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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Dubrovnik]]''' is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of [[Croatia]]. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is nicknamed '''"Pearl of the Adriatic"''' and is listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]] since 1979. The city is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. In '''July''' the city hosts a '''Summer Festival''' which is famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries. <small>([[Dubrovnik|more...]])</small>
 
| DotMBlurb= '''[[Dubrovnik]]''' is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of [[Croatia]]. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is nicknamed '''"Pearl of the Adriatic"''' and is listed as a [[UNESCO World Heritage Site]] since 1979. The city is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. In '''July''' the city hosts a '''Summer Festival''' which is famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries. <small>([[Dubrovnik|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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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Alberobello]]''' is a town in the Italian region of [[Apulia]] (Puglia) and is known as the '''Capital of the Trulli'''. The trullo is a building with conical roof made without mortar. Alberobello has special status internationally - designated a UNESCO world heritage site - because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging. But many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians. <small>([[Alberobello|more...]])</small>
 
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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| General strike in Athens | 16 July| A 24-hour general strike protesting further austerity measures brought many public services in Greece to a grinding halt. Public transit systems, flights and garbage collection services are affected by the nationwide action- the fourth general strike this year-  while hospitals are running on skeleton staffing. Labor unions held a rally in central Athens, followed by a march to the national parliament building.About 16,000 to 17,000 people took part in the demonstration, which was peaceful and resulted in no arrests, Athens police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos said. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/europe/greece-strike/index.html] }}
{{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| Deadly clashes strike Egypt again| 16 July| The unrest and changes in power follow President Mohamed Morsy's removal from power in a military coup 3 Jul 2013. Health Ministry official Khaled Al-Khatib was quoted by EgyNews, the nation's state news agency, as saying that 261 additional people were injured in violence in the capital. Meanwhile, 401 Morsy supporters were arrested overnight in Ramses Square, according to state-run Nile TV. Cairo has seen repeated protests since Morsy was deposed. The official website of Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood party said four people were killed and more than 300 injured in the clashes in Ramses Square and near a downtown Cairo mosque, and that police opened fire on Morsy supporters while they were taking part in Ramadan prayers at Al-Fath mosque. The continuing violence comes as Egypt's interim government starts to take shape, its members chosen by the country's military leaders. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/world/meast/egypt-government/index.html]}}
{{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| Travel Warning- Niger| 15 July| The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger. U.S. citizens in Niger, and those considering travel to Niger, should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats to safety and security. The Government of Niger continues to erect security checkpoints in [[Niamey]] to address the security concerns in the country. The Embassy recommends that citizens traveling in Niger remain especially careful around security checkpoints, as security forces continue to be on a heightened state of alert. Do not drive away from, or through, a checkpoint until you are given clear permission to do so. If you are unsure of what to do, please request verbal confirmation before proceeding.On June 1, prisoners in Niamey's main prison staged a prison break. Of the 32 prisoners who successfully escaped, several are suspected to have ties to terrorist organizations. The majority of the escapees remain at large. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6032.html] }}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem| Saudi Arabia warns pilgrims to wear masks| 14 July| Saudi Arabia is asking pilgrims to cover their mouths with a mask while in crowded places -- or risk spreading a deadly disease. In four months, the holy city of [[Mecca]] opens its doors to millions of Muslim pilgrims for the annual Hajj, with multitudes congregating at the same holy places at the same time. Others visit during the holy month of Ramadan. It's a perfect scenario for catching and spreading the relatively new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has befallen Saudi Arabia almost exclusively, state-run SPA news agency reports. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/13/world/meast/saudi-arabia-pilgrims-masks/index.html] }}
{{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/]}}
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{{newsitem| Congo rebel clashes near Goma city | 15 July| Rebels and army forces are engaged in heavy fighting near the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting comes as its new 3,000-strong intervention brigade to neutralize and disarm the rebels is approaching full strength. Last year the rebels pulled out of [[Goma]] after briefly seizing the city. Peace talks between the two sides in [[Uganda]] have since stalled. Meanwhile, aid agencies say more than 70,000 Congolese refugees have now fled into Uganda following separate clashes in eastern DR Congo near the border. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23316609] }}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem| Petrol bombs thrown at police in Belfast | 15 July| At least four blast bombs and several petrol bombs have been thrown at police during rioting in east Belfast. Police is asking the public to avoid the Broadway and Glenmachan Street areas of south Belfast as a crowd of about 50 people are throwing stones and other missiles at police. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-23322091]}}
  
 
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Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean, a seaport and the center of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Dubrovnik is nicknamed "Pearl of the Adriatic" and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The city is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. In July the city hosts a Summer Festival which is famous nationwide for its exquisite selection of drama, plays and concert of chamber music with more then 2,000 artists from 30 countries. (more...)

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Alberobello is a town in the Italian region of Apulia (Puglia) and is known as the Capital of the Trulli. The trullo is a building with conical roof made without mortar. Alberobello has special status internationally - designated a UNESCO world heritage site - because its collection of some 1,500 trulli in an urban environment is unique. Some of the trulli are now used for stores, restaurants, and lodging. But many are still inhabited by locals, who are very friendly to visitors. As a world heritage site, Alberobello is a tourist attraction, but as it is less accessible from the tourist-heavy west coast, it is not overrun by tourists, and most tourists of Alberobello are Italians. (more...)














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