protestors damaging vehicles, throwing rocks, and burning tires to block traffic.

There has also been an increase in the number of fraudulent schemes perpetrated against tourists. These schemes involve requesting the tourist's assistance in establishing business contacts with the United States or other countries, involving jewelry, antiquities, or carpets, according to the state department's Web site.

Lebanon. Travel warning updated: May 13, 2009

While Lebanon enjoys periods of relative calm, the potential for a spontaneous upsurge in violence is great. Lebanese government authorities are not able to guarantee protection for citizens or visitors to the country should violence erupt, said the state department Web site.

"Clashes in the northern city of Tripoli in 2008 resulted in more than 20 fatalities and numerous injuries. Additionally, a bomb exploded next to a city bus in Tripoli on August 13, 2008, killing 14 people. On May 7, 2008, Hezballah militants blocked the road to Rafiq Hariri International Airport. The action rendered the airport inaccessible and travelers were unable to enter or leave the country via commercial air carriers. Armed Hezballah and other opposition members proceeded to enter areas of Lebanon not traditionally under their control, resulting in heavy fighting and a number of casualties."

Yemen April 24, 2009

Extremist groups have given the U.S. government cause to worry about attacks against U.S. citizens, facilities and businesses in Yemen. On June 12, 2009, nine people were taken hostage by terrorist groups in Yemen including a German family of five, two German students, a South Korean nurse and a British engineer, reported Reuters. Since then both students and the nurse have been killed. According to Reuters, officials believe that either al-Qaeda or al-Houthi, an anti-government rebel group, is behind the abduction.

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