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Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada: reports

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada with her husband, German media reported Friday, quoting her lawyer. "She is united with her family", Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook told the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. DW was not able to immediately confirm the development. Bibi's two daughters already live in Canada. The lawyer did not disclose any further details about Bibi's departure from Pakistan, citing security reasons. It was previously reported that Bibi could not leave her native country aboard a regular flight. Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after her neighbors complained she had insulted Prophet Muhammad. A year later, she was sentenced to death despite strong opposition from human rights groups. The news comes just days after Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected an appeal against its October decision to acquit her. She had been living under the "protective custody" of Pakistani authorities since her release from prison in November. Bibi's acquittal on October 31 had led to violent protests by hard-line Islamists. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, which petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse its earlier ruling, had called for new rallies after the top court this week rejected its petition. But nationwide rallies the extremists had called for on Friday mostly fizzled out, barring some violence in the southern port city of Karachi. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Bibi's lawyer Saif-ul-Malook was still in Pakistan. He had returned to the country shortly before the final Supreme Court hearing after spending months abroad due to death threats. "I'm in my apartment, I'm not going to my office," he told the newspaper

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons. Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges in Pakistan, has arrived in Canada with her ... Read More »

Pacific Rim states agree on ‘core elements’ of TPP trade deal, without US

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the "core elements" of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead. The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The decision comes after days of tense negotiations on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam. In a joint statement early on Saturday, the trade ministers said they were "pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements" of the major trade deal, which aimed to slash tariffs across the Pacific region. The basic agreement would maintain "the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants," they said. The statement marks an important breakthrough for the deal, which was on the brink of collapsing after President Donald Trump announced the United States would be leaving the pact earlier this year. While the US championed the TPP under former President Barack Obama, Trump said such deals are unfair to his country. Trump restated his criticism at the leaders' summit in Vietnam on Friday. "We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore," he said. 'Some work to be done' Canada, however, voiced its reservations during the latest talks, insisting on environmental and labor protection. Late on Thursday, Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters that a basic deal was achieved, but this was quickly disputed by Canada's representative Francois-Philippe Champagne. While Champagne backed the joint statement on Saturday, he also warned that Canada will "not be rushed" into a potentially bad deal. "We are pleased that progress is being made towards a possible agreement, but there is still some work to be done. Our priority is to ensure that it is the right deal for Canadian workers and businesses," he said. A press conference was scheduled later on Saturday.

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries have reached an agreement on the “core elements” of the TPP trade pact, even with the US staying out of the deal. At the same time, Canada warned there was more work ahead. The representatives of the 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including Japan, Australia, Canada, Malaysia and Mexico, have agreed to push ahead toward ... Read More »

Sweden beats Canada on penalties to win ice hockey world championships

Sweden has won the ice hockey world championships for the 10th time with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada. Sunday's final in the German city of Cologne was settled by a penalty shootout. At the end of regulation, Sweden and Canada were tied 1-1. Ryan O'Reilly had equalized for Canada at the end of three periods, after Victor Hedman had put Sweden ahead. There was no score in overtime and it was Sweden who held their nerve in the penalty shootout. Both Nicklas Backstorm and Oliver Ekman Larsson nailed their penalties for Sweden, to the delight of their travelling fans in Cologne, with Backstorm hitting the winning shot. Canada's quartet of O'Reilly, Nate Mackinnon, Brayden Point and Mitch Marner all failed with their penalty attempts, handing Sweden their first world title since 2013. Russia places third Earlier, Russia survived a late fightback by Finland as Nikita Kucherov sealed their 5-3 win to claim bronze. Russia raced into a 4-0 lead in the bronze-medal match with Nikita Gusev scoring twice, and Vladimir Tkachyov and Bogdan Kiselevich scoring one apiece.

Sweden has won the ice hockey world championships for the 10th time with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada. Sunday’s final in the German city of Cologne was settled by a penalty shootout. At the end of regulation, Sweden and Canada were tied 1-1. Ryan O’Reilly had equalized for Canada at the end of three periods, after Victor Hedman ... Read More »

Refugees flee US on foot, seek safety in Canada

Canada has seen a surge of refugees crossing into the country illegally from the US. Advocates say the number will rise as fears grow over President Donald Trump’s policies. Jillian Kestler-D'Amours reports from Toronto. Dozens of families, women and young children, are making the journey in blistering cold and waist-high snow, while young men have been stranded for hours and lost several fingers and toes to frostbite. They are all among a rising number of refugee claimants illegally crossing into Canada on foot from the United States, which many now say they feel is no longer safe under the administration of US President Donald Trump. "The concern really comes from the fact that people are walking across in very, very frigid winter weather, across deep snow, in fields, and really risking their health and their safety,"said Rita Chahal, executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, a non-profit organisation that assists refugees and immigrants in the province. Chahal said about 300 refugee claimants that have entered Canada without legal permits have made in-country applications for protection in Manitoba since last April. In previous years, 70 refugee claimants in a similar period would have been a high number, she told DW. No fair hearing While the reason for the surge is unclear, Chahal said many people say they feared being deported from the US back to their home countries, or felt they wouldn't receive a fair asylum hearing. Others "are concerned about the political climate and the social climate within the US and how they might be treated there," she said. Most asylum seekers cross into Manitoba near the small town of Emerson, about 110 kilometers south of Winnipeg, the provincial capital and its largest city. The US states of Minnesota and North Dakota are across the border from Emerson, which has a population of about 700 residents. Twenty-two refugees crossed into Canada near Emerson over the first weekend of February, according to the national police service (RCMP), while 21 others made it across last week. Asylum seekers are also crossing at other points along the porous, nearly 9,000-kilometer US-Canada border: the RCMP intercepted 823 refugee claimants in the province of Quebec between Apr. 1 and Nov. 30 last year, according to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) figures. Most asylum seekers arriving in Manitoba are Somali citizens, followed by Eritrea and Djibouti passport holders, according to CBSA data. In Quebec, most are originally from Eritrea, Sudan and Syria. But so many asylum seekers are crossing over near Emerson that the town organized an emergency meeting with the RCMP and CBSA last week. "Safety was the biggest [concern]," Greg Janzen, the town's top official, said after the meeting. "Now we know the protocol if we get an influx of people… The governments have been very supportive in this whole issue." Maggie Yeboah is a social worker and president of the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba. She said about 30 Ghanaian refugee claimants have walked over the US border into Manitoba in recent months. Most of the men did not set out to come to Canada, Yeboah said, but many fled persecution and violence related to their sexual orientation in Ghana. Male homosexuality is illegal under the country's penal code. "They are being persecuted or being attacked back home in Ghana because of their sexual orientation," she told DW. Yeboah said many of the men were advised to take a bus to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a taxi from Minneapolis to the US-Canada border. From there, they were told they could walk into Canadian territory. "It's not as easy as people think or people say, and they did not set out to come to Canada the wrong way, or [to] jump over the [border]. They thought they were going to [stay in] America, where they would be safe or where they would be welcomed. But they realised that it's not like that … so they took the chance," she said. Dangerous journey Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, said asylum seekers are forced to take dangerous routes into Canada due to a deal that came into force in 2004 known as the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA). The agreement means that most asylum seekers applying for protection in Canada at a US-Canada border crossing will be immediately sent back to the US, which Canada deems a safe country. But the agreement does not apply to anyone who is inside Canada, and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada will likely hear their refugee claim. The agreement "prevents people from applying in a safe and orderly way at the border points,” Dench told DW. The CCR and other human rights groups, including Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, have long called on Canada to rescind the agreement. They say it's especially crucial in light of US President Donald Trump's travel ban on immigrants and refugees from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa, and general policies towards refugees. The order has been challenged as unconstitutional, and as of last week, a federal court has upheld a stay on its implementation. But the Trump administration's policies more generally toward refugees have raised concern about whether the US still meets the requirements in Canadian law to be considered safe. "From our perspective, Canada should withdraw from the agreement. We were never in favour of the agreement and the irregular crossings [are] one of the very obvious and known consequences," Dench said. US no longer safe for refugees Amnesty International Canada Executive Director Alex Neve agreed. "It is, to put it generously, fiction to continue to believe that the United States at this time is safe for refugees." But Canada's Immigration Minister, Ahmad Hussen, recently said the STCA would remain in place. Trump's executive order deals with refugee resettlement, and does not affect the US asylum program, while Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act involves the continual review of whether conditions that led a country to be designated as safe continue to be met, said a ministry spokesperson. "The STCA remains an important tool for Canada and the US to work together on the orderly handling of refugee claims made in our countries," Spokesperson Nancy Caron told DW in an emailed statement. "We continue to monitor the situation." Meanwhile, Chahal said while it's hard to speculate, the general sense is that the number of asylum seekers crossing into Canada illegally will continue to increase, especially as the weather gets warmer. "I'm not sure we've peaked yet," she said, "so we'll just wait and see."

Canada has seen a surge of refugees crossing into the country illegally from the US. Advocates say the number will rise as fears grow over President Donald Trump’s policies. Jillian Kestler-D’Amours reports from Toronto. Dozens of families, women and young children, are making the journey in blistering cold and waist-high snow, while young men have been stranded for hours and ... Read More »

CETA ‘clarifications’ only, says Gabriel

The draft Canada-EU free trade deal will be backed by Germany's SPD party, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has forecast while visiting Montreal. Only "clarifications" were needed, he added. Speaking at a press conference alongside Canada's trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, Gabriel said that the CETA treaty was the "most progressive" imaginable and he was confident a German Social Democrat (SPD) conference on Monday would back it. Strong opposition has emerged in Germany and other European countries to the planned pact, widely seen as a precursor to a larger deal with the US, with large demonstrations due Saturday in major German cities. Among the opponents to the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is Germany's DGB trade union federation, a traditional supporter of Gabriel's historically center-left SPD. SPD delegates meet in Wolfsburg in northern Germany on Monday, but the party basis unconvinced that the elimination of almost all restrictive tariffs on goods and services, agreed in principle in 2014, will bring societal benefits. On Wednesday, European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said CETA was crucial for job creation in Europe. Some 30 million jobs in Europe were dependent on exports to the rest of the world, he added. Freeland rules out further negotiations Meeting Gabriel, Freeland ruled out further negotiations on CETA, beyond what Gabriel term "clarifications" on investor protection and employee rights and added that she would attend Monday's SPD conference in Wolfsburg. Gabriel, who doubles as German Economy Minister, began his visit by meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and praising Canada's recently elected Liberal government for implementing changes to CETA's draft text that had made it more palatable for Germany and the EU. Gabriel reiterated that a disputed resolution system now foreseen within CETA would have independent judges governed by a code of conduct and paid a regular salary, instead of "private investment courts" using arbitrators paid fees. Referring to Trudeau's election last year, Gabriel said: "We found a progressive government, which had the same targets like we did. And it was very easy to come to a common understanding of what a fair agreement for the future should be."

The draft Canada-EU free trade deal will be backed by Germany’s SPD party, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has forecast while visiting Montreal. Only “clarifications” were needed, he added. Speaking at a press conference alongside Canada’s trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, Gabriel said that the CETA treaty was the “most progressive” imaginable and he was confident a German Social Democrat (SPD) ... Read More »

Germany’s Vice Chancellor Gabriel: US-EU trade talks ‘have failed’

Free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, according to Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. After three years of talks, an agreement has yet to be reached. Discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been unsuccessful, Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, who is also the country's vice chancellor, said on Sunday. "In my opinion the negotiations with the United States have de facto failed, even though nobody is really admitting it," Gabriel told German broadcaster ZDF. "Nothing is moving," he added. If agreed upon, TTIP would create the world's largest free trade zone containing 800 million people. Three years of talks have still not led to an agreement, with negotiators facing tough criticism of the deal on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Gabriel, who also heads the Social Democrats (SPD), noted that after 14 rounds of talks, the two sides have yet to agree on even one chapter out of the 27 being discussed. One of the reasons given for the breakdown in negotiations was that "we Europeans did not want to subject ourselves to American demands," Gabriel said. CETA defense In contrast to his TTIP stance, Gabriel defended the EU's free trade agreement with Canada, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA.) "The debate has become very difficult in that the agreement with Canada and the one with the USA have been lumped together," Gabriel said, adding that this assumption is incorrect. He praised the Canadian agreement, saying it was fairer for both sides. Many Germans continue to harbor suspicions against the TTIP and CETA, but the Canadian-European deal is much further advanced and could be ratified in the near future. German trade unions and other organizations have called for a massive rally across German cities on September 17 to protest the two trade agreements. Supporters of the TTIP hope to lock down the outlines of an agreement before France and Germany's general elections in 2017 and before US President Barack Obama leaves office at the end of 2016.

Free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, according to Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. After three years of talks, an agreement has yet to be reached. Discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have been unsuccessful, Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, who is also the country’s vice chancellor, said on ... Read More »

Trudeau: Canadian hostage likely killed in Philippines

Ottawa said it was working with authorities to confirm the death after another Canadian national's execution in April. The militant group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped Robert Hall from an island resort in 2015. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said authorities had "reason to believe" that a Canadian kidnapped by the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militant group has been killed. "It is with deep sadness that I have reason to believe that a Canadian citizen, Robert Hall, held hostage in the Philippines since September 21, 2015, has been killed by his captors," the premier said. Abu Sayyaf militants abducted four people aboard yachts at an upscale tourist resort in September 2015, including Canadian national John Ridsdel, who was beheaded in April after the group failed to receive a ransom of 300 million Philippine pesos ($6.5 million, 5.8 million euros). Following Ridsdel's execution, Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed to "neutralize" the group. However, a military offensive proved ineffective. Abu Sayyaf uses the mountainous, jungle terrain, plus the support of local communities to its advantage. "The vicious and brutal actions of the hostage-takers have led to a needless death. Canada holds the terrorist group who took him hostage fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder," Trudeau said. 'Terrorist organization' Although authorities believe the armed group has only a few hundred followers, it is considered one of the most dangerous militant groups in the country. Canada, the US and UN have designated the al-Qaeda affiliate as a "terrorist organization." Abu Sayyaf rose to notoriety in the 1990s amid a Muslim separatist insurgency in the predominantly Catholic nation that claimed more than 100,000 lives. The group has carried out several kidnappings since 1991, including a German couple released in 2014 after the militants reportedly received a ransom of $5 million.

Ottawa said it was working with authorities to confirm the death after another Canadian national’s execution in April. The militant group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped Robert Hall from an island resort in 2015. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said authorities had “reason to believe” that a Canadian kidnapped by the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militant group has been killed. “It ... Read More »

Germany give Canada a real game

Title holders Canada needed everything they had to earn a 5-2 victory of Germany at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The game was level for two periods, but the Canadians were ultimately too good. Germany were coming off their initial win of the tournament but had to feel a bit of trepidation facing off with undefeated Canada, who had racked up a goal difference of +18 in their first three matches. The Germans were clearly focusing on defense in St. Petersburg, an approach that bore fruit as they held Canada to a single goal in the first period. Taylor Hall opened the scoring at 3:54, but after that the favorites and title holders were stymied. Germany's Gerrit Fauser had a goal disallowed after a video replay showed his skate had touched the puck. Canada doubled their lead with a power-play goal by Corey Perry three minutes into the second period. But Germany stormed back as Patrick Reimer (31:31) and game MVP Sinan Akdag (37:36) put the puck in the net. After two periods the score between underdogs Germany and mighty Canada was 2-2. "We really irritated them today," Akdag said after the game. "We didn't just defend like last year. We were also courageous going forward. You saw we have a great team." But in the third period, Canada's superior skills proved too much for the Germans. Taylor Hall restored the defending world champs' lead at 43:12. Boone Jenner (46:50) and Cody Ceci (53:17) completed the final 5-2 scoreline. Canada stay top of Group B, while Germany drop down to sixth. Germany's next match comes on Friday, when they face Belarus. In Thursday's Group A match, Russia obliterated Denmark 10-1.

Title holders Canada needed everything they had to earn a 5-2 victory of Germany at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The game was level for two periods, but the Canadians were ultimately too good. Germany were coming off their initial win of the tournament but had to feel a bit of trepidation facing off with undefeated Canada, who had racked ... Read More »

Raging wildfire in western Canadian province of Alberta expected to spread

کینیڈا کے صوبے البیٹرا میں آسمان کو چھوتی ہوئی آگ بے قابو انداز میں مسلسل آگے بڑھ رہی ہے۔ حکام نے کسی بڑے نقصان کے پیش نظر علاقے میں ہنگامی حالت نافذ کر دی ہے۔ البیٹرا کے حکام کے مطابق آگ بجھانے والا عملہ تیز ہواؤں کی وجہ سے ابھی تک آگ کو آگے بڑھنے سے روکنے میں ناکام ہے، جس کی وجہ سے ہنگامی حالت نافذ کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا گیا ہے۔ شعلوں کی زد میں آ کر ابھی تک سولہ سو مکانات اور کئی دیگر عمارتیں خاکستر ہو چکی ہیں۔ آگ سے سب سے زیادہ متاثر ہونے والا علاقہ فورٹ میک مری ہے، جہاں سے اسی ہزار سے زائد شہریوں کو محفوظ مقامات پر منتقل کیا جا چکا ہے۔ البیٹرا کی وزیر اعلٰی ریشل نوٹلی نے آگ سے ہونے والے نقصان کی تصدیق کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ فائر بریگیڈ کے کارکنوں کی ناقابل بیان کوششوں کی وجہ سے شعلے شہر کے مرکز تک نہیں پہنچ سکے۔ ابھی تک کسی بھی شخص کی ہلاکت یا شدید زخمی ہونے کی کوئی اطلاع نہیں ہے۔ بدھ کو رات دیر گئے آگ ہوائی اڈے کے قریب پہنچ گئی تھی تاہم وہاں موجود عملے نے فوری طور پر شعلوں پر قابو پا لیا۔ اس دوران فورٹ میک مری آنے اور وہاں سے جانے والی تمام پروازیں منسوخ کر دی گئی تھیں۔ غیر متوقع شدید گرمی اور خشک موسم کی وجہ سے البیٹرا کے دیگر جنگلاتی علاقوں میں کسی وقت بھی آگ بھڑک سکتی ہے۔ فورٹ میک مری کا علاقہ بھی جنگلات میں گھرا ہوا ہے اور یہاں پر سعودی عرب اور وینیزویلا کے بعد دنیا میں خام تیل کے تیسرے بڑے ذخائر پائے جاتے ہیں۔ البیرٹا کی وزیر اعلی نوٹلی نے متاثرہ علاقوں کا دورہ بھی کیا اور فضائی جائزے کے دوران اتاری گئی تصاویر بھی پوسٹ کیں، ’’ فضا سے دکھائی دینے والے مناظر دل دہلا دینے والے ہیں۔‘‘ اس دوران ایک جانب فائر بریگیڈ کا عملہ آگ کو آگے بڑھنے سے روک رہا ہے جبکہ دوسری جانب ہائی وے اور ایک اہم پل کو تحفظ فراہم کرنے کی کوشش کی جا رہی ہے۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ ہائی وے 63 پر گاڑیوں کی قطاریں لگی ہوئی ہیں اور بہت سی گاڑیاں ایندھن بھی ختم ہو گیا ہے۔ آگ کے پھیلنے کے ڈر سے ہائی وے پر کئی پٹرول پمپ بھی بند کر دیے گئے تھے، جن میں اب کئی کو کھول دیا گیا تھا۔

A massive wildfire in Alberta, Canada has forced the largest fire evacuation in the province’s history. Officials have cautioned that the fire is expected to spread further due to high winds and “tinder dry” conditions. The Alberta government said in a special briefing on Thursday that more than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air ... Read More »

State of emergency declared as Alberta wildfires continue to rage

A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian province of Alberta as firefighters continue to battle raging wildfires. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the northern city of Fort McMurray. The Canadian government announced the state of emergency on Wednesday as wildfires continued to rage through the northern city of Fort McMurray, in the western province of Alberta, displacing tens of thousands of people. The entire population of the city in the center of Canada's oil sands region - around 88,000 residents - has been evacuated. Strong winds are threatening to spread the blaze, which has already incinerated more than 1,500 structures and could destroy much of the city. The evacuation is the largest in the province's history. Nine air tankers, a dozen helicopters and around 250 firefighters were battling the flames, and the military has been put on alert. "Obviously, Fort McMurray being evacuated has been extremely difficult, not just for the province and officials, but for the folks who live there," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau added that he had offered Alberta Premier Rachel Notley "our total support as a government to anything needed in the short-term but obviously anything in the long-term." Shows of solidarity Meanwhile, evacuees clogged highways and filled up work camps operated by local energy companies. Nearby residents used Twitter to offer shelter, supplies and food to the displaced. As emergency workers from other parts of the country flew in to help with the crisis, the fire threatened to spread to neighborhoods on the other side of the river from where it originated. Firefighters told reporters they expected the fire to gain strength as the day moves forward. There is still no end in sight to the wildfires, which have yet to claim any casualties, the local fire chief said. The fire has been blamed on unseasonably hot temperatures and dry conditions in much of Alberta. This is the second major fire around the city in less than a year. Last May, wildfires in the area led to the evacuation of hundreds of workers from Canada's energy heartland.

A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian province of Alberta as firefighters continue to battle raging wildfires. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the northern city of Fort McMurray. The Canadian government announced the state of emergency on Wednesday as wildfires continued to rage through the northern city of Fort McMurray, in the western ... Read More »

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