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Somalia housing boom as Mogadishu emerges from ashes of war

Mugadishu - Somalia's elegant colonial villas were left in ruins by two decades of street fighting among warlords, and the seaside capital Mogadishu was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world.

Madrid apartment block collapses after being evacuated

Madrid - A four-storey apartment building collapsed in Madrid on Monday just hours after firefighters evacuated all of its occupants, some of them clambering through windows.

Girl among five dead in India building collapse

New Delhi - Rescuers in the Indian capital on Sunday plucked the body of a little girl from the ruins of a collapsed four-storey building, increasing the death toll to five.

Rebuilding of Gaza's destroyed homes set to begin

Gaza - The rebuilding of thousands of homes destroyed in last summer's Gaza war is to begin in the coming days, almost a year after the conflict began, the Palestinian housing minister said Wednesday.

California balcony in fatal collapse was dangerously overcrowded

Berkeley - An apartment balcony that collapsed near the University of California campus here, killing six young people at a birthday party, was overcrowded well beyond its structural limits Tuesday when it gave way, Berkeley officials have acknowledged.

Atlantic City fines bankrupt casino-hotel for losing power

Atlantic City - The empty Revel casino-hotel has already been fined $20,000 and will continue to be fined $5,000 a day by the city of Atlantic City until it gets electric service restored, officials said.

13 sleeping people killed in India house collapse

Lucknow - A newly built house in northern India collapsed early on Sunday killing 13 residents as they slept, the latest in a string of building cave-ins, police said.

Cairo apartment block collapse kills 15, buries seven more

Cairo - A building in Egypt's capital, where two floors had been added illegally, collapsed overnight, killing 15 people and burying seven more in the rubble, emergency services and officials said Tuesday.

San Francisco window-washer survives 11-story fall

San Francisco - A San Francisco window-washer appears to have survived an 11-story plunge off a downtown office building after landing on a moving car and tumbling onto California Street.

Colombia implodes high-rise that killed 12 in collapse

Medell - Colombian authorities imploded an upmarket apartment block Tuesday whose partial collapse last year killed 12 people, felling the rest of the six-tower complex in a giant cloud of white dust.

Paris building explosion toll rises to eight

Rosny-sous-bois - The death toll from an explosion in an apartment building outside Paris rose to eight on Monday, including three children, as a desperate search for survivors proved almost fruitless.

Six dead in Paris suburb building explosion

Bobigny - Six people were killed on Sunday when an explosion ripped through an apartment building outside Paris, reducing half a residential block to rubble, emergency services said.

Construction spending down in June, but better than last year

In June, construction spending in the U.S. had its largest decrease in over three years, affecting the government, housing and non-housing sectors.

India works on a railway bridge taller than the Eiffel Tower

If the project is successful it will be, by far, the tallest railway bridge ever created. Trains are vital to the economy of India so it makes logical sense that they would begin work on a massive project such as this.

US housing starts fall in February

Washington - New US home construction fell slightly in February from January, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday, as the market continued to suffer from harsh winter storms.New home starts took place at an annual pace of 907,000 units, compared to a 909,000 u...

Mumbai building collapse kills six

Mumbai - An apartment block collapsed in the Indian financial hub Mumbai on Friday, killing six people and injuring three others in the latest of a string of deadly building cave-ins, authorities said.Dozens of rescuers scoured the rubble in search of anyone st...

Hochtief builds up stake in Leighton of Australia

Frankfurt - German construction group Hochtief said Monday it plans to tighten its grip on Australia's biggest building company by raising its stake to 74 percent.

Student tragedy in S. Korea as building collapse kills 10

Gyeongju - At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an auditorium packed with students collapsed at a resort near the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, officials said Tuesday.More than 560 college students participating in a freshman or...

'Three dead, 50 trapped' in S. Korea building collapse

Gyeongju - Three college students were killed and 50 more feared trapped after an auditorium collapsed under heavy snow Monday in the southern South Korean city of Gyeongju, Yonhap news agency reported.Emergency services would not confirm the reported deaths, but...

Video: 'Towering Inferno' in Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou - A fire raged through a 20-story building on Qiyi Road in Guangzhou on Sunday night. No casualties have been reported and the blaze has finally been extinguished on Monday morning.

Spanish shepherd blocks construction of luxury golf complex

Jumilla - A 60-year-old Spanish shepherd, unable to read or write, has successfully won a court case to protect his land and has killed off the construction of a giant luxury golf resort in the Murcia region of Spain.

Video: Sinkhole swallows Florida resort building

Around 30 per cent of a three-story villa in a central Florida resort has collapsed into a sinkhole on Monday night. Guests were evacuated safety and fortunately no injuries were reported.

Rumors of hidden cash in building rubble get people digging

Lleida - A building began collapsing in the city center of Lleida, Spain on June 17. Two weeks ago, it finally completely gave way. This week rumors started that there was a pile of cash hidden in the pile of rubble and that's when people started digging.

Police in Belize may lay charges after destruction of Mayan ruin

Archaeologists are appalled and police are considering criminal charges after a construction company willfully destroyed a major ancient Mayan site to make gravel for village roads.

40 found alive in rubble of collapsed Bangladesh building

News stations are reporting that a group of 40 people have been found alive on the 4th floor of the Bangladesh garment factory, which collapsed yesterday.

Death toll in Egyptian apartment building collapse climbs to 23

Alexandria - At least 23 people have been confirmed dead after an eight-storey apartment building in Alexandria, Egypt collapsed Wednesday morning.

Off-campus party leads to floor collapse, dozens injured

Tallahassee - A second floor penthouse at the Seminole Grand Apartments collapsed during a party early Sunday morning, injuring 55 people.

Video: Watch Massey Ferguson tower in Coventry demolished

Coventry - Thousands watched online the moment an old 16-storey tower in Banner Lane, Coventry, built in the 1960s, was blown up with 40 kilos of explosives . The tower, part of the former Massey Ferguson tractor factory, was demolished to make way for new homes.

SUV crashes into DC building, FBI investigating

The FBI and DC police are investigating an incident that occurred on Friday. An SUV crashed into a building located in downtown Washington.

Op-Ed: Photo Essay — Graffiti in two of Detroit's abandoned buildings Special

While exploring two abandoned buildings in Detroit — the Fisher Body 21 and the Boblo Dock Building — you can't help but notice the graffiti.
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Construction worker taking a break on the 12th floor.
Construction worker taking a break on the 12th floor.
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
An abandoned building in Muskegon  Michigan
An abandoned building in Muskegon, Michigan
Ruined building near Kandahar  Afghanistan
Ruined building near Kandahar, Afghanistan
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Toronto s natural beauty and construction are everywhere to be seen
Toronto's natural beauty and construction are everywhere to be seen
Workers preparing bamboo scaffolding.
Workers preparing bamboo scaffolding.
Puzzle Facade software turns an entire building into a Rubik s Cube.
Puzzle Facade software turns an entire building into a Rubik's Cube.
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
Construction workers taking a break.
Construction workers taking a break.
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
New York City skyscraper
New York City skyscraper
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The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
The abandoned Fisher Body 21 building in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Graffiti in Detroit
Sidewalk in front of Napa s 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Au...
Sidewalk in front of Napa's 140-year-old Sam Kee Laundry Building is covered with debris from the Aug. 24 earthquake.
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Dopplemayr Chondola base being installed at Sugar Mountain  North Carolina.
Dopplemayr Chondola base being installed at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina.