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Posted: Mon-Aug-2019



The wife of a Norwegian pensioner convicted of espionage in Russia has spoken to the BBC about her anger at the intelligence service.

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Schools reopen in Kashmir's main city but remain empty amid fears of continued unrest
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Schools reopened in India-administered Kashmir's main city on Monday, but most classrooms were empty as parents kept their children home, fearing unrest over the government's decision two weeks ago to revoke the region's autonomy.

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Soldiering on or fizzling out: 2 possible outcomes of the Hong Kong protests
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Hong Kong's million-person march in a downpour Sunday could mark a turning point in the standoff with the city's administration. Harder to discern is exactly which direction it will go from here.

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'I feel like I'm in another country': Inside America's latest lead water crisis
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Water problems in Newark, N.J. are drawing comparisons with the previous water crisis in Flint, Mich., after officials began distributing bottled water this week. The city says it's acting out of an abundance of caution, but activists say the problem has been ignored for too long.

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Kayakers capture dramatic moment as glacier collapses off Alaska
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Footage from an Alaska kayaking trip shows a sudden and up-close look at part of a collapsing glacier.

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Omar, Tlaib speak out on travel restrictions after being denied entry into Israel
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U.S. Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criticized Israel on Monday for denying them entry to the Jewish state and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.

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New York policeman who used banned chokehold on Eric Garner fired from force
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After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the black man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force.

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Afghanistan sees additional bombings as president vows to root out ISIS affiliate
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Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of ISIS as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day following a wedding attack claimed by the local ISIS affiliate.

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U.S. tests missile banned for 30 years under nuclear treaty
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The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said.

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Sri Lanka appoints war veteran suspected of human rights violations as army chief
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Sri Lanka's president named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief Monday, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations.

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Acting head of prison agency removed in wake of Jeffrey Epstein death
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Hugh Hurwitz has been removed as acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, and given another position, more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody.

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Leaked U.K. government memos warn of food, drug shortages in a 'no-deal' Brexit
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Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to a report.

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Kiefer Sutherland promises make-up concerts after injury on tour
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Kiefer Sutherland is promising fans he'll make up some of the tour dates he had to cancel in Denmark and Sweden due to injury.

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U.S. secretary of state to meet with Trudeau, Freeland ahead of G7 summit
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Canada later this week to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

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Prince Andrew denies any involvement in Epstein sex scandal
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Prince Andrew has rejected any suggestion he participated in the alleged sex crimes that U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused of, says Buckingham Palace.

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China criticizes Taiwan over asylum offer for Hong Kong activists
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China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory.

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Ohio man charged over alleged threat to Jewish community centre
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Police say a man accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish centre in Ohio on Instagram has been arrested on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.

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U.S. extends temporary sales permit to Huawei for 90 days
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday that the United States will extend by 90 days a limited reprieve on U.S. technology sales to Huawei.

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Iranian tanker at centre of standoff with U.S., U.K. leaves Gibraltar, heads to Greece
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An Iranian tanker headed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said any U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have "heavy consequences."

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'Forbidden and unjustifiable': Taliban condemns suicide bombing that killed 63 as ISIS claims responsibility
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The local Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for a bombing at a Kabul wedding hall Saturday, in which 63 were killed and 182 were wounded. Afghans are questioning how safe they will be under an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end America's longest war.

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Canada 'disappointed' after U.K. reportedly strips Jihadi Jack of citizenship
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Jack Letts, a British-Canadian man often known as Jihadi Jack in the media, has reportedly been stripped of his British citizenship in a decision that has "disappointed" Canada.

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Prince Andrew 'Appalled' By Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Claims
Buckingham Palace issued a statement after footage emerged of the Duke of York inside Epstein's mansion. ... read more


U.S. Opens Up Secret Communications To Venezuela Socialist Boss: Report
Diosdado Cabello met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the Trump administration, AP reported Sunday. ... read more


Tens Of Thousands Of Hong Kong Protesters March Through Heavy Rain
Following weeks of violent clashes with police, pro-democracy demonstrators say they hope for a peaceful march. ... read more


Suicide Bombing At Kabul Wedding Leaves 63 Dead And 182 Hurt
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack at an Afghan wedding hall in a Shi'ite neighborhood. ... read more


WhatsApp Is Radicalizing The Right In Bolsonaro's Brazil
The app was used to spread misinformation that helped elect far-right authoritarian Jair Bolsonaro. It still serves as a platform for radicalization. ... read more


Greenland To Donald Trump: 'We're Not For Sale'
The country's foreign minister has poured cold water on the president's reported interest in buying the world's biggest island. ... read more


French 'Spiderman' Alain Robert Climbs Hong Kong Skyscraper, Hoists Reconciliation Flag
Robert was arrested after the climb and taken to a nearby police station. ... read more


North Korea Fired More Projectiles Into Sea, South Korea Military Says
The Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t immediately say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew. ... read more


Israeli Flight Attendant Dies 4 Months After Contracting Measles
The 43-year-old mother of three fell into a coma shortly after a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv. ... read more


India's Prime Minister Defends Kashmir Decision Amid Clash With Pakistan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used his India Independence Day speech Thursday to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of the disputed region's special status. ... read more


23 Injured As Russian Plane Makes Emergency Landing In Cornfield
The Ural Airlines A321 collided with a flock of birds that got into both of the plane's engines. ... read more


Hong Kong Prepares For More Protests
Pro-democracy protests forced the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights this week. ... read more


Germany Headed Towards Recession As Stocks Slump
An ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China has weakened demand. ... read more


Flights Resume At Hong Kong Airport After Protests Ease
Protestors apologized for disrupting travel operations at Hong Kong's international airport over two days. ... read more


Alleged Christchurch Gunman Sends Inflammatory Letter From Prison
New Zealand officials said they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques to send the letter, which was posted on 4chan. ... read more


Hong Kong Airport Resumes Flights As Protesters Apologize
Hundreds of flights had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city. ... read more


First Came A Mysterious Explosion, Then The Russian Denials
The Kremlin won’t say much about a blast at a secretive Russian nuclear reactor. ... read more


Hong Kong Flights Canceled Again As Protesters Take Over Airport Terminals
The central government in Beijing ominously characterized the current protest movement as something approaching "terrorism." ... read more


Archeologists Unearth 'Sorcerer's Treasure Trove' In Pompeii Dig
Scientists speculate that a box of crystals, amulets, beetles and miniature figures of animals and penises may have been used for luck or fertility rituals. ... read more


Kashmir Enters Another Day Of India-Imposed Lockdown And Internet Blackout
Some in the mostly-Muslim territory were allowed to walk to mosques for Eid over a week after India stripped the disputed Himalayan region of its autonomy. ... read more


Gran Canaria: 9,000 flee 'unprecedented' wildfires on holiday island
Hundreds of firefighters are tackling the wildfires that are tearing through the holiday island. ... read more


Sardinian sand theft: French tourists face jail term
They say they wanted the sand as a "souvenir" and did not realise they were committing an offence. ... read more


Simon Gautier: French hiker's body found in Italian ravine
Simon Gautier, 27, made a plea for help 10 days ago, saying he had broken his legs in a cliff fall. ... read more


Turkey removes three top Kurdish mayors in major crackdown
Three elected officials are removed from office in raids over alleged links to Kurdish militants. ... read more


Boris Johnson: UK 'will be ready' for no-deal Brexit
The PM insists the UK will be ready for a possible no-deal exit, after warnings in a leaked report. ... read more


Big rescue operation in Poland to find trapped cavers
Explosives might be used to free two cavers trapped since Saturday in the Tatra mountains. ... read more


The floating farm for cows
The cows on this floating farm in the Netherlands are helping find ways of making food sustainably ... read more


Brexit: EU migration rules 'to end straight after no-deal'
The government has ditched the idea of phasing out freedom of movement under a no-deal Brexit. ... read more


Russian sailor's 1969 message in a bottle washes up in Alaska
An Alaska man discovers the pristine 50-year-old message in a bottle while hunting for firewood. ... read more


Iran tanker row: Detained ship sets sail from Gibraltar
The ship heads into the Mediterranean after Gibraltar rejected a US request to again seize it. ... read more


Lidl lines up suppliers to cover no-deal costs
The supermarket's Irish business reminds British suppliers they are expected to pay EU import tariffs. ... read more


Paris waiter 'shot dead over slow sandwich service'
A customer opened fire reportedly because his sandwich was not prepared quickly enough. ... read more


'Cut the Iron Curtain': Germany's 1989 freedom picnic
Thirty years ago a "European unity" picnic became an East German exodus from communism. ... read more


Paros - the Greek paradise island that wants to ditch plastic
Paros in Greece is at the centre of a drive to turn it into the world's first island free of plastic waste. ... read more


No-deal Brexit: What is the UK government doing to prepare?
The cabinet will meet every day to plan for an "orderly exit" from the EU. ... read more


Eduard Pernkopf: The Nazi book of anatomy still used by surgeons
Eduard Pernkopf created an "atlas" of anatomy by dissecting the bodies of Nazi political prisoners. ... read more


Iceland's Okjokull glacier commemorated with plaque
A plaque placed on Sunday commemorates Okjokull glacier, which was officially declared dead in 2014. ... read more


The New Yorker reviving Jewish life on a holiday island
Dani Rotstein arrived in Majorca knowing nothing of its hidden Jewish past. Now he's helping reinvigorate its Jewish community. ... read more


Mindfulness on Ireland's pilgrim paths
Writer Bébhinn Ramsay finds solace on Ireland's pilgrim paths after the death of her husband. ... read more


Man found dead in underpass after Istanbul floods
A homeless man was found in the Unkapani district, apparently drowned, after heavy rain caused extensive damage ... read more


Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuke deal
In a rare interview, Ali Shamkhani — a close adviser to Iran's supreme leader — said signing the 2015 pact was a mistake. ... read more


Advice for Eric Garner's family from Sean Bell's fiancée: 'Keep a fire lit for justice'
"Your journey becomes someone else's survival guide," Nicole Paultre Bell said ... read more


Epstein signed new will two days before he died
The will details almost $578 million in wealth, to be assigned to an apparently newly created trust, not to his family. ... read more


Twitter and Facebook say China-linked accounts sought to fuel political discord in Hong Kong
Twitter said it pulled down 936 troll accounts, many of which pushed conspiracy theories about the protest groups, according to examples shared by the company. ... read more


Flooded land leaves farmers little choice but to rebuild the levees that failed them
“We keep tightening our belts, but we’re running out of holes,” one farmer said. ... read more


Women ask Supreme Court to toss topless ban: Why are rules different for men?
Their rallying cry is "Free the Nipple," a global motto for females seeking equal treatment. ... read more


Florida man arrested after texting mass shooting plans: '100 kills would be nice'
“A school is a weak target,” the Daytona Beach man wrote in text messages authorities used to charge him with threats to commit a mass shooting. ... read more


De Niro company claims ex-worker binged 'astounding' hours of Netflix on job, sues for $6 million
The former employee of Robert De Niro's Canal Productions also transferred millions of company frequent flyer miles to her personal account, the lawsuit claims. ... read more


Trump attacks Fed Chair Powell's 'horrendous lack of vision,' calls for huge rate cut
"Democrats are trying to 'will' the Economy to be bad for purposes of the 2020 Election. Very Selfish!" President Trump tweeted. ... read more


Black beauty products in locked Walmart cases draw claims of discrimination
"I felt as if the second I stepped into that aisle, that it had already been determined I’m a potential thief," Jasmine Saunders said of a California Walmart. ... read more


Airline crew allegedly refused to accommodate traveler with autism. Now, they've been grounded.
"It is not right to treat people with special needs as if they are unworthy of your time or effort," the passenger’s brother said. ... read more


Julián Castro's new animal rights plan takes on a favorite Donald Trump Jr. hobby
Cracking down on trophy hunting is one of several new policy proposals that Castro's presidential campaign put forward this week. ... read more


Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.
The proposed airships would move cargo more efficiently than oceangoing freighters — and produce far less pollution. ... read more


Apple and Amazon push to keep their tax breaks. France says 'non.'
Despite their best efforts, European and American politicians have been unable to close the tax loopholes employed by Google, Facebook and Amazon. ... read more


Palestinian police vow crackdown on LGBTQ events
Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in an upcoming gathering planned by LGBTQ activists in the northern West Bank town of Nablus. ... read more


California district to address 'hate' after video shows students giving Nazi salutes
“This kind of offensive behavior has no place in our schools," an official with the Anti-Defamation League said. ... read more


Chicago man arrested after allegedly threatening 'slaughter' at abortion clinic
“To all the fbi agents in this app, I am NOT a satirical account,” Farhan Sheik allegedly posted on "iFunny." ... read more


3 jurors dismissed from deadly 'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire trial
The judge removed the women from the panel for an undisclosed reason on the 10th day of deliberations in the deadly 2016 Oakland fire. ... read more


Jill Biden: 'You may like another candidate better' but husband is most 'electable'
"I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race," the former second lady said. ... read more


Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanks emergency crews after plane crash
NASCAR gives free race tickets to all responding agencies after the racing legend and his family survived last week's crash in Tennessee. ... read more


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Top Iranian official: We should never have signed Obama-era nuke deal
In a rare interview, Ali Shamkhani — a close adviser to Iran's supreme leader — said signing the 2015 pact was a mistake. ... read more


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Advice for Eric Garner's family from Sean Bell's fiancée: 'Keep a fire lit for justice'
"Your journey becomes someone else's survival guide," Nicole Paultre Bell said ... read more


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Epstein signed new will two days before he died
The will details almost $578 million in wealth, to be assigned to an apparently newly created trust, not to his family. ... read more


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Twitter and Facebook say China-linked accounts sought to fuel political discord in Hong Kong
Twitter said it pulled down 936 troll accounts, many of which pushed conspiracy theories about the protest groups, according to examples shared by the company. ... read more


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Flooded land leaves farmers little choice but to rebuild the levees that failed them
“We keep tightening our belts, but we’re running out of holes,” one farmer said. ... read more


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Women ask Supreme Court to toss topless ban: Why are rules different for men?
Their rallying cry is "Free the Nipple," a global motto for females seeking equal treatment. ... read more


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Florida man arrested after texting mass shooting plans: '100 kills would be nice'
“A school is a weak target,” the Daytona Beach man wrote in text messages authorities used to charge him with threats to commit a mass shooting. ... read more


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De Niro company claims ex-worker binged 'astounding' hours of Netflix on job, sues for $6 million
The former employee of Robert De Niro's Canal Productions also transferred millions of company frequent flyer miles to her personal account, the lawsuit claims. ... read more


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Trump attacks Fed Chair Powell's 'horrendous lack of vision,' calls for huge rate cut
"Democrats are trying to 'will' the Economy to be bad for purposes of the 2020 Election. Very Selfish!" President Trump tweeted. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_34/2977306/190819-walmart-hair-products-locked-se-534p_263013ea73a8a41e28e348a53429f67c.jpg
Black beauty products in locked Walmart cases draw claims of discrimination
"I felt as if the second I stepped into that aisle, that it had already been determined I’m a potential thief," Jasmine Saunders said of a California Walmart. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_34/2976926/190818-skywest-ew-1241p_9e662c63e3901a56e5a15d48a6af0e13.jpg
Airline crew allegedly refused to accommodate traveler with autism. Now, they've been grounded.
"It is not right to treat people with special needs as if they are unworthy of your time or effort," the passenger’s brother said. ... read more


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Julián Castro's new animal rights plan takes on a favorite Donald Trump Jr. hobby
Cracking down on trophy hunting is one of several new policy proposals that Castro's presidential campaign put forward this week. ... read more


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Zeppelins stopped flying after the Hindenburg disaster. Now scientists want to bring them back.
The proposed airships would move cargo more efficiently than oceangoing freighters — and produce far less pollution. ... read more


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Apple and Amazon push to keep their tax breaks. France says 'non.'
Despite their best efforts, European and American politicians have been unable to close the tax loopholes employed by Google, Facebook and Amazon. ... read more


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Palestinian police vow crackdown on LGBTQ events
Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in an upcoming gathering planned by LGBTQ activists in the northern West Bank town of Nablus. ... read more


California district to address 'hate' after video shows students giving Nazi salutes
“This kind of offensive behavior has no place in our schools," an official with the Anti-Defamation League said. ... read more


Chicago man arrested after allegedly threatening 'slaughter' at abortion clinic
“To all the fbi agents in this app, I am NOT a satirical account,” Farhan Sheik allegedly posted on "iFunny." ... read more


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3 jurors dismissed from deadly 'Ghost Ship' warehouse fire trial
The judge removed the women from the panel for an undisclosed reason on the 10th day of deliberations in the deadly 2016 Oakland fire. ... read more


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Jill Biden: 'You may like another candidate better' but husband is most 'electable'
"I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race," the former second lady said. ... read more


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. thanks emergency crews after plane crash
NASCAR gives free race tickets to all responding agencies after the racing legend and his family survived last week's crash in Tennessee. ... read more


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