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Renewable energy powers first zero-carbon city in the desert
The first zero-carbon city, powered entirely by renewable energy, is underway in one of the world's largest oil producing countries according to a New Scientist online news report.
Dominican Republic aid package
The World Bank has approved a US$ 80 million loan for the Dominican Republic to support the country's recovery efforts after Tropical Storms Noel and Olga, which hit the country at the end of 2007.
600 arrested after Sharjah workcamp riot
More than 600 Asian labourers were arrested in Sharjah yesterday after a violent protest in the Al Nahda district, reports the WAM newsagency.
Construction to start on 2014 Winter Olympics sites
The Russian government will start construction at 27 sites for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the southern resort city of Sochi before the end of the year, Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov has announced.
Saskatchewan plan CA$ 1 billion hydro-electric dam
Canada's Saskatchewan First Nation is to construct a CA$ 1 billion (US$ 976 million) hydroelectric dam, according to local media reports.
Zaha Hadid unveils designs for Opus project
UK-based Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled its designs for the Dubai-based Opus project, a US$ 466 million mixed-use commercial and retail development, for United Arab Emirates (UAE) property developer Omniyat Properties.
Carbon free city planned
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) is planning to build what it claims will be the world's first zero carbon, zero waste city. The 6 km2 city, an integrated energy, science and technology community, is due to open at the end of 2009 in the centre of the UAE capital.
Singapore resort masterplan unveiled
Foster + Partners has won an international competition to design a sustainable mixeduse scheme for Beach Road in Singapore.
World's first private spaceport unveiled
A Foster + Partners and URS team has won an international competition to build the first private spaceport in the world - The New Mexico Spaceport Authority Building.
Abu Dhabi Plaza planned in Kazakhstan
Abu Dhabi Plaza, in Astana, Kazakhstan is the latest mixed-use development from United Arab Emirates'-based Aldar Property.
Bahrain Bay plans attacked
A local environmental protection group has criticised plans that could permanently destroy a coral reef during construction of the US$ 2.5 billion Bahrain Bay development.
Madrid's Civil Courts of Justice unveiled
Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition to design a new Civil Courts of Justice in Madrid, Spain.
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