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Dubai property giant Emaar profits surge on high sales

Dibai - Dubai construction giant Emaar Properties posted a sharp rise in third quarter profits Sunday as residential sales in the glitzy emirate gathered steam.

Decade after bubble burst, Ireland still faces housing crisis

Dublin - Ten years after Ireland's property bubble burst, the economy is recovering from the ravages of a deep recession but a housing crisis remains, due to a supply shortage and spiralling prices.

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

Bridge of discord between Croatia and Bosnia

- Pero Brbora farms his shellfish in Croatia but has to cross the border into Bosnia, and out again, to sell them in his homeland.

Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected

Mexico - Sergio Lopez spends his days inspecting buildings at risk of collapse in Mexico City following Tuesday's quake. And he still can't believe that a school where 19 children and six adults died collapsed like a house of cards.

Shanghai temple moves 2,000-tonne hall on rails

Shanghai - The main hall and statues of a century-old Buddhist temple in central Shanghai have been moved 30 metres (100 feet) on rails to ease crowding at the popular site.

Cape Town housing boom a bust for longtime tenants

Cape Town - As a child in the 1970s, Charmaine Marcus was forcefully removed from her Cape Town neighbourhood when the apartheid government declared it a whites-only area.

Italy's deadly flirtation with illegal building

Rome - As Italy reels from another earthquake, experts warned Wednesday that widespread illegal construction is putting millions across the country at risk of being killed.

China's Wanda withdraws plan to buy London property

Bejing - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda said Tuesday it was abandoning plans to buy a 470 million pound ($606 million) plot of land in London, as Beijing presses companies to halt overseas acquisitions.

Drones are helping the construction industry to reach new heights

The building site of the future will look very different. Instead of dozens of men and women in high visibility jackets things will look far more futuristic with drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

Construction robots will be building it big

Boston - The world of construction and building is changing fast thanks to the use of robotics. Robots have the potential to build faster and more accurately than people, and they signal the digital transformation of the industry.

Delays, £1.5-bn cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF

Paris - A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by £1.5 billion ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

Wonderland Villas: A tale of Hong Kong's property rollercoaster

Hong Kong - Red-whiskered bulbuls start chirping around 5:00 am at Wonderland Villas, a hilltop complex in leafy northern Hong Kong whose own history charts the city's political, economic and social fortunes.

Blackstone, Saudi fund to invest $40 bln in US infrastructure

Washington - US asset management giant Blackstone and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund announced Saturday they are launching a $40 billion investment vehicle to finance infrastructure renovation in the United States.

Thousands rally in Moscow against plan to raze Soviet-era flats

Moscow - Thousands of people protested in central Moscow on Sunday against the city's plan to tear down Soviet-era apartment blocks as part of a controversial urban redevelopment programme.

Clouds of smoke as latest fire hits central Dubai

Dibai - Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall.

Clouds of smoke as latest fire hits central Dubai

Dibai - Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall.

Clouds of smoke as latest fire hits central Dubai

Dibai - Clouds of smoke billowed over central Dubai on Sunday after a fire burned for several hours in a residential tower under construction near the city's largest shopping mall.

China 'comfort women' history buried as brothels fall

Shanghai - With its red-painted window frames and sooty facade, the empty two-storey building on Gongping Road is typical of many of Shanghai's pre-World War II structures -- but this one houses dark memories.

Kuwait turns Silk Road into a massive causeway

Kuwait City - Kuwait is building one of the world's longest causeways to its remote north where it will pump billions into "Silk City", aiming to revive the ancient Silk Road trade route.

Serbs protest Belgrade development after shady demolition

Belgrade - Several thousand people protested Wednesday in Belgrade demanding the mayor's resignation and protesting alleged graft and violence linked to a project financed by a UAE-based firm.Authorities say the $3-billion (2.

Panama says Interpol has issued alerts for ex-president's sons

Panama - Panama said Tuesday that Interpol has issued international wanted notices for two sons of former president Ricardo Martinelli on allegations they accepted bribes from disgraced Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Elon Musk gets serious about digging a tunnel under Los Angeles

Elon Musk wants to build a tunnel to cut down on traffic in Los Angeles — and it looks like he's actually going to make it happen.

Researchers turn to sea sponges for building design

Sea sponges seem to be unlikely creatures as to inform us about modern construction, yet researchers have been studying orange puffball sea sponges for inspiration. Of interest is how the sponges avoid buckling under water pressure.

Moscow airport announces $865 mn expansion ahead of World Cup

Moscow - Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, the largest in Russia, has invested $865 million into building a new terminal and expanding its operations ahead of the 2018 World Cup, its chief executive said Tuesday.

China house collapse survivor 'a left-behind child'

Bejing - The little girl who survived a building collapse in China in her dead father's arms is a "left-behind" child who had just arrived for a reunion with her migrant worker parents, state media reported Wednesday.

Father's last embrace saves girl in China building collapse

Bejing - A little girl protected by the embrace of her dead father was the last survivor pulled out of the rubble of collapsed multi-storey buildings in China, reports said Tuesday.

Multiple China building collapse 'kills at least 17'

Bejing - A series of multi-storey buildings built by local villagers and packed with migrant workers collapsed in China on Monday, killing at least 17 people, the government and reports said.

Down in the dumps: China lawmaker given five years for sinkhole

Bejing - A Chinese lawmaker was sentenced to five years in jail Friday for trying to dig a basement under his Beijing home so deep it created a giant sinkhole that swallowed four of his neighbours' houses.
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