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{{newsitem| Las Vegas: Wildfire grows| 10 July| Air quality in Las Vegas was downgraded to unhealthful as smoke from the large and growing Carpenter 1 wildfire cast a shroud over the Strip. An air quality alert means that at-risk individuals such as children, the elderly and those with respiratory ailments, as well as healthy people could develop lung problems if they remain outside for lengthy periods of time. If you’re Vegas-bound for the weekend, here’s the good news: The department expects conditions to improve by 12 July (Friday). [http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-las-vegas-wildfire-air-quality-unhealthful-20130710,0,283748.story] }}
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{{newsitem| Tropical Storm Chantal hones in on Caribbean| 9 July| Tropical Storm Chantal barreled toward the eastern Caribbean, threatening to bring torrential rain and an intense storm surge. As of 8 July, Chantal was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of [[Barbados]], the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was headed west-northwest at 26 mph, with the Windward and [[Leeward Islands]] along its path. A tropical storm warning is in effect for [[Barbados]], [[Dominica]], [[St. Lucia]], [[Martinique]], [[Guadeloupe]], [[Puerto Rico]] and parts of southern [[Dominican Republic]]. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/09/world/americas/tropical-weather-chantal/index.html]}}
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{{newsitem| Toronto flooded by record-breaking rainstorm| 9 July| About 50,000 people are still without power a day after a heavy rainstorm in Toronto flooded parts of Canada's largest city. More than 90mm (3.5in) of water - over a month's average - was dumped on the city late on Monday, officials say. The rain flooded some major roads and subway stations, causing traffic chaos. Hundreds of passengers were stranded for several hours on a flooded commuter train and had to be evacuated on police boats. The commuters had to be rescued by police and firefighters in small inflatable boats. Emergency officials said five or six people were treated at the scene for minor injuries. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23236921]}}
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{{newsitem| Egypt's army warns over disruption| 9 July| Egypt's defence minister has warned against any attempt to disrupt the country's "difficult" transition. His statement comes almost a week after the army deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and appointed top judge Adly Mansour as interim leader. Supporters of Mr Morsi have been holding demonstrations against his ousting. Egypt has been in turmoil since Mr Morsi was overthrown last week, with protesters both for and against the ousted president massing on the streets.So far at least 51 people - mostly pro-Morsi supporters from his Muslim Brotherhood movement - were killed outside the barracks where he is thought to be held. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23247470]}}
 
{{newsitem| Statue of Liberty to Reopen Independence Day, New York| 4 July| The National Park Service announced it will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island starting July 4.  This will be the first time visitors will have access to the island since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October. The Statue of Liberty, built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi on October 28 1886, is the United States’ iconic symbol of freedom and welcomes immigrants arriving from abroad. It has been restored three times since it opened, namely in 1938, 1986, and most recently in 2012. On the 4th of July visitors will be able to access the statue’s crown, pedestal, observation deck, museum, and grounds. The statue’s torch is not open to the public, a policy that has been in place since 1916 due to safety reasons. [http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2013/07/statue-of-liberty-to-reopen-independence-day/]}}
 
{{newsitem| Statue of Liberty to Reopen Independence Day, New York| 4 July| The National Park Service announced it will reopen the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island starting July 4.  This will be the first time visitors will have access to the island since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last October. The Statue of Liberty, built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi on October 28 1886, is the United States’ iconic symbol of freedom and welcomes immigrants arriving from abroad. It has been restored three times since it opened, namely in 1938, 1986, and most recently in 2012. On the 4th of July visitors will be able to access the statue’s crown, pedestal, observation deck, museum, and grounds. The statue’s torch is not open to the public, a policy that has been in place since 1916 due to safety reasons. [http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2013/07/statue-of-liberty-to-reopen-independence-day/]}}
 
{{newsitem| Croatia celebrates on joining EU| 1 July| Croatia has become the 28th member of the [[European Union]], with crowds joining celebrations in the capital [[Zagreb]]. Celebrations took place in the central square of Zagreb, with fireworks and music including Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the European anthem. "Welcome to the European Union!" European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Croatian to the cheering crowd. President Josipovic said it was "a great and joyful day for our homeland". [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23118035] }}
 
{{newsitem| Croatia celebrates on joining EU| 1 July| Croatia has become the 28th member of the [[European Union]], with crowds joining celebrations in the capital [[Zagreb]]. Celebrations took place in the central square of Zagreb, with fireworks and music including Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the European anthem. "Welcome to the European Union!" European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Croatian to the cheering crowd. President Josipovic said it was "a great and joyful day for our homeland". [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23118035] }}
{{newsitem| North Korea builds nation's first beach resort| 27 June| As part of his plans to turn North Korea into a "world class" tourist destination, Kim Jong-un has ordered the transformation of the industrial port of [[Wonsan]] into a beach resort town. In May, Kim paid a visit to the Masik Pass Skiing Ground to provide "on-the-spot guidance" to "soldier-builders" constructing North Korea's first ski resort. The facility will have 68 miles of ski runs and Kim ordered that work be stepped up so it can be used this winter. Apparently not satisfied with that feat, Kim now wants his army to turn nearby Wonsan into a summer destination for tourists, South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper has reported. A document titled "General blueprint for the Wonsan District," calls for factories and dockyards that presently line the waterfront to be replaced with a series of new districts. Songdowon Beach will be remodeled into a stretch of sand with all the trappings of a resort. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10145092/North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jong-un-orders-the-creation-of-nations-first-beach-resort.html]}}
 
{{newsitem| Stunning New UNESCO Sites| 24 June| 19 new sites have been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list - the top honor for monuments, buildings, sites or natural features "of outstanding universal value". Here's the full list of 19 sites granted UNESCO World Heritage status by the committee:
 
# Xinjiang Tianshan ([[China]])
 
# [[Mount Etna]] ([[Italy]])
 
# El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve ([[Mexico]])
 
# Namib Sand Sea ([[Namibia]])
 
# Tajik National Park ([[Tajikistan]])
 
# Red Bay Basque Whaling Station ([[Canada]])
 
# Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces ([[China]])
 
# Historic Monuments and Sites in [[Kaesong]] ([[North Korea]])
 
# [[Levuka]] Historical Port Town ([[Fiji]])
 
# Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe ([[Germany]])
 
# Hill Forts of Rajashtan ([[India]])
 
# Golestan Palace ([[Iran]])
 
# Medici Villas and Gardens in [[Tuscany]] ([[Italy]])
 
# [[Fujisan]], sacred place and source of artistic inspiration ([[Japan]])
 
# Historic Centre of [[Agadez]] ([[Niger]])
 
# Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in [[Poland]] and [[Ukraine]] (Poland / Ukraine)
 
# University of Coimbra - Alta and Sofia ([[Portugal]])
 
# Al Zubarah Archaeological Site ([[Qatar]])
 
# Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora ([[Ukraine]]) 
 
The UNESCO World Heritage List features 981 sites from 160 countries that are party to the World Heritage Convention. Of these, 759 are cultural, 193 natural and 29 mixed properties. [http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/24/travel/whs-2013]}}
 
{{newsitem| National Parks Raise Guard Against Virus| 21 June| Near the peak of the summertime tourist season, [[Yellowstone]] and [[Grand Teton]] National Parks are fighting an outbreak of norovirus, the highly contagious gastrointestinal scourge of cruise ships. Park officials said that the virus had so far sickened 150 employees and 50 guests. Employees at the parks’ lodges and restaurants have been scrubbing rooms and sanitizing every surface to try to stop the spread of the virus. Sick employees, and some who might have been exposed, have been quarantined.  So far, park officials said that only a small percentage of visitors had fallen ill. Yellowstone draws more than three million visitors every year, and about 2.5 million people visit Grand Teton.Officials at Yellowstone said the outbreak of norovirus began June 7, when several people on a tour bus complained about feeling ill. [http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/us/2-national-parks-fight-a-virus-outbreak.html] }}
 
{{newsitem| Singapore Haze: Air Pollution Reaches Hazardous Levels| 20 June| Singapore is covered with haze and some are calling it the worst ever as air pollution fills the sky, forcing people to stay indoors. Forest fires in nearby Indonesia have made matters worse and several public areas have been forced to close. According to the Pollutant Standards Index, Singapore's air pollution measurement, the level reached an unprecedented 371 and reached a "hazardous" classification that can make breathing difficulties even worse. The level has never been so high and the previous record was only at 226 back in 1997. The air pollution levels seem to be caused by raging fires in nearby [[Indonesia]]. The fumes have hit both [[Singapore]] and [[Malaysia]]. Singapore is asking [[Jakarta]] to do more to put an end to the fires on [[Sumatra]] Island, which farmers started to clear their land cheaply. "This is now the worst haze that Singapore has ever faced," Singapore's Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan wrote on Facebook. "No country or corporation has the right to pollute the air at the expense of Singaporeans' health and wellbeing." [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/6676/20130620/singapore-haze-air-pollution-reaches-hazardous-levels.htm]}}
 
{{newsitem| Brazil sends national force to control protest trouble |19 Jun 2013|Brazil's government says it will deploy a national security force to five major cities after a wave of protests which has seen almost a quarter of a million people demand better public services. The national force will be sent to [[Rio de Janeiro]], [[Belo Horizonte]], [[Salvador]], [[Fortaleza]] and the capital, [[Brasilia]]. All of the cities are hosting games in Fifa's Confederations Cup. The announcement comes after riot police and protesters clashed in fresh protests on 18 June in [[Sao Paulo]]. Brazil's ministry of justice said that [[Recife]] was the only Confederations Cup host city not to request the support of the National Public Security Force (FNSP). Shops and banks in Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, were vandalised by groups of masked activists, who fought other demonstrators trying to stop the violence. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22964785]}}
 
  
 
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