Explosion hits major tourist area in Istanbul

Several people said to have been injured at an explosion at Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district. This neighborhood is the most popular tourist area in Istanbul with the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and the Topkapi Palace in close proximity. Make sure to keep a close eye on travel alerts from your government if you are planning to visit Turkey in the near future as there have already been two major bombing attacks in Turkey last year. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35290760
Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park closed because of Volcanic activity

The popular Cotopaxi national park in Ecuador has been closed temporarily because of increased volcanic activity. The volcano is located 30 miles (50 km) from Quito. President Correa declared a state of emergency in Ecuador as hundreds of people in nearby towns have already been evacuated. Keep an eye on this if you are planning to visit the Galapagos Islands since Quito is a popular stop to get there.

Updated information can about the activity of Cotopaxi can be found at the website of the Instituto Geofísico de la Politécnica Nacional.