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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Istanbul]]''' is [[Turkey]]'s most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. Located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul bridges Asia and Europe both physically and culturally. With its long history at the center of empires, Istanbul offers a wealth of historic and religious places to take in. September is a best times to visit the city because of the pleasant and warm weather. <small>([[Istanbul|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= Situated on Lake Champlain, '''Burlington (Vermont)''' is the heart of a small urban area that acts as Vermont's vibrant and cosmopolitan center.  Known for its ultra-liberal environment, Burlington is both a college town and an important commercial city, while maintaining an intimate atmosphere. Fall is a great time to visit Burlington as the city is aglow in bright colors. '''Foliage season''' begins in mid to late September, with color increasing day by day until "peak" around the first or second week of October. <small>([[Burlington (Vermont)|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| More clashes in southern Philippines, Zamboanga (city)| 10 Sept| A stand-off between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels has continued for a second day, with reports of civilians being used as "human shields". At least four people were killed in Zamboanga city in Mindanao, in the south of the country. Gunshots were heard in Zamboanga early on Tuesday, reports said, and residents had fled areas hit by fighting. All classes have been suspended and flights to and from Zamboanga have been cancelled, the city government said. Additional troops have also arrived in Zamboanga to support the hundreds already deployed in the unrest. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24015988]}}
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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| Death toll rises after riots in India| 10 Sept| At least 38 people have been killed in clashes which erupted between Hindus and Muslims in the northern Indian state of [[Uttar Pradesh]], police say. A curfew has been extended for a third day in riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar district. Hundreds of people have been arrested. Officials say security is improving. Thousands of people fled their homes in the violence which was sparked by the killing of three men who had objected to the harassment of a young woman. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24038749]}}
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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| Deadly Mudslides in Mexico| 10 Sept| Days of relentless rain have hammered eastern Mexico, and now authorities say at least eight people are dead after mud and sand slid off the side of a hill. Officials say two people were rescued alive from the buried houses in [[Veracruz]] state. The two homes were hit on 9 Sept in the town of Manzanatitla, which is in a mountainous area about 200 miles east of Mexico City. Heavy rains have been falling across southeastern and central Mexico in recent days. [http://www.weather.com/news/deadly-mudslides-mexico-following-tropical-storm-20130910]}}
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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| Bermuda Braces for Tropical Storm Impacts| 10 Sept| Bermuda is making plans for a brush with Tropical Storm Gabrielle. The British territory suspended ferry service as wind and rain started to pick up, and several flights were cancelled as the storm approached. [http://www.weather.com/news/gabrielle-update-bermuda-impacts-20130910]}}
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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| Record Heat Bakes Midwest| 10 Sept| It's been an uncomfortable start to the week for millions of residents in the Midwest with near-record high temperatures across the region. However, the good news is that this heat will retreat rather quickly since cold fronts are becoming more frequent as we head towards fall. [http://www.weather.com/news/weather-forecast/record-heat-midwest-des-moines-chicago-20130909]}}
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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| Mount Diablo Wildfire Update, Bay Area| 10 Sept| Fire officials say crews made considerable progress overnight against a wildfire in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park, more than doubling containment and reducing the number of threatened homes. State fire spokesman says 75 homes are now threatened, down from 100 homes. He says the fire isn't showing much active behavior. [http://www.weather.com/news/mount-diablo-wildfire-triples-size-20130910] }}
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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]}}
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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| 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| 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| 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| 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|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| 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, 2014.  Downtown 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/] }}
{{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| 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|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| 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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