Daily Brief 29 July 2013

Last updated 19:00 BST.

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in brief:

Channel delays: P&O D-C-D.

Weather: Very warm but heavy showers.

Traffic: See @DE_Traffic from 09:00 BST.

News: Coach crash A16 Naples.

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Azerbaijan. Introducing the Shahdag National Park in the southern Caucasus. Thanks to foreign aid and loans is in the process of developing tourist infrastructure. Home to goat antelope, chamois, lynx, jackal, wild boar, wolf and brown bears and Mount Bazarduzu, the highest point of Azerbaijan at 14,652ft. In the meantime, how about Nagorno Karabakh? Seriously. The war torn republic, in the north east of Azerbaijan but controlled by its ethnic Armenian population, only accessible by road from Armenia, looks to tourism as one of its most important future industries. Visitors are already enjoying the wooded mountains, monasteries, and active front line.

Azerbaijan. Introducing the Shahdag National Park in the southern Caucasus. Thanks to Presidential decree and foreign aid and loans is in the process of developing tourist infrastructure. Home to goat antelope, chamois, lynx, jackal, wild boar, wolf, brown bears and Mount Bazarduzu, the highest point of Azerbaijan at 14,652ft. In the meantime, how about Nagorno Karabakh? Seriously. The war torn republic, in the north east of Azerbaijan but controlled by its ethnic Armenian population, only accessible by road from Armenia, looks to tourism as an important future industries. Visitors are already enjoying the wooded mountains, monasteries and active front line.

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WEATHER.

Meteoalarm weather risk alerts – South east Europe, including south east Italy, again covered in Red and Amber warnings for high temperatures. Surrounding countries with Amber warnings for temperatures and/or storms. Risk of forest fire in southern Norway now downgraded to Amber.

Weather – heavy showers in much of western Europe. Dry and sunny in Spain, Portugal, central and southern Italy, Poland, east Baltic and south to the Balkans.

TRAVEL.

P&O Dover-Calais: ‘All services are operating to schedule and on time with limited availability apart from the following sailings that are subject to delays of up to 45 minutes: Pride of Burgundy: Calais-Dover 17h55, Dover-Calais 19h15. Pride of Kent: Calais-Dover 18h50, Dover-Calais 20h15. Spirit of Britain: Calais-Dover 19h55, Dover-Calais 21h20.’

No other operators currently reporting any delays.

See Traffic/Travel/Weather for more.

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NEWS.

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Italy – another horrific coach crash. On the A16 motorway to Naples at Avellino. Early reports say the brakes failed on a notorious downhill section; others that a tyre exploded. The latest reports say 37 people died. Spain, Montenegro and Ukraine have all suffered coach accidents with multiple victims in recent months.

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NOTE: Bulgaria – anti-govt demonstrations becoming a permanent feature, stepping up a gear on 23 July with a blockade of parliament. The British Embassy says, ‘There is a small risk of violence. Avoid large gatherings in public spaces and follow local media and the advice of the local authorities.’ For the latest FCO travel advice click here. For Bulgarian news in English see www.Novinite.com or @novinite_com on Twitter.

Turkey – after some time without protests the situation is unpredictable again. See latest FCO travel advice.

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