US posts in 19 countries will remain closed

Associated Press
Map shows U.S. embassies and consulates that will close; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 countries in the Muslim world will be closed through Saturday "out of an abundance of caution."

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) says the decision to keep the embassies and consulates closed is "not an indication of a new threat."

Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries.

The Obama administration announced Friday that the posts would be closed over the weekend and the State Department announced a global travel alert, warning that al-Qaida or its allies might target either U.S. government or private American interests.

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