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Canada, U.S. waste-water groups join forces in war on 'flushable' wipes

OTTAWA - The pleas of Canadian waste-water officials to federal and provincial politicians for a crackdown on so-called flushable wipes are falling on deaf ears. It's a municipal problem, so the refrain goes, and so the Canadian Water and Waste-water Association is joining forces with its American counterpart, the Water Environment Federation, to take aim at the popular towelettes. The wipes — billed as a cleaner alternative to toilet paper that's perfectly OK to flush down the toilet — are giving many municipalities fits as they grapple with costly clogs.

Brazilian cultural landmark re-opens after fire

Sao Paulo, Dec 3 (EFE).- The Latin America Memorial, one of the most emblematic sites in Brazil's largest city, reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday after a fire last week that destroyed an auditorium at the political, cultural and leisure complex. The Pavilion to Creativity and the Library, among other sites within the complex designed by late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, resumed functioning relatively normally. The central plaza, known as the Civic Square, on Tuesday was the scene of a musical show.

Miami developer seeks to build landmark oceanfront observation tower

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Paris has the Eiffel Tower and now a developer is hoping to give Miami its own eye-catching landmark. Jeff Berkowitz plans to raise $300 million to $400 million, partly from Chinese investors, to build the curvaceous 1,000-foot (305-meter) tall SkyRise Miami tower on the water that would feature fine dining, as well as a bungee jump platform, and a vertical "drop ride" that would send thrill-seekers plummeting 50 stories.

Greek consortium wins tender to build first mosque in capital

ATHENS (Reuters) - The long-stalled construction of a state-funded mosque in Athens came a step closer on Thursday with the announcement that a consortium of Greek companies had won the tender to build it. Athens has not had a formal mosque since Greece won independence from occupying Ottomans in 1832 and has been criticized by human rights groups such as Amnesty International for being one of the few European capitals without one.

Athens to begin building first mosque after years of delay

Work is finally set to begin on Athens' first mosque, 13 years after plans were first announced, the Greek government announced on Thursday. A Greek consortium has been chosen, the infrastructure ministry said, after five previous attempts to find a business group to lead the project failed. Athens is one of the few European capitals without a mosque. The building will have a budget of 946,000 euros ($1.3 million) and will be 600 square metres. It is being built on land formerly used by the military but it will not have a minaret.

Another tower, 4 World Trade, opens at site of 2001 terror attacks, facing reflecting pool

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Another office tower has opened at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. A ribbon-cutting was held Wednesday for the 978-foot 4 World Trade Center. It stands near 1 World Trade Center, sometimes called the Freedom Tower. That tower was declared the nation's tallest this week and is expected to open next year. Four World Trade is designed by Fumihiko Maki (foo-meh-HEE'-koh MAH'-kee). It faces the Sept. 11 memorial's south reflecting pool.

New York's One World Trade Center deemed tallest U.S. skyscraper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The skyscraper at New York's World Trade Center has been designated the tallest building in the United States by virtue of its spire, surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, an international body said on Tuesday. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said its Height Committee ruled the mast atop the building, built on the site of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and formerly called the Freedom Tower, was a spire and therefore a permanent feature.

New York's Freedom Tower, tallest building in the Americas

New York, Nov 12 (EFE).- The Freedom Tower in New York is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 542 meters (1,777 feet), surpassing Chicago's Willis Tower, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat said Tuesday. The New York edifice, whose official name is One World Trade Center, takes the title as tallest after including the spire installed this year, which raises it from 417 meters (1,367 feet) to 542 meters (1,777 feet), leaving the 442 meters (1,449 feet) of the Chicago skyscraper behind.

New World Trade Center deemed tallest US skyscraper

Citing its role as a "symbol of resurgence," a panel declared Tuesday that New York's One World Trade Center will be the tallest US skyscraper once it is completed, topping the former Sears Tower in Chicago. Architects at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat agreed that the center's 124.4 meter (408 foot) antenna was a permanent architectural feature of the building and should be counted in determining its height.

New World Trade Center deemed tallest US skyscraper

New York's new One World Trade Center will be the tallest US skyscraper when it is completed, topping the former Sears Tower in Chicago, a panel of architects decided Tuesday. Architects at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat agreed that the trade center's 124.4 meter (408 foot) antenna was a permanent architectural feature of the building and should be counted in determining its height. "The design of One World Trade Center, as explained to us, reinforces its role as a symbol of resurgence on this important site," said CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood.
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