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Trip Tips: Scaling Cabo Verde's volcanic ridges

By Emma Farge PRAIA (Reuters) - Portuguese colonial officers in the 17th and 18th centuries perceived the West African slave-trading hub of Cabo Verde as a dead-end posting - often literally because of its propensity for drought and tropical disease. Today the wind-pummeled, volcanic archipelago 600 km (370 miles) off the coast of Senegal is a growing tourist spot, offering dramatic landscapes for hikers, along with a vibrant music scene and year-round sunshine. (Map:

Brazil kicks off controversial gas auction

Brazil began auctioning off 240 onshore blocks for gas exploration in a dozen states on Thursday amid complaints from environmentalists about a lack of regulation. Taking part in the two-day sale are 10 Brazilian companies and a slew of foreign contenders, national petroleum agency ANP said. The international bidders include France's GDF and Total, El Paso from the United States, Canada's Gran Tierra, Spain's Repsol, Germany's RWE, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Portugal's Petrogal, Colombia's Petrominerales, Panama's Trayectoria Oil and Gas an Geopark from Bermuda.

Canadian rower says she's first North American to cross North Atlantic alone

MONTREAL - A Canadian rower says she has become the first North American to complete a solo journey across the churning seas of the treacherous North Atlantic. Mylene Paquette reached the shores of France on Tuesday after a 5,000-kilometre voyage from Halifax, a four-month odyssey that saw her overcome the volatility of nearly a dozen storms, the power of 12-metre-high swells and the shock of capsizing 10 times. Paquette, however, still didn't find a way to conquer her fear of water.

Canadian makes trans-Atlantic crossing history

Mylene Paquette, a 35-year-old from Quebec in Canada, on Tuesday made history by becoming the first North American to make a west-to-east solo crossing of the Atlantic by rowboat. Paquette set out from Halifax, Canada on a 7.31-metre (23-foot) boat on July 6. She arrived in the northwestern French port of Lorient on Tuesday evening after 129 days at sea. "Finally it is over, because it was really an ordeal at times, I am just relieved that it is over," an emotional Paquette told AFP upon her arrival.

A year after Sandy, rebuilding continues in storm-hit towns

By Dave Warner SEASIDE PARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A year after Superstorm Sandy inundated the East Coast with record flooding that left 159 people dead, residents of the hard-hit New Jersey shore still have a ways to go in rebuilding damaged communities.

Football: Cape Verde take appeal to CAS

Cape Verde have taken the appeal against their exclusion from the African World Cup play-offs to the Lausanne based Court of Arbitration for Sport, the judicial body said Tuesday. Cape Verde finished top of their African qualifying group B to reach the play-offs, where they were due to meet Cameroon over two legs to decide who goes to Brazil next year, but have since been replaced by Tunisia.

Cape Verde appeal to CAS over World Cup expulsion

ZURICH (Reuters) - Cape Verde have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the FIFA ruling which resulted in them being kicked out of the World Cup qualifying competition. The Lausanne-based tribunal said on Tuesday it had registered the protest, although it could not yet give a date for the hearing and decision. Cape Verde, who beat Tunisia 2-0 away to finish top of African Group B, forfeited the match after FIFA ruled that defender Fernando Varela had been ineligible to play.

At a glance: How states and regions are recovering a year after Sandy blew through

Superstorm Sandy flooded or dropped snow on much of the eastern U.S. on Oct. 29, 2012, becoming the nation's second-most expensive weather disaster at $65 billion and killing at least 182 people after claiming dozens of other lives in the Caribbean. New Jersey and New York were hardest hit, but a large swath of states was affected. A look at Sandy's effects and the status of recovery: ___ CONNECTICUT DEATHS: 6

Tropical Storm Karen dissipates off U.S. Gulf Coast

Originally forecast to become a hurricane, authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for low-lying areas south of New Orleans on Friday.

Tropical Storm Karen weakens to a depression in US Gulf

Tropical Storm Karen lost strength late Saturday and became a tropical depression off the US coast near Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center reported. All tropical storm warnings were discontinued, but Karen is still expected to bring heavy rain and some coastal flooding as it moves east and rakes the Gulf Coast from central Louisiana to the Florida panhandle late Sunday and Monday.
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