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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LISTS TEL AVIV AS ONE OF TOP TEN BEACH CITIES IN THE WORLD

Tel Aviv was recently named one of the world's Top Ten Beach Cities by NationalGeographic.com. Other cities featured in the list include Barcelona, Cape Town and Honolulu.

ASHTON KUTCHER ARRIVES IN ISRAEL

Ashton Kutcher, American actor and star of the hit sitcom That 70's Show, arrived in Israel this week, where he is pictured, left, at an Israeli national basketball game in Tel Aviv. Kutcher also made visits to several sites in Jerusalem, including the Tower of David, the Western Wall and Abu Ghosh.

TRAVELERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARRIVE IN ISRAEL FOR 6TH ANNUAL JERUSALEM BEER FESTIVAL

The 6th Annual Jerusalem Beer Festival showcases brews from more than 100 brands from around the world at the Old Train Station on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem, August 18-19. The festival also features food stalls, a beer accessories market and live brewing workshops, as well as a performance by the Israeli band, The Giraffes.

3,500-YEAR-OLD HORNED BRACELET UNEARTHED NEAR SAFED

A rare 3,500-year-old bronze horned bracelet was discovered last month by the Israeli Antiquities Authority  during excavations at Ramat Razim, southeast of Safed, Israel. The Late Bronze Age bracelet, decorated with engravings and adorned with a horn structure, is believed to have belonged to the ruler of the village.

ISRAEL HOSTS FIRST-EVER FUNJOYA 2010 FESTIVAL IN EILAT, SEPTEMBER 2-4

Israel will host the first-ever Funjoya 2010 Festival in the southern resort city of Eilat, September 2-4. The festival will feature cultural events, pool parties and movie screenings, as well as live stand-up comedy performances and musical concerts by Mashina, Eddy Watta, Tislam and Global Deejays.

DANISH AIRLINE ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE FROM COPENHAGEN TO TEL AVIV

Danish airline Cimber Sterling has announced new direct service from Copenhagen to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport, beginning this fall. Cimber Sterling will offer three flights to Tel Aviv per week.

10TH-CENTURY PHILISTINE TEMPLE DISCOVERED IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL

A 10th-century Philistine Temple was discovered this month by a team of archaeologists from Bar-Ilan University in the ancient city of Gath in southern Israel. The temple is believed to be reminiscent of the architectural image that is described in the well-known biblical story of Samson and the Philistines.

NEW SOCIAL MEDIA AND MULTILINGUAL WEBSITE FOR DEAD SEA'S NEW7WONDERS OF NATURE CAMPAIGN

Travelers from around the world wishing to vote for the Dead Sea in the New7Wonders of the World competition may now do so by visiting its new multilingual website. Also, new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages have been created and will be updated regularly with news and information about the latest Dead Sea rankings in the campaign.

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