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Posted: Sun-Dec-2019



Four people have died in car crashes in the Midwest as an arctic blast brings snow, ice and widespread record-low temperatures to much of the United States.

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Protesters angry over India's new citizenship law torch vehicles
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Indian police fired tear gas and resorted to baton charges to disperse thousands of demonstrators who were torching vehicles in New Delhi on Sunday, as protests against a new citizenship law continued for a fifth straight day across the country.

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Longest UN climate talks end with no deal on carbon markets
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Marathon international climate talks ended Sunday with negotiators postponing until next year a key decision on how to regulate global carbon markets.

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Strong quake in southern Philippines kills child
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A strong earthquake struck near the Philippine city of Davao on Sunday, killing a child, damaging buildings and causing several injuries, officials said, the latest in a series of tremors to strike the southern part of the country in recent months.

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Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads after pressure from conservative group
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Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar.

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Hong Kong police scuffle with protesters at shopping mall
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Protesters and bystanders were hit with pepper spray fired by police as they moved in to make arrests during a protest Sunday at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.

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Toxic air, gases hamper search for last 2 victims of volcanic eruption
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A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of the last two victims of an eruption that has now claimed 16 lives, most of them tourists.

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Corbyn apologizes for U.K. election loss
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn apologized Sunday for this party's crushing defeat in the British general election but defended his campaign, which failed to resonate with the party's working-class base, as "one of hope rather than fear."

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Democratic lawmaker from New Jersey reportedly plans to become Republican
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Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a freshman member of the House from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump, will become a Republican, a party official said Saturday.

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Anger erupts at UN climate summit as major economies resist bold action
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Major economies resisted calls for bolder climate commitments as a UN summit in Madrid limped toward a delayed conclusion on Saturday, dimming hopes that nations will act in time to stop rising temperatures that will devastate people and the natural world.

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Johnson keeps focus on election win and Brexit, not on regions opposed to leaving EU
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Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

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Former president of Sudan sentenced to 2 years for corruption, money-laundering
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A court in Sudan has convicted former president Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

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Thousands join Bangkok's biggest political protest since 2014 coup
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Several thousand people took part in Thailand's biggest protest since a 2014 coup on Saturday after authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha.

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UN accuses Chile security forces of 'serious human rights violations' against protesters
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A UN human rights report released Friday accused Chilean security forces of serious human rights violations against protesters over the past two months, including deaths, torture, sexual abuse and the use of excessive force.

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Boris Johnson's big win may 'get Brexit done' but damaging fights loom
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Boris Johnson's victory has dramatically redrawn the U.K.'s electoral map and earned the Conservatives the majority needed to leave the EU. But seat gains by Scottish and Irish nationalists leave the party open to drawn-out fights on a new front.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over subpoenas for Trump's financial records
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The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major tussle between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

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U.S. will phase out tariffs on China as part of new trade deal
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese officials said Friday that they have agreed to the first phase of a trade deal that included cutting U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Canadian skin banks ready to help New Zealand treat volcanic eruption victims
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International tissue banks have mobilized to help New Zealand meet its need for an estimated 1.2 million square centimetres of skin to be grafted onto victims of Monday's eruption on White Island, which killed 16 people.

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U.S. House panel votes in favour of 2 impeachment articles against Trump
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The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended that President Donald Trump be impeached for obstructing a congressional probe into his alleged attempts to force Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

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Canadian lawyer William Schabas defends role advocating for Myanmar government
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Canadian lawyer William Schabas, an international scholar on genocide, has been criticized by friend and foe for first researching crimes against the Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar and now defending the state accused of perpetrating them.

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Labour Party's Red Wall across England falls as voters clamour for Brexit
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Across central and northern England, formerly Labour's wall of safe seats, Brexit has shattered old party loyalties.

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Chinese TV Pulls U.K. Soccer Match After Player Criticizes Brutal Muslim Crackdown
Arsenal player Mesut Ozil posted on social media denouncing China for burning Qurans, closing mosques and killing religious scholars. ... read more


Lebanese Burn Ruling Parties' Offices After Night Of Violent Clashes
Beirut was rocked by the most violent government crackdown on protesters since nationwide demonstrations began two months ago. ... read more


Battle Ahead: Scotland Party Leader Vows Independence Push
The independence-minded Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have surged to a commanding position. ... read more


What Does Boris Johnson's Victory Mean For Brexit?
The Conservative Party has a new base — and possibly a new approach. ... read more


Boris Johnson Hails 'New Dawn' As Britain's Conservatives Celebrate Election Win
The prime minister said the victory gave the Tories a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done.” ... read more


New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies From Toxic Volcanic Island
Volcanic gases still being emitted on the island are so toxic that scientists said a single inhalation could be fatal and another eruption was possible. ... read more


Jeremy Corbyn Announces He Will Resign As UK Labour Party Leader
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on course for huge Commons majority in the U.K. general election. ... read more


British Election Exit Poll Predicts Win For Conservative Party
The next government will decide how the country handles Brexit. ... read more


New Zealand Begins Recovery Operation To Retrieve Volcano Victims
The mission to recover eight bodies got underway as experts warned White Island could erupt again. ... read more


Erm... UK Election Gets Off To Extremely NSFW Start
Voters have unwittingly made an NSFW term trend on Twitter. ... read more


UK Leaders Scramble For Final Votes On Last Day Of Campaign Before Election
The election between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn has been dubbed "The Brexit Election." ... read more


Israeli Parliament Votes To Dissolve, Readies For Third Election In A Year
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the rival Blue and White party both were unable develop a power-sharing agreement after neither secured a parliamentary majority. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Death Toll Rises To 8 As Names Of Missing Released
Two teenage brothers originally from Chicago are identified as among the dead following the White Island eruption. ... read more


Why Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Can't Seem To Shake Charges Of Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn is likely to be remembered in part for accusations that he, at best, turned a blind eye to anti-Semitism. ... read more


New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Stymies Recovery Of Bodies
Volcanic tremors on White Island rose in the morning, accompanied by releases of more steam and mud, the GeoNet seismic monitoring agency said. ... read more


Why Black Brits Are Considering Leaving UK After Election: 'If The Conservatives Win, I'm Gone'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments have fuelled racism, say worried families. ... read more


6 People Dead In Czech Hospital Shooting
Hospital staff have warned the number of casualties could still rise. ... read more


6 Dead, 8 Missing After New Zealand Volcano Eruption
An additional 30 people were seriously injured in the explosions, including 27 people who were severely burned. ... read more


India Protests Erupt Over Citizenship Bill That Discriminates Against Muslims
The bill would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015. ... read more


North Korea Calls Trump 'Erratic' Old Man Over Tweets
Former nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol said North Korea wouldn’t cave in to U.S. pressure because it has nothing to lose. ... read more


Albania earthquake: Arrests over deaths in collapsed buildings
Nine people are arrested on suspicion of murder and abuse of power after last month's deadly tremor. ... read more


Anna Karina: French New Wave cinema legend dies aged 79
Karina, a Danish-French actress, was the muse of director Jean-Luc Godard. ... read more


Matteo Salvini: 'Sardines' pack in for Rome protest
Tens of thousands rally against the right-wing League party of Matteo Salvini, using sardines as their symbol. ... read more


UK Labour leader 'sorry' over heavy election defeat
In letters to two Sunday papers, the Labour leader admits the party came up short in Thursday's poll. ... read more


Finnish minister sorry for Instagram poll on IS women
Finnish Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni deletes her poll on repatriating IS-linked women and children. ... read more


EU carbon neutrality: Leaders agree 2050 target without Poland
The bloc sets a target for carbon neutrality but Poland, which relies heavily on coal, is exempted. ... read more


Francesca Schiavone reveals she has overcome cancer
Francesca Schiavone, the former French Open champion, reveals she has fought a successful battle with cancer. ... read more


Greta Thunberg apologises for 'put leaders against the wall' comment
The teenage climate activist says the phrase has a different meaning in her first language, Swedish. ... read more


Vladimir Putin: 20 years in 20 photos
We look at 20 photographs of the former KGB agent, who became Russia's president in 1999. ... read more


Spain in drive to get women into special forces
More women are needed to help combat terrorism and insurgents, Spain's defence minister says. ... read more


How millennials are changing the perfume business
Perfumers describe how they're adapting to calls for sustainable contents and gender-neutral smells. ... read more


Portrait of a Lady: Stolen Klimt mystery 'solved' by gardener in Italy
For 22 years nothing was heard of Portrait of a Lady until ivy was cleared from a gallery wall. ... read more


Sanna Marin: The rising star who leads Finland's 5.5 million
Sanna Marin, who at 34 has taken power at the head of a coalition of female leaders in Finland. ... read more


Poland's model gingerbread village lights up for Christmas
More than 30 artists and bakers in Poland create model houses, castles, people and working trains. ... read more


General election 2019: The story of the night
Key moments as the Conservatives win a clear majority in Parliament. ... read more


Las Tesis feminist protest song of Chile goes global
The song "The rapist is you" was created by the Chilean feminist collective Las Tesis. ... read more


EU leader Michel wants close co-operation with UK
EU Council President Charles Michel says Brexit negotiations should aim for close co-operation with the UK. ... read more


Making art from rubbish
Andriy Pilat makes art from discarded plastic rubbish in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi. ... read more


A 'game changer' for cardboard box waste?
A factory in France is trialling a more efficient way of packaging orders, Emma Simpson reports. ... read more


Finland's Sanna Marin sworn in as prime minister
Finland's Sanna Marin was sworn in as prime minister as part of an all-women coalition. ... read more


Trump's campaigning on the roaring economy. Here's how Democrats plan to stop him.
The president points to strong numbers on several fronts, but his rivals for the White House paint a different picture. ... read more


Military investigating possible white power signs flashed by students during Army-Navy telecast
"West Point is looking into it and we do not know the intent of the cadets," a spokesman said. ... read more


Imposter scams employ new tech and techniques to steal retirees' savings
“They're retired, you know, they lost everything. And so they're still struggling with paying the bills and everything," said the daughter of one victim. ... read more


Nadler: Anti-impeachment Democrat switching parties because he would lose primary
"What he's reacting to is public polling that shows he can't get renominated," the House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J. ... read more


A soccer star criticized China's Muslim detention camps. The backlash was swift.
Özil's social media posts were met by criticism online in China, and an apparent decision from Chinese TV not to broadcast Sunday's marquee game involving his club Arsenal. ... read more


PrEP's unexpected side effect: reduced 'HIV anxiety'
Use of the HIV prevention drug is associated with lower levels of anxiety about contracting HIV. But for gay men who remember AIDS, the specter of HIV is a hard ghost to shake. ... read more


Trump admin intends to announce Afghanistan withdrawal of 4,000 troops
Trump had made clear to his advisers earlier this year that he wanted to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the November 2020 election. ... read more


Vandalism at synagogue in Beverly Hills, California, investigated as possible hate crime
The suspect overturned furniture and damaged several "Jewish relics," police said. ... read more


Louisiana sues California over alligator ban
California has "attempted to destroy the market for American alligator products notwithstanding the fact that no such alligators live in California," the lawsuit says. ... read more


A quick and easy Sunday dinner menu your whole family will love
Reclaim Sunday night (yes, even during the hustle and bustle of the holidays) one delicious dish at a time. ... read more


'SNL' talks impeachment at the dinner table
Greta Thunberg, played by Kate McKinnon, tells Trump to "grow up." ... read more


Seven candidates. One Issue. Here's what Democratic presidential candidates had to say about education
A Pittsburgh forum was among the first major events of the 2020 race to focus on education. ... read more


Puerto Ricans' Miss Universe response shows racism isn't just for white people
That our community's colorism is no longer a secret between us is a good thing because it forces us to confront our own ugliness. ... read more


Rail systems in 3 U.S. cities press Chinese train maker after NBC News report on child labor
The transit authorities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago have taken action after an investigation on mica mining in Madagascar. ... read more


Best 24 LGBTQ books of 2019, according to Lambda Literary
Find your next LGBTQ read with these works in fiction and nonfiction, poetry, science fiction and horror, graphic novels and more. ... read more


Newtown wins football title exactly 7 years after Sandy Hook shooting
Ben Pinto, whose brother Jack was among those killed in the 2012 elementary school shooting, played linebacker for Newtown. ... read more


Babe Ruth's 500th home run bat fetches more than $1 million at auction
The baseball legend gave the bat to a friend 75 years ago and it was often hidden in a closet. ... read more


Remains of 3 people discovered at the Alamo during renovations
Excavation of the site in San Antonio, Texas, where the bodies were found was halted. ... read more


Florida woman leaves 3 kids alone in bus overnight to smoke pot on boat
The children, ages 3, 6 and 9, were left in a mini-bus which contained a propane tank and a five-gallon bucket meant to be used as a makeshift toilet. ... read more


Lebanese ruling parties' offices burned after night of clashes
The overnight confrontations in Beirut left more than 130 people injured, according to the Red Cross and the Lebanese Civil Defense. ... read more


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Trump's campaigning on the roaring economy. Here's how Democrats plan to stop him.
The president points to strong numbers on several fronts, but his rivals for the White House paint a different picture. ... read more


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Military investigating possible white power signs flashed by students during Army-Navy telecast
"West Point is looking into it and we do not know the intent of the cadets," a spokesman said. ... read more


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Imposter scams employ new tech and techniques to steal retirees' savings
“They're retired, you know, they lost everything. And so they're still struggling with paying the bills and everything," said the daughter of one victim. ... read more


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Nadler: Anti-impeachment Democrat switching parties because he would lose primary
"What he's reacting to is public polling that shows he can't get renominated," the House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J. ... read more


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A soccer star criticized China's Muslim detention camps. The backlash was swift.
Özil's social media posts were met by criticism online in China, and an apparent decision from Chinese TV not to broadcast Sunday's marquee game involving his club Arsenal. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3147736/191213-hiv-anxiety-main-kh_5fce5132bce62d1621afe4401fb4990a.jpg
PrEP's unexpected side effect: reduced 'HIV anxiety'
Use of the HIV prevention drug is associated with lower levels of anxiety about contracting HIV. But for gay men who remember AIDS, the specter of HIV is a hard ghost to shake. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3139451/191209-trump-afghanistan-mc-1020_ab67be529258da94549dc5717586513a.JPG
Trump admin intends to announce Afghanistan withdrawal of 4,000 troops
Trump had made clear to his advisers earlier this year that he wanted to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the November 2020 election. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149436/191215-synagogue-vandalism-suspect-kf-1054p_18f8d5c0ecabfbf9a18ef3a89debc367.jpg
Vandalism at synagogue in Beverly Hills, California, investigated as possible hate crime
The suspect overturned furniture and damaged several "Jewish relics," police said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3148861/191214-alligator-shoes-al-1021_667ab019414f9c53ad0f636ccf7a05ed.jpg
Louisiana sues California over alligator ban
California has "attempted to destroy the market for American alligator products notwithstanding the fact that no such alligators live in California," the lawsuit says. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3147451/cheesybeefmacaroni_4a2800db5c6ed2e61756223c030c4d64.jpg
A quick and easy Sunday dinner menu your whole family will love
Reclaim Sunday night (yes, even during the hustle and bustle of the holidays) one delicious dish at a time. ... read more


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'SNL' talks impeachment at the dinner table
Greta Thunberg, played by Kate McKinnon, tells Trump to "grow up." ... read more


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Seven candidates. One Issue. Here's what Democratic presidential candidates had to say about education
A Pittsburgh forum was among the first major events of the 2020 race to focus on education. ... read more


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Puerto Ricans' Miss Universe response shows racism isn't just for white people
That our community's colorism is no longer a secret between us is a good thing because it forces us to confront our own ugliness. ... read more


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Rail systems in 3 U.S. cities press Chinese train maker after NBC News report on child labor
The transit authorities in Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago have taken action after an investigation on mica mining in Madagascar. ... read more


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Best 24 LGBTQ books of 2019, according to Lambda Literary
Find your next LGBTQ read with these works in fiction and nonfiction, poetry, science fiction and horror, graphic novels and more. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3149731/191215-newtown-football-cs-1245p_635e56fddaa07e87f93a872da16d0ce7.jpg
Newtown wins football title exactly 7 years after Sandy Hook shooting
Ben Pinto, whose brother Jack was among those killed in the 2012 elementary school shooting, played linebacker for Newtown. ... read more


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Babe Ruth's 500th home run bat fetches more than $1 million at auction
The baseball legend gave the bat to a friend 75 years ago and it was often hidden in a closet. ... read more


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Remains of 3 people discovered at the Alamo during renovations
Excavation of the site in San Antonio, Texas, where the bodies were found was halted. ... read more


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Florida woman leaves 3 kids alone in bus overnight to smoke pot on boat
The children, ages 3, 6 and 9, were left in a mini-bus which contained a propane tank and a five-gallon bucket meant to be used as a makeshift toilet. ... read more


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Lebanese ruling parties' offices burned after night of clashes
The overnight confrontations in Beirut left more than 130 people injured, according to the Red Cross and the Lebanese Civil Defense. ... read more


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