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Posted: Thu-Dec-2019



What big data reveals and conceals about our desires, our bodies and our many insecurities.

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U.K. heading toward Brexit as exit polls predict strong majority for Boris Johnson
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party will win a decisive majority, giving him the numbers in Parliament he needs to deliver Brexit on Jan. 31, an exit poll indicated on Thursday.

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U.S. House panel pushes vote on impeachment articles against Trump to Friday
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U.S. lawmakers moved closer on Thursday to impeaching Republican President Donald Trump, as members of a House of Representatives committee debated formal charges that are likely to be sent to the full House for a final vote next week.

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Bystander who tackled London Bridge attacker says he was 'prepared to die'
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One of the bystanders who tackled a knife-wielding attacker on London Bridge in November said he was ''prepared to die'' to stop the man who killed two people and injured several others.

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Boeing 737 Max won't return to service before 2020
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Boeing on Thursday abandoned its goal of winning approval this month to unground the 737 Max after chief executive Dennis Muilenburg met with senior U.S. aviation officials.

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New Jersey shooting at kosher grocery to be investigated as domestic terrorism
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The FBI will now oversee the investigation of this week's attack on a New Jersey kosher grocery store, which officials are treating as an act of domestic terrorism, federal and state law enforcement officials said on Thursday.

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Human remains from Chilean military plane found floating in water
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Chile's defence minister said Thursday that human remains have been found from a military aircraft that disappeared on a flight to Antarctica.

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New Zealand recovers 6 bodies from volcanic island in high-risk mission
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A New Zealand military team recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, in a high-risk operation watched by dozens of grieving family members waiting on the mainland.

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Volcano tourism: Bad idea or a worthy risk-taking adventure?
Descent into Benbow Volcano Crater

The White Island volcanic eruption that killed at least eight people on Monday is highlighting the risk to visiting one of nature's most fascinating and dangerous natural wonders.

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Myanmar's accusers slam Nobel laureate Suu Kyi for genocide defence
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Lawyers seeking to halt what they allege is an ongoing genocide in Myanmar have slammed Aung San Suu Kyi's defence of her country's armed forces, saying Thursday the fallen pro-democracy icon chose to ignore "unspeakable" acts committed against civilians.

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Algeria holds presidential election in face of widespread protests
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Thousands of people took to the streets in central Algiers on Thursday, chanting, "No vote. We want freedom," as authorities held a presidential election that a mass protest movement views as a charade intended to keep the ruling elite in power.

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Fed chair sees North America as an economic oasis in 2020: Don Pittis
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Optimism from the U.S. Federal Reserve could help keep Canadian mortgage rates low in 2020, with the added hope that economic good news spreads north as the effects of a string of rate cuts kick in.

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Harvey Weinstein reportedly reaches tentative $25M US settlement with accusers
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Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reportedly reached a tentative $25 million US settlement with dozens of women who accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct.

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'We need more than just caring': Family of Canadian man detained in Egypt urges feds to bring him home
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The family of a Canadian man who has been in a Cairo prison for the last 10 months wants Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who is in Egypt this week, to secure his release and bring him home.

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Chilean air force finds debris believed to be from missing plane
Chile Military Plane Missing

The Chilean air force said on Wednesday it had located debris believed to be from a cargo plane that crashed this week with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South America and the Antarctic.

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New Zealand volcanic eruption site still 'too dangerous' for recovery work as death toll rises
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"Increased volcanic activity" on White Island is holding New Zealand police back from recovering the bodies of those presumed dead in Monday's eruption.

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Israel heads to 3rd election in less than a year
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Israel's parliament on Wednesday dissolved after failing to meet a midnight deadline for forming a new government, triggering an an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

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Saudi Aramco is now the world's most valuable company - but for how long?
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The Saudi kingdom has been talking about selling some shares of its prized oil giant for years. But the Saudi Aramco IPO comes during a rough time for global oil producers.

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FBI's Russia probe made errors but wasn't biased, says U.S. justice watchdog
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The Justice Department's internal watchdog tells Congress that he is concerned that "so many basic and fundamental errors" were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, but that it was free of political bias.

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After Lion Air crash, FAA predicted more Boeing 737 Max crashes but didn't ground plane
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After the first crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max last year, U.S. federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn't fix a critical automated flight-control system.

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Polls close in historic British election
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Polls have closed, the December election campaign that no one said they wanted is done, and about the only certainty is that Britain is poised for profound change no matter who wins.

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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


Russia Banned From Olympic Games Over Doping Scandal
The World Anti-Doping Agency voted to punish Moscow for tampering with laboratory data. ... read more


Volcano Erupts In New Zealand, Leaving At Least 5 Dead, Other Tourists Missing
Several tourists remained unaccounted for after a volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island on Monday afternoon. ... read more


Lebanon’s Journalists Suffer Abuse, Threats Covering Unrest
The deteriorating situation for journalists in Lebanon comes despite its decades-old reputation for being an island of free press in the Arab world. ... read more


Hong Kong Protests Mark 6-Month Mark With Massive Rally
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators crammed into Hong Kong's streets in a mass show of support. ... read more


Woman's Death Prompts Nepal To Make First-Ever 'Period Hut' Arrest
The country outlawed the tradition of chhaupadi in 2005. But it wasn't until last week that someone was arrested in connection with the practice. ... read more


EU leaders haggle over climate neutrality pledge
Some member states want financial and other guarantees before they consider going climate neutral. ... read more


Argentina's Mario Sandoval: France to deport ex-policeman in torture case
Mario Sandoval, now a Sorbonne academic, is accused of atrocities during Argentina's military rule. ... read more


Berlin murder: Russia expels German diplomats amid dispute
The tit-for-tat move follows Germany's expulsion of Russians over the death of a Chechen in Berlin. ... read more


Zlatan Ibrahimovic statue: Vandals try to saw through feet
Vandals try to saw through the feet of a statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and place a rope around its neck. ... read more


Climate change: Anger as protesters barred from UN talks
Around 200 environmental campaigners are barred from climate talks after Greta Thunberg speaks. ... read more


Clara Ponsati: Spanish PM to be called as witness
The St Andrews University professor faces a charge of sedition over her role in Catalonia's independence referendum. ... read more


Brexit: Free trade deals 'won't offset leaving EU'
New trade deals won't compensate for the economic damage of leaving the EU, Newsnight analysis finds. ... read more


Greta Thunberg changes Twitter bio after Trump dig
He said the teenage activist - who won Time Person of the Year - had an "anger management problem". ... read more


Shakhtar Donetsk 0-3 Atalanta: Italian side reach Champions League last 16
Champion League debutants Atalanta reach the knockout stages with victory at Shakhtar Donetsk after losing their first three games. ... read more


Hundreds of dead birds found in mystery mass death
Tests are being carried out to find out why about 225 starlings died and if they had been poisoned. ... read more


Paul McCartney unwraps his 'secret' Christmas album
Former Beatle Sir Paul says he has no plans to release his demo of traditional carol instrumentals. ... read more


The Christmas tree made of knives, bullets and cigarette lighters
An airport has made a Christmas tree using bullets and knives confiscated from passengers. ... 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


Will there be checks between Great Britain and N Ireland?
Boris Johnson has claimed only goods passing through on their way to the Irish Republic would be checked. ... 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


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


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


Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour leader after projected defeat in U.K. election
"Labour has to face some hard truths — this was not just about Corbyn but the broader worldview and an economic plan that so many people did not believe." ... read more


Shooters at Jersey City market appeared highly trained, survivor says
"They came to kill," David Lax said of the man and woman authorities say were responsible for an anti-Semitic, anti-police assault. ... read more


Facebook wants to integrate Instagram and Whatsapp. The U.S. government may try to stop it.
Facebook has been the subject of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the federal government’s main business regulator. ... read more


U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces 'pause' in Taliban talks after attack on air base
Negotiations had recently resumed with the militant group in a bid aimed at ending America's longest war. ... read more


McConnell: 'There's no chance' Trump is removed from office
“The case is so darn weak coming from the House,” the Senate Majority Leader said on Thursday. “We know how it's going to end.” ... read more



A sudden volcanic eruption, an asylum seeker nativity scene, a pet pig in the airport and more. ... read more


Fort Worth 10-month-old to stay on life support for now, judge rules
A judge has extended a temporary restraining order until Jan. 2 in the case on whether a hospital can take baby Tinslee Lewis off life support. ... read more


Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer argues jury pool was tainted
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorney Thursday asked an appeals court to throw out his death sentence. ... read more


Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor
“Nobody can question my faith, my devotion to Christ, my devotion to the church,” Pastor Nicole Garcia said. “Being trans is secondary.” ... read more


Nashville police catch fourth fugitive teen, find him with rifle and boxes of ammo
Police arrested the 17-year-old boy, the last escapee who was still at large, at an apartment where officers found a large gun and ammunition. ... read more


Florida man died from meth overdose before he was eaten by alligator
A "methamphetamine intoxication" killed Michael Ford before the reptile tore his body apart. ... read more


'An icon': Family mourns Ecuadorian man killed in Jersey City shooting
"He was a God-loving, honest and hard-working person was who always available to help others," said a relative about the former engineer who immigrated to the U.S. ... read more


Vaping bans 'threaten public health,' some experts argue
Despite links to deadly lung illnesses, some vaping products may help adults quit smoking. ... read more


Man faces murder charge for forcing girlfriend's miscarriage, police say
The 23-year-old man allegedly forced his girlfriend to take unidentified pills while he held her at gunpoint. ... read more


Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda
In his confirmation hearing last month, Hahn repeatedly sidestepped questions about the fate of the flavor ban. ... read more


Jordan Peele's 'Us' Named Best Movie of 2019 by African-American Film Critics Association
“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” said AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. ... read more


Yes, you can make your favorite Korean takeout dishes at home. Here's how
Make your own Korean barbecue, kimchi stew, bibimbap and more with these recipes from chefs and food pros. ... read more


Senate confirms new Trump ambassador to Russia
An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the current impeachment-charged partisan political atmosphere. ... read more


Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of 2020 census
Almost 80 percent of Detroit is African American, and observers “know we are going to have an undercount among the black population.” ... read more


In emoluments case, court appears divided over Trump Hotel
"This case is a lemon," one of the judges declared. ... read more


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Jeremy Corbyn to step down as Labour leader after projected defeat in U.K. election
"Labour has to face some hard truths — this was not just about Corbyn but the broader worldview and an economic plan that so many people did not believe." ... read more


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Shooters at Jersey City market appeared highly trained, survivor says
"They came to kill," David Lax said of the man and woman authorities say were responsible for an anti-Semitic, anti-police assault. ... read more


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Facebook wants to integrate Instagram and Whatsapp. The U.S. government may try to stop it.
Facebook has been the subject of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the federal government’s main business regulator. ... read more


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U.S. envoy to Afghanistan announces 'pause' in Taliban talks after attack on air base
Negotiations had recently resumed with the militant group in a bid aimed at ending America's longest war. ... read more


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McConnell: 'There's no chance' Trump is removed from office
“The case is so darn weak coming from the House,” the Senate Majority Leader said on Thursday. “We know how it's going to end.” ... read more



A sudden volcanic eruption, an asylum seeker nativity scene, a pet pig in the airport and more. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3116816/191123-tinslee-lewis-al-1612_133504ff2dffc9ef629cd3702443b2c7.jpg
Fort Worth 10-month-old to stay on life support for now, judge rules
A judge has extended a temporary restraining order until Jan. 2 in the case on whether a hospital can take baby Tinslee Lewis off life support. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3145566/191212-tsarnaev-al-1010_7116f7b47963cae0bee3a35646cfc705.jpg
Boston Marathon bomber's lawyer argues jury pool was tainted
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorney Thursday asked an appeals court to throw out his death sentence. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3145971/191212-nicole-garcia-3-ew-135p_0ae8c609b769e2a800a7cccbb5170c0f.jpg
Transgender Latina makes history as Evangelical Lutheran pastor
“Nobody can question my faith, my devotion to Christ, my devotion to the church,” Pastor Nicole Garcia said. “Being trans is secondary.” ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3146351/191212-brandon-caruthers-nbc-news-mugshot-template-se-452p_e1133f0f848b0b6ea21c06003cfd9877.jpg
Nashville police catch fourth fugitive teen, find him with rifle and boxes of ammo
Police arrested the 17-year-old boy, the last escapee who was still at large, at an apartment where officers found a large gun and ammunition. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/2916376/190629-body-found-in-canal-al-1533_76e6f50a662eb74d97db38af742ff8b5.jpg
Florida man died from meth overdose before he was eaten by alligator
A "methamphetamine intoxication" killed Michael Ford before the reptile tore his body apart. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3146146/191212-douglas-rodriguez-cs-319p_a13f168282f3ad58965a16b4ce06d7f8.jpg
'An icon': Family mourns Ecuadorian man killed in Jersey City shooting
"He was a God-loving, honest and hard-working person was who always available to help others," said a relative about the former engineer who immigrated to the U.S. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_45/3092156/191108-e-cigarette-smoke-vape-ew-1022p_8a05c82aec1ac9da544c7a40ce9301ea.jpg
Vaping bans 'threaten public health,' some experts argue
Despite links to deadly lung illnesses, some vaping products may help adults quit smoking. ... read more


Man faces murder charge for forcing girlfriend's miscarriage, police say
The 23-year-old man allegedly forced his girlfriend to take unidentified pills while he held her at gunpoint. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_49/3110891/191120-stephen-hahn-cs-154p_4ef5383f838b78e556dae30a7dafa64a.jpg
Senate OKs Trump's FDA nominee despite unclear vaping agenda
In his confirmation hearing last month, Hahn repeatedly sidestepped questions about the fate of the flavor ban. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3143606/191211-us-al-0945_aae057f027f94f39df6a4f8895d1bcf4.jpg
Jordan Peele's 'Us' Named Best Movie of 2019 by African-American Film Critics Association
“Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall,” said AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3144056/191211-korean-beef-bulgogi-ew-118p_33b77532b5ffe02105bb8fe860ab36c4.jpg
Yes, you can make your favorite Korean takeout dishes at home. Here's how
Make your own Korean barbecue, kimchi stew, bibimbap and more with these recipes from chefs and food pros. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3146001/191212-_john-sullivan-al-1353_208c922971d2b355094ca1a273be410e.jpg
Senate confirms new Trump ambassador to Russia
An unusually large number of Democrats supported the nomination in the current impeachment-charged partisan political atmosphere. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2019_50/3145516/191212-detroit-motor-industry-cs-933a_8638715959c04303808204ee89fff749.jpg
Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of 2020 census
Almost 80 percent of Detroit is African American, and observers “know we are going to have an undercount among the black population.” ... read more


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In emoluments case, court appears divided over Trump Hotel
"This case is a lemon," one of the judges declared. ... read more


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