US allows non-emergency personnel to return to Beirut embassy

WASHINGTON – The US State Department said Thursday that its non-emergency staff could return to work at the US Embassy in Beirut, which was evacuated last month because of potential security threats.

At the same time, the department warned that the environment in Lebanon remains volatile, and urged US citizens to avoid traveling there.

“The potential for a spontaneous upsurge in violence remains,” the State Department said. “Lebanese government authorities are not able to guarantee protection for citizens or visitors to the country should violence erupt suddenly.”

The United States tightened security at its diplomatic missions in Lebanon and Turkey on September 6 amid “potential threats,” which arose about a week before the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Non-emergency workers and their families were ordered to leave Beirut and given permission to leave Adana, near Turkey’s border with Syria.

US allows non-emergency personnel to return to Beirut embassy

Police chief confirms Washington car chase suspect was shot dead

WASHINGTON – The suspect who drove her car into a barricade near the White House on Thursday and led police on a chase across central Washington was shot dead by law enforcement agents near the US Capitol, the city’s police chief said.

“The suspect in the vehicle was struck by gunfire and at this point has been pronounced (dead),” Cathy Lanier told reporters.

She gave no further details about the suspect. Congress was put on lock down for about an hour immediately after the incident.

Police chief confirms Washington car chase suspect was shot dead

Amenazan de muerte a un juez en San Pedro

El presidente de la Circunscripción Judicial de San Pedro, juez Javier De Jesús Esquivel González fue amenazado de muerte. Al magistrado le entregaron en el hotel en que se encuentra alojado, le entregaron un sobre, que contenía una carta y proyectiles de calibre 9mm. San Pedro. Alberto Núñez, corresponsal.

Amenazan de muerte a un juez en San Pedro