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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= Boasting the largest ski area in North America, '''[[Whistler]]''' is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!<small>([[Whistler|more...]])</small>
  
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Sedona]]''' is a town in [[Arizona]], [[United States of America]], 120 miles north of [[Phoenix]].  Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts. Sedona is an outstanding place to experience "new-age" left wing counterculture Americana. The locals lean far to the left of center and are welcoming to outsiders. <small>([[Sedona|more...]])</small>
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| OTBPBlurb= '''[[Saba]]''', known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. <small>([[Saba|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| Eruption of Mount Sinabung in North_Sumatra|04 Jan| The emergency response to the eruption of Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra has been extended until January 4, 2014 as the volcano still shows signs of increased activity[http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/91899/sinabung-emergency-response-extended-until-january-4]}}
{{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| Blizzard to reach from NYC to Boston Thursday night|02 Jan| During Thursday and Thursday night, the storm will affect 20 states with more than 120 million people in the [[Midwest_(United_States_of_America)]] and the Northeast combined and could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities.[http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/northeast-snowstorm-alert-thursday/21493316]}}
{{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| Heatwave hits inland Australia|01 Jan| Heatwave: temperatures climb towards 50C in parts of Australia. Weatherzone says intense air mass is centred over northern NSW and western Queensland, but it's cooler in the capital cities.[http://www.theguardian.com/weather/2014/jan/02/heatwave-temperatures-climb-towards-50c]}}
{{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| Four people dead due to a series of avalanches in Swiss_Alps|27 Dec| A series of avalanches in the Alps on Friday left four people dead, including a young Irishman, and several other skiers seriously injured, according to mountain rescue teams.[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/27/alps-avalanches-dead-injured-france-switzerland]}}
{{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| Two die as severe weather hits UK Christmas getaway|23 Dec| The deaths come as gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the Christmas getaway for road, rail, air and sea passengers. Fallen overhead power lines left thousands without electricity. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25484998]}}
{{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| Major Ice Storm for New England|23 Dec| Winter Storm Gemini was winding down over New England Monday, but thousands of families could be spending Christmas Day without power after the storm brought down trees and utility lines from the Midwest to [[New_England]] during the weekend.[http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-gemini-monday-state-state-20131223]}}
{{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| Ice Storms darkens much of Ontario|23 Dec| Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians may spend Christmas in the dark, as the ice storm that left a path of destruction in Ontario and Quebec causes fresh damage and power outages in the Maritimes.[http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ice-storm-darkens-much-of-ontario-still-hitting-maritimes-1.2473933]}}
{{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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{{newsitem| Travel Warning South Sudan|17 Dec| The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to the Republic of [[South _Sudan]] and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in South Sudan depart immediately [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6234.html]}}
 
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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| Ice Sculpture Festival Zwolle, Netherlands|Until January 26, 2014 |In winter, [[Zwolle]]’s city centre serves as the backdrop for wonderful snow and ice sculptures. Dozens of Dutch and foreign artists will use 250,000 kilos of ice and 250,000 kilos of snow to create their unique works of art, which will be exhibited on Rodetorenplein square.[http://www.holland.com/uk/tourism/article/ice-sculptures-in-zwolle.html/] }}
{{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| Montreal Igloofest|January 16, 2014 - February 8, 2014 |Every winter thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal![http://www.igloofest.ca/] }}
{{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| Natchitoches Christmas Festival, Louisiana|till 6 Jan |Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces are on every night at dusk through January 6, 2014Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district. Shops and restaurants open late. All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade is one of the most important elements of a day of festivities that brings more than 100,000 visitors to the City of Lights. [http://www.christmasfestival.com/] }}
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{{eventsitem| Cologne Christmas market |till 23 Dec|The city of Cologne offers 7 Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. Every year these wonderful four Christmas Markets attract almost 2 million visitors. The Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive one in Cologne, due to the huge backdrop of the imposing Cathedral. Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. It is not just children's eyes that light up when pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrate their art, and the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air. [http://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets]}}
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{{eventsitem| National Finals Rodeo, Las Vegas |5-14 Dec|The big bronc of rodeo competitions, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) sees Vegas taken over by cowboys ready to ride and wrestle their way towards immortality. Known on the circuit as the ‘Superbowl of Rodeo’, NFR ropes in the season’s top 15 competitors (based on the ProRodeo world standings) in each of professional rodeo’s seven events: bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and barrel racing. At stake are not just their bones and pride, but around US$5.5 million in prize money, which even by Vegas standards is real currency. NFR is running in conjunction with the rodeo is the Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/las-vegas/travel-tips-and-articles/77563#ixzz2mYM4jw1Q]}}
  
 
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Boasting the largest ski area in North America, Whistler is a popular winter snow-skiing and outdoor sports destination near Vancouver. If skiing or boarding is your thing, it's hard to be disappointed with Whistler-Blackcomb resort!(more...)

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Saba, known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a volcanic island in the Caribbean. It's one of the top destinations in the world to go scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. (more...)
















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