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Nepal Travel Warning: U.S. Warns Against Visiting Nepal

06/16/10 04:28 AM ET   AP

Nepal Travel Warning
Nepalese workers remove layers of years-old white wash as prayer flags move in the air at Swayambhunath Buddhist Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Katmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Buddhism, which has about 325 million followers, teaches that every soul is reincarnated after death in another bodily form. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

KATMANDU, Nepal — The United States has warned its citizens not to travel to Nepal after months of street protests and political turmoil in the Himalayan nation.

The warning, issued by the State Department, said the United States remains concerned about the security situation in Nepal.

The Maoist former rebels shut down the country for more than a week last month protesting against the government. Street demonstrations turned violent with clashes between communist supporters and police.

No tourists were harmed during the protests, but a general strike shut down hotels, restaurants and transportation.

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