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Extra! Left-Wing Libération On Green Pope Francis

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Libération, June 17, 2015

"Thou Shall Not Pollute" is written in stone on the front page ofLibération, as the world awaits tomorrow's release of the final version of Pope Francis' much-anticipated environmental encyclical.

The Pope will call for changes in energy consumption, according to a draft version of the encyclical which leaked four days before its official publication. The Pope reportedly will declare "the urgent challenge to protect our common home" and make calls for sustainable development. Francis reportedly blames human activity as the main cause of global warming.

The encyclical was revealed earlier this week by the Italian magazine L'Espresso, which managed to obtain a draft form of the document. The final version will be released Thursday at the Vatican.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading left-winged daily French newspaper based in Paris.

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China v. India: A New Twist In Asia's "Billion Club" Rivalry

The news that China's population has shrunk for the first time in 60 years, comes as India appears to be outperforming its giant neighbor on a number of fronts. But this reversal of fortune still has too many variables to predict the demise of one or the rise of the other.

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PARIS — China and India have at least one notable feature in common: the Asian giants are the only two countries in the world with a population above one billion. Yet Beijing announced this week that China has registered its first decline in number of inhabitants after 60 years of continuous expansion. This comes as India’s population continues to grow — on the path to overtake China as the world's most populous country.

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