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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Salvador]]''' is the capital of the state of [[Bahia]], [[Brazil]]. With a charming Old Town (a [[World Heritage Site]]) and a vibrant musical scenes it is considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture. One of the main attractions in Salvador is the carnaval. Salvador's giant '''Carnival''', the biggest of the world, according to the Guiness book of records, lasts for one week and is extremely popular with Brazilians and tourists alike. In 2013, the event happens on Feb 7th - 14th and consists of parades,live entertainment, music, dancers and vendors. <small>([[salvador|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Rome]]''' is a famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, ''La Dolce Vita'' (the sweet life), the [[Vatican City]] and Three Coins in the Fountain. As a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted a huge influence over the world in its c. 2500 years of existence. On '''21 Apr''' the '''city is celebrating its birthday''' so if you're in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area. <small>([[Rome|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Zaragoza]]''' is a warm and inviting city strategically located between [[Madrid]], [[Barcelona]], [[Bilbao]], [[Valencia]] and [[Toulouse]]. In peoples' haste to see the big cities, this gem is often passed without so much as a second look. The city welcomes visitors with its rich culture, shopping, eating and sightseeing. Its more than '''2000 years of history''' makes the city one of the greatest historical and artistic legacies in Spain <small>([[Zaragoza|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Beppu]]''' (別府), [[Japan]] is a relatively small city, famous for its unique and visually stunning hot springs (aptly named Hells of Beppu), one of Japan's [[Japan's Top 3|Three Great Hot Springs]]. Beppu's top sight is the eight '''hells''' (地獄 ''Jigoku''), multicolored volcanic pits of boiling water and mud, and one geyser. <small>([[Beppu|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| North Korean nuclear test|12 Feb 2013| North Korea's nuclear test prompted united condemnation and a vow of tough action from the U.N. Security Council. [[South Korea]]n Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, repeating a statement to reporters outside council chambers, said the test violated council resolutions, and "there continues to exist a clear threat to international peace and security." The test probably took place near P'unggye and yielded "several kilotons," according to assessments cited by the U.S. director of national intelligence. It drew condemnation from around the globe and prompted the emergency Security Council session. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/asia/north-korea-seismic-disturbance/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| General strike in Bangladesh |17-18 Apr 2013| Strikes and protests have been taking place across the country in response to the trials of alleged war criminals. Hefajat-e-Islam called a country-wide programme of protests and demonstrations followed by a two day hartal (general strike) from Wednesday, 17 April to Thursday, 18 April 2013. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangladesh] }}
{{newsitem| Fragile cease-fire, Syria|12 Feb 2013| In the western town of Tal Kalakh rebel fighters and government forces have agreed to something remarkable- a cease-fire. While fragile, the agreement could be a blueprint for peace across more parts of the country, which has seen incessant bloodshed for 23 months. If the local cease-fire continues to hold, it would defy failures at the national and international levels to implement a meaningful halt in violence. Tal Kalakh, near Syria's border with Lebanon was one of the first cities to rebel against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It has seen heavy fighting since the uprising began. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| China to open disputed islands to tourism |12 Apr 2013|  Sightseeing cruises to China's newest city, Sansha, located on a disputed island in the South China Sea, are set to commence this month, according to a Chinese official. The move is certain to add to the dispute over sovereignty claims to the area. Woody Island, known as Yongxing Island in Chinese, has a population of about a thousand, including military personnel. It's located 300 kilometers southeast of [[Hainan]] and was established as China's latest prefecture in June 2012. The city of Sansha has the smallest land area, but the largest sea area in China. Sansha's government has been set up to administer the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands), the Macclesfield Bank (Zhongsha Islands) and the Paracel Islands (Xisha Islands), which include Woody Island. The islands are partly claimed by [[Vietnam]], [[Malaysia]], the [[Philippines]], [[Brunei]] and [[Taiwan]]. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/08/travel/china-island-tourism/index.html] }}
{{newsitem| Snow storms in the US |8 Feb 2013|[[New York]], [[New Jersey]], [[Rhode Island]], [[Connecticut]], [[Massachusetts]] and other parts of [[New England]] were hunkered down for blinding snowstorms, heavy winds, power outages and more than two feet of the white stuff in some regions. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for the New York City metro area, Connecticut and Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal sections of New Hampshire and Maine. Some parts of New England should see the heaviest snow, while some coastal areas could be lashed by hurricane-force winds of nearly 75 mph. As part of a new effort to name winter storms, the Weather Channel dubbed the blizzard "Nemo." More than 4,500 flights in the region had been canceled. [http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/02/08/northeast-new-england-blizzard/1900077/]}}
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{{newsitem| Syrian Troops Widen Offensive in Border Areas |12 Apr 2013| Syrian soldiers backed by warplanes battled rebels for control of strategic hilltop villages near the Lebanese border, as government troops step up counterattacks against opposition forces threatening regime supply lines on the country's frontiers. Bomb blasts and shots fired into the air to mourn a fallen Syrian government soldier could be heard on the Lebanese side of the border as fighting raged around Qusair, a contested central Syrian town near a key highway between [[Damascus]] and the coast. The battles there came as government forces launched a second offensive against rebels in the province of Daraa on the [[Jordan]]ian border, where the opposition has been making steady advances in recent weeks. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/syrian-troops-widen-offensive-border-areas-18942813#.UWh9NlesnX8]}}
{{newsitem| The snowiest winter in Moscow in 100 years|8 Feb 2013|Recent heavy snow has produced major traffic jams in the capital of [[Russia]]. The traffic stopped in queues up to 20 km long. The weather caused bad visibility and icy roads. The airport services were affected, when the authorities had to divert even the prime minister Dmitry Medvedev's plane. The record amount of this winter's snow was confirmed by the Moscow city hall officer Pyotr Biryukov. He said more than two meters of snow have fallen from sky on Moscow since the beginning of the winter. [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Moscow_experiences_the_snowiest_winter_in_100_years]}}
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{{newsitem| South Sudan border to be opened |12 Apr 2013| President Omar al-Bashir of [[Sudan]] has ordered the border with [[South Sudan]] to be opened. He announced the move on a first visit to the South since its independence. Speaking alongside his southern counterpart, Salva Kiir, Mr Bashir also called for peace and normal relations. Tensions between the two countries, strained after they came to the brink of war last year, have eased recently, but disagreements over oil and territory remain. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22119556]}}
{{newsitem| Rape case in Mexican resort |8 Feb 2013|The allegations grabbed headlines across Mexico and around the globe: Hooded gunmen stormed into a beach bungalow and attacked a group of Spanish tourists, authorities said, raping six women and tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps. The high-profile case in the Mexican resort city of [[Acapulco]] was a sharp reminder of significant security problems in a state that has seen violence surge even as homicide numbers in other hotspots across the country have started to dip. And it drew renewed attention to topics that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has steered out of the spotlight since he took office in December. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/06/world/americas/mexico-violence/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Bomb attacks on mosques in Iraq |12 Apr 2013| At least 11 people have died and more than 30 wounded in bomb attacks at mosques in Iraq's capital [[Baghdad]] and in the province of Diyala. The highest casualty toll occurred in Kanaan, Diyala, some 75km (47 miles) north-east of Baghdad. The bomb went off as Sunni worshippers were leaving Friday prayers at the Omar Bin Abdul-Aziz mosque. The attacks come ahead of Iraq's provincial elections on 20 April; the first in the country since 2010. Tensions are high between Iraq's Sunni and Shia, amid claims by the majority Sunni Muslim communities that they are being marginalised by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's Shia-led government. Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have attempted to destabilise the government by stepping up attacks, mainly on Shia but also Sunni targets this year. In recent weeks more than 11 election candidates have been shot dead [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22128070] }}
{{newsitem| Pain and protests in Tunisia|8 Feb 2013| Tens of thousands of mourners and protesters wrapped in national flags crammed on to the leafy hillside of Tunis's historic Jellaz cemetery as assassinated Chokri Belaïd,an opposition leader,was buried. Chokri Belaïd had been one of the most outspoken critics of the post-revolution coalition government led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. He appeared on television only this week to criticize a rise in political violence. Chokri Belaïd was shot dead in broad daylight after he had got into a car outside his [[Tunis]] home. In the crowd were teachers, lawyers, shop-owners and the unemployed, women in headscarves and without, many trade unionists, leftist and secular politicians. They said his death was a watermark for post-revolutionary Tunisia, which lit the spark for the Arab spring when its popular uprising toppled the dictatorship in January 2011. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/08/tunisia-general-strike-belaid-buried] }}
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{{newsitem| Venezuela election: massive rallies mark campaign end |12 Apr 2013| The main Venezuelan presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns with massive rallies, ahead of Sunday's election of a successor to President Hugo Chavez, who died last month. Hundreds of thousands of acting president, Nicolas Maduro's, supporters took to the streets of [[Caracas]]. Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles spoke to another large crowd in the northern city of [[Acarigua]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22118683] }}
{{newsitem| Air France-KLM launches low-cost airline|Jan 2013| Hop! will operate 530 daily flights to 136 destinations in Europe from March 31 with one-way fares from 55 euros. The launch of the new airline - which has been created through the merger of regional units Brit Air, Regional Air and Airlinair - is part of a reshuffle of the group's loss-making short and medium-haul operations. [http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/29/uk-airfrance-hop-idUSLNE90S00S20130129]}}
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{{newsitem| Brazilian state of Acre in illegal immigration alert |12 Apr 2013| The Brazilian state of Acre has declared a state of emergency after a surge of illegal immigrants from neighboring [[Bolivia]] and [[Peru]]. Officials said most of the immigrants originally came from [[Haiti]] but others had come from as far afield as [[Bangladesh]], [[Senegal]] and [[Nigeria]]. They said about 1,700 illegal migrants had arrived during the past two weeks. Acre, in the Amazon region, has asked for additional funding from the federal government to cope with the influx. More than 5,000 Haitians have arrived in Acre since 2010, but in recent months there has been an increase in immigration from Senegal, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic and Bangladesh. Officials say the routes through Peru and Bolivia have become popular with people smugglers because dense vegetation makes it difficult for border police to patrol them. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22106284]}}
 
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{{newsitem| Samoa Air starts charging overweight passengers more|4 Apr 2013| Samoa Air has become the world's first airline to implement "pay as you weigh" flights, meaning overweight passengers pay more for their seats. Under the new system, Samoa Air passengers must type in their weight and the weight of their baggage into the online booking section of the airline's website. The rates vary depending on the distance flown: from $1 per kilogram on the airline's shortest domestic route to about $4.16 per kilogram for travel between [[Samoa]] and [[American Samoa]]. Passengers are then weighed again on scales at the airport, to check that they weren't fibbing online. [http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/airline-to-charge-overweight-passengers-more-20130402-2h495.html] }}
 
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{{eventsitem| Chinese New Year Las Vegas Style| Jan-Mar 2013| [[Las Vegas]] is hosting multiple events in honor of the year of the snake according to the Chinese calender. Multiple displays and shows will be help all across the vibrant city. [http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/las-vegas-celebrates-chinese-new-year-2013/]}}
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{{eventsitem| Hue Festival, Vietnam|7-15 Apr 2013| The Hue Festival is an extraordinary cultural extravaganza of Vietnam which involves a collection of events and activities. The festival attracts millions of visitors every year making it an ideal platform for a grand social milieu. Some of its art and cultural activities are traditional concerts, dance and theatrical performances, art and calligraphy exhibitions, games, and special tour programmes to close by sites for tourists. One of the old traditions of Vietnam is ‘Kite flying’, which has been rejuvenated in the Hue Festival. Traditional kites of intricate shapes and designs fly in the sky, making the Hue City beautiful and joyful. Some people visit temples and make offerings, where traditional dances are also performed. The Hue Festival more often concludes with fireworks show. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/hue-festival-vietnam.aspx] }}
{{eventsitem| Indian Kumbh Mela festival| 14 Jan- 10 Mar 2013| Millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of India's holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days. Over 110 million people are expected to take a dip at the Sangam, the place where three rivers — the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati — come together at the edge of this North Indian city. [http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/01/14/wrd-india-hindu-ganges-festival.html]}}
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{{eventsitem| Butterfly Jungle exhibit, San Diego Zoo| 9 Apr- 8 May 2013| During this yearly event guests will be completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Zoo Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year will hail from [[Africa]], [[Asia]] and Central and South [[America]] and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. [http://media.sandiegozoo.org/2013/03/01/butterfly-jungle-on-its-way/] }}
{{eventsitem| Chinese New Year Parade, San Francisco| 23 Feb 2013| Two week Spring festival celebrated for over 5,000 years in China. The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration originated in the 1860's during the Gold Rush day and is now the largest Asian event in North America. The celebration includes two major fairs, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair and Chinatown Community Street Fair. All the festivities culminate with Chinese New Year Parade.}}
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{{eventsitem| Rijksmuseum set for grand reopening in Amsterdam|13 Apr 2013| The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch Golden Age masters, has been closed for a decade. Housed in an eccentric building designed by Pierre Cuypers, it closed in 2003 for a makeover. On 13 Apr the Rijksmuseum is finally set to reopen to the public, after a renovation that took five years longer than expected and cost nearly $500 million, tens of millions over its original budget. [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/amsterdams-rijksmuseum-to-reopen-after-375-million-revamp-with-rembrandt-pride-of-place-8559428.html] }}
{{eventsitem| Rickshaw Run at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival|1-11 Mar 2013| The annual rickshaw run,  is the craziest way to sample authentic Vietnamese food and culture. You will be taken on a fast and furious tour of the best restaurants, markets, and hawker food. It's a six-course flying frenzy on the most environmentally sustainable transport ever invented. [http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/event-calendar/rickshaw-run-4067] }}
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{{eventsitem|Chithrai Festival, Madurai, India | 14 Apr 2013| Millions pour into the city for the carnival, during the Hindu month of Chithrai. [http://www.madurai.com/chithira.htm]}}
{{eventsitem| Cherry Blossom, Japan|25 Mar 2013| The Japan Weather Association, in its first forecast of the season, predicts this year’s cherry blossoms to open according to their average schedule in most of Japan, except for parts of Western and Central Japan where they are predicted to open earlier than usual. The opening in [[Tokyo]] is on March 25, but estimated best viewing happens April 1 to 10, according to Weathermap [http://www.tokyo-top-guide.com/cherry_blossom_festival.html]. Kakuzan Park in [[Tsuyama]] has gained fame as one of the best place for viewing cherry blossoms with over 5,000 cherry blossom trees within and around the park. The city hosts a Cherry Blossom festival between 1-15 April [http://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/eventinfo.html]; Click for more about '''[[Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots]]'''.}}
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{{eventsitem| Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril)|15-21 Apr 2013| A release after the somberness of ''Semana Santa''. To say this is a huge party is an understatement. Most if not all of Seville takes a weeks holiday and they plan for the Fair months in advance. The fair is close to the river and covers a huge area and contains hundreds of private and public "casetas" which are laid out to form streets. Casetas are small marquees and you can only get into the private ones if invited. The public ones are large but just as much fun. The day is naturally split in two and between noon and 8PM the streets of the fair throng with horses as riders and carriages strut their stuff dressed in traditional Spanish robes. After 8 the streets are cleared and "Calle del Inferno" comes to life which is one of the best funfairs in Europe. The Fair appeals to everything that's great about Spain - Traditional dress,Flamenco dancing, guitars, Fino, great tapas and men, women and children who dance with gusto and eat and drink the day and night away. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Seville#Do] }}
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Rome is a famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain. As a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted a huge influence over the world in its c. 2500 years of existence. On 21 Apr the city is celebrating its birthday so if you're in Rome, watch for festivals, concerts, and special events. There's usually a fireworks display over the Tiber River and gladiator shows around the forum area. (more...)

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Beppu (別府), Japan is a relatively small city, famous for its unique and visually stunning hot springs (aptly named Hells of Beppu), one of Japan's Three Great Hot Springs. Beppu's top sight is the eight hells (地獄 Jigoku), multicolored volcanic pits of boiling water and mud, and one geyser. (more...)
















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