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{{newsitem|U.S. Government shutdown: Attention, travelers!| 1 Oct| Congress, wrangling over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew government funds in time for the start of the new fiscal year on 31st Sept, and many travelers -- both domestic and international visitors -- will quickly start feeling the impact of the shutdown.U.S. While rail networks, essential air security and traffic control operations won't be impeded, travelers visiting the country's national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked. All 401 National Park Service sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October, will be closed, according to a park service spokeswoman. (Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.) The Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will also turn visitors away. Essential air traffic and security measures will be maintained. Passports and visas should continue to be processed. Some passport approvals could be impacted if offices are located in certain offices [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel/shutdown-travel-national-parks/]}}
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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|Dozens Killed in Earthquake in Pakistan | 24 Sept| A Pakistan earthquake has killed dozens of people. The quake was reported as a 7.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll is continuously increasing and at least 46 have died in Awaran in [[Balochistan]] province. There is a possibility that many more are trapped in the rubble. A rescue emergency was declared by the province and doctors are on standby at hospitals while officials are on high alert. More than 200 troops have been sent to the area to help out, including rescue and medical teams. The earthquake hit in a remote area at a depth of about nine miles. It struck 43 miles northeast of Awaran and 72 miles northwest of Bela according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to local police official Mozzam Jah, the quake was so strong that it caused a 30 fot 40 foot high mass to emerge from the ocean like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar. Many have gathered to view the new island. Pakistan has had a lot of seismic activity in recent years. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April and in January 2011, a 7.2 magnitude quake damaged 200 mud homes in Baluchistan. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/7431/20130924/pakistan-earthquake-dozens-killed-new-island-formed-coast.htm] }}
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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|Nairobi attack: Kenya's President says siege over | 24 Sept| Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the end of a bloody four-day siege by Islamist militants at Nairobi's Westgate shopping center. Five attackers were shot dead by troops and 11 suspects were in custody, he said in a TV address to the nation. Kenya has "shamed and defeated our attackers" but the "losses are immense", he said, confirming that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died. Three days of national mourning have been declared, starting on 25 Sept. Some 175 people were injured in the attack; 62 people remain in hospital and many others are being treated for shock and are undergoing counseling. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan army operations in Somalia. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24225319]}}
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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|Syria crisis: 'Deadly blast' hits capital Damascus | 24 Sept| Several people have been killed and wounded in an explosion in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian state TV reports. The state new agency Sana said a "terrorist bombing" attack had taken place in the Tadamon district in the south of the capital. Tadamon has been a battleground between rebel forces and the army for months. The UK-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says a car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 15, some of them critically. More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the UN, and millions have fled the country or been made homeless. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24227704] }}
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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|Bangladesh workers clash with police| 24 Sept| Thousands of apparel workers clashed with police in Bangladesh, demanding higher pay on 23 Sept, police and officials said. The workers are demanding a minimum monthly pay of $104 revising the present $38 a month. Police said violence mostly erupted in Gazipur and [[Savar]], on the outskirts of capital [[Dhaka]], where there are hundreds of apparel factories producing clothes for leading global brands from Europe and America. The workers fought pitched battles with police and set fire to vehicles and part of some apparel factories in Gazipur, forcing the owners to shut down all factories in Gazipur district and its adjoining areas. Several thousand workers also took to the streets in capital Dhaka, but they were dispersed by police and did not appear to commit any violence. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/world/bangladesh-garment-workers-clashes/index.html]}}
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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|Landslides kill at least 19 in northern Philippines| 24 Sept| Heavy monsoon rains have left at least 19 people dead, most of them children, in the northern Philippines, state media reported. Four other people are still reported to be missing, and many towns are flooded. Most of the people were killed by landslides set off by the rain in the province of [[Zambales]] on Luzon, the largest island in the archipelagic nation, the government-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) said, citing the regional disaster management council. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/world/asia/philippines-landslides/index.html]}}
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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|Venice protesters dive into canal to block cruise ships| 24 Sept| Protesters have leapt into Venice's Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city's foundations as they tower over rooftops and drown the city in tourism. Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1000 supporters, managed to hold up the cruise ships by more than an hour as they paddled in the canal - some using buoyancy rings. The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day on the canal, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 cruise ships were due to head past St Mark's Square - well above the daily average of two ships. "The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the Venice lagoon," said Silvio Testa, a spokesman for the protesters. [http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/venice-protesters-dive-into-canal-to-block-cruise-ships-20130924-2ub86.html]}}
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{{eventsitem| Mumbai’s elephantine festival|9-18 Sept|There’s good reason to be in Mumbai this month: Ganeshotsav is the energetic 10-day celebration of the birth of the elephant-headed Hindu god of wisdom, Ganesha. The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. Artisans put months of effort into making the statues. On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water. In Mumbai alone, more than 150,000 statues are immersed each year! [http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/p/ganeshfestival.htm]}}
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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| Aloha Festivals, Oahu |12 Sept| The Aloha Festivals, one of the islands’ biggest celebrations, kicks off with an opening ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Royal Hawaiian Center. This year’s king and queen will be introduced amid plenty of fanfare, including traditional chants and hula. The celebrations continue at various venues for the next three Saturdays. [http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-hawaii-oahu-aloha-festivals-20130827,0,1184359.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|The Hermanus Whale Festival, South Africa |20-24 Sept| Situated near Africa’s southernmost tip, Hermanus has a front-row view of the Cape Whale Route. During migrating season, people flock to the clifftops to glimpse the endangered southern right whale. Given that it overlooks Walker Bay, into which 70 whales have squeezed, the town once took its blubber-related fortune for granted. In an attempt to formalise the clifftop viewing, it started its festival and introduced the Whale Crier. The world’s only such crier, his blasts on the kelp horn are coded to direct eager cetacean-spotters. [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/south-africa/travel-tips-and-articles/77333]}}
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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|Oktoberfest , Munich, Germany|21 Sept- 6 Oct| A world famous beer festival with 16 beer tents and about 115,000 seat bursting of the special Oktoberfest beers of the six Munchner United Breweries (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Lowenbrau, Paulaner, Spaten and State Hofbrauhaus). [http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/]}}
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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]}}
{{eventsitem|The International Oyster Festival, Ireland|27-29 Sept|Each year, on the last weekend of September, [[Galway]] City celebrates the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, the most internationally recognised Irish festival after St Patrick's Day and the world's longest running Oyster Festival. Throughout the Irish food festival, there will lots of tantalising events for all to enjoy; seafood trails, oyster hot spots, oyster opening (shucking) championships including the Oyster 'Olympics' or World Oyster Opening Championship, foodie talks & tasting events in some of Galway’s best  restaurants. [http://www.galwayoysterfest.com/] }}
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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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