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[ News ] Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 00:34
Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 19:51
  AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan demanded proof Thursday from the Islamic State that a captured Jordanian pilot is still alive, as a deadline set by the militant group for the kingdom to release a convicted terrorist passed without word on the fate of both sides’ prisoners or any sign of an imminent exchange. “We want to see a proof of life, and then we can talk about an exchange,” Jordanian Information... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 19:50
  The Malaysian government has officially declared the disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight MH370 an accident and says there were no survivors. No trace of the Beijing-bound aircraft has been found since it disappeared on 8 March 2014. Officials say that the recovery operation is ongoing but that the 239 people onboard are now presumed dead. The plane's whereabouts are still unknown despite... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:42
Billion-dollar investments in basic transport and electricity in developing nations are among the best ways to curb hunger by 2030 since a quarter of all food is now wasted after harvest, according to a report issued on Thursday. A total of $239 billion invested over the next 15 years, in road and railway connections to connect farms to markets and in electricity supplies to improve cold storage... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:35
“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg, at the Transforming Transportationconference in Washington, D.C. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.” In a wide-ranging talk, Sadik-Khan talked about what NYC accomplished over her term and where the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:27
Madrid has announced that children under seven are exempt from paying for metro and bus services, bringing the total number of children eligible for free transport in the city to half a million. The Spanish capital already subsidised travel for children under the age of four, but thanks to a larger scheme to reduce economic pressure and increase the number of public transport travellers, an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:19
Kaunas will become the third city in Lithuania to implement a social taxi system for people with reduced mobility. ‘This is not just a social service, but a campaign that invites the movement of persons with disabilities into the city, to live an active life,’ said Arunas Survila of the National Institute for Social Integration. ‘Social progress can be seen not in a new landmark or beautiful... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 09:51
When in rains in Los Angeles, much of the water drains away along a flood control channel that empties like a bathtub into the Pacific Ocean. Amy Standen reports for the NPR Cities Project that some urban designers think L. A. needs to act more like a sponge. They want rainwater to be captured so it can used for drinking, showers, irrigation and other basic needs. The emphasis on salvaging water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 08:25
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  Amid controversy, the Saudi Arabian embassy in the US denied media reports that the country's state television had blurred out America's First Lady Michelle Obama as her husband US president Barack Obama met new Saudi King Salman. The Saudi embassy said in a tweet, "Report by Bloomberg View's Josh Rogin that Saudi TV "blurred" image of First Lady Michelle Obama is FALSE.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 08:24
Gunmen stormed a hotel in Tripoli popular with diplomats and officials Tuesday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, killing at least nine people including five foreigners before blowing themselves up. After setting off a car bomb outside the luxury Corinthia Hotel in Libya's capital, three armed militants rushed inside and opened fire, Issam al-Naass, a spokesperson for the security... Read more