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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan plans to build a $ 30 million amusement park and outdoor activity centre on the edge of the northwestern town of Abbottabad, where U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, an official said on Monday.
The private venture in the foothills of the Himalayas will include a zoo, water sports, a mini-golf course, rock climbing and paragliding, said Jamaluddin Khan, the deputy provincial minister for tourism.
“The project will take five years to complete,” he told Reuters.
U.S. Navy SEALs killed the al Qaeda leader in 2011 in a secret raid that humiliated Pakistan’s military – which has an academy nearby – and heavily strained ties between strategic allies Washington and Islamabad.
Some U.S. officials suspected that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies had sheltered bin Laden. Pakistan dismissed the idea.
Authorities have demolished the large white villa where bin Laden lived, and senior regional official Khalid Omarzai said he had advised the government to build houses for local officials on the site.
“The government officers in Abbottabad have been facing residential problems and we have enough space now where bin Laden’s compound was demolished,” he said.
Omarzai added that some people suggested the government should build a public park on the land but he had rejected the idea because some might call it “Osama Park”.
(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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Master architects typically don’t get the respect and celebrity of other artists like painters. Yet their work arguably has a greater effect on us in the long term. Buildings shelter and protect us throughout our lives for home, work and play. And architecture is essentially the art we live in. Even if we’ve never been in any of the buildings designed by master architects, we’ve probably been in plenty that incorporate their influences.
Frank Lloyd Wright called architecture “the mother art,” explaining: “Without an architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.” Indeed, buildings are both a practical necessity and an artistic expression of a culture. Architects make civilization not only possible, but also beautiful.
We’ll explore some of history’s most famous architects. Some have been known for their iconic work or lasting influence, while others shook the world with their innovative styles. We’ll start with a true Renaissance man who had incredible influence for someone who came to architecture late in life.
AP – Twins brothers charged with murder after police found them living with their mother’s bug-infested corpse have been placed under the guardianship of relatives.
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AP – Police say a homeless man lived unnoticed in the basement of a New Jersey library for nearly two weeks.
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