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Ecuador's Correa wins referendum

Friday 20th of May 2011, 1:26
related countries: Ecuador Ecuador

Final results in Ecuador's referendum show President Correa has won backing for his reform programme, including greater control over the media and courts.
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US state seeks Holocaust records

Friday 20th of May 2011, 1:39
related countries: France France, United States United States
related places: Maryland

The governor of Maryland signs a bill requiring a French railway company to disclose its role in the Holocaust if it seeks business in the US state.
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VIDEO: X Factor star performs for Queen

Friday 20th of May 2011, 1:42
related countries: Ireland Ireland

The Queen has spent her final night of her visit to the Republic of Ireland being entertained by X Factor finalist Mary Byrne and the cast of Riverdance.
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China tightens grip on rare earth

Friday 20th of May 2011, 2:40
related countries: China China

China expands export quotas of rare earth metals, further tightening its grip on the minerals used in a number of high-tech electronics.
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Japan joins global custody pact

Friday 20th of May 2011, 2:47
related countries: Japan Japan

Japan agrees to sign up to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction to better handle custody disputes that have split families across borders.
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VIDEO: Paralysed man in US 'moves legs'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 3:06
related countries: United States United States

Doctors in the United States say they have restored movement to the legs of a paralysed man.
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UK forces 'face vehicle shortage'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 3:22
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

British forces will face "significant shortages" of armoured vehicles for 14 years unless investment is found, a public spending watchdog warns.
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Qantas flight in engine shutdown

Friday 20th of May 2011, 3:38
related countries: Thailand Thailand
related places: Bangkok

A Qantas plane shuts down an engine and returns to Bangkok, the latest incident related to a Rolls-Royce engine.
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Nato strikes hit Libya warships

Friday 20th of May 2011, 3:55
related countries: Libya Libya

Nato air strikes hit eight pro-Gaddafi ships in co-ordinated attacks on three Libyan ports, says the alliance.
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N Korea heir Kim Jong-un in China

Friday 20th of May 2011, 4:05
related countries: North Korea North Korea, China China

The North Korean leader's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, is reported to be on a visit to China in what may be a further clue to the state's succession plans.
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VIDEO: Call for ban on protest in Spain

Friday 20th of May 2011, 4:14
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Protesters in the Spanish capital, Madrid, have camped out in the city's central square for a fourth consecutive night.
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Armstrong faces new doping claim

Friday 20th of May 2011, 5:45
related countries: France France

An ex-team-mate of seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong accuses him of using performance-enhancing drugs but Armstrong denies the claims.
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Netanyahu rejects Obama 1967 view

Friday 20th of May 2011, 6:20
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States

PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel's 1967 borders are "indefensible", rejecting US President Obama's suggestion they form the basis of a future Palestinian state.
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Floating plant for Asian gas need

Friday 20th of May 2011, 6:31
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands, Australia Australia

Oil firm Royal Dutch Shell announce they are to build the world's first floating LNG plant off the coast of Australia.
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VIDEO: Nato strikes hit Gaddafi warships

Friday 20th of May 2011, 6:49
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Nato air strikes have hit eight warships belonging to Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces in co-ordinated raid on Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte.
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Taiwan general accused of spying

Friday 20th of May 2011, 7:25
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan, China China

Taiwan military prosecutors charge a senior general with spying for China - the highest-ranking officer involved in alleged espionage in decades.
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India reviews 'most wanted' list

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:02
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan, India India

India is reviewing a list of 50 "most wanted fugitives" it says are hiding in Pakistan, a day after one of them was traced to a prison in Mumbai (Bombay).
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Lloyd Webber pledges £32m to arts

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:09
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is to donate £32m to UK art and culture organisations, it is announced.
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New West Bengal leader sworn in

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:13
related countries: India India

Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as chief minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, the first woman to hold the post.
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Turkey earthquake leaves two dead

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:15
related countries: Turkey Turkey

At least two people die and 79 are injured in a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in north-west Turkey.
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VIDEO: ‘How I caught US balcony fall baby’

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:27
related countries: United States United States
related places: Florida

A woman who caught a 16-month-old girl who fell from a third floor balcony in Florida, saving her from possible serious injury, has been speaking to BBC Breakfast about the incident.
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Bomb hits US vehicle in Peshawar

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:39
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Peshawar

The Pakistani Taliban bomb a US consulate convoy in Peshawar, killing one Pakistani and wounding 10 others.
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Million bid for 100m at Olympics

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:39
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

London 2012 organisers receive more than one million requests for tickets for the Olympic men's 100 metres final.
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Tepco head quits after $15bn loss

Friday 20th of May 2011, 8:48
related countries: Japan Japan
related places: Fukushima

The president of Tepco, which operates the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, resigns as the firm reports a $15bn loss.
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VIDEO: Obama to meet Israeli PM Netanyahu

Friday 20th of May 2011, 9:09
related countries: Israel Israel

President Obama has made his clearest statement yet of support for a Palestinian state, based on the 1967 borders with Israel.
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VIDEO: The art of sculpture with hair

Friday 20th of May 2011, 9:26
related countries: Taiwan Taiwan

A hairdresser in Taiwan has turned the waste products of her profession into an unusual hobby, proving that there is no limit to what people can create when they are inspired.
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Lagarde is 'excellent' IMF choice

Friday 20th of May 2011, 9:28
related countries: France France

The acting head of the IMF, John Lipsky, says French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde would be "an excellent choice" to head the body.
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Singer Kathy Kirby dies aged 72

Friday 20th of May 2011, 10:16
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Singer Kathy Kirby, who represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and had hits including Secret Love, dies at the age of 72.
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Murray draws qualifier in French

Friday 20th of May 2011, 10:42
related countries: France France

Britain's Andy Murray will play a qualifier in the first round of the French Open following Friday's draw.
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AUDIO: Sex party for German insurance staff

Friday 20th of May 2011, 10:49
related countries: Germany Germany, Hong Kong Hong Kong

One of the world's biggest insurance companies organised an orgy with prostitutes for its top salesmen at a Hungarian spa. The German firm has confirmed that this happened in 2007.
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'Spanish revolution'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 10:53
related countries: Spain Spain
related places: Madrid

Young Spaniards at Madrid protest camp plan to defy ban
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Judgment Day: Atheists plan 'rapture' party

Friday 20th of May 2011, 11:50
related countries: United States United States

US atheists plan a series of parties in response to a widely publicised broadcaster's prediction that Saturday will be Judgement Day.
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India MP arrested on bribe charge

Friday 20th of May 2011, 11:54
related countries: India India

Indian MP Kanimozhi is arrested in connection with the multi-billion dollar telecoms scandal that has rocked the country.
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More protests erupt across Syria

Friday 20th of May 2011, 11:57
related countries: Syria Syria

Protests are held in several Syrian towns and villages again on Friday, activists report.
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Libyan troops 'shot photographer'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 11:59
related countries: South Africa South Africa, Libya Libya, United Kingdom United Kingdom

UK-based South African photographer Anton Hammerl was shot dead in Libya by pro-Gaddafi forces, his family say.
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Tata Steel to cut 1,500 UK jobs

Friday 20th of May 2011, 12:09
related countries: India India, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Indian steel giant Tata Steel is set to cut 1,500 jobs at a number of sites in the North of England, the BBC learns.
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S Africa rail crash 'injures 850'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 12:13
related countries: South Africa South Africa
related places: Johannesburg, Soweto

More than 850 people are injured, three critically, in a rush-hour train crash in South African township of Soweto in Johannesburg.
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Last WWI combat veteran funeral

Friday 20th of May 2011, 12:31
related countries: Australia Australia

The world's last known combat veteran of World War I, Claude "Chuckles" Choules, is laid to rest at a naval funeral in Australia.
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HMV to sell Waterstone's for £53m

Friday 20th of May 2011, 12:43
related countries: Russia Russia

HMV agrees to sell its Waterstone's book business to a fund controlled by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for £53m.
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VIDEO: On the frontline with Libyan rebels

Friday 20th of May 2011, 13:25
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Nato aircraft have hit eight warships in the Libyan ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte, but despite the help from Nato the rebels' progress remains slow, as Andrew Harding reports.
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US 'Chihuahua killer' faces life

Friday 20th of May 2011, 13:38
related countries: United States United States
related places: California, Chihuahua

A California man faces a possible life sentence for allegedly killing his partner's Chihuahua in a drunken row.
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Hamilton challenges Red Bull pace

Friday 20th of May 2011, 13:41
related countries: Spain Spain

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton springs a surprise by running Red Bull close for the fastest time in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.
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Spanish GP practice as it happened

Friday 20th of May 2011, 13:57
related countries: Spain Spain

Red Bull's Mark Webber sets the fastest lap in the second practice session ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, narrowly ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel third.
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Von Trier vows to continue work

Friday 20th of May 2011, 14:22
related countries: Denmark Denmark

Danish film director Lars Von Trier vows to continue making movies, despite being banned from the Cannes Film Festival.
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US pressure over Magnitsky death

Friday 20th of May 2011, 14:25
related countries: Russia Russia, United States United States
related places: Moscow

Congressmen step up pressure on Moscow over a lawyer's death with a call to ban Russian officials from the US.
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Dutch asylum for Turkish ex-judge

Friday 20th of May 2011, 14:52
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands, Turkey Turkey

A Turkish ex-judge who says he was prosecuted for his views on the fate of Armenians and Kurds wins asylum in the Netherlands.
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Anger at Rome statue of Pope John Paul

Friday 20th of May 2011, 14:53
related countries: Italy Italy
related places: Rome

The installation of a vast bronze statue of the late Pope John Paul II at Rome's main railway station provoked a storm of controversy.
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Rwandans 'threatened by hitman'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 15:10
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, Rwanda Rwanda
related places: London

Two Rwandan exiles in London were warned last week by UK police that they faced the threat of assassination by a Rwandan government hitman.
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Billionaire to back Putin group

Friday 20th of May 2011, 15:22
related countries: Russia Russia, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Alexander Lebedev, the Russian banking tycoon with UK media interests, rallies to a coalition launched by Vladimir Putin.
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France and UK in Strasbourg row

Friday 20th of May 2011, 15:43
related countries: France France, United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Strasbourg

British MEPs step up their campaign against the European Parliament's trips to Strasbourg as France takes them to court.
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Chirac corruption trial to resume

Friday 20th of May 2011, 15:44
related countries: France France

France's highest court rules that the stalled trial of former President Jacques Chirac can resume.
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US examines legality of Libya war

Friday 20th of May 2011, 15:52
related countries: Libya Libya, United States United States
related places: Friday

The US state department is examining how to legally continue its participation in the Nato-led bombing of Libya after Friday.
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VIDEO: Last WWI veteran laid to rest

Friday 20th of May 2011, 16:17
related countries: Australia Australia

The last known combat veteran of the First World War has been laid to rest in Australia.
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Bhutan king to marry 20-year-old student

Friday 20th of May 2011, 16:39
related countries: Bhutan Bhutan

The 31-year-old king of the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan announces his intention to marry this October.
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Chinese artist Ai 'evaded taxes'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 16:42
related countries: China China

Detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been accused by the authorities of evading a "huge amount" of taxes, state media report.
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Fire sweeps Mexican prison ward

Friday 20th of May 2011, 16:55
related countries: Mexico Mexico
related places: Nuevo Leon

At least 14 inmates at a prison in northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon have died after a fire in the psychiatric care wing, officials say.
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Obama holds tough Netanyahu talks

Friday 20th of May 2011, 17:01
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States

Visiting Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for talks with US President Barack Obama, amid dispute on the shape of a future Palestinian state.
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Kenya refuses Jersey suspect plea

Friday 20th of May 2011, 17:34
related countries: Jersey Jersey, Kenya Kenya

The Kenyan government is refusing to extradite two men accused of stealing millions of pounds on the island of Jersey.
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Foxconn plant explosion kills two

Friday 20th of May 2011, 18:02
related countries: China China

Two people are killed in an explosion at a factory in south-west China that produces the iPad and is owned by tech firm Foxconn.
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Markets fear Greek default closer

Friday 20th of May 2011, 18:20
related countries: Greece Greece

Bond markets price in a growing risk of an outright debt default by Greece, as talks over 'reprofiling' its debts flounder.
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Five killed in Pakistan 'unarmed'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 18:22
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan
related places: Quetta

An inquiry is ordered in Pakistan into the killings of five foreigners - including three women - by security forces outside Quetta on Tuesday.
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Europe needs 'common' IMF choice

Friday 20th of May 2011, 18:25
related countries: Germany Germany

Germany's finance minister says Europe will decide soon on a common candidate as its choice to lead the IMF.
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Legend Warne bows out of cricket

Friday 20th of May 2011, 18:53
related countries: India India, Australia Australia

Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne plays his last professional cricket match - taking a wicket in his final over.
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UK soldiers 'unlawfully killed'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 19:57
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

A coroner returns verdicts of unlawful killing but says the state did not fail in its duty to five British soldiers who were shot and killed by a rogue Afghan policeman in 2009.
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Uruguay Congress upholds amnesty

Friday 20th of May 2011, 20:21
related countries: Uruguay Uruguay

Members of Congress in Uruguay vote to uphold an amnesty that has shielded officers during military rule from prosecution.
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Obama admits Israel 'differences'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 20:22
related countries: Israel Israel, United States United States
related places: Washington

US President Barack Obama and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu admit "differences" on the path to Mid-East peace, after talks in Washington.
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VIDEO: Syrian protesters shot at on streets

Friday 20th of May 2011, 21:19
related countries: Syria Syria

A day after President Obama warned Syria's president that he must lead reform or get out of the way, security forces have again opened fire on anti-government protesters.
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Toughing it out

Friday 20th of May 2011, 21:25
related countries: Libya Libya
related places: Tripoli

Life goes on in Tripoli streets despite Nato's Libya campaign
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Fear for mass stranding of whales

Friday 20th of May 2011, 21:28
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

Marine animal experts are preparing for a potential mass stranding by more than 60 pilot whales in South Uist in the Western Isles.
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Queen ends historic Ireland tour

Friday 20th of May 2011, 21:33
related countries: Ireland Ireland
related places: Cork, Tipperary

The Queen leaves Ireland after finishing her historic tour with a visit to a market in Cork, where thousands of cheering spectators lined the streets.
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Sahara states to tackle militancy

Friday 20th of May 2011, 22:10
related countries: Mali Mali, Algeria Algeria

Algeria agrees to host an international summit on ways of tackling Islamist militancy in the Sahara desert, after four-nation talks in Mali.
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Rampaul ravages rain-hit Pakistan

Friday 20th of May 2011, 22:11
related countries: Pakistan Pakistan

West Indies paceman Ravi Rampaul makes Pakistan suffer on the rain-hit first day of the second Test in St Kitts.
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Woman 'tried to sell moon rock for $1.7m'

Friday 20th of May 2011, 22:22
related countries: United States United States
related places: California

A woman is questioned in California for allegedly trying to sell a chunk of moon rock to an undercover Nasa investigator for $1.7m.
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VIDEO: How volunteers save governments millions

Friday 20th of May 2011, 22:35
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom, United States United States

As the UK prime minister tries to encourage people to become part of what he calls the Big Society, researchers in the United States have attempted to work out the cash value of voluntary work in the community.
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Further violence on Sudan border

Friday 20th of May 2011, 22:54
related countries: Sudan Sudan
related places: Abyei

Violence erupts again in Sudan's disputed Abyei border region, with both southern and northern armies accusing each other of opening fire.
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Big society US

Friday 20th of May 2011, 23:43
related countries: United States United States

The unpaid volunteers saving millions for the state
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