World watch: News affecting world travel

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Mexico: Just a month after Hurricane Odile smashed the popular resort area of Los Cabos, officials reported that at least 15 hotels have reopened, and many commercial flights have resumed. Though some hotels suffered major damage and will not reopen until spring, most hotels and flight operations should be back in service by early November.

France: An Israeli tourist was arrested for flying a drone installed with a GoPro camera above popular attractions in Paris, authorities said. The man, who was stopped outside Notre Dame Cathedral, was held overnight in a local jail and fined more than $500. The official charge against the tourist was "operating an aircraft noncompliant with safety laws."

Turkey: U.S. State Department officials have warned travelers of potential violence during political protests throughout the country. The demonstrations take place intermittently with little warning. Violence has erupted at demonstrations in Istanbul, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Adana and Mersin. Because of the unpredictable nature of the actions, authorities recommend avoiding the following Istanbul locations: Taksim Square, Okmeydani, Nurtepe, Dolapdere, Esenyurt, Gazi Mahallesi, Sultangazi, Bagcilar, Kucukcekmece-Kanarya, Kadikoy, Sarigazi, Sultanbey and Kartal-Maltepe, along with many sites in Adana and Ankara.

Kyrgyzstan: Officials are debating whether parliament may impose tougher punishment for "popularizing homosexual relations" and "propaganda of a homosexual way of life." To become law, however, the new bill still requires passage in three phases and a signature from the president. It proposes fines or prison terms of up to a year for anyone promoting "homosexual propaganda." There is no word on whether the law would affect tourists.

Cambodia: A tourist was detained temporarily after accidentally breaking a statue of Buddha at the Angkor Wat Bayon Temple Oct. 11. Though the statue was not an original piece from the popular historic archaeological site, UNESCO authorities are very serious about preserving the area and can take legal action against those causing damage. Tourists should use care while visiting the temple.

Compiled from news services and travel sources. For updates, check with the State Department at 888-407-4747,

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