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US warns visitors to Sochi to stay vigilant

Published on Jan 11, 2014 5:57 AM
 
A Russian Cossack checks the bags of visitors to a trade centre in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, on Jan 7, 2014. The United States (US) updated its travel alert on Friday for the Sochi Winter Olympics, and specifically warned American gays about stringent new anti-gay laws. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) updated its travel alert on Friday for the Sochi Winter Olympics, and specifically warned American gays about stringent new anti-gay laws.

Renewing appeals to all US citizens to "remain vigilant", the State Department said Americans "should remain attentive regarding their personal security at all times".

"Travellers to Sochi should expect increased police presence and enhanced security measures in and around the Olympic venues," the travel alert says.

While there was no "specific threat to US institutions or citizens", Americans should still "be aware of their personal surroundings and follow good security practices", the document says.

 
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