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Brexit: 'Half' of Labour top team set to resign
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Brexit: 'Half' of Labour top team set to resign

   
   
            26 June 2016

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    Media captionLIVE:  BBC News coverage of Labour resignations Up to half of the shadow cabinet is set to resign in a bid to oust Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, it is understood.It comes after shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn was sacked overnight after telling Mr Corbyn he had "lost confidence" in his leadership.Hours later, shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander said she would resign.Mr Corbyn faces a vote of no confidence over claims he was "lacklustre" during the EU referendum - but sources close to Mr Corbyn said he would stand again.The sources said they were confident that Mr Corbyn would automatically be on the ballot paper in the event of a leadership contest - but different Labour sources disagreed about whether that would be the case.
   
       
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On the sacking of Hilary Benn, a Labour source told the BBC Mr Corbyn had "lost confidence" in the shadow foreign secretary.Newspaper reports suggested Mr Benn had been encouraging shadow ministers to resign if Mr Corbyn ignored a motion of no confidence.                                                                                                    Mr Benn said there was concern about Mr Corbyn's "leadership and his ability to win an election".He said he had phoned the Labour leader to tell him "I had lost confidence in his ability to lead the party and he dismissed me".
               
               
               
               
               
           
           
        AnalysisBy Chris Mason, BBC political correspondentWe expect further shadow cabinet ministers to resign in the coming hours.Why? In essence because they felt that Jeremy Corbyn was driving with the handbrake on during the EU referendum campaign, just wasn't putting enough into it and also, and crucially, many Labour MPs think now, given that there is going to be a new prime minister soon, there is the real prospect of a general election sooner rather than later.And they fear, in the words of one Labour MP yesterday, that if Jeremy Corbyn is leading the party at that general election that Labour will be wiped out. But despite all this turbulence at Westminster that doesn't guarantee, from the perspective of MPs, that they will succeed in getting rid of him.That's because - and this gulf within the Labour movement is still as wide now as it's ever been - loads of party members and Labour supporters think Jeremy Corbyn is brilliant.
               
               
               
               
               
           
           
        Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Benn said: "At this absolutely critical time for our country following the EU referendum result, the Labour Party needs strong and effective leadership to hold the government to account."We don't currently have that and there is also no confidence we would be able to win a general election as long as Jeremy remains leader. And I felt it was important to say that."Asked if he thought Mr Corbyn should resign, he said he did but added "that is a matter for him".Mr Benn also ruled out standing for the Labour leadership.The Labour Party campaigned for Remain during the referendum, which saw the UK voting to leave the EU by 52% to 48% on Thursday.But Mr Corbyn - who has been a long-standing critic of the EU and who is regarded as the most Eurosceptic Labour leader in years - was criticised by some in his party for not making the case for the EU forcefully enough.
               
               
               
               
               
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            Hours after Mr Benn's sacking, shadow health secretary Ms Alexander, who joined Mr Corbyn's shadow cabinet last year, tweeted: "It is with a heavy heart that I have this morning resigned from the shadow cabinet."In a letter to the Labour leader, she wrote: "Our country needs an effective opposition which can hold the government to account."The letter continued: "As much as I respect you as a man of principle, I do not believe you have the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding and I believe that if we are to form the next government, a change of leadership is essential."Sources told the BBC shadow chancellor John McDonnell was standing by Mr Corbyn, saying that anyone who resigned would be replaced.
               
               
               
               
               
           
           
        Speaking to BBC News, Labour MP Stephen Kinnock said of Labour's EU referendum "was not Labour's finest hour."He said Mr Corbyn's input was "lacklustre and half-hearted" and he added that if the party had got more Labour voters on side, Remain would have won.The referendum had changed British politics, he said, and we can't "just pretend it's business as usual", describing it as the "biggest crisis since the second world war".Ben Bradshaw, who served in Gordon Brown's government and in opposition under Ed Miliband, said Labour faced being "wiped out" under Mr Corbyn at the next general election, which he said was neither good for the country nor the party.He said his party needed to "think very carefully" whether Mr Corbyn would win an election, and if he could do the "right job" for the next days and weeks to help "steer Britain as opposition leader through this very, very dangerous period".

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Brexit vote: UK must 'clarify' stance says European Commission
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Brexit vote: UK must 'clarify' stance says European Commission

Brexit vote: UK must 'clarify' stance says European Commission

   
   
            28 June 2016

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            European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has urged UK to "clarify its position" on Brexit as soon as possible.He told the European parliament that Britain and the UK remained friends but it needed to state its position to avoid uncertainty.PM David Cameron is to meet European Union leaders for the first time since the UK voted to leave later on Tuesday.He is stepping down to allow his successor to conduct exit negotiations.Mr Cameron has said it will be up to the next prime minister when to trigger the formal method by which a country leaves the EU, Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
   
       
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"We need to clarify the situation as quickly as possible. But I'm still sad because I'm not a robot, a grey bureaucrat or technocrat," Mr Juncker said."I'm a European and I have a right to say I regret the result of the British vote."Mr Juncker also echoed comments from the leaders of France, Germany and Italy that there can be no informal talks until Britain began the exit process.                                                                                                    "We cannot allow a long period of uncertainty. There can be no secret negotiations. No notification, no negotiation," he said.He also said the will of the British people must be respected, prompting applause from UK Independence Party (Ukip) leader Nigel Farage, a key campaigner behind the leave vote."You were fighting for the exit, the British people voted in favour of the exit. Why are you here?" Mr Junker said to him.Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People's Party grouping in the European parliament delivered an angry rebuke to Mr Farage.Mr Weber said the "worst liars can be found amongst Ukip". He said Mr Farage had gone back on a pledge to fund the NHS with money taken back from EU contributions."Apologise to the British, shame on you," he told Mr Farage, adding: "Stop this populist Brussels bashing."Mr Weber also said: "The times of appeasement are over. We have to stand up for our European project."

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            29 June 2016

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            A gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk international airport has killed 36 people and injured more than 140 others, officials say.Three attackers began shooting inside and outside the terminal late on Tuesday and blew themselves up after police fired at them, officials say.PM Binali Yildirim said early signs pointed to so-called Islamic State but no-one has so far admitted the attack.Recent bombings have been linked to either IS or Kurdish separatists.Follow the latest updates here
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Tuesday's attack looked like a major co-ordinated assault, says the BBC's Mark Lowen.Ataturk airport has long been seen as a vulnerable target, our Turkey correspondent adds, reporting from a plane stuck on the tarmac in Istanbul. There are X-ray scanners at the entrance to the terminal but security checks for cars are limited.
           
    Media captionBBC reporter Mark Lowen reports from on board a plane stuck on the tarmac Pictures from the airport terminal showed bodies covered in sheets, with glass and abandoned luggage littering the building.                                                                                                    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the attack should serve as a turning point in the global fight against militant groups."The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world," he said.The US called the attack "heinous", saying America remained "steadfast in our support for Turkey".German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called the attacks "cowardly and brutal".'Dressed in black'Mr Yildirim said at least 36 people were killed and many wounded, some seriously, with foreigners likely to be among the victims.
           
    Media captionFootage shows passengers taking cover inside the airport
           
    Media captionWill Carter, eyewitness: "We saw a flash of fire"In the first indication of nationalities of victims, Turkish officials said one Iranian and one Ukrainian were confirmed dead.Mr Yildirim said the attackers had arrived at the airport in a taxi.Footage on social media shows one of the attackers running in the departure hall as people around him flee. He is shot by police and remains on the ground for about 20 seconds before blowing himself up. All three attackers were killed.Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag put the number of injured at 147.Taxis were used to rush casualties to hospital after the attack. Desperate relatives of those missing later gathered outside a local hospital where many victims were taken. Some expressed anger about the lack of information.Flights in and out of the airport were suspended after the attack. The US Federal Aviation Administration initially grounded all services between the US and Istanbul but the stoppage was later lifted.Flights have now resumed at the airport, but information boards showed about one-third had been cancelled, with many delays.
               
               
               
               
               
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                    Terrified passengers were seen leaving the airport on foot
               
           
               
               
               
               
               
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                    Armed police sealed off the area
               
           
               
               
               
               
               
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                    Ambulances flocked to the airport after explosions were heard
               
           
               
               
               
               
               
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                    A number of injured people were taken to local hospitals
               
            Paul Roos, who was due to fly home to South Africa, told Reuters he saw one of the attackers."He was wearing all black. His face was not masked. We ducked behind a counter but I stood up and watched him. Two explosions went off shortly after one another. By that time he had stopped shooting."He turned around and started coming towards us. He was holding his gun inside his jacket. He looked around anxiously to see if anyone was going to stop him and then went down the escalator. We heard some more gunfire and then another explosion, and then it was over."Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium whose capital city was targeted by bombers in March, tweeted from the EU summit in Brussels: "Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul's airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence."#PrayforTurkey began trending on Twitter after the attack.Ataturk airportEurope's third-busiest in passenger traffic after London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle, serving 61.3 million passengers in 2015. World's 11th busiest
Opened in 1924 in the Yesilkoy area, renamed in the 1980s after the nation's first president, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Two passenger terminals: one domestic, one international
To be closed after the massive Istanbul New Airport - planned to be the largest in the world - opens in the Arnavutkoy district. Its first phase is due to be operational in 2017
Turkey finds itself facing security crises on a number of fronts.Gun and bomb attacks over the past two years have been blamed on both Islamic State militants and Kurdish separatists such as the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK).Officials say TAK normally targets security personnel, whereas the attacks blamed on IS are more often on "soft targets" such as shopping or tourist areas and transport hubs. However, TAK said it carried out an attack on Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport in December.Islamic State was quick to admit carrying out the Brussels attacks but usually remains silent on Turkey, which is a major route for recruits travelling from Europe to its bases in Syria and Iraq.Major recent attacks20167 June, Istanbul: Car bomb kills seven police officers and four civilians. Claimed by Kurdish militant group TAK19 March, Istanbul: Suicide bomb kills four people in shopping street. IS blamed13 March, Ankara: Car bomb kills 34. Claimed by TAK17 February, Ankara: 29 killed in attack on military buses. Claimed by TAK12 January, Istanbul: 11 Germans killed by Syrian bomber in tourist area201523 December, Istanbul: Bomb kills cleaner at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport. Claimed by TAK10 October, Ankara:  More than 100 killed at peace rally outside railway station. Blamed on IS20 July, Suruc, near Syrian border: 34 people killed in bombing in Kurdish town. IS blamedMore than 61 million passengers travelled through Ataturk airport in 2015.However, security concerns and a Russian boycott over last year's downing of a Russian military jet on the Turkey-Syria border have hit the Turkish tourist sector this year.A US state department travel warning for Turkey, originally published in March and updated on Monday, urges US citizens to "exercise heightened vigilance and caution when visiting public access areas, especially those heavily frequented by tourists."Were you at Istanbul's Ataturk airport? Did you witness the events? You can share your experiences by emailing [email protected] include a contact number if you are willing to speak to a BBC journalist. You can also contact us in the following ways:WhatsApp: +44 7525 900971

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        The UK government is to defer a decision on airport expansion until the new Conservative Party leader is elected, the BBC understands.It makes a promised decision this year much less likely.Campaigners had said the Brexit vote "must cast doubts" on whether Heathrow Airport would get a third runway.But on Thursday, a Heathrow spokesman said expansion "must be a key building block in the government's Brexit plan" if the UK wants to be confident."It will allow British exporters to trade with all the growing markets of the world, strengthening Britain's position as one of the great trading nations," a Heathrow spokesman said.
   
       
"And at a time of uncertainty, a £16bn privately funded infrastructure investment will create jobs and growth across the UK."Last July, the Airport Commission recommended Heathrow be expanded with a third runway - a 3,500m runway north of the two existing ones - at an estimated cost of £18.6bn.But in December, the government delayed its decision, saying further work on noise, pollution and compensation needed to be carried out.                                                                                                    Conservative leadership contender Boris Johnson, a prominent member of the Leave campaign, consistently opposed Heathrow airport expansion while he was Mayor of London.Analysis: Theo Leggett, business correspondentIt is exactly a year since the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, issued its report on expanding airport capacity in the UK.Three options were shortlisted - an extension of one of Heathrow's existing runways, a new runway at Gatwick, or a third runway at Heathrow. All three proposals remain on the table. However, the Davies Commission was unambiguous - it said that the best option was a third runway at Heathrow. And although the government postponed its final decision, it was widely expected to follow the Commision's recommendation - until now.The referendum result has had a huge impact. As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was implacably opposed to a third runway at Heathrow. One of his rivals, Theresa May, has expressed concerns about noise at the airport.So you can see why the government would defer its decision - there would be no point endorsing Heathrow if the next Prime Minister were to overturn that decision.It's good news for Gatwick - which still believes its own expansion plan can win the day. But bad news for the businesses who have been lobbying for a decision to be taken before the end of the summer.Business campaign group London First said the deferral of the decision was "disappointing"."Nothing can be more vital for a trading island than sufficient air links, especially after the referendum result," said London First chief executive Baroness Jo Valentine."There should be no question that whoever takes over from David Cameron must keep the government's commitment to open a new runway by 2030."London First and Tesco chairman John Allan said it would be "a very serious setback, not just for London but for the whole country".

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        British Gas is to offer free electricity for eight hours at weekends to two million customers who have smart meters installed.Customers will be able to chose whether to take advantage of the deal between 9am and 5pm on a Saturday or a Sunday.British Gas said consumers should see savings of about £60 a year.But experts said it will not necessarily be the cheapest deal on the market, and advised people to shop around with other suppliers.Most of British Gas's 11 million customers will not be eligible, as only 2.4 million of these have smart meters.
   
       
For the first time, smart meters enable energy firms to work out the time of day when people are using power.The move follows an  announcement by British Gas in April that it had lost 224,000 customers in the first three months of 2016.'Roasts and stews'British Gas said the new FreeTime tariff will be the cheapest dual fuel deal on offer from the company.                                                                                                    But independent energy expert Ann Robinson said consumers might still find a lower tariff elsewhere."Consumers need to think about the small print, shop around and see if there's a better deal out there," she said.However, she welcomed the innovative use of smart meters, saying people might be prepared to change habits to save money."It's worth thinking about cooking your major roasts and stews, or doing two or three rounds of laundry on the same day," she said.Experts expect other suppliers to follow suit.Large energy suppliers have now installed 2.75 million residential smart meters across the UK, less than 6% of all meters, according to the latest government figures.In total, 53 million smart meters are due to be installed by 2020.

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                    Jeremy Corbyn's leadership is under threat after numerous frontbench resignations
               
            Shadow cabinet members are drawing up plans to encourage Jeremy Corbyn to resign, BBC Newsnight has learned.The MPs want to broker a compromise that would preserve some of the Labour leader's key policies if he quit.Newsnight political editor Nick Watt said MPs had been creating a timetable to let Mr Corbyn "retire with dignity".But James Schneider, of grassroots Labour movement Momentum, said the plan would not work as Mr Corbyn had "an enormous amount of support".Mr Corbyn's leadership is under threat after numerous frontbench resignations and a no-confidence vote by his MPs.
   
       
But he has said he would not "betray" the party members who elected him last year by standing down.'Incredible steel'The BBC has learned that a delegation of shadow cabinet members tried to meet Mr Corbyn on Thursday to put forward their plan, but were unsuccessful.Under the plan, potential leadership contenders would agree to pursue some of Mr Corbyn's key policies on issues including tackling inequality and making the party more democratic.                                                                                                    Momentum spokesman Mr Schneider told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Mr Corbyn had shown "incredible steel" in remaining leader, and he accused the other MPs of trying to "subvert democracy in the party"."If they are unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership or the policies which he is standing for, they need to get 51 signatures, they need to find a candidate, they need to find a platform and they need to go for it," he said."But they don't have a candidate who can beat Jeremy Corbyn."He said there was a "reasonable amount of evidence" to suggest that people who had joined the Labour Party in a recent surge had joined to support Mr Corbyn, as 60% of the first 13,000 members had put this on their joining form.But former Labour leader Neil Kinnock told BBC Radio 5 Live that Mr Corbyn should "do his duty and resign".Lord Kinnock said: "I totally understand and I completely support the members of Parliament who voted in the no-confidence motion."They were doing the clear, honest thing when they are so fundamentally alarmed by the prospects for the party."Calls to resignMeanwhile, former Welsh Secretary Lord Hain told the BBC's Sunday Politics Wales programme he had never been as concerned as he was now about the party's prospects. He said it was "much more serious" than the "early 1980s strife".Criticism of Mr Corbyn's EU referendum campaign input prompted a series of walkouts by shadow cabinet members and mounting calls for the leader to resign.
               
               
               
               
               
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                    Potential leadership challenger Angela Eagle has said Mr Corbyn "still has time to do the right thing"
               
            Prime Minister David Cameron, who criticised Mr Corbyn's efforts during the EU referendum in the House of Commons last week, told him: "For heaven's sake man, go."Mr Corbyn's predecessor, Ed Miliband, also joined calls for him to quit, telling BBC Radio 4's The World at One his position was "untenable".But senior allies of Mr Corbyn, who has strong support among the party's members, are determined to keep him in place.Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has previously indicated he is confident Mr Corbyn would see off any challenge to his leadership.Ex-London mayor Ken Livingstone has said Mr Corbyn would win any leadership contest and that people would be "appalled" at MPs trying to force out a leader elected by 60% of members and supporters.But some supporters believe easing him out may be the only way to avoid a split.On Thursday, potential leadership challenger Angela Eagle said Mr Corbyn "still has time to do the right thing".Mr Corbyn rejected an attempt by deputy leader Tom Watson to persuade him to stand down.

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                    Police were called to a flat in Bishport Avenue in Hartcliffe on Friday afternoon
               
            Two people have been charged after a one-year-old boy was shot in the head with an air rifle in Bristol.Harry Studley remains in a critical condition in Bristol Children's Hospital after being shot on Friday.Jordan Walters, 24, and Emma Jane Horseman, 23, of Bishport Avenue, have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm. They have been remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on Monday.Police were called to a flat in Bishport Avenue in Hartcliffe at about 16:10 BST.
   
       
Harry's parents, Amy Allen and Edward Studley, said in a statement issued through the police: "We very much appreciate the help and support of our family, friends and local community at this very difficult time."We are concentrating our focus on our son Harry's recovery and would appreciate if we could have our privacy respected in order to allow us to do so."

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    Media captionJeremy Bowen reports: "People are furious that jihadists seem to be able to bomb Baghdad at will"The number of people killed in Sunday's suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has risen to 165, interior ministry officials have said.The government has declared three days of mourning after the huge blast, which injured 225 others.A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.It is believed to be the deadliest single bomb attack in Iraq since 2007.Rescuers said whole families had been killed. Many people were badly burned.
   
       
So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it carried out the suicide attack. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was greeted by angry crowds when he visited the mainly Shia Muslim area in the hours after the bombing. His office said Mr Abadi understood the reaction of residents and would increase security by banning "magic wand" fake bomb detectors and improving vehicle inspections at roads into the city.
               
               
               
               
               
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                    People lit candles at the scene of the Karrada blast, to remember victims
               
           
               
               
               
               
               
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            The fake bomb detectors, some based on cheap devices for finding golf balls, were sold in large numbers to Iraq by several different fraudsters.One British businessman, who was jailed for 10 years, sold more than 6,000 devices to Iraq for up to $40,000 (£30,000) each.The UK banned their export to Iraq in 2010 and several other fraudsters received prison sentences. Despite warnings that the devices were useless, the Iraqi security forces continued to use them.As night fell on Sunday, teams of workers were still clearing debris from the site and searching the charred remnants of buildings.The bombing at around midnight on Saturday came a week after Iraqi forces recaptured the city of Falluja from IS.Reports said a refrigerator van had been packed with explosives and left near the popular al-Hadi Centre.Footage from the minutes just after the blast showed the whole area engulfed in flames.
               
               
               
               
               
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            "We need a number of days to be able to recover the bodies of victims. It is a difficult task," a member of the civil defence forces quoted by AFP news agency said."The lists of victims I saw included whole families - the father and his sons, the mother and her daughters - whole families were wiped out by this explosion."A second bomb exploded shortly afterwards in another predominantly Shia area north of the capital, killing another five people.IS, which follows its own extreme version of Sunni Islam, said in an online statement that the attack in Karrada was carried out by an Iraqi as part of "ongoing security operations". The US said on Sunday the attack strengthened its resolve to support Iraqi forces in their fight against IS.UN Iraq envoy Jan Kubis said IS militants who have "suffered defeats at the battlefront are seeking to avenge their losses by targeting vulnerable civilians".
               
               
               
               
               
           
           
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        9 June 2016: At least 30 people killed in and around Baghdad in two suicide attacks claimed by IS17 May 2016: Four bomb blasts kill 69 people in Baghdad; three of the targets were Shia areas11 May 2016: Car bombs in Baghdad kill 93 people, including 64 in market in Shia district of Sadr City1 May 2016: Two car bombs kill at least 33 people in southern city of Samawa26 March 2016: Suicide attack targets football match in central city of Iskandariya, killing at least 326 March 2016: Fuel tanker blown up at checkpoint near central city of Hilla, killing 4728 February 2016: Twin suicide bomb attacks hit market in Sadr City, killing 70

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