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  • Vietnam's Imperial City of Hue
    Sacred ground: Vietnam's Imperial City of Hue
    All respectable Vietnamese buildings based on Confucian design principles have an entrance gateopening onto a small space backed by a freestanding wall – the Spirit Wall. To enter the courtyard one simply walked a short distance to the right...
  • Travel + Leisure readers name Jade Mountain top resort in the Caribbean
    Travel + Leisure readers name Jade Mountain top resort in the Caribbean
    What’s the best resort among all those absolutely breathtaking properties in the Caribbean? Readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine again – for the third time -- gave the annual nod to (drum roll, please) the Jade Mountain...
  • Virunga National Park
    Gorillas in the midst of war and critical losses score a victory
    Today, 6/11/2014, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced a victory for one of the last habitats for critically endangered mountain gorillas. The oil exploration company, Soco International PLC, has pledged to stop exploring for oil in Africa...
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    Local jazz vocalist to appear at International Jazz Day performance in Japan
    Bakersfield's Grammy winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter will be taking part in the International Jazz Day concert from Osaka, Japan this Wednesday. Porter will be sharing the stage with such jazz heavyweights as Esperanza Spaulding, Wayne...
  • Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Europe's latest 'in' spot: Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
    Chances are you don't know much about Cesky Krumlov. Like most Americans, probably nothing. So you might be surprised to learn this tiny town in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic is fast becoming a big draw for tourists from all...
  • UNESCO vs The Truth
    UNESCO act suggests that truth is negotiable
    What is peace? Is it more than the absence of war? Jewish tradition seems to assign peace a far higher value than the lack of belligerence. Indeed the term for peace, shalom, is used in a variety of ways. Shalom bayit, family peace; shalom olam,...
  • Tuscan spa offers walking, biking, wellness
    Tuscan spa offers walking, biking, wellness
    Imagine yourself hiking around the rolling hills and the charming old-world villages and vineyards of the Italian heartland. Or bicycling through all this on countryside trails straight off the travel posters. And at the end of the day, jumping...
  • Thrills in Canada: Walking with gorgosaurus
    Thrills in Canada: Walking with gorgosaurus
    Attention dinosaur fans: Here's a chance to chum around with giant prehistoric beasts in one of their favorite stomping grounds. It's all yours – even if you can't tell a troodontidae from a gorgosaurus -- during a one-time-only...
  • Exhibition examines impact of Italian paper on the western world
    Exhibition examines incredible history of Italian paper in the western world
    Washington, D.C. --- A new exhibition at the Italian Embassy,Fabriano 1264, examines the important role papermaking has played in western history. This exhibition celebrates the 750thanniversary of papermaking inFabriano, a city in the Marche...
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany
    UNESCO World Heritage Germany
    You may not know that there are 37 UNESCO World Heritage sites spread across the beautiful countryside of Germany. With all these sites it is almost impossible to imagine that would not be at least a few that would be of interest to almost all of...
  • Climate Change in Sahel
    New UNESCO report calls for social scientists to lead climate change fight
    A new report released on Nov.15 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)General Conference in Paris stresses the role of social scientists to combat climate change to avoid social ills, especially in the...
  • Alamo
    Is the United Nations set to take over the Alamo?
    A report that says the Alamo and other Spanish missions in San Antonio, Texas, would be added to the United Nations' World Heritage List, prompted reports saying the global body is set to take over the iconic landmark. Those reports went viral...
  • Djingareyber Mosque
    Ancient mosque damaged in terrorist attack
    A 14th Century mosque named as a heritage site was damaged Saturday in a suicide bombing blast, the United Nations announced Sunday in an emailed news release.The bombing did "substantial damage" to Djingareyber Mosque near Timbuktu,...
  • Aquifers in Kenya: Enough water to supply desert region for 70 years
    Aquifers in Kenya: Enough water to supply desert region for 70 years
    Aquifers in Kenya discovered with enough water in them to supply the desert region for 70 years. This is the type of find that could change lives in northern Kenya and the rest of the nation. According to The New York Times on Sept. 11, 2013, this...
  • 10 places to visit before they disappear
    10 places to visit before they disappear
    Air pollution, changing global climates, and human interference are slowly destroying some of the most incredible travel destinations on Earth.A list recently curated by TripInsurance.com lists the top ten places to visit before they're gone....