U.S. Consulate near hostage cafe evacuated, security warning issued

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States has evacuated its Sydney Consulate, which is located near a cafe in the city where hostages are being held, a spokeswoman said on Monday.

The consulate has also issued an emergency warning to U.S. citizens in Sydney, urging them to "maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security".

The spokeswoman said a couple of essential personnel remained at the consulate but all others had been sent home.

(Reporting By Jane Wardell; Editing by Paul Tait)