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Anti-apartheid hero Denis Goldberg: 'Zimbabwe's example is a very powerful one'

Today 08:07 GMT

Denis Goldberg, who struggled alongside Nelson Mandela to end apartheid in South Africa, says Zimbabwe's overthrowing of its long-term ruler Robert Mugabe is a good example of what to do with a dictator.

Denis Goldberg: The important thing is that Emmerson Mnangagwa [who was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president today] has not been elected and has not been appointed by an elected president. He spoke to DW about what the military takeover of Zimbabwe and the resignation of the country's long-term ruler, Robert Mugabe, means for South Africa.

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Source: Common Domain

Housing activists raise alarm about turning over apartments for short stays

Friday 20:01 GMT

As it stands, the draft rules do not explicitly prevent apartment buildings from obtaining a dual use for short- and long-term stays, but the planning department is examining that issue as the regulations are hammered out, its spokesman, Yeghig Keshishian, said.

Flanked by cameras, the activists marched into the glossy lobby of the downtown building and demanded to speak to the general manager. The Olive Street building, they argued, had been approved by the city as condominiums and then turned into an “illegal hotel.”

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Source: Common Domain

A ‘Billionaire’s Row’ Condo With a Designer’s Touch

Today 08:05 GMT

This new Midtown apartment on what has come to be known as Billionaire’s Row sits on the 52nd floor of a new luxury condominium building on East 57th Street.

Plus, “we still have some of the lovely small stores around us, which gives it a neighborhood feel,” Ms. D’Arc said.

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Source: New York Times

Burned Out of Their Homes, They Gathered for Thanksgiving

Friday 23:51 GMT

The fire had rattled a tight-knit community of longtime tenants and displaced more than 50 families from their homes in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, five blocks away from the charred building, tenants young and old, Dominican and Mexican, tearful and grateful, dined on turkey and sweet plantains. Despite losing their possessions, dozens of families gathered to celebrate an American holiday they had grown to cherish, thankful because they were still breathing.

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Source: Common Domain

Penthouses Achieve Sky-High Prices Despite Sydney Slowdown

Friday 01:32 GMT

‘We’ve seen persistent price growth in those areas, and you will probably continue to see that dynamic play out until there’s some negative shock, which causes a very large correction.“

The most sublime apartments and penthouses Australia’s biggest city has to offer occupy a different universe to the broader housing market, which appears to be losing steam. Over the past year, price records for apartment sales have been smashed, and luxury apartments have taken up a steadily growing proportion of total sales in the city.

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Source: New York Times

Kearny, N.J.: Affordable and Ethnically Diverse

Thursday 07:01 GMT

The answer turned out to be a less predictable choice: the quasi-urban, ethnically diverse former mill town of Kearny, outside Newark.

Since then, Kearny has been the birthplace of a number of World Cup players and members of the Soccer Hall of Fame.

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Source: The Guradian

'Sweet freedom': remarkable recoveries in a mental health project in Croatia

Friday 15:27 GMT

In 2014 he was given a flat in Osijek, eastern Croatia, where he lives with Jelica Getto, a woman he met in the mental health centre and married in 2016.

“There is a significant improvement in their wellbeing … We can focus much more on their individual mental health needs.”

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Source: DW

Tennis star Maria Sharapova investigated for criminal conspiracy in India

Thursday 18:11 GMT

Maria Sharapova has been named as part of a broader Indian police investigation into alleged cheating and criminal conspiracy.

In a wider case against the firm, police have filed charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy against the Russian tennis player. The complex of luxury apartments, located in Gurgaon a satellite city of New Delhi, was supposed to be ready in 2016, but construction was abandoned after builders took millions from homebuyers' pockets before the project folded.

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Source: New York Times

Border Homes, in Jerusalem but Not, Face an Existential Deadline

Friday 00:35 GMT

For five years, Inas Jubran and her husband, a butcher from Ramallah, had saved to afford their shiny new three-bedroom apartment in East Jerusalem, thrilled to provide a safer home for their four sons than the crime-ridden refugee camp they had left.

The city of Jerusalem provides almost no services there, despite the fact that residents pay city taxes, so rents are cheaper than in the rest of Jerusalem.

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Source: Common Domain

Hong Kong Apartment Breaks Price Records

Thursday 22:46 GMT

An anonymous buyer bought two adjacent apartments in a luxurious tower in the Hong Kong gated community of Mount Nicholson for a total of HK$1.16 billion (US$148.5 million) earlier this week, according to Wheelock Properties, a joint venture between developers Wheelock & Co. and Nan Fung Development that handled the sales.

Over seven years in the making, the development was originated by an international creative team led by acknowledged masters in concept planning, architecture, interior design and craftsmanship, including Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Yabu Pushelberg, Champalimaud and David Collins Studio.


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