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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Barcelona]]''' is [[Spain]]'s second largest city and the capital and largest city of [[Catalonia]]. This beautiful city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history dating back at least 2,000 years. Barcelona is full of what European cities are known for- '''outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums and churches'''-and is fantastic for walking with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the ''Ciutat Vella'' ("Old City") provides days of enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona while the beaches the city was built upon provide sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather. <small>([[Barcelona|more...]])</small>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Hong Kong]]''' is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. It is a '''unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences''' from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be ''Asia's World City''. While "legally" part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from mainland China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own constitution which lays out its own government, own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system, own passport and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). This important East Asian hub offers its visitors lots of attractions. In June the city celebrates '''Dragon Boat Festival''' with colorful dragon boat races and food celebrations. <small>([[Hong Kong|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Sedona]]''' is a town in [[Arizona]], [[United States of America]], 120 miles north of [[Phoenix]]. Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts. Sedona is an outstanding place to experience "new-age" left wing counterculture Americana. The locals lean far to the left of center and are welcoming to outsiders. <small>([[Sedona|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[St Augustine]]''', [[Florida]], is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of '''romantic ambiance and old world charm'''. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. For those of you don't know, '''St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited European settlement in the U.S.'''. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. <small>([[St Augustine|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Iraq violence: Dozens killed in blasts targeting Sunnis |17 May 2013|More than 60 people have been killed and dozens hurt in several bomb attacks apparently targeting Sunnis, in Iraq's worst day of violence for months. In the first attack, in Baquba, about 50km (30 miles) north of [[Baghdad]], at least 41 people were killed when two bombs detonated outside a Sunni mosque. Later, police said at least seven died at a Sunni funeral in Madain, and 14 more in two blasts in western Baghdad. The attacks follows a sharp increase in sectarian violence in recent weeks. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22571895]}}
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{{newsitem| Philadelphia building collapse  |6 Jun 2013| A vacant building being demolished collapsed onto a thrift store in Philadelphia, trapping more than a dozen people under the rubble, some for hours, city officials said. Mayor Michael Nutter later said officials don't know for certain if anyone else was trapped. Twelve people rescued earlier were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. Philadelphia Police described the collapse as an "industrial accident. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been told it was an accident at a demolition site, and it has investigators on the way. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/us/pennsylvania-philadelphia-building-collapse/index.html] }}
{{newsitem| Egypt Security Forces Clash With Cairo Protesters |17 May 2013|Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas at protesters hurling firebombs at them in central [[Cairo]], hours after hundreds of opponents of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi rallied peacefully in the streets denouncing his rule and demanding early presidential elections. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-security-forces-clash-cairo-protesters-19204302#.UZalhcoa7CY]}}
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{{newsitem| Floods sweep through Central Europe |6 Jun 2013| Surging rivers in the [[Czech Republic]], [[Germany]] and [[Slovakia]] caused widespread flooding in the region. Heavy rains had swelled the Elbe, Danube and Vltava rivers, along with smaller rivers and tributaries. The flooding prompted the evacuation of about 25,000 people in Germany and about 20,000 in the Czech Republic, where about half of the country's regions were under a state of emergency, officials said. Eight people have died as a result of the floods in the Czech Republic, fire service spokeswoman Nicole Zaoralova said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/05/world/europe/europe-flood/]}}
{{newsitem| Quake reported in eastern Canada |17 May 2013|People on both sides of the border felt an earthquake originating around the Quebec and Ontario borders, the Canadian government said. Natural Resources Canada gave it a preliminary magnitude of 5.2; the U.S. Geological Survey put it at 4.4. With an epicenter about 11 miles (18 kilometers) from Shawville, in western [[Quebec]], the quake was felt in the [[Ottawa]]-[[Gatineau]] area and out to [[Toronto]], more than 260 miles away. It hit a nerve in [[New York State]] and [[Cleveland]], too. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/17/world/americas/canada-quake/index.html]}}
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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| Nigeria air raids target militants |17 May 2013| The Nigerian military has launched air raids on militant training camps in the north-east of the country, officials say. An army spokesman said jets and helicopter gunships had been used to attack several camps. States of emergency were declared this week in three north-eastern states hit by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency. Nigerian military spokesman Brig Gen Chris Olukolade said two militant bases in the Sambisa Forest Reserve were destroyed in raids. The reserve is about 70km (45 miles) south of the Borno state capital, [[Maiduguri]], where the militants first emerged in 2009. Reports say dozens of militants have been killed, but there has been no independent confirmation. Nigerian forces are trying to regain control in the states of [[Adamawa]], Yobe and Borno. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22570071]}}
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{{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| Bangladesh rides out weakened storm |17 May 2013|A tropical storm that officials had feared would cause widespread devastation in [[Bangladesh]] and [[Burma]] lost power quickly as it moved inland. More than a million people had been told to evacuate low-lying coastal areas as Cyclone Mahasen approached. But it weakened as it advanced and a predicted storm surge was avoided because it hit at low tide. However, thousands of homes were damaged and at least 13 people killed in Bangladesh. Mahasen made landfall in Patuakhali district in southern Bangladesh on 16 May. But it spared the ports of [[Chittagong]] and [[Cox's Bazar]], instead heading west of its predicted course. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22564352] }}
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{{newsitem| Venezuelans Face Shortages |31 May 2013| In the past weeks, Venezuelans have struggled to find goods such as toilet paper and staple food items like milk, sugar and cooking oil. Economists say the shortages stem from the socialist government's controls on the prices of some goods and on foreign currency, which makes it hard for producers to pay for things they need to import. President Nicolas Maduro blames the shortages on hoarding and says anti-government forces are trying to destabilize the country. [http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/church-venezuelans-face-shortages-19298755#.Uaj-Qpxc0UM] }}
{{newsitem| Venezuela launches massive street security operation |13 May 2013|Under operation "Safe Homeland", 3,000 soldiers will patrol the streets of the capital [[Caracas]] and other cities. President Maduro said the plan would bring peace to Venezuela, which has one of the highest homicide rates in South America. The opposition has long criticised the government's record on crime, and used it as a campaign issue in recent polls. The government says more than 16,000 people were killed in crimes in 2012, a rate of 54 per 100,000. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22519497] }}
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{{newsitem| Ethiopian protesters take to streets |3 Jun 2013| Thousands of protesters have demonstrated in the Ethiopian capital to demand the release of jailed journalists and activists. It is the first major demonstration on the streets of [[Addis Ababa]] since 2005 when hundreds of protesters were killed in violence. Demonstrators shouted slogans calling for freedom and justice. Ethiopia's governing party, the EPRDF, maintains strict control over public life in the East African country. The protests were organised by the opposition Semayawi (blue) party. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22748834] }}
 
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{{newsitem| Biarritz battles beach pollution |31 May 2013| Local authorities have recently forbidden bathing and nautical activities due to dangerously high levels of pollution. May has been unusually wet, stormy and cold for the southwest of [[France]]. Heavy rainfall in the middle of the month has already caused flooding in parts of the Bearn region, inland of Biarritz, and the French meteorological agency has issued flood warnings for the whole area in the upcoming days. This river and rain runoff, combined with strong onshore winds, has led to high levels of sea pollution. The current order affects all the beaches in the suburb of Anglet, which are the most popular with locals, tourists and surfers. For the moment there is no indication how long the ruling will remain in place, but with rain forecast until the start of next week, anyone planning a beach holiday to the Biarritz area should look elsewhere. [http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog]}}
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{{newsitem| Police move in on Kyrgyz protesters  |31 May 2013|  About 1,000 people have been camped out for days calling for a bigger share of the profits from the Kumtor mine, owned by Canada's Centerra Gold group. The government has now declared a state of emergency around the gold mine. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22726891] }}
  
 
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{{eventsitem| El Rocio Pilgrimage |16-20  May 2013| More than a million people and close to one hundred different brotherhoods enjoy the wonderful festive atmosphere of this pilgrimage to the village of [[El Rocio]]. The celebration combines religion and fiesta, and is held 50 days after Easter. Hundreds of thousands of people come from all over [[Spain]], and even abroad, to make this annual pilgrimage to the Blanca Paloma Shrine in the village of El Rocío, 17 kilometres from the town of [[Almont]]e (Huelva province). [http://www.spain.info/en_US/vive/fiestas/huelva/romeria_del_rocio.html]}}
 
{{eventsitem| Copenhagen Carnival  |18 May 2013| Every year, they have a big Carnival in Copenhagen.  It's kind of a small scale version of the big ones they have in Rio and other areas.  Whereas most Carnival's have religious significance, the one in Denmark has become a festival for World Music. }}
 
{{eventsitem| Czech Beer Festival |18 May- 1 Jun 2013| The Czech Beer Festival in Prague is the largest gastronomic event in the Czech Republic, with seating for up to 10,000 visitors on long benches inside marquees. Sample 70 brands of Czech beer, sourced from large breweries, regional breweries and micro-breweries. Live bands entertain. [http://www.pragueexperience.com/events/events.asp] }}
 
{{eventsitem| Bay to Breakers, San Francisco|19 May 2013| The 102-year old Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces held annually in San Francisco. The name reflects the traditional course, which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city) to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach. World-class athletes compete and “fun-loving” folks flood the streets clad in everything from outrageous costumes to birthday suits—earning Bay to Breakers a reputation as the Mardi Gras of the West. Bay 2 Breakers began in 1912 to help locals get over the devastating San Fran earthquake of 1906. Almost 100 years later Bay-Breakers is the longest running footrace in the world. [http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/events/bay-to-breakers-2013.html] }}
 
{{eventsitem| Vivid Sydney Festival |24 May- 10 Jun 2013| Vivid Sydney Festival is the largest international music and light show in the Asia-Pacific region that promises to enthrall the senses of all visitors and locals. The festival of light, music, art and ideas, Vivid Sydney Festival, transforms the city of Australia into a vibrant creative hub each year attracting thousands of visitors from all over the globe. The festival is designed to showcase the entire city as one big living canvas that runs from Hyde Park through Macquarie Street, Sydney Opera House and Circular Bay. Darling Harbour too is added in the list to host a few Vivid events. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/vivid-sydney-festival.aspx] }}
 
 
{{eventsitem| Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong|12 Jun 2013| The fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar is the day the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival! The festival combines traditional elements of a religious occasion with the drama and glory of a sporting event. The event takes place every year in [[Hong Kong]]. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.aspx]}}
 
{{eventsitem| Dragon Boat Festival, Hong Kong|12 Jun 2013| The fifth day of the fifth moon of the lunar calendar is the day the Chinese celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival or Double Fifth Festival! The festival combines traditional elements of a religious occasion with the drama and glory of a sporting event. The event takes place every year in [[Hong Kong]]. [http://www.journeymart.com/holidays-ideas/festivals/dragon-boat-festival.aspx]}}
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{{eventsitem| Whale Shark Festival, Isla Mujeres, Mexico |12-16 Jun 2013|Tons of fun await visitors to [[Cancun]] and [[Isla Mujeres]], [[Mexico]], when the sixth annual Whale Shark Festival gets underway. The event, rescheduled from July to June 21-23, celebrates the bus-size creatures, which range from 15 to 50 feet and weigh up to 15 tons. More than  1,400 of the giant sharks — considered the biggest fish in the sea — pass through the waters near Isla Mujeres during the season, which runs May through September. The main activity during the event is swimming with the whale sharks, called dominoes locally.  Luckily they aren't meat eaters. According to a scientific tracking project, the animals move between Central America, Mexico and southern U.S. waters, driven more by the availability of food than by a strictly defined migratory route. [http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-mexico-whale-shark-festival-cancun-isla-mujeres-20130610,0,5584988.story]}}
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{{eventsitem| 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice|1 Jun- 24 Nov 2013| The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace. Massimiliano Gioni introduced the choice of theme evoking the Italo-American self-taught artist Marino Auriti who “on November 16, 1955 filed a design with the US Patent office depicting his Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), an imaginary museum that was meant to house all worldly knowledge, bringing together the greatest discoveries of the human race, from the wheel to the satellite. Auriti’s plan was never carried out, of course, but the dream of universal, all-embracing knowledge crops up throughout history, as one that eccentrics like Auriti share with many other artists, writers, scientists, and prophets who have tried - often in vain - to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness." [http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/]}}
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{{eventsitem| SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands|20- 23 Jun 2013| On Thursday the many Tall ships will arrive again in [[Den Helder]]. From the Sedov from [[Russia]] to the Sagres III from [[Portugal]], they will all be there. Many of the vessels can be visited during those days and there will be many activities in and around the port of [[Den Helder]] full program [http://www.saildenhelder.nl]}}
  
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Hong Kong is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence. It is a unique destination that has absorbed people and cultural influences from places as diverse as Vietnam and Vancouver and proudly proclaims itself to be Asia's World City. While "legally" part of China, Hong Kong is secluded from mainland China as a dependency with a high degree of autonomy. The former colony has its own constitution which lays out its own government, own laws, separate immigration controls, financial system, own passport and is officially bi-lingual (Cantonese and English). This important East Asian hub offers its visitors lots of attractions. In June the city celebrates Dragon Boat Festival with colorful dragon boat races and food celebrations. (more...)

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St Augustine, Florida, is a small jewel of a city on the east coast, full of romantic ambiance and old world charm. It is best known for its remarkable historic streets, Spanish style architecture, and panoramic bay. Do take time to wander down St. George street, a promenade of sorts, and enjoy the art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants. For those of you don't know, St. Augustine is the oldest inhabited European settlement in the U.S.. Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon, claimed the land now known as Florida in the name of Spain on March 27, 1513. Originally the land was named La Florida, which means "Land of Flowers". The city was founded by Spanish explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565. (more...)














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