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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>
 
| 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= '''[[El Nido]]''' is a coastal town in [[Philippines]], comprised of 45 islands and islets. It  is a popular destination for locals during the long holidays of the Holy week, but until recently has been relatively unknown to foreign tourists. El Nido is more than just a stereotypical tropical paradise. Beaches, clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning inlets make for one of the world's most beautiful seascapes. <small>([[El Nido|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| Korea crisis: UN warns of serious implications |4 Apr 2013| UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appealed to [[North Korea]] to change course, saying it has "gone too far" in its rhetoric. He said he was concerned any "unwanted crisis" on the Korean peninsula would have "very serious implications". The warning came hours after South Korea's foreign minister said the North had shifted a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22035531] }}
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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| Quake hits off Philippines shore |4 Apr 2013| A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck offshore in northeastern Philippines, the United States Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages. The quake struck about 100 miles northeast of [[Manila]] and had a depth of 23 miles, the USGS said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/03/world/asia/philippines-quake] }}
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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] }}
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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]}}
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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]}}
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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] }}
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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] }}
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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]}}
 
{{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] }}
 
{{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] }}
{{newsitem| Fearful female tourists avoid India|4 Apr 2013| The number of foreign women tourists visiting [[India]] has dropped by 35 per cent in the past three months following a spate of sex attacks that have made global headlines. The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) says overall tourist arrivals are down 25 per cent year-on-year, with holidaymakers opting instead to visit other Asian countries such as [[Malaysia]] and [[Thailand]]. The fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old Indian student by six men on a bus in [[New Delhi]] in December sparked outrage over the country's treatment of women, and since then there have been other widely reported attacks. These incidents have "raised concerns about the safety of female travellers to the country", said D.S. Rawat, secretary general at ASSOCHAM, which surveyed 1200 tour operators from different cities. "The situation has been further aggravated by the advisory issued by various countries to their citizens visiting India to be cautious and avoid India," added the release from ASSOCHAM. [http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/fearful-female-tourists-avoid-india-20130401-2h2ue.html] }}
 
{{newsitem| Jordan Aid to Rebels Raises Tensions With Syria |4 Apr 2013| Jordan tightened security along its border with Syria, doubling the number of soldiers as President Bashar Assad's regime warned the kingdom is "playing with fire" by allowing the U.S and other countries to train and arm Syrian rebels on its territory. The warning, coinciding with significant rebel advances near the border, plays into Jordanian fears that its larger neighbor might try to retaliate for its support of the opposition fighters. The stepped up security also reflects the kingdom's fears that the chaos from Syria's 2-year-old civil war could lead to a failed state on its doorstep where Islamic militants have a free hand. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/jordan-aid-rebels-raises-tensions-syria-18883373#.UV4J21fgZCU]}}
 
{{newsitem| Peru Declares Amazon Oil Contamination Emergency |25 Mar 2013|  Peru's government has declared an environmental state of emergency in an Amazon jungle region due to years of contamination from oil drilling it blames on Pluspetrol, the country's biggest oil and natural gas producer.Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal deemed inadequate Argentine-owned Pluspetrol's cleanup of oil spills in the Pastaza river region bordering Ecuador. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/peru-declares-amazon-oil-contamination-emergency-18809753#.UVDoq1fgZCU] }}
 
 
 
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{{eventsitem| Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud|20-24 Mar 2013| The Bali Spirit Festival is an extensive celebration of international yoga, dance and music. It is an elevating festival which stirs up and nurtures each individual’s potential for affirmative change, within and around. If you are seeking yoga, traditional Indonesian dance and more, then the Bali Spirit Festival is just the right place for you.The festival brings distinguished yoga gurus, musicians, and dancers from different countries, together at one place. It celebrates the richness of Indonesian culture, the purity of the environment, spirit of mutual learning and cooperation, diversity and harmony between people of all nations. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/bali-spirit-festival.aspx]  }}
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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| 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| Holi NYC- Festival of Colors|31 Mar 2013| Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. [http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/holi/]}}
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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| 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/] }}
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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|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]}}
 
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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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