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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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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Sydney]]''' is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in [[Australia]] with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In '''October''' the city hosts '''Australia's largest food festival'''- Crave Sydney- and '''Musica Viva Festival'''. <small>([[Sydney|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= Situated on Lake Champlain, '''[[Burlington (Vermont)]]''' is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center. Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. '''Foliage season''' begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. <small>([[Burlington (Vermont)|more...]])</small>
 
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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] }}
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{{newsitem| US Shutdown ends| 17 Oct| Federal employees return to work, national parks and monuments reopen after 16 days. [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/shutdown-ends-federal-employees-return-work-national-parks-monuments-reopen-16-days-article-1.1488428]}}
{{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/]}}
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{{newsitem|The Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore open| 11 Oct| [[New York (state)|New York state's]] tourism budget will fund the park and the state will pay $61,600 a day over the next several days to keep Lady Liberty open. According to the statement, a 2012 annual report from the National Park Service counted 3.7 million visitors to Liberty Island in 2011, generating nearly $200 million in economic activity and supporting more than 2,000 jobs. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer also negotiated an agreement with the federal government to reopen Grand Canyon National Park as well, also using state and local funds amid the ongoing federal government shutdown.A similar deal was struck in South Dakota in order to reopen the mountain bearing the faces of some of America's greatest statesmen. The state government is paying $152,000 in order to keep Mount Rushmore open for 10 days, from Oct. 14 through Oct. 23. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/politics/shutdown-statue-of-liberty/index.html] }}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem|Mass evacuations in Eastern India| 11 Oct| More than 200,000 people in India are being evacuated as a massive cyclone is sweeping through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast. Cyclone Phailin, categorized as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit [[Orissa]] and [[Andhra Pradesh]] states on Oct 12 in the evening. The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds up to 220 km/h (136mph). A deadly super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa. But officials say this time they are better prepared. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24487130]}}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem|Utah cuts deal reopens its National Parks| 11 Oct| Leaders in Utah say they found a way to get around the government shutdown. Utah will reopen its five national parks by Oct 12, as well as three other nationally run locations. Utah's Governor Gary Herbert made the announcement Thursday, saying a deal had been reached with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. "Utah agrees to pay the National Park Service (NPS) up to $1.67 million— $166,572 per day—to re-open eight national sites in Utah for up to 10 days. If the federal government shutdown ends before then, the State will receive a refund of unused monies" an official press statement explained. The deal would reopen [[Arches]], [[Bryce Canyon]], [[Canyonlands]], [[Capitol Reef]], and [[Zion]] national parks. The other three locations that will be opened are Natural Bridges and Cedar Breaks national monuments, as well as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/us/utah-parks-reopen/index.html]}}
{{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] }}
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{{newsitem|Travel Warning- Sudan| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to [[Sudan]], urges U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to the [[Darfur]] region of Sudan, the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, and advises you to consider carefully the risks of travel in other areas of Sudan. While the Government of Sudan has taken some steps to limit the activities of terrorist groups, elements of these groups remain in Sudan and have threatened to attack Western interests. Terrorist actions may include suicide operations, bombings, or kidnappings. You should be aware of the risk of indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets in public places, including tourist sites and locations where westerners are known to congregate, as well as commercial operations associated with U.S. or Western interests. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6171.html] }}
{{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|Travel Warning- Burundi| 11 Oct| The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Burundi. This Travel Warning updates without change the Travel Warning for Burundi dated April 22, 2013. The Travel Warning reiterates existing security concerns and notes the security restrictions on travel for Embassy personnel remain in place. Because Burundi participates in peacekeeping operations in [[Somalia]], the terrorist organization al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has threatened to conduct terror attacks in Burundi. [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6170.html] }}
{{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| 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| Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta|5-13 Oct|The Fiesta is the world's largest ballooning event, largest annual international event in North America, and one of the most photographed events in the world. A cultural landmark for Albuquerque (and indeed, all of New Mexico), this festival gives you a first-hand look at the world of ballooning. For nine days in October, you may walk out onto a large field where balloonists from around the world set up, inflate, launch, and possibly land their balloons. Mass ascensions of balloons with hundreds of different colors and shapes create an often stunning and magnificent sight. It's one of the most heavily attended festivals in the entire U.S. [http://wikitravel.org/en/Albuquerque#Albuquerque_International_Balloon_Fiesta] }}
{{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| Nepal’s biggest annual festival, Kathmandu|5-14 Oct|The monsoons are over, the air is clearing, and it’s time for Nepal’s biggest annual festival. If you’re in Kathmandu this month you’ll be able to celebrate Durja Puja or Dashain along with the residents. This religious festival is wrapped around the seasons and the harvest. You’ll see animal sacrifices, barley seeds being sown, and hopes for a good year to come. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC] }}
{{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|Leavenworth (Washington) Oktoberfest|5-20 Oct|Leavenworth is modeled after a Bavarian village, which makes Oktoberfest a particularly fun time to visit. The town’s three-weekend long celebration is the place to go for German beer, cuisine and entertainment. Event is only on Fridays and Saturdays. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/] }}
{{eventsitem| SAIL Den Helder, Netherlands|20 Jun- 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| Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Myanmar|16 Oct- 2 Nov|It’s an important time in Myanmar, especially if you’re near Inle Lake. For this Shan celebration a procession of leg-rowed boats tow four Buddhist statues around the lake. Thousands of people from around the state, plus visitors of course, attend over the two-week period. [http://bit.ly/18CkRMC]}}
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{{eventsitem| Keene Pumpkin Festival|19 Oct|This is one of the best Pumpkin festivals this Fall with food, craft court and a pumpkin road race. What sets this festival apart are all the jack-o-lanterns. The town carved and brought in nearly 30,000 jack-o-lanterns last year, and they illuminate each and every one right around the town’s center.Keene has celebrated the joy of the pumpkin in a way that no other town in the region or the world has been able to match. [http://www.pumpkinfestival.com/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Fantasy Fest, Key West|19-28 Oct|Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest is a 10-day costume party with events like the Headdress Ball and a homemade bikini contest. On the second Saturday of the festival, check out Captain Morgan's Fantasy Fest Parade feel like you are in New Orleans circa Mardi Gras. [http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/09/27/8-october-festivals-not-to-miss/]}}
  
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Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In October the city hosts Australia's largest food festival- Crave Sydney- and Musica Viva Festival. (more...)

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Situated on Lake Champlain, Burlington (Vermont) is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center. Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. Foliage season begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. (more...)














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