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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]}}
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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| 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]}}
 
{{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]}}
 
{{newsitem| Winter weather snarls travel plans, USA| 10 Dec| Big flakes of wet snow and ice snarled travel across the country and hit major airline hubs in the [[Northeast]]. More than 1,044 flight cancellations were reported across the [[United States]] as of 12:30 p.m. ET, according to the flight tracking site Flightstats.com. [[Dallas|Dallas/Fort Worth]] International Airport, which was hit by storms in the last few days, led with more than 100 departing flights canceled. The airports where the snow is currently falling, including [[New York]]'s LaGuardia Airport, [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]] Liberty International Airport, [[Philadelphia]] International Airport and[[ Washington, D.C.]]'s Ronald Reagan National Airport, saw increasing delays and cancellations. The major airlines all urge passengers to check their websites for the latest information. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/10/travel/winter-weather-travel/index.html]}}
 
{{newsitem| Winter weather snarls travel plans, USA| 10 Dec| Big flakes of wet snow and ice snarled travel across the country and hit major airline hubs in the [[Northeast]]. More than 1,044 flight cancellations were reported across the [[United States]] as of 12:30 p.m. ET, according to the flight tracking site Flightstats.com. [[Dallas|Dallas/Fort Worth]] International Airport, which was hit by storms in the last few days, led with more than 100 departing flights canceled. The airports where the snow is currently falling, including [[New York]]'s LaGuardia Airport, [[Newark (New Jersey)|Newark]] Liberty International Airport, [[Philadelphia]] International Airport and[[ Washington, D.C.]]'s Ronald Reagan National Airport, saw increasing delays and cancellations. The major airlines all urge passengers to check their websites for the latest information. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/10/travel/winter-weather-travel/index.html]}}
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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]}}
 
{{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]}}
 
{{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]}}
 
{{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]}}
{{eventsitem| Burning of the Devil, Guatemala |7 Dec| In local traditions, the devil lurks in the corners of homes, beneath beds and among garbage. Each year, as a prelude to Christmas, homes are cleaned and on 7 December the rubbish is collected in the streets. Often, an effigy of the devil is thrown on top, just to really sort him out. At 6pm the piles of garbage are set alight, chasing out the evil spirits and ushering in a devil-free Christmas season. To accompany the burn there might be marimba bands and there will certainly be fireworks…another rocket up the fleeing devil’s behind. Burning of the Devil (Quema del Diablo) is celebrated across much of the country but you’ll witness the best festivities in [[Guatemala City]] city and [[Antigua Guatemala|Antigua]]. [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/guatemala/guatemala-city/travel-tips-and-articles/77562#ixzz2mYNAblHD].}}
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{{eventsitem| Rice Cake War, Lombok, Indonesia |10 Dec|The Perang Topat (or Rice Cake War) takes place each year at the Pura Lingsar Temple in [[West Lombok]]. Celebrated by both Hindus and Muslims together. It is an event preceded by weeks of prayer and preparation, in which the people come together to give thanks for their crops, and offer up cakes, fruit, buffalo and rice. Once the main offering is made, the participants take part in a three-night war, using rice as their main weapon. This “war” is meant to be a celebration of the harmony and friendship that has developed between the two religions in Lombok. Lingsar Hindu Temple is the oldest and largest in Lombok, built in 1714 by King Anak Agung Ngurah. It is a symbol of harmony between the people of Lombok. [http://www.mydestination.com/lombokandgilis/events/73207741/perang-topat-%28rice-cake-war%29-10-december-2013]}}
 
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