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{{newsitem|Jakarta hit by major floods|4 February 2007|Severe flooding has hit the Indonesian capital of [[Jakarta]], killing 29 people and making around 400,000 homeless. With more rain forecast, outbreak of disease is possible.}}
 
{{newsitem|Jakarta hit by major floods|4 February 2007|Severe flooding has hit the Indonesian capital of [[Jakarta]], killing 29 people and making around 400,000 homeless. With more rain forecast, outbreak of disease is possible.}}
  
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{{newsitem|World Heritage photo contest|30 January 2007|The United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) is calling on travel lovers to enter the first World Heritage [http://www.friendsofworldheritage.org/contest/default.asp photo contest] created by Friends of World Heritage. Submissions will be accepted through March 1. }}
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{{newsitem|British Airways strike averted|30 January 2007|The T&G Union has called off their work action scheduled for 30 and 31 January, allowing British Airways to resume normal flight operations from Heathrow and Gatwick airports in [[London]].}}
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{{newsitem|Bangkok's airport unsafe?|27 January 2007|Suvarnabhumi Airport in [[Bangkok]] has been denied a safety certificate by the Department of Civil Aviation due to ongoing repairs of damaged runways and the airport has failed to set up a safety board as required by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  The airport will continue to operate, since some international standards and requirements have not become law, yet.  Travelers may experience some inconveniences.}}
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{{newsitem|BA to cancel 1300 flights|25 January 2007|After failed talks between BA and T&G Union, industrial action by the union on January 30 and 31 is set to lead to the cancellation of 1300 BA flights. London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports will be worst affected.}}
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{{newsitem|Part 1 of WHTI Goes Into Effect Today|23 January 2007|The air travel portion of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) [http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2225.html] goes into effect today. WHTI will require all travelers flying to and from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda to present a passport to enter or re-enter the United States. Part 2 of WHTI (land and sea travel) goes into effect as early as January 1, 2008. [http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html Click here] for US Passport information & forms}}
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{{newsitem|Power outages across South Africa|18 January 2007|Widespread blackouts can be expected throughout [[South Africa]] after a controlled shutdown at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in [[Cape Town]] early Thursday morning. Traffic delays may affect your travel arrangements, especially in larger centers. The national electricity supplier [http://www.eskom.co.za Eskom] expects to have the situation back to normal by the end of next week. The Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant consists of two 900 megawatt generators and supply about 50% of the power required in the [[Western Cape]]. One of these reactors have shut down and other coal power stations are also undergoing maintenance at the moment. This is resulting in a 2000 megawatt shortfall on the national grid.  The situation is similar to what was experienced in [[California]] in 2001.}}
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{{newsitem|Sihanoukville airport opens|16 January 2007|[[Cambodia]]'s up-and-coming beach resort [[Sihanoukville]] has opened an airport.  Scheduled flights are limited to [[Siem Reap]] ([[Angkor]]), but are expected to surge once the runway extension is complete by the end of the year. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sihanoukville_International_Airport]}}
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{{newsitem|Taiwan High Speed Rail opens|5 January 2007|[[Taiwan]]'s High Speed Rail line, running the length of the island from [[Taipei]] to [[Kaohsiung]] in just 90 minutes, has opened to the public.  Until Jan 15, services are limited to 19 daily test runs, with tickets available for half price. [http://www.thsrc.com.tw/]}}
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{{newsitem|Bangkok hit by a series of bombs|1 January 2007|A spate of bombings in [[Bangkok]] over New Year's Eve and during the early hours of Jan 1 has killed three people and injured 36 others, including 10 foreigners. See Wikinews: [http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Bombings_reported_in_Bangkok]}}
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{{newsitem|EU enlargement|1 January 2007|[[Bulgaria]] and [[Romania]] are now members of the [[European Union]], and [[Slovenia]] has ditched its ''tolar'' for the euro.}}

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