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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]}}
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{{newsitem| More clashes in southern Philippines, Zamboanga (city)| 10 Sept| A stand-off between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels has continued for a second day, with reports of civilians being used as "human shields". At least four people were killed in Zamboanga city in Mindanao, in the south of the country. Gunshots were heard in Zamboanga early on Tuesday, reports said, and residents had fled areas hit by fighting. All classes have been suspended and flights to and from Zamboanga have been cancelled, the city government said. Additional troops have also arrived in Zamboanga to support the hundreds already deployed in the unrest. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24015988]}}
{{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.}}
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{{newsitem| Death toll rises after riots in India| 10 Sept| At least 38 people have been killed in clashes which erupted between Hindus and Muslims in the northern Indian state of [[Uttar Pradesh]], police say. A curfew has been extended for a third day in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar district. Hundreds of people have been arrested. Officials say security is improving. Thousands of people fled their homes in the violence which was sparked by the killing of three men who had objected to the harassment of a young woman. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24038749]}}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem| Deadly Mudslides in Mexico| 10 Sept| Days of relentless rain have hammered eastern Mexico, and now authorities say at least eight people are dead after mud and sand slid off the side of a hill. Officials say two people were rescued alive from the buried houses in [[Veracruz]] state. The two homes were hit on 9 Sept in the town of Manzanatitla, which is in a mountainous area about 200 miles east of Mexico City. Heavy rains have been falling across southeastern and central Mexico in recent days. [http://www.weather.com/news/deadly-mudslides-mexico-following-tropical-storm-20130910]}}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem| Bermuda Braces for Tropical Storm Impacts| 10 Sept| Bermuda is making plans for a brush with Tropical Storm Gabrielle. The British territory suspended ferry service as wind and rain started to pick up, and several flights were cancelled as the storm approached. [http://www.weather.com/news/gabrielle-update-bermuda-impacts-20130910]}}
{{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]}}
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{{newsitem| Record Heat Bakes Midwest| 10 Sept| It's been an uncomfortable start to the week for millions of residents in the Midwest with near-record high temperatures across the region. However, the good news is that this heat will retreat rather quickly since cold fronts are becoming more frequent as we head towards fall. [http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/record-heat-midwest-des-moines-chicago-20130909]}}
{{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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{{newsitem| Mount Diablo Wildfire Update, Bay Area| 10 Sept| Fire officials say crews made considerable progress overnight against a wildfire in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park, more than doubling containment and reducing the number of threatened homes. State fire spokesman says 75 homes are now threatened, down from 100 homes. He says the fire isn't showing much active behavior. [http://www.weather.com/news/mount-diablo-wildfire-triples-size-20130910] }}
 
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