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Russia:More Violence in Volgograd

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

A fresh surge in violence rocked the nation just a month shy of the winter Olympic games. Two bombings claimed the lives of more than 30 people at a train station and on a trolley bus in the southern city of Volgograd. The December 29 and 30 blasts injured another 60, and 5,000 police were [read more]

Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way Set to Open in March

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitor numbers are up in Ireland and Tourism Ireland officials are hoping to keep it that way, luring more travelers to the west with The Wild Atlantic Way, a coastal touring route set to open in March 2014. Running 1500 miles along the west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to the southern region [read more]

France: New Online Tourist Guide for Paris Metro

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Transit authorities have released a new online tourist guide for the underground Paris metro system. The Manuel du savoir-vivre à l’usage du voyageur moderne’ or “manual of etiquette for the use of the modern traveler” includes 12 etiquette tips for locals and tourists to adhere to. After officials gathered feedback and suggestions from about 2,000 [read more]

Ukraine: Number of Protestors Grow in Kiev

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov warned of a coup in Kiev Dec. 2, as he was informed of demonstrators’ plans to seize the parliament building. The protests began Nov. 21 when Ukraine announced plans to back out of talks with the European Union in order to strengthen ties with Russia. The number of demonstrators has grown [read more]

UK: New Law For Medical Visits

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

In an attempt to discourage abuse of the medical system, the British government has announced plans to require migrants and international tourists to pay for any medical attention received in the country. The new law includes emergency medical services and minor surgeries performed in physicians’ offices. The plan, which will be formally announced in March, [read more]

Turkey: Fresh Protests in Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Police fired water cannons, smoke grenades and teargas to break-up crowds of protestors at Istanbul’s Kadikoy Square Dec. 22. What was meant to be an action against the government’s construction and development plans in the city’s threatened green spaces quickly turned into protests over recent corruption and bribery scandals involving government officials and at least [read more]

UK: Romanain Gypsies Target Shoppers in London

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Holiday shoppers in London’s West End are increasingly becoming targets of harassment by Romanian gypsies begging for money. Last summer, Westminster City Council officials evicted the Roma from a camp and helped pay for some to return to Romania, but they have come back and shoppers are complaining about aggressive begging. Many of the gypsies [read more]

Ukraine: Protests Continue for Third Week in Kiev

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests in Kiev continued for a third week as security forces moved in to raid the opposition party’s headquarters Dec. 9, just one week after violent clashes erupted in the capital. Armed police cleared out encampments and cut off electricity to the occupied City Hall, allegedly using force against many of the demonstrators. The actions [read more]

Ukraine: Protestors Fill Streets of Kiev

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

An estimated 100,000 demonstrators filled the streets of Kiev Nov. 24 in what may have been just the first in a series of protests. The marches were spurred by the government’s decision to back out of talks with the European Union and to instead work on strengthening economic ties with Russia. Riot police were mostly [read more]






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