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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>
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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Costa Rica]]''' is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. You can find there impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes all throughout the country. Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you're going to want to spend time at one of the country's great beaches. Costa Rica is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and medical tourism. <small>([[Costa Rica|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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| OTBPBlurb= '''Gdańsk''' is a city in Poland on the Baltic Sea that is considered the most beautiful city on the Baltic coast having a rich and magnificent architecture. It's also Poland's principal seaport and a popular summer destination for many Poles and international tourists. In modern history, Gdańsk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity, the labour and democracy movement that helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland, and subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Wałęsa, who became Poland's first post-Communist president. <small>([[Gdańsk|more...]])</small>
 
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{{newsitem| Major Oil Spill in Thai Beach Resort | 29 July| Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. Tourists on [[Ko Samet]] island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off [[Rayong]] province. The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said. Authorities closed the bay as 300 workers attempted to remove the oil from the white beach and the water. [http://www.businessinsider.com/oil-spill-in-thailand-2013-7]}}
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{{newsitem| Venice bans famous gondolas from Grand Canal | 27 Aug| Venice's famous gondoliers are to be banned from the city’s Grand Canal following the death of a tourist in a waterway collision. Fifty-year old tourist from Germany died earlier this month when the vessel he was traveling on collided with a vaporetto water taxi. Now the lagoon city is drawing up proposals to introduce a floating congestion zone, which would prevent the traditional boats from operating during rush hours. Until now Venice has operated as something of a free for all with cruise ships speed boats and water taxis joining small craft jostling for space on the major canals. But following the accident on the 17th August authorities have set out proposals to bring Venice closer in line to cities based on dry land. The city’s mayor Giorgio Orsoni said: 'We have to think of the Grand Canal as a street, a main street like that of all cities, with particularly heavy traffic. We need some discipline. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2402751/Venice-bans-famous-gondolas-Grand-Canal-busy-periods-water-way-collision-kills-tourist.html]}}
{{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]  }}
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{{newsitem| Fires burn in Yellowstone | 22 Aug| Four wildfires were burning in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday 21 Aug, the 25th anniversary of a devastating day in 1988 when massive wildfires in the park suddenly grew by tens of thousands of acres. The fires now burning in Yellowstone, all of them in [[Wyoming]]'s corner of the park, are minimal compared with those of 1988, which ended up affecting almost 800,000 acres - or 36 percent - of park territory. The largest wildfire Tuesday was the 4,500-acre Alum Fire, burning near the center of the park near Mud Volcano. The Alum Fire forced a temporary road closure from Canyon Village south to Fishing Bridge, but all other roads leading into and through the park, along with all campgrounds and services, were open, the park said. There were no imminent evacuations for any part of the park.}}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem| Asia's heat wave | 13 Aug| For countries in Northeast Asia, this summer is becoming too hot to bear.A [[Japan|Japanese]] city has experienced the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. The [[South Korea]]n government is clamping down on the use of air-conditioning in an attempt to stave off power shortages. And [[Shanghai]] has been sweltering under a record-setting run of baking hot days. The searing temperatures have brought a spike in heat-related deaths, as well as harming crops and livestock. In Japan, of the 52 deaths from heatstroke nationwide between late May and early August, nearly one third of them occurred last week, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. The agency issued a heat alert covering 37 of Japan's 47 prefectures on 12 Aug, warning that the high temperatures are expected to continue for about a week in western, central and southern parts of the country. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/asia-heat/index.html]}}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem| Smoking ban on Hawaii's beaches | 13 Aug| Seaside cigarettes will be prohibited from January 1, 2014, while lighting up in parks, swimming pools and bus stops will also be outlawed. The ban will be preceded by a campaign to increase awareness among locals and tourists about the new rules. It will be enforced by beach lifeguards, with offenders facing a fine of $100. A statement from the Hawaii Tourist Board said the move would allow holidaymakers to “truly enjoy and relax in a healthy and beautiful smoke-free environment”. It is hoped the ban will prevent non-smokers from breathing second-hand fumes, as well as lessen the number of cigarette butts left on the shore. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10240311/Smoking-ban-on-Hawaiis-beaches.html]}}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem| Egypt police break up Morsi march | 13 Aug| Egyptian police have fired tear gas to disperse crowds of supporters of detained ex-leader Mohammed Morsi during a march in central Cairo. Morsi supporters went to a government compound to protest at the appointment of army officers as local governors. Local residents then clashed with the pro-Morsi crowds and both sides threw bottles and stones at each other, before security forces moved in. The army deposed Mr Morsi in July and put in place an interim government. Supporters of Mr Morsi, an Islamist leader who came from the Muslim Brotherhood movement, refuse to accept the new government and insist he must be reinstated. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23685055]}}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem| 'Very Active' Hurricane Season Possible | 8 Aug| With the historical peak of the hurricane season right around the corner, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its updated forecast for the 2013 hurricane season. NOAA still expects an above average number of named storms this season and says the season has the potential to be "very active". NOAA is forecasting a 70 percent chance of 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 9 of which would become hurricanes and 3 to 5 major hurricanes. [http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/hurricane-season-outlook-atlantic-20130802] }}
 
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{{eventsitem| Naadam festival, Mongolia |11-13 Jul 2013| Mongolia is home to the "three manly sports": wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and these are the same three sporting events that take place every year at the Naadam festival. Naadam is the National Holiday of Mongolia celebrated on 11-13 Jul. During these days all of Mongolia watches or listens to the whole event which takes place in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar through Mongolia's National Television and Radio. Many other smaller Naadam festivals take place in different aimags (provinces) around the country throughout the month of July, and it is at these Naadam festivals that you are able to get a much closer look at the action. It is believed that Naadam celebrations started with the rise of the Great Mongolian Empire as Chinggis (also known as Genghis) Khan's strategy to keep his warriors strictly fit. After the fall of the empire, the contests were held during religious festivals, and since the communist revolution it was celebrated on its anniversary. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Mongolia#Holidays_and_festivals]}}
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{{eventsitem| Manhattan, New York Summer Streets |4,11,18 Aug 2013| For this three-Saturday event, nearly seven miles of NYC from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Central Park will be cleared of vehicles, creating a pedestrian paradise complete with food and entertainment. Previous years have included free bike rentals, a rock-climbing wall, a zip line and picnics along the route. Be sure to look around for outdoor art installations. [http://www.nyc.gov/summerstreets]}}
{{eventsitem| Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival |13 Jul 2013| The marine life that inhabits the [[Florida Keys]]’ living coral reef is widely acclaimed for its color and variety, but it usually doesn’t include costumed mermaids or musicians strumming their instruments. Except, that is, during the annual Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival. The 2013 underwater action is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Looe Key Reef, an area of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately six miles south of Big Pine Key. The unique festival typically draws several hundred divers and snorkelers each year to enjoy the sound of music in the ocean realm. [http://www.lowerkeyschamber.com/calendar.cfm] }}
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{{eventsitem| Serbia, Guca Trumpet Festival |5-11 Aug 2013| A brass band festival, the country village of Guca goes absolutely mental every August when it fills with thousands of musicians and thousands more who come to hear, watch, dance to the cacophonous sounds of Balkan brass and traditional gypsy wedding music being played absolutely everywhere, at speed and all at once. Emir Kusturica opens this year's festival; watch his filmBlack Cat White Catto get a taste of what you're in for. [http://www.guca.rs]}}
{{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| Rhode Island, The Rhode Island International Film Festival |6-11 Aug 2013| The Rhode Island International Film Festivals brings directors, writers, and movie buffs to Providence. This is a festival to go to discover new voices of independent film [http://www.film-festival.org]}}
{{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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{{eventsitem| Japan’s Obon Festival |13-15 Aug 2013| This Japanese version of Asia’s hungry ghosts festivals is the nation’s most important religious holiday, based on the Buddhist belief that on the 15th day of the 7th month, the gateways to Heaven and Hell open, allowing spirits to visit the living world. The Obon Festival lasts for 3 days and is celebrated at different times in different regions. Due to a shift from the lunar to the Gregorian calendar, there can be up to three different dates. Shichigatsu Bon (Bon in July) is celebrated in eastern cities such as Tokyo on July 15th. Hachigatsu Bon (Bon in August) and Kyu Bon (Old Bon) are based on the lunar calendar, and both are usually celebrated around August 15th. That can change yearly, however, so it’s best to check in advance.[http://www.fest300.com/festivals/obon] }}
{{eventsitem| Just So Fest, Cheshire |16-18 Aug 2013| The Just So Festival is a boutique, weekend-long festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families. The festival provides a magical experience where art, music and literature are embedded and entwined in a beautiful and wonderous landscape. You will enjoy broad range of musical, theatrical, visual and aural performances, workshops and installations within a safe, natural and magical setting. [http://www.justsofestival.org.uk/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Il Palio, Siena, Italy |16-18 Aug 2013| For 2 days a year, the Palio di Siena, or Il Palio as it’s more commonly known, takes over the city of Siena with its epic horse race. While it’s more of a sporting event today, its origins are deeply religious. The horses race for only a minute-and-a-half, but the celebrating lasts for days. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/il-palio] }}
{{eventsitem| The Big Feastival, Kingham, Oxfordshire |31 Aug- 1 Sept 2013| Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique two-day celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining top chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair. [http://www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival/feastival-info/] }}
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{{eventsitem| La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain |16-18 Aug 2013| In August the streets of Buñol, Spain, turn into a free-for-all food fight. Trucks roll into town hauling over 130,000 kilos of juicy tomatoes, and 30,000 revelers go medieval. Though the tomatoes take center stage, a week of festivities lead up to the final showdown. It’s a celebration of Buñol’s patron saints, the Virgin Mary and St. Louis Bertrand, with street parades, music, and fireworks in joyous Spanish fashion. To build up your strength for the impending brawl, an epic paella is served on the eve of the battle showcasing an iconic Valencian dish of rice, seafood, saffron, and olive oil. [http://www.fest300.com/festivals/la-tomatina] }}
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{{eventsitem| Great Bull Run, USA |24 Aug 2013| Organizers of a new event planned for several U.S. cities plan to unleash bulls to sprint through fenced-in courses as daredevils try to avoid being trampled. The Great Bull Run is inspired by the annual running of the bulls in [[Pamplona]], [[Spain]]. It's set to kick off Aug. 24 at a drag-racing strip south of [[Richmond]], Va. A second event is planned for Oct. 19 at an Atlanta-area horse park that hosted events for the 1996 Olympics. More events are planned later for Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania. About 5,000 people have signed up to participate in the Virginia event, and the number grows by about 50 each day, said Rob Dickens, co-founder and chief operating officer of The Great Bull Run. And with 2,000 signed up for the Conyers, Ga., event, Dickens expects 5,000 to 7,000 to run there in October. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/great-bull-run_n_3707421.html]}}
  
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Costa Rica is world famous for having an incredibly high level of biodiversity throughout its tropical forests. You can find there impressive volcanoes, mountain areas, rivers, lakes all throughout the country. Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you're going to want to spend time at one of the country's great beaches. Costa Rica is also a popular destination for eco-tourism and medical tourism. (more...)

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Gdańsk is a city in Poland on the Baltic Sea that is considered the most beautiful city on the Baltic coast having a rich and magnificent architecture. It's also Poland's principal seaport and a popular summer destination for many Poles and international tourists. In modern history, Gdańsk is known as the birthplace of Solidarity, the labour and democracy movement that helped to bring down the Communist government in Poland, and subsequently marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War. The movement was led by the charismatic leader, Lech Wałęsa, who became Poland's first post-Communist president. (more...)















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