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{{newsitem| Overly aggressive vendors near Egypt Pyramids |4 Jun 2013| A warning has been issued by the U.S. Embassy about the increasing number of incidents that have occurred in the area surrounding the pyramids, as vendors try to cope with difficult economic times. Some of the vendors are approaching criminal conduct, according to the embassy. The ancient pyramid complex is located approximately an hour outside of [[Cairo]]. Visitors are experiencing Egyptians vendors who surround tourist vehicles and pound on them, in what the embassy calls an effort to pressure visitors to ride in their horse-drawn carriages. Some more extreme situations have involved angry vendors trying to force the vehicle doors open, which frightens visitors. The minister of antiquities for Egypt, Ahmed Eissa, insists that the [[Giza]] pyramid complex is still safe for visitors, saying that his office hasn't received any complaints, and neither have the tourism police, according to Egyptian newspaper reports. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/6483/20130604/egypt-pyramids-warning-u-s-embassy-warns-tourists-overly-aggressive.htm] }}
 
{{newsitem| Central Europe flood waters rise |3 Jun 2013| Thousands of people have fled their homes across central Europe as deadly flood waters continue to rise. Emergency operations are under way in [[Austria]], [[Germany]] and the [[Czech Republic]] to cope with river levels which have reached record heights in some places. Landslides and flooding have led to the deaths of at least seven people. More than eight others are missing. The German army has been drafted in to help reinforce flood defences in the south and east of the country. In the Czech Republic, a nationwide state of emergency is in force. Around 3,000 people have been forced to leave their homes across the west of the country. The authorities in the capital, [[Prague]], are on high alert amid fears that the River Vltava could swamp its historic center. As a precaution the city's metro system has been closed, metal flood defences are being erected and sandbags built up along the banks of the Vltava. No major evacuations are planned in Prague, but tigers at the city's zoo have been tranquilized and moved out of an enclosure thought to be at risk of flooding. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22752544] }}
 
{{newsitem| Central Europe flood waters rise |3 Jun 2013| Thousands of people have fled their homes across central Europe as deadly flood waters continue to rise. Emergency operations are under way in [[Austria]], [[Germany]] and the [[Czech Republic]] to cope with river levels which have reached record heights in some places. Landslides and flooding have led to the deaths of at least seven people. More than eight others are missing. The German army has been drafted in to help reinforce flood defences in the south and east of the country. In the Czech Republic, a nationwide state of emergency is in force. Around 3,000 people have been forced to leave their homes across the west of the country. The authorities in the capital, [[Prague]], are on high alert amid fears that the River Vltava could swamp its historic center. As a precaution the city's metro system has been closed, metal flood defences are being erected and sandbags built up along the banks of the Vltava. No major evacuations are planned in Prague, but tigers at the city's zoo have been tranquilized and moved out of an enclosure thought to be at risk of flooding. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22752544] }}
 
{{newsitem| Protests in Turkey |3 Jun 2013| Protesters seething over their treatment by security forces hurled rocks at riot police in [[Ankara]]'s Kizilay Square, the latest in a string of violent clashes that have punctuated massive anti-government demonstrations spreading across [[Turkey]]- leaving thousands injured and at least one dead in the past two days alone. The protests united demonstrators from across the political spectrum against a common foe: security forces who unleashed tear gas and water cannons on them in response to what had been largely peaceful protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/world/europe/turkey-protests/index.html] }}
 
{{newsitem| Protests in Turkey |3 Jun 2013| Protesters seething over their treatment by security forces hurled rocks at riot police in [[Ankara]]'s Kizilay Square, the latest in a string of violent clashes that have punctuated massive anti-government demonstrations spreading across [[Turkey]]- leaving thousands injured and at least one dead in the past two days alone. The protests united demonstrators from across the political spectrum against a common foe: security forces who unleashed tear gas and water cannons on them in response to what had been largely peaceful protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/world/europe/turkey-protests/index.html] }}

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