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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Bright green stalks of weeds are sprouting from the ground where planes were supposed to take off at a new Mexico City airport, as officials let nature take over in their bid to transform the marshy swath of an ancient lake into a giant park.

The ghostly skeletons of a partly built control tower and flight terminal are recognizable as the work of Norman Foster, the British architect commissioned by Mexico's last president to build a futuristic international airport at a cost of about US$13 (R$71) billion on 4,800 hectares of land . . .

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