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| DotMBlurb= '''[[Sydney]]''' is known as the Harbour City. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in [[Australia]] with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable places. Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Recent immigration trends have led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. In '''October''' the city hosts '''Australia's largest food festival'''- Crave Sydney- and '''Musica Viva Festival'''. <small>([[Sydney|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|U.S. Government shutdown: Attention, travelers!| 1 Oct| Congress, wrangling over spending and Obamacare, failed to renew government funds in time for the start of the new fiscal year on 31st Sept, and many travelers -- both domestic and international visitors -- will quickly start feeling the impact of the shutdown.U.S. While rail networks, essential air security and traffic control operations won't be impeded, travelers visiting the country's national parks and other government-run tourist attractions will find the gates shuttered and the doors locked. All 401 National Park Service sites, which collectively average about 715,000 visitors per day in October, will be closed, according to a park service spokeswoman. (Guests staying in campgrounds and on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.) The Smithsonian's 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo will also turn visitors away. Essential air traffic and security measures will be maintained. Passports and visas should continue to be processed. Some passport approvals could be impacted if offices are located in certain offices [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/travel/shutdown-travel-national-parks/]}}
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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|Dozens Killed in Earthquake in Pakistan | 24 Sept| A Pakistan earthquake has killed dozens of people. The quake was reported as a 7.7 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. The death toll is continuously increasing and at least 46 have died in Awaran in [[Balochistan]] province. There is a possibility that many more are trapped in the rubble. A rescue emergency was declared by the province and doctors are on standby at hospitals while officials are on high alert. More than 200 troops have been sent to the area to help out, including rescue and medical teams. The earthquake hit in a remote area at a depth of about nine miles. It struck 43 miles northeast of Awaran and 72 miles northwest of Bela according to the U.S. Geological Survey. According to local police official Mozzam Jah, the quake was so strong that it caused a 30 fot 40 foot high mass to emerge from the ocean like a small mountain island off the coast of Gwadar. Many have gathered to view the new island. Pakistan has had a lot of seismic activity in recent years. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed at least 35 people in Pakistan last April and in January 2011, a 7.2 magnitude quake damaged 200 mud homes in Baluchistan. [http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/7431/20130924/pakistan-earthquake-dozens-killed-new-island-formed-coast.htm] }}
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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|Nairobi attack: Kenya's President says siege over | 24 Sept| Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared the end of a bloody four-day siege by Islamist militants at Nairobi's Westgate shopping center. Five attackers were shot dead by troops and 11 suspects were in custody, he said in a TV address to the nation. Kenya has "shamed and defeated our attackers" but the "losses are immense", he said, confirming that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died. Three days of national mourning have been declared, starting on 25 Sept. Some 175 people were injured in the attack; 62 people remain in hospital and many others are being treated for shock and are undergoing counseling. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it had carried out the attack in retaliation for Kenyan army operations in Somalia. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24225319]}}
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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|Syria crisis: 'Deadly blast' hits capital Damascus | 24 Sept| Several people have been killed and wounded in an explosion in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian state TV reports. The state new agency Sana said a "terrorist bombing" attack had taken place in the Tadamon district in the south of the capital. Tadamon has been a battleground between rebel forces and the army for months. The UK-based activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says a car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 15, some of them critically. More than 100,000 people have died in the conflict, according to the UN, and millions have fled the country or been made homeless. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24227704] }}
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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|Bangladesh workers clash with police| 24 Sept| Thousands of apparel workers clashed with police in Bangladesh, demanding higher pay on 23 Sept, police and officials said. The workers are demanding a minimum monthly pay of $104 revising the present $38 a month. Police said violence mostly erupted in Gazipur and [[Savar]], on the outskirts of capital [[Dhaka]], where there are hundreds of apparel factories producing clothes for leading global brands from Europe and America. The workers fought pitched battles with police and set fire to vehicles and part of some apparel factories in Gazipur, forcing the owners to shut down all factories in Gazipur district and its adjoining areas. Several thousand workers also took to the streets in capital Dhaka, but they were dispersed by police and did not appear to commit any violence. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/world/bangladesh-garment-workers-clashes/index.html]}}
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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|Landslides kill at least 19 in northern Philippines| 24 Sept| Heavy monsoon rains have left at least 19 people dead, most of them children, in the northern Philippines, state media reported. Four other people are still reported to be missing, and many towns are flooded. Most of the people were killed by landslides set off by the rain in the province of [[Zambales]] on Luzon, the largest island in the archipelagic nation, the government-run Philippines News Agency (PNA) said, citing the regional disaster management council. [http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/24/world/asia/philippines-landslides/index.html]}}
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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|Venice protesters dive into canal to block cruise ships| 24 Sept| Protesters have leapt into Venice's Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city's foundations as they tower over rooftops and drown the city in tourism. Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1000 supporters, managed to hold up the cruise ships by more than an hour as they paddled in the canal - some using buoyancy rings. The protest was timed to coincide with a busy day on the canal, as a scheduling quirk meant 12 cruise ships were due to head past St Mark's Square - well above the daily average of two ships. "The demonstration was a great success and we now hope the government will take advantage of this momentum and kick the cruise ships out of the Venice lagoon," said Silvio Testa, a spokesman for the protesters. [http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/venice-protesters-dive-into-canal-to-block-cruise-ships-20130924-2ub86.html]}}
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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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