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Rights groups call for UN action on Egypt 'reprisals'

Geneva - Rights groups on Wednesday called for a "robust" response to a UN expert's allegations that people she met during a visit to Egypt faced harassment, intimidation and other reprisals afterwards.

UN experts decry Egypt 'reprisals'

Geneva - A United Nations rights expert voiced alarm Tuesday over Egypt's clampdown on people she met with during a recent visit, saying their homes were demolished while others were forcibly evicted or arrested.

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

Madrid - A Spanish pensioner killed herself by jumping from the fifth floor of her Madrid apartment on Monday as police tried to evict her.

More evacuations as 8th victim found in French building collapse

Marseille - Rescue workers Friday pulled an eighth body from the rubble of two dilapidated buildings which collapsed in the southern French city of Marseille, as residents were evacuated and nearby buildings inspected.

Living on edge: Vietnam's 'black canal' dwellers

Ho Chi Minh - On the banks of Ho Chi Minh City's Xuyen Tam canal the houses come in many forms. Short or tall, pieced together from scraps of wood, or metal or plastic. Some tilt precariously over the polluted water's edge.

Q&A: Blockchain makes waves in real-estate Special

Camber Creek is aiming to help start-up companies that have created technology that can improve the real estate industry by investing in them and helping them into the space. This includes innovations in blockchain.

'Capsule housing' project sparks outrage in Spain

Barcelona - A Barcelona company sparked outrage in Spain on Thursday with a plan to rent tiny pods where low income workers would live side-by-side like bees in a hive for as little as 200 euros ($232) a monthThe company argues the project called Haibu -- which me...

Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex

Den Haag - The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world's first 3D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction.

Construction is using tech to seek efficiencies

New technologies have the potential to make a substantial impact upon the home of the future. The smart home concept can one day be extended to an entire town, according to a new state-of-the-industry report.

Hong Kong golf course row exposes city's social divide

Fpo - Its sprawling greens and woodland have made Hong Kong's historic Fanling golf course a favourite with homegrown and international stars, but it is now under threat after being listed for potential housing development.

Close quarters: Vietnam's downtown dwellers cling to tiny plots

Ho Chi Minh - Pham Quoc Cong walks two kilometres to use the bathroom because his 2.2 meters-squared house isn't big enough to have one.

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

S - At home with her student daughter in their central Sao Paulo apartment, Rosangela Gomes de Melo hardly resembles a squatter.

Interview: Smart containers offer affordable housing solutions Special

Paul Galvin is a designer, innovator and fabricator of container-based structures, and he has hit upon an idea for using container technology as an affordable housing solution. To find out how the idea is progressing, read our exclusive interview.

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.

Architects, refugees team up on tiny houses in Berlin

Berlin - Troubled to see a long queue of asylum seekers shivering for hours on a winter's day outside Berlin's notoriously chaotic registration centre, Van Bo Le-Mentzel decided to take action.

Controversial Moscow housing plan comes into force

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a controversial law authorising the demolition of several thousand Soviet-era Moscow apartment blocks and the relocation of their inhabitants.

Greece takes home foreclosures online to avoid protests

Atenas - The scene has become familiar in Greece in recent months -- a middle-aged woman in a courthouse, trying to dodge an angry crowd shouting inches from her face."Get out, crow!

Stunned residents turfed out of London tower blocks over fire concerns

London - Baffled and bewildered, residents of five London tower blocks were dragging their belongings through the dark streets early Saturday, having been told to pack their bags and get out due to fire safety concerns."It's totally crazy.

Kim centre stage as N. Korea tensions mount

Pyongyang - Officials to the left of him, generals to the right, and in the middle of mounting tensions over his nuclear ambitions, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Thursday opened a prestige housing project with tens of thousands of his adoring citizens looking...

Gang violence on the rise on edges of Algerian cities

Alger - Tired of living in fear of gang violence, Karima and her children left the drab satellite town of Ali Mendjeli near Constantine in northeast Algeria to seek refuge with in-laws.

Lagos poor left homeless by ruthless modernisation bid

Lagos - Efforts by Lagos authorities to turn Nigeria's chaotic commercial capital into a modern megacity have run into controversy after the demolition of an impoverished waterfront neighbourhood left 30,000 people homeless.

Trump considering ex-rival Ben Carson as housing secretary

Washington - Donald Trump's one-time presidential rival, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, appeared to be a cabinet shoo-in Tuesday after both men mentioned his possible Housing and Urban Development appointment."I am seriously considering Dr.

Berlin's hold-out squat fires up gentrification battle

Berlin - Branded a hotbed of lawless left-wing extremists after street clashes in July left over 100 police injured, one of Berlin's last squats has become the symbol of a raging battle over gentrification.

Casablanca building collapse kills two, woman missing

Casablanca - Rescuers on Saturday searched for a woman believed trapped under a building that collapsed in Morocco's economic capital Casablanca, killing two people and injuring 24, officials and witnesses said.

One woman takes on Rio Olympic builders — and wins

Rio De Janeiro - If the world's strongest and fastest athletes in Rio's Olympic Park want to see a real champion they should look across the fence for Maria da Penha Macena.

'You're never alone': Russia celebrates its communal flats

Sanktpeterburg - A leftover from the Soviet era, the communal flat or "kommunalka" with bathroom and kitchen shared by a dozen or so residents is very much alive in Russia's historic city of Saint Petersburg.

Last Rio Olympic site dwellers dreams of staying

Rio De Janeiro - Marcia Lemos's address is still 68 de la Avenida Autodromo, but not for long: the final resident of a neighborhood razed to make way for Rio's Olympic Park knows the bulldozers are coming.

Venezuela low-income housing residents dream of owning

Caracas - Lisbeth Alcala doesn't have a piece of paper to show she owns her home in Caribia Socialist City, a housing project that quite literally bears the sprawling signature of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

Heartbreak as historic Hong Kong village demolished

Hong Kong - A 650-year-old urban walled village in Hong Kong -- the last of its kind -- will be destroyed to make way for development in what critics say is another nail in the coffin for the city's cultural heritage.

People who live in penthouses at heart attack risk

Toronto - It may be a symbol of aspiration, but there is a downside. People living in penthouses are more likely to die of a heart attack, at least according to new research.
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