The Daily Populous

Saturday June 30th, 2018 evening edition

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South America and sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing deforestation on an enormous scale: every year almost 5m hectares are lost, net.

But forests are also changing in rich Western countries.

They are growing larger, both in the sense that they occupy more land and that the trees in them are bigger.

Forests are spreading in almost all Western countries, with the fastest growth in places that historically had rather few trees.

In 1990 28% of Spain was forested; now the proportion is 37%.

Now forests cover 11% of the land, and the government wants to push the proportion to 18% by the 2040s.

Governments have protected and promoted forests for diverse reasons, ranging from the need for wooden warships to a desire to promote suburban house-building. »

French Firm Probed For Funding Jihadists In Syria For Profit

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French cement giant Lafarge was charged Thursday with complicity in crimes against humanity and financing a terrorist organization for paying millions to jihadist groups, including the Islamic State, to keep a factory in Syria open during the war.

A legal source said the company, which paid the armed groups through middlemen, has also been charged with endangering the lives of former employees at the cement plant in Jalabiya, northern Syria.

The allegations against Lafarge, which merged with Swiss firm Holcim in 2015, are the most serious against a French company in years. »

Kein Crossplay, weil »Sony nicht hilfsbereit ist«

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Das komplette Gespräch gibt es als Gratis-Folge von GameStar TV - auch für alle, die noch nicht GameStar Plus abonniert haben.

Todd Howard zeigt sich genervt von Sonys Blockadehaltung: »Wir würden das liebend gerne machen, aber aktuell ist das nicht möglich.«.

Die Multiplayer-Partien von Fallout 76 sollen nach dem Willen von Bethesda aber auch ohne Crossplay-Möglichkeit Rollenspiel-Fans und Survival-Experten gleichermaßen unterhalten. »

Thieves emptied the bank account of America's oldest living veteran

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(CNN) Someone has stolen the identity of the oldest living veteran in America and emptied his bank account.

The family of 112-year-old Richard Overton said they don't know how a thief got Overton's social security and personal checking account numbers.

They discovered the issue Thursday when one of the World War II veteran's cousins made a deposit into his account. »