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Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project

Istanbul - Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Japanese company announces space elevator to be completed by 2050

Tokyo - Although it may sound like something from a Hollywood science fiction movie, engineers at a prominent Japanese construction company are serious about building the world's first working space elevator.

Turkey police fire gas at protests over worker lift deaths

Istanbul - Turkish riot police on Sunday fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Istanbul, a day after 10 workers were killed when a lift crashed to the ground from the 32nd storey of a building.

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.

Erdogan suffers delay on new Turkey high speed train

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first high-speed train link between Ankara and Istanbul in his latest ambitious grand engineering project, but arrived late after a technical problem on the maiden trip.

New report highlights construction safety

Construction is a high-hazard industry that comprises a wide range of activities involving construction, alteration, and/or repair. A new CDC report highlights the importance of having the right equipment to protect workers and the public.

N. Korean elite in rare apology for apartment block collapse

Pyongyang - Senior North Korean officials have publicly apologised for an "unimaginable" accident at an apartment construction site, state media said Sunday, a rare admission of culpability by the secretive hardline state.

Israel okayed nearly 14,000 settler homes during talks: NGO

Jerusalem - Israel approved plans for nearly 14,000 new settler homes during the nine months of peace talks with the Palestinians, an Israeli settlement watchdog said Tuesday as the negotiation period formally ended.

3-D printers make 10 houses in 24-hours

Suzhou - A company in China has used giant 3-D printers to make 10 full-sized, detached single-storey houses in a day, it has been alleged by an official Chinese news agency.

Op-Ed: Could automated welding increase factory productivity and profit?

Increasingly factories are moving to use automated welding equipment instead of manual human welders so could this actually significantly increase the productivity and so profit of the factory?

Op-Ed: North Charleston man facing federal charges over $.89 refill

North Charleston - A North Charleston man is now facing federal charges over an $0.89 drink refill. Christopher Lewis says he was not aware that refills at the VA Medical Center in North Charleston were not free.

Israel approves 186 new east Jerusalem homes

Jerusalem - Israel granted final approval Wednesday for plans to build another 186 new homes in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, a city councillor told AFP, drawing an angry reaction from the Palestinians.

German building firm Hochtief ups bid for bigger Leighton stake

Frankfurt - German construction group Hochtief said on Thursday it will increase the price it is offering to raise its stake in Australia's biggest building company Leighton.The increased bid represented a total purchase price of 1.205 billion Australian dollars o...

Boosting Ethiopia's economic growth with building boom

Addis Ababa - Above Addis Ababa's concrete skyline, cranes tower high amid blasts from nearby drills and diggers.

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.

Crimea eyes bridge for link with Russia

Kerch - A ferry is the only way to cross the small strip of sea that separates Ukraine's Kerch peninsula in the far east of restive Crimea from Russia.

Home building lifts US construction spending in January

Washington - Home building pushed US construction spending higher in January despite bad winter weather, government data released Monday showed.January construction spending rose 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said.

Deal reached resolving Panama Canal row

Panama City - A row over $1.6 billion in cost overruns on construction to widen the Panama Canal has been resolved, the parties said Friday, ensuring completion of the massive project.The Panama Canal Authority and the consortium "Grupo Unidos por el Canal" (GUPC) a...

Bouygues reports big loss, but mobile-phone unit rallies

Paris - Construction and telecom group Bouygues reported on Wednesday a big loss for 2013 after a writedown for shares in Alstom, but its mobile-phone division switched back into profit.The net loss was 757 million euros ($1.04 billion), but investors focused ...

Taiwan 'aerotropolis' plan buoyed by Chinese tourists

Taipei - Taiwan's ambitions to become a regional air hub finally look set to take off with approval for a mega "aerotropolis" to cash in on improving ties with China and the rise of budget airlines in the region.The ambitious plan to transform the main Taoyuan ...

Singapore says 'too early' to relax property cooling measures

Singapore - Singapore said Friday that measures it had implemented to cool down the property market have succeeded but it was "too early" to relax them.The remarks by Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in parliament came amid concerns by analysts about proper...

Lafarge posts profit recovery, sees cement demand rallying

Paris - French cement giant Lafarge on Wednesday reported a recovery of net profit last year and said that demand for its products for the construction industry was picking up.But the net figure was helped by asset sales, and underlying operating profit fell o...

Dubai property giant Emaar posts 21% surge in profits

Dubai - Dubai-based Emaar Properties said on Monday it posted a 21-percent surge in annual profits in 2013, reaching $699 million on the back of strong performances in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Russia pressed on unpaid Olympic construction wages

Sochi - The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it launched a full investigation after discovering that hundreds of migrants who worked on the Sochi Games had not been paid.

Panama Canal upgrade remains at standstill amid $1.6 bn cash gap

Panama City - Work on expanding the Panama Canal is unlikely to resume Saturday as local officials face negotiations with foreign builders after the project was halted in a dispute over cost overruns.

Skanska posts strong annual profit on rising US market

Stockholm - Swedish construction and civil engineering group Skanska on Friday reported a rising annual profit for 2013, with continued strong performance in its US operations.Net profit grew by 32 percent in 2013 to 3.76 billion kronor (425.2 million euros, $576.

HeidelbergCement hit by strong euro in 2103

Frankfurt - German construction materials group HeidelbergCement said on Thursday that sales and profits stagnated in 2013, weighed down by the strength of the euro.

Israel approves 550 Jerusalem settler homes

Jerusalem - Israel expedited Wednesday plans for more than 550 new settler homes in east Jerusalem, in a move exacerbating tensions between Israel and the Palestinians as they hold US-backed peace talks.

Review: Marville's Paris On View At The Met Special

New York - A new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the work of French photographer Charles Marville strips away the romance of Paris, but offers a challenging commentary on the nature of transformation.

UN slams Israel destruction of Jordan Valley homes

Jerusalem - The UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories criticised Israel's demolition of 36 homes in the Jordan Valley and urged a halt to such actions in the West Bank.
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