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U.S. spy chief creates a new head of election security for intelligence agencies


Posted: Tue-Aug-2019



Dan Coats made the appointment amid growing concern about foreign threats to the 2020 election.

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'Jihadi Jack,' stripped of U.K. citizenship, now hopes to come to Canada
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Jack Letts, who was dubbed Jihadi Jack after being accused of travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS, and is now a prisoner there, said he's not surprised he was stripped of his British citizenship, and that he "has hope Canada does take me."

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More than 100 feared dead off Libyan coast: Doctors Without Borders
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Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast and that more than 100 people could be dead.

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Italian PM resigns, blaming deputy for populist government's collapse
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced his resignation Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious and politically ambitious deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the nationalist League party.

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New Facebook tool blocks gathering of users' data from outside sites, apps
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The 'off-Facebook activity' tool is first being rolled out in South Korea, Ireland and Spain and allows users to block the social network from gathering information about them on outside websites and apps.

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Thousands detained in Kashmir to contain unrest after India strips it of special status
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Security forces detained thousands if people in Indian-administered Kashmir, local officials said on Tuesday, seeking to keep a tight lid on protests over the federal government's decision to strip the region of its autonomy.

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Elizabeth Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native American voters at forum
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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to Indigenous heritage, directly tackling an area that's proved to be a big political liability.

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Italy to seize Spanish rescue ship, remove migrants
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An Italian prosecutor ordered on Tuesday the seizure of the Open Arms migrant ship and the removal of the migrants on board, ending a prolonged stand-off between the Spanish charity and the government in Rome.

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urges talks with protesters to end unrest
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore calm and that talks with non-violent protesters would provide "a way out" for the Chinese-ruled city.

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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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New lawsuit seeks protection zone for Pacific Northwest orcas
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A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest.

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Brazilian police shoot bus hijacker dead in Rio, no hostages hurt
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An armed man who held dozens of people hostage on a public bus Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro and threatened to set the vehicle on fire was shot dead after a four-hour standoff.

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Facebook, Twitter bust Chinese campaign aimed at Hong Kong
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More than 200,000 Twitter accounts were suspended after the social media company identified a disinformation campaign linked to mainland China and targeting Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. Facebook said it had also removed pages.

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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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Britain concerned about consular employee missing in China
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The British are "extremely concerned" about an employee of its Hong Kong Consulate who has been missing since crossing into mainland China on a business trip.

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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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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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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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Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte Resigns, Denounces Matteo Salvini
Conte accused his interior minister of endangering the nation's economy. ... read more


El Salvador Rape Victim Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Accused Of Stillbirth Murder Is Acquitted
“Thank God, justice was done,” she said outside the court. ... read more


Afghan Bombings Injure Over 120 People, But No One Claims Responsibility
The explosions occurred in public squares, markets and outside restaurants in the city of Jalalabad. ... read more


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


Italy government crisis: PM Conte quits amid coalition row
Giuseppe Conte's resignation came after he accused his coalition partner of being "irresponsible". ... read more


Croatian diplomat suspended for 'white Europe' comments
The Berlin embassy diplomat made inflammatory Facebook posts alongside idyllic Adriatic images. ... read more


Syrian migrants in Turkey face deadline to leave Istanbul
Unregistered migrants have until Tuesday to leave or face expulsion from Turkey's biggest city. ... read more


Open Arms migrant ship: Italy orders vessel's seizure
An Italian prosecutor orders the immediate evacuation of the refugees on board, Italian media report. ... read more


UK PM tells EU backstop is 'anti-democratic'
The PM calls the Irish border plan "unviable", but the EU says he hasn't offered realistic alternatives. ... read more


Paul Pogba: Man Utd's Harry Maguire calls for action after racist abuse
Manchester United's Harry Maguire calls on social media companies to "stop these pathetic trolls" after team-mate Paul Pogba is subjected to racist abuse online. ... read more


Julien Gauthier: Grizzly bear kills soundgathering musician
Julien Gauthier had planned to canoe down Canada's Mackenzie River to record sounds of nature. ... read more


Golf club car bomb: Two men arrested in Dublin
Irish police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with the New IRA attack. ... read more


Brexit: Freedom of movement plan 'will create chaos' - Abbott
The shadow home secretary says the policy would "make Windrush look like a minor blip". ... read more


Scottish castle goes up for sale for over £8m in East Lothian
Seton Castle was built with stone from a palace said to be Mary Queen of Scots' favourite retreat. ... read more


No-deal Brexit 'could cost farms £850m in profits'
A no-deal Brexit could be a greater challenge than BSE and foot-and-mouth, a researcher suggests. ... read more


Maurizio Sarri: Juventus coach treated for pneumonia
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri is being treated for pneumonia. ... 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


What do Italians think of the government crisis?
The fate of Italy's coalition is set to be decided after weeks of hostility between ruling parties, the nationalist League and Five Star. ... 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


Migrant dad rejected, son's birth certificate tossed under 'Remain' policy, complaint alleges
An advocacy group called for an inquiry into families being split up at the border, with parents sent back to Mexico and children sent to U.S. shelters. ... read more


Trump says U.S. 'far from a recession' as White House economic anxiety mounts
Reaching a deal with China is seen as a top priority inside the White House as worrying economic signs grow ahead of the 2020 election. ... read more


Ex-MLB players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo linked to Caribbean drug ring
The former World Series champs are linked to "one of the most important drug trafficking structures in the Caribbean." ... read more


Inside the secretive media outlet that became one of Trump's biggest supporters
Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet. ... read more


Kaepernick reveals the specific police shooting that led him to kneel
"The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods," the out-of-work QB said. ... read more


Washing raw chicken won't clean it - it may make you sick
Here's proof that washing raw chicken can splatter unwanted bacteria around your kitchen. ... read more


Italian PM Conte to resign after coalition partner pulls backing
The fate of the government now rests in the hands of President Sergio Mattarella. ... read more


Mystery surrounds Russian radioactive sensors that went offline after blast
There has been "excellent cooperation and support from our Russian station operators," its operator said. ... read more


Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test
At issue are two genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2. ... read more


Mattress mayhem: Watch airbeds fly as wind gust hits outdoor 'Bed Cinema'
The mattresses had been set up in a Denver neighborhood for an outdoor movie event. ... read more


New York, Connecticut and Vermont sue to block Trump's public charge rule
The three Northeastern states argue that the new public charge rule "intentionally discriminates against Latino immigrants and immigrants of color." ... read more


Elton John slams 'malicious' media coverage of Prince Harry, Meghan
The singer said he felt an obligation to protect the royal couple from "the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death." ... read more


'Old Town Road' dethroned as top single after record-smashing 19 weeks
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish is this week’s number-one song. “Old Town Road” is number three this week behind “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. ... read more


13-year-old girl with cancer mandated to have surgery over mom's objections
Christina Dixon was charged with criminal mistreatment after refusing to continue her daughter's cancer treatment, opting instead for vitamins and CBD oil. ... read more


Kirsten Gillibrand talks opioid crisis and mental health in NBC News interview
"There is a correlation and a fundamental relationship between the opioid crisis and the lack of access for mental health," the New York Senator said. ... read more


Trump ducks LGBTQ discrimination question, says gays 'like the job I'm doing'
President Donald Trump claimed LGBTQ Americans are among his "biggest supporters." ... read more


Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show 'great disloyalty'
'I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty, ' Trump told reporters. ... read more


Florida delivery man allegedly attacks elderly woman with mallet, sets her on fire
The woman, who would have turned 76 next week, died after being treated at a local hospital for a brain bleed and severe burns, police said. ... read more


Pulse shooting survivors organize ex-gay 'Freedom March' in Orlando
The rally, scheduled for Sept. 14, will be held just five minutes from where the shell of the former nightclub still stands. ... read more


FBI alleges man called for 'extermination' of Latinos in threats to kill woman
The woman provided printed messages totaling over 150 pages to authorities, including racist and misogynistic statements as well as violent threats to injure or kill her, according to the complaint. ... read more


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Migrant dad rejected, son's birth certificate tossed under 'Remain' policy, complaint alleges
An advocacy group called for an inquiry into families being split up at the border, with parents sent back to Mexico and children sent to U.S. shelters. ... read more


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Trump says U.S. 'far from a recession' as White House economic anxiety mounts
Reaching a deal with China is seen as a top priority inside the White House as worrying economic signs grow ahead of the 2020 election. ... read more


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Ex-MLB players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo linked to Caribbean drug ring
The former World Series champs are linked to "one of the most important drug trafficking structures in the Caribbean." ... read more


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Inside the secretive media outlet that became one of Trump's biggest supporters
Started almost two decades ago with a stated mission to “provide information to Chinese communities to help immigrants assimilate into American society,” The Epoch Times now wields one of the biggest social media followings of any news outlet. ... read more


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Kaepernick reveals the specific police shooting that led him to kneel
"The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods," the out-of-work QB said. ... read more


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Washing raw chicken won't clean it - it may make you sick
Here's proof that washing raw chicken can splatter unwanted bacteria around your kitchen. ... read more


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Italian PM Conte to resign after coalition partner pulls backing
The fate of the government now rests in the hands of President Sergio Mattarella. ... read more


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Mystery surrounds Russian radioactive sensors that went offline after blast
There has been "excellent cooperation and support from our Russian station operators," its operator said. ... read more


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Guidelines say more women may need breast cancer gene test
At issue are two genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2. ... read more


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Mattress mayhem: Watch airbeds fly as wind gust hits outdoor 'Bed Cinema'
The mattresses had been set up in a Denver neighborhood for an outdoor movie event. ... read more


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New York, Connecticut and Vermont sue to block Trump's public charge rule
The three Northeastern states argue that the new public charge rule "intentionally discriminates against Latino immigrants and immigrants of color." ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_34/2977801/190820-harry-meghan-elton-mc-1033_aeb18e4c16101e032607a2b6976e4c39.JPG
Elton John slams 'malicious' media coverage of Prince Harry, Meghan
The singer said he felt an obligation to protect the royal couple from "the unnecessary press intrusion that contributed to Diana’s untimely death." ... read more


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'Old Town Road' dethroned as top single after record-smashing 19 weeks
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish is this week’s number-one song. “Old Town Road” is number three this week behind “Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. ... read more


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13-year-old girl with cancer mandated to have surgery over mom's objections
Christina Dixon was charged with criminal mistreatment after refusing to continue her daughter's cancer treatment, opting instead for vitamins and CBD oil. ... read more


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Kirsten Gillibrand talks opioid crisis and mental health in NBC News interview
"There is a correlation and a fundamental relationship between the opioid crisis and the lack of access for mental health," the New York Senator said. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_34/2978806/190820-donald-trump-cs-427p_1792a29979bb268340d9630599345328.jpg
Trump ducks LGBTQ discrimination question, says gays 'like the job I'm doing'
President Donald Trump claimed LGBTQ Americans are among his "biggest supporters." ... read more


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Trump: Jewish people who vote Democratic show 'great disloyalty'
'I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat - I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty, ' Trump told reporters. ... read more


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Florida delivery man allegedly attacks elderly woman with mallet, sets her on fire
The woman, who would have turned 76 next week, died after being treated at a local hospital for a brain bleed and severe burns, police said. ... read more


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Pulse shooting survivors organize ex-gay 'Freedom March' in Orlando
The rally, scheduled for Sept. 14, will be held just five minutes from where the shell of the former nightclub still stands. ... read more


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FBI alleges man called for 'extermination' of Latinos in threats to kill woman
The woman provided printed messages totaling over 150 pages to authorities, including racist and misogynistic statements as well as violent threats to injure or kill her, according to the complaint. ... read more


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