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This is Wikitravel's Travel news section, about issues affecting travelers, both positively and negatively. For more general news, see Wikinews.
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Islamist Rebels Destroy Historic Shrines of Timbuktu—a UNESCO World Heritage Site
1 July 2012
Members of the rebel group Ansar Dine called for the destruction of all of the historic shrines of Timbuktu and began carrying out the destruction of several over the past few days. The group has implemented sharia law in areas it controls, including mandatory veils for women, the stoning of adulterers, & mutilation of thieves. The Islamist rebels have now called for the destruction of all shrines in the city, considering them to be a form of idolatry forbidden in their view of Islam (although revered by local Sufis). One shrine was destroyed in May and this past weekend armed men, including many foreigners, surrounded six shrines and began to destroy them using shovels, axes, and smashing objects inside. Thirteen other shrines, dating from as early as the 13th century, are among those composing the World Heritage Site. Mali's government has called the actions a 'war crime' and there has been plenty of outcry from UNESCO members as well. An Ansar Dine spokesperson replied "We are subject to religion and not to international opinion." The group, along with secular Tuareg rebels, captured much of northern Mali in March, and after a short joint rule, the former gained control of the region, forcing over 300, 000 residents to flee, including most of Timbuktu's population. There is also concern for 700, 000 ancient manuscripts kept in the city .BBC article UNESCO WHS listing
Solomon Islands Host Quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts
1 July 2012
The Solomon Islands will host the largest cultural festival in the South Pacific, the quadrennial Festival of Pacific Arts, which runs from July 1-14. The festival, held every 4 years since 1972, brings together artisans from 27 Pacific nations and territories to showcase crafts, music, dance, literature, and more. The theme for this festival is "Culture in Harmony With Nature". Delegates are selected by their home country/territory and attend the festival to showcase their home rather than compete—a rare cultural exchange between somewhat simmilar cultures that are separated by long distances and few transport options. Events will be held in purpose built a purpose-built village near Honiara, with some festivities held in other locations. The Solomon Islands claim this to be their biggest tourism event ever and are improving tourist facilities and cleaning up the image of Honiara. National airline Solomons Airlines is adding extra flights between Honiara-Brisbane, Australia around the festival. The next FoPA won't be held until 2016 in Guam. 
California Adventure expands
15 June 2012
Disney California Adventure, the little-sister second gate at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, today unveils the largest expansion in its eleven-year history. The entrance area has been re-themed to resemble 1920s-era Los Angeles, the time when a young Walt Disney arrived to begin his storied career. In the back of the park, a new land called Cars Land recreates the Route 66 town of Radiator Springs from the Cars films, with three much-anticipated new rides and truly monumental theming.
New low-cost airline in Colombia
30 May 2012
Ice hockey world championship kicks off in Finland and Sweden
4 May 2012
For the first time the annual world championship in ice hockey will be held in two countries - Finland and Sweden. Half of the matches are to be played in Stockholm and the other half in Helsinki where also the final match takes place on the 20th of May.
Earthquake off Indonesia triggers tsunami alert
11 April 2012
Walk About Love starts Walking
20 March 2012
Israel's biggest traveling festival is about to Walk again, Backpackers from all over the world unite with a message to walk in Peace across entire Israel & Palestine, they will start walking from Eilat on the Red Sea in South Israel and cross the entire Negev & Judea deserts and up to Jerusalem than to Tel Aviv and north to Mt. Hermon all through April, May & June. 
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.
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 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.
Floods in Eastern Australia
3 February 2012
Residents of the Australian 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.  
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 capital region.   
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 equal to the revenue of a whole year and after it was ordered to pay back various governmental subsidizes Malev is unable to continue its businesses. There are no more departures after today morning 5 AM (GMT).