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US students: Turmoil can be dangerous lure abroad
Americans abroad: Political turmoil can be dangerous lure for college students overseas
By The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ' American universities send thousands of students to study abroad every year, with a heavy dose of maternal advice. They tell them to mix with the locals, but be careful. Don't get in tight spots. Avoid protests.

It's practical guidance that can be forgotten in the heady political ferment in countries like Egypt, where three American students were recently arrested near demonstrations at Tahrir Square.

The Americans made it safely home, but only after an ordeal they said lasted several days and included being struck and threatened.

Schools say they try hard to balance personal safety against the desire to engage with the culture that drew students in. Some say they heed university admonishments at all costs. But others acknowledge the chance to participate in history can be a strong draw.

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