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{{Newsitem|Floods in southeastern Australia|3 February 2012|Residents of the [[Australia]]n states of [[New South Wales]] and [[Queensland]] are battling floods that have trapped over 17000 residents after heavy rains. 16 towns in NSW have been declared disaster zones, and the rains are expected to continue. [http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/residents-trapped-as-floodwaters-isolate-towns-20120203-1qxk6.html] [http://media.smh.com.au/news/environment-news/moree-and-taree-worst-hit-by-floods-2934288.html]}}
 
  
{{Newsitem|Deep freeze in Eastern Europe|3 February 2012|[[Eastern Europe]] has been experiencing extremely cold winter weather during the last days. Over hundred, chiefly homeless persons, have died in [[Ukraine]] when the temperature has dropped to -35°C (-31°F). The cold weather together with heavy snowfall is affecting major parts of Eastern Europe all the way down to [[Bulgaria]]. Temperatures are also low in other parts of Europe - for instance in [[UK]] the temperature has fallen to -11°C (12F), [[Italy]] has experienced the coldest week in 27 years and in [[Finland]] heavy snowfall has messed up all modes of traffic in the [[Helsinki|capital region]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16868194] [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16860872] [http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Massive+delays+in+Helsinki+public+transport+as+accidents+caused+by+snow+and+ice+compound+the+chilly+conditions+/1135270321801]}}
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{{newsitem|Kairakuen Reopens for the First Time After Quake|7 February 2012|The earthquake that struck Japan last March, nearly a year ago, caused damage to Kairakuen Garden in [[Mito]], one of the official [[Japan's Top 3|top three gardens]] of Japan which forced them to close the garden in order to repair and restore the damaged sections. Now, restoration work has finally finished and the garden is open just in time for its famous plum blossom festival.}}
  
{{Newsitem|Hungarian national airline Malev closes down|3 February 2012|Due to financial problems the national carrier of [[Hungary]], Malev, has closed down its operations. Malev has racked up a debt of equal to the revenue of a whole year and after it was ordered to pay back various subsidizes Malev is unable to continue its business. There are no more departures after 5 AM (GMT).  [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16866872]}}
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{{Newsitem|Floods in Southeastern Australia|3 February 2012|Residents of the [[Australia]]n states of [[New South Wales]] and [[Queensland]] are battling floods that have trapped over 17000 residents after heavy rains. 16 towns in NSW have been declared disaster zones, and the rains are expected to continue. [http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/residents-trapped-as-floodwaters-isolate-towns-20120203-1qxk6.html] [http://media.smh.com.au/news/environment-news/moree-and-taree-worst-hit-by-floods-2934288.html]}}
  
{{newsitem|Kingfisher Airlines cancels over 80 flights in the last three days|10 Nov 2011|Kingfisher Airlines continues to cancel flights as rumours swirl around the cash-strapped airline. The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation has sent a show-cause notice to the airline, and Kingfisher insists the aircraft were withdrawn at short notice to allow reconfiguration of business class seating}}
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{{Newsitem|Deep Freeze in Eastern Europe|3 February 2012|[[Eastern Europe]] has been experiencing extremely cold winter weather during the last days. Over hundred, chiefly homeless persons, have died in [[Ukraine]] when the temperature has dropped to -35°C (-31°F). The cold weather together with heavy snowfall is affecting major parts of Eastern Europe all the way down to [[Bulgaria]]. Temperatures are also low in other parts of Europe - for instance in [[UK]] the temperature has fallen to -11°C (12F), [[Italy]] has experienced the coldest week in 27 years and in [[Finland]] heavy snowfall has messed up all modes of traffic in the [[Helsinki|capital region]]. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16868194] [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16860872] [http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Massive+delays+in+Helsinki+public+transport+as+accidents+caused+by+snow+and+ice+compound+the+chilly+conditions+/1135270321801]}}
  
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{{Newsitem|Hungarian National Airline Malev Closes Down|3 February 2012|Due to financial problems the national carrier of [[Hungary]], Malev, has closed down its operations. Malev has racked up a debt of equal to the revenue of a whole year and after it was ordered to pay back various subsidizes Malev is unable to continue its business. There are no more departures after 5 AM (GMT).  [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16866872]}}
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{{newsitem|Kingfisher Airlines Cancels Over 80 Flights in the Last Three Days|10 Nov 2011|Kingfisher Airlines continues to cancel flights as rumours swirl around the cash-strapped airline.  The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation has sent a show-cause notice to the airline, and Kingfisher insists the aircraft were withdrawn at short notice to allow reconfiguration of business class seating}}
  
{{newsitem|Bangkok floods spark travel alert|26 October 2011|Tour packages cancelled as flood defences crumbling in [[Bangkok]]. Amidst a red alert, travellers are advised to avoid non-essential travel due to a 'significant' threat according to Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra. [http://phuketwan.com/tourism/latest-bangkok-floods-spark-travel-alert-threaten-city-yingluck-warns-14908/]}}
 
  
  
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{{newsitem|Japan Introduces New and Cheaper Airlines|1 March 2012|In order to remain competitive in the airline industry and to encourage travel in [[Japan]], a few new airlines have begun operation in Japan with bases in different parts and even some international flights. The new airlines are Air Asia ([[Tokyo]]-based), Jet Star Japan (Tokyo), Peach Aviation ([[Osaka]]), SkyMark (Tokyo and [[Kobe]], and Air Do (Tokyo and [[Sapporo]]. The list of available flights is currently small but over the next few months new flights are being added, and some will even offer flights to [[Seoul]], [[Taipei]], [[Hong Kong]] and [[Busan]].[http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0020.html]}}
  
 
{{newsitem|ANA Flies First Boeing 787 Dreamliner|1 Nov 2011|ANA is the first airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It's first flight took place this morning, traveling from [[Tokyo]] (Haneda) to [[Okayama]]. Another flight from Tokyo (Haneda) to [[Hiroshima]] took place later in the day. The Haneda-Okayama and Haneda-Hiroshima flights will be its first regular flights however, ANA hopes to eventually also use the planes for international flights. [http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2011/12/ana-boeing-787-dreamliner-tokyo-haneda-to-okayama-my-first-flight-review/]}}
 
{{newsitem|ANA Flies First Boeing 787 Dreamliner|1 Nov 2011|ANA is the first airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It's first flight took place this morning, traveling from [[Tokyo]] (Haneda) to [[Okayama]]. Another flight from Tokyo (Haneda) to [[Hiroshima]] took place later in the day. The Haneda-Okayama and Haneda-Hiroshima flights will be its first regular flights however, ANA hopes to eventually also use the planes for international flights. [http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2011/12/ana-boeing-787-dreamliner-tokyo-haneda-to-okayama-my-first-flight-review/]}}
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{{newsitem|Worlds Longest Sea Bridge Opens in China|30 June 2011|The world's longest sea bridge opens today in China, spanning 26.4 miles from the city of [[Qingdao]] to the island of [[Huangdao]]. The previous record-holder, [[Louisiana]]'s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is just shy of 24 miles in length. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge took four years to build. The record is not expected to last too long however, as China is also working on a bridge that will connect [[Guangdong]] with [[Hong Kong]] and [[Macau]] which will be 30 miles long when completed. The expected comletion date of that bridge is 2016. Although the new bridge is the longest sea bridge, the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang-Kunshan Bridge, also in [[China]], which is over 100 miles long.[http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Entertainment/01-Jul-2011/Longest-sea-bridge-opens]}}
 
{{newsitem|Worlds Longest Sea Bridge Opens in China|30 June 2011|The world's longest sea bridge opens today in China, spanning 26.4 miles from the city of [[Qingdao]] to the island of [[Huangdao]]. The previous record-holder, [[Louisiana]]'s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is just shy of 24 miles in length. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge took four years to build. The record is not expected to last too long however, as China is also working on a bridge that will connect [[Guangdong]] with [[Hong Kong]] and [[Macau]] which will be 30 miles long when completed. The expected comletion date of that bridge is 2016. Although the new bridge is the longest sea bridge, the longest bridge in the world is the Danyang-Kunshan Bridge, also in [[China]], which is over 100 miles long.[http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Entertainment/01-Jul-2011/Longest-sea-bridge-opens]}}
  
{{newsitem|World Heritage Sites Added from Kenya, Japan, Ethiopia and More|29 June 2011|The World Heritage meeting ended today with a total of 25 new sites being added to the list. The historic area of [[Bridgetown]] was the first-ever site to be added from [[Barbados]]. [[Japan]] and [[Kenya]] each had two world sites added ([[Hiraizumi]] and the [[Ogasawara Islands]] for Japan and [[Mombasa|Fort Jesus]] and the [[Great Rift Valley]] for Kenya). Hiraizumi is located in the Tohoku region, which was affected by the disastrous earthquake/tsunami in March. Japan is hoping that its addition to the list will help revive tourism in the region. The African continent also saw [[Senegal]]'s [[Saloum Delta]], [[Sudan]]'s ancient city of [[Meroe]], and the traditional village of [[Konso]] in [[Ethiopia]]. Each of the nations with the most World Heritage Sites ([[Italy]]'s [[Longobards]], [[Spain]]'s [[Serra de Tramuntana]], and [[China]]'s [[Hangzhou]] West Lake area) also had sites added however, at the meeting there was talk about making it more difficult for such nations to get new heritage sites, as there are still many nations with very few or zero sites that they believe should be given greater priority. See the full list of new Sites on UNESCO's website [http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/776] }}
 
  
 
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