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TAGES ANZEIGER(Switzerland)

ZURICH – Clear, sunny skies typically make for safe airplane travel. But according to the Swiss Tages Anzeiger newspaper, airport officials in Zurich are worried that the reflected sunlight from solar panels planned for a nearby church steeple could blind pilots while they are landing.

This is not the first time this issue has arisen in Switzerland. Experts using 3-D technology to calculate the exact path of the sun's rays determined that changes had to be made to a "green" home whose solar panels were blinding fighter pilots landing at a nearby military airport.

In the vicinity of Zurich Airport, there have been problems in the past regarding windows reflecting the sun at an angle that could be dangerous for pilots. As there are more and more solar panels, the glare from sunlight is becoming a real issue.

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Denied The Nile: Aboard Cairo's Historic Houseboats Facing Destruction

Despite opposition, authorities are proceeding with the eviction of residents of traditional houseboats docked along the Nile in Egypt's capital, as the government aims to "renovate" the area – and increase its economic value.

Houseboats on the Nile in Zamalek, Cairo

Ahmed Medhat and Rana Mamdouh

With an eye on increasing the profitability of the Nile's traffic and utilities, the Egyptian government has begun to forcibly evict residents and owners of houseboats docking along the banks of the river, in the Kit Kat area of Giza, part of the Greater Cairo metropolis.

The evictions come following an Irrigation Ministry decision, earlier this month, to remove the homes that have long docked along the river.

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