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Forest, part of solution to global warming

Costa Rica, a “green republic” known worldwide for its efforts to protect forests, had poor track record when it comes to deforestation. Costa Rica was once 99 percent forested, but forest cover had steadily diminished. Clearing for agriculture, mostly coffee and bananas, and for cattle pastures had been the largest contributor to Costa Rica’s rainforest destruction.

4th win for Torre; South Africa loses

Torre, one of the oldest participants at 64, opened with the rarely-played b3, steered the game into a positional battle before stamping his class in the endgame where his experience proved too much for International Master Watu Kobese.

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Torre towers for PH

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Torre towers for PH

The Philippines bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Nigeria in the Open division Sunday, but crashed back to earth in the women’s section three rounds into the 42nd World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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