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On Tuesday a magnitude-7.3 earthquake shook the impoverished country of Nepal, this is the second earthquake to hit the impoverished country in less than a month. On Wednesday, officials with bullhorns walked through the badly damaged streets of Chautara, a small town northeast of Kathmandu, calling for people to leave buildings in danger of collapsing.

After meeting with Chinese officials last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced plans for a joint space exploration project. This joint venture could lead to the establishment of a Sino-Russian base on the moon. The announcement was made of April 28 in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Rogozin told reporters:

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Monday, 11 May 2015 12:54

Exploring Crossrail

Crossrail is one of the biggest projects in Europe, which is on its way since the 15th May, 2009. At the time of writing, over 57 million hours have been worked on Europe’s largest construction project across more than 40 worksites throughout London and the southeast.

Legislation introduced by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would prohibit the exterior and interior lighting at night for roughly 40,000 buildings. The bill is a part of the city’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Decreased lighting usage is of particular interest to meet this goal as 70 percent of New York’s carbon emissions come from buildings in the city. The bill states that a $1000 fine will be issued for non-compliance.

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 22:41

The Netherlands Largest Hotel Unveiled

Located on the southern edge of the Amsterdam RAI convention and exhibition center, construction on the Netherlands largest hotel will begin in the middle of next year. The 650-room, 91-meter tall nhow Amsterdam RAI was designed by OMA and the NH Hotel Group and will be developed by COD.

A pancake collapse occurred on Friday at the parking structure that services Washington D.C.’s famed Watergate Hotel. The D.C. Fire Department responded to the failure as one person was injured. The multi-level partial collapse also affected cars parked in the garage. According to officials the area was under construction at the time of the collapse. The Watergate Hotel, which is part of the complex of offices and condominiums, is undergoing $125 million renovation. The 2600 block of Virginia Avenue was closed due to the incident.

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China is considering an extension of a railway line that will link the country of Nepal via a tunnel under Mount Everest. This is according to Chinese state media. There is serious skepticism as to whether the project will ever get off the ground, as this is just the latest proposal in a series of ambitious rail schemes Beijing is examining. The project is expected to be completed by 2020 and would forge a crucial trade link between China and India.