1. SAFETY FIRST

    U.S. to Close Embassies in Middle East

    Police secure the area near to the U.S. Embassy as Iraqi Turkmens living in Turkey, unseen, stage a demonstration near to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, June 29, 2013.  The Turkmen are protesting against the recent killings of Turkmens in Iraq and against the Turkish government's Iraq foreign policy. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

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    A possible al Qaeda-related threat to diplomatic posts around the world caused the United States to close embassies and consulates in Middle Eastern and Asian countries Sunday. It’s unclear which embassies exactly have been closed, but U.S. officials told NBC News that it would involve some or most of the countries in the State Department’s Near East and South and Central Asia regions of operations. The U.S. has been “apprised of information, that out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting our installations, that indicates we should institute these precautionary steps,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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