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Date: Jun 18, 2019

A traveler looking for global guidance from the U.S. State Department could be forgiven for being a bit confused. Official advisories — 209 of them — from the department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs cover countries and areas in every nook of the planet, and one even warns of a blanket worldwide caution.

All destinations are ranked from levels 1 to 4, and places as disparate as Italy, China, Antarctica and the Dominican Republic are among the 58 countries that share a designation of Level 2, which means “exercise increased caution” — but for a host of reasons. The warnings range from possible terrorist attacks, in Italy, to arbitrary enforcement of local laws, in China, to “extreme and unpredictable weather,” in Antarctica. The Dominican Republic advisory warns of “violent crime,” which predated a sudden influx of American deaths in the country.

Read more: Washington Post

The Indian army says two soldiers have been killed after a car bombing targeted an armored vehicle in disputed Kashmir.

The bombing late Monday hit the vehicle as it passed through southern Pulwama area and wounded more than a dozen soldiers and two civilians.

The two critically wounded soldiers died in a hospital on early Tuesday.

The attack came days after Pakistan reportedly shared information with India and the United States about a possible militant attack in the Pulwama area. None of the rebel groups fighting against Indian rule since 1989 immediately claimed responsibility.

Read more: Fox News

Up to 40,000 additional police officers are set to be deployed across Spanish tourist hubs as part of a government security plan to protect holiday makers from any potential terrorist activity.

Spain’s ministry of interior has announced plans to significantly increase security at ports, hotels, beaches and campsites across Andalusia, Asturias, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands (including Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) as part of its ‘Operación Verano’ (summer operation).

The additional security measures will remain in place from July 1st until August 31st and will be extended to September 30th on the Balearic Islands.

Spain currently has a level 4 terrorism alert in place meaning the risk of a terror attack is considered ‘high’ by the Spanish authorities. The scale runs from 1-5 with the fifth level implemented in cases of ‘very high risk’ of a terrorist attack. Spain’s level 4 alert has been in place since 2015.

Read more: Irish Times

Germany's federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation into the murder of Walter Lübcke, indicating that the killing of the Kassel district president on June 2 is being treated as a politically motivated terrorist act.

If indeed the murder is shown to have been politically motivated, it would be the first such assassination on a sitting German politician since the 1970s.

Trail included death threats, weapons

A number of German outlets have reported details of the alleged far-right ties of the suspect arrested in the central city of Kassel in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday that the 45-year-old man, named only as Stephan E., had a long criminal record, had already issued death threats via his YouTube channel, and that weapons were found during the search of his home.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

Dallas police on Monday shot and killed a masked gunman carrying a military-style rifle and 150 rounds of ammunition. Authorities later identified the man as 22-year-old Army veteran Brian Issack Clyde of Fort Worth.

No one was seriously hurt in the shootout, which took place outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse around 8:40 a.m. ET. However, some glass panes on the building were shattered in the incident.

"It's a lot of rounds — a lot of rounds at his disposal, a large powerful weapon at his disposal," FBI agent Matthew DeSarno was quoted by The Associated Press as saying.

"But for the actions for the Federal Protective Service officers, this likely would have been a very deadly incident," he said.

Read more: NPR