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In pictures: After the Everest avalanche


In pictures: After the Everest avalanche http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32492250

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The mothers being criminalised in El Salvador


The mothers being criminalised in El Salvador http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-32480443

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How do you memorise an entire symphony?


How do you memorise an entire symphony? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32428022

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People in dark corners


People in dark corners http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32446711

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Pepsi to ditch artificial sweetener


Pepsi to ditch artificial sweetener http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32478203

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Mitochondria editing tried in mice


Mitochondria editing tried in mice http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32434347

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Fears for Nepal’s ‘invisible’ Tibetan refugees


Fears for Nepal’s ‘invisible’ Tibetan refugees http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32476346

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SBS presenter fired for Anzac tweets


SBS presenter fired for Anzac tweets http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-32476479

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Back pain link to chimpanzee spine


Back pain link to chimpanzee spine http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32452250

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Israel ‘kills militants’ in Golan


Israel ‘kills militants’ in Golan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32479263

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Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’


Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32472310

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Russian hackers ‘accessed Obama’s unclassified emails’

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Murrow vs. McCarthy


Murrow vs. McCarthy

Complete Murrow Speech From Good Night, and Good Luck Evmonk Evmonk: ‘Our history will by what we make it’


Complete Murrow Speech From Good Night, and Good Luck

SPIRITUAL REFLECTION


SPIRITUAL REFLECTION

“Baptismal regeneration”

From the first apology in defense of the Christians by Saint Justin, martyr
(Cap. 61: Quasten, Florilegium Patristicum, 14-16)

Through Christ we received new life and we consecrated ourselves to God. I will explain the way in which we did this. Those who believe what we teach is true and who give assurance of their ability to live according to that teaching are taught to ask God’s forgiveness for their sins by prayer and fasting and we pray and fast with them. We then lead them to a place where there is water and they are reborn in the same way as we were reborn; that is to say, they are washed in the water in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the whole universe, of our Savior Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit. This is done because Christ said: Unless you are born again you will not enter the kingdom of heaven, and it is impossible for anyone, having once been born, to reenter his mother’s womb.

An explanation of how repentant sinners are to be freed from their sins is given through the prophet Isaiah in the words: Wash yourselves and be clean. Remove the evil from your souls; learn to do what is right. Be just to the orphan, vindicate the widow. Come, let us reason together, says the Lord. If your sins are like scarlet, I will make them white as wool; if they are like crimson, I will make them white as snow. But if you do not heed me, you shall be devoured by the sword. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.

The apostles taught us the reason for this ceremony of ours. Our first birth took place without our knowledge or consent because our parents came together, and we grew up in the midst of wickedness. So if we were not to remain children of necessity and ignorance, we needed a new birth of which we ourselves would be conscious, and which would be the result of our own free choice. We needed, too, to have our sins forgiven. This is why the name of God, the Father and Lord of the whole universe, is pronounced in the water over anyone who chooses to be born again and who has repented of his sins. The person who leads the candidate for baptism to the font calls upon God by this name alone, for God so far surpasses our powers of description that no one can really give a name to him. Anyone who dares to say that he can must be hopelessly insane.

This baptism is called “illumination” because of the mental enlightenment that is experienced by those who learn these things. The person receiving this enlightenment is also baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and in the name of the Holy Spirit, who through the prophets foretold everything concerning Jesus.    More

Get happy in the world’s happiest countries


Get happy in the world’s happiest countries
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/23/travel/feat-world-happiest-countries-2015/index.html

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5 key questions about Baltimore protests


5 key questions about Baltimore protests
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/22/us/baltimore-protests-freddie-gray-five-questions/index.html

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Syria Islamists take northern town


Syria Islamists take northern town http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32461693

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Putin-backed bikers head for Berlin


Putin-backed bikers head for Berlin http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32470726

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Death toll in Nepal quake over 1,000


Death toll in Nepal quake over 1,000 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-32467986

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From the Hill : And Yet It Didn’t Rain!


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From the Hill : Eucaliptus and Whittier Water Tower


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FROM THE HILL : Today’s Rattlesnake


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via CNA Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says


 

Credit: Kema Keur via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Credit: Kema Keur via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0).

 

via CNA Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says

.- On the day marking 100 years since the systematic killing of over a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities, a Catholic historian insists that peaceful coexistence is possible today in Turkey.

“It is very important today to celebrate the centenary of the Armenian genocide because history has shown without doubt that this genocide happened,” Marco Impagliazzo told CNA April 23.

However, from the memory of this dark point in history “we can start to build a new future in Turkey between Turkish and other Christian minorities. This genocide doesn’t divide us, but is a new step,” he said.

The Ottoman Empire was a strong example of “cohabitation, coexistence between people, religions and ethnicities,” before the rise in Turkish nationalism produced the racist attitudes which led to the slaughter of the Armenians in 1915, he said.

However, this “cohabitation” is not something of the past, but can still be an example of peaceful coexistence today.

Impagliazzo is a full time professor of Contemporary History at the University for Foreigners of Perugia and president of the Community of Sant’Egidio. He is also a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples.

He recently authored a book entitled “The Martyrdom of the Armenians,” and spoke alongside the founder of the Sant’Egidio Community, Andrea Riccardi, at an April 23 event commemorating the “Armenian Martyrdom.”
    
Organized by the Sant’Egidio Community, the event also celebrated the publication of Impagliazzo’s book, as well as a volume written by Riccardi entitled “The Massacre of Christians,” which was published simultaneously with that of Impagliazzo.

Both of the books provide a historical account of what is commonly known as the Armenian genocide, the centenary of which is celebrated today.

Also referred to as the Armenian Holocaust, the genocide took place in 1915 when the Ottoman Empire systematically exterminated its historic minority Armenian population who called Turkey their homeland, most of whom were Christians. Roughly 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives.

Turkey has repeatedly denied that the slaughter was a genocide, saying that the number of deaths was much smaller, and came as a result of conflict surrounding World War I. The country holds that many ethnic Turks also lost their lives in the event.

However, most non-Turkish scholars refer to the episode as a genocide. Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Russia and Uruguay are among the 22 nations that formally recognize the massacre as a genocide.

Today Germany added also added itself to that list during an April 24 parliamentary session, making itself the 23rd country to recognize the massacre as a genocide.

Speaker Norbert Lammert told parliament that “we Germans cannot lecture anyone about dealing with their past, but we can through our own experiences encourage others to confront their history, even when it hurts,” the Associated Press reports.

The agency reports that Lammert made his comments at the beginning of a non-binding motion to recognize the Armenians’ fate as “exemplary for the history of mass destruction, ethnic cleansing, expulsions and genocides by which the 20th century is marked.”

Yesterday German President Joachim Gauck also referred to the slaughter as a genocide, which signaled a shift in his country’s stance on the subject, as previous officials have avoided using the term.

In their speeches for the commemorative event, both Impagliazzo and Riccardi stressed that the use of the term genocide in the case of the Armenian massacre is not a word of hatred, but one of truth.

“As St. Paul said, the truth will set you free. So now we have this freedom of knowledge of our past, to be more free to build a new future together,” Impagliazzo said in his comments to CNA.

He said it’s important for both sides to recognize what took place during the massacre, and that Turkey “(has) to know as we have to know, what happened in order to build a new future.”

The professor recalled Pope Francis’ own use of the term “genocide” during his April 12 liturgy for Divine Mercy Sunday, which he offered for faithful of the Armenian rite in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the tragic event.

In his homily for the Mass, Francis noted that “in the past century our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies. The first, which is widely considered ‘the first genocide of the twentieth century,’ struck your own Armenian people, the first Christian nation.”

The Pope’s words, Impagliazzo said, were “very important” and showed the freedom he had “to speak, not to accuse the Turkish people or the Turkish government, absolutely not.”

Francis, he said, “is aware of this fact, of these massacres, (and) he spoke as a free man, a free man that wants a new consideration of the facts in order to establish a new story.”

The professor expressed his belief that there is already a movement of reconciliation going on within Turkey, which he said was largely inspired by Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered in 2007 and was a prominent member of the Armenian community.

Dink was the editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Agos, and had been outspoken in advocating for reconciliation for Turkey and Armenia, as well as for human and minority rights in Turkey.

Often critical of both the Turkish denial of the genocide as well as the Armenian push for its international recognition, Dink was killed in Istanbul in 2007 by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist named Ogin Samast.

At his funeral, large numbers of both Turkish and Armenian citizens marched together “to demonstrate to the Turkish people that we don’t have to fear memory,” Impagliazzo said.

Even if an official recognition of the genocide could help in the process of reconciliation, “I don’t think it’s a legal step that will solve this situation, but a new mutual understanding between people, based on the truth of the history,” he said.

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Picture of the day: Inchon Invasion General of the Army Douglas MacArthur


Inchon Invasion General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (seated, center) is photographed on board the USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7) during the Inchon landings on September 15, 1950. The others present are (from left to right): Rear Admiral James H. Doyle, U.S. Navy, Commander, Task Force 90; Brigadier General Edwin K. Wright, U.S. Army, MacArthur’s Operations Officer, and Major General Edward M. Almond, U.S. Army, Commander, Tenth Corps. Photo: National Archives – See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.qnND0S7T.dpuf

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


 

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

April 25

1590   The Sultan of Morocco launches a successful attack to capture Timbuktu.
1644   The Ming Chongzhen emperor commits suicide by hanging himself.
1707   At the Battle of Almansa, Franco-Spanish forces defeat the Anglo-Portugese forces.
1719   Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe is published in London.
1792   The guillotine is first used to execute highwayman Nicolas J. Pelletier.
1859   Work begins on the Suez Canal in Egypt.
1862   Admiral Farragut occupies New Orleans, Louisiana.
1864   After facing defeat in the Red River Campaign, Union General Nathaniel Bank returns to Alexandria, Louisiana.
1867   Tokyo is opened for foreign trade.
1882   French commander Henri Riviere seizes the citadel of Hanoi in Indochina.
1898   The United States declares war on Spain.
1915   Australian and New Zealand troops land at Gallipoli in Turkey.
1925   General Paul von Hindenburg takes office as president of Germany.
1926   In Iran, Reza Kahn is crowned Shah and chooses the name “Pehlevi.”
1926   Puccini’s opera Turandot premiers at La Scala in Milan with Arturo Toscanini conducting.
1938   A seeing eye dog is used for the first time.
1945   U.S. and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on Elbe River.
1951   After a three day fight against Chinese Communist Forces, the Gloucestershire Regiment is annihilated on “Gloucester Hill,” in Korea.
1953   The magazine Nature publishes an article by biologists Francis Crick and James Watson, describing the “double helix” of DNA.
1956   Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” goes to number one on the charts.
1959   The St. Lawrence Seaway–linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes–opens to shipping.
1960   The first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth is completed by a Triton submarine.
1962   A U.S. Ranger spacecraft crash lands on the Moon.
1971   The country of Bangladesh is established.
1980   President Jimmy Carter tells the American people about the hostage rescue disaster in Iran.
1982   In accordance with the Camp David agreements, Israel completes a withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula.
1990   Violeta Barrios de Chamorro begins a six year term as Nicaragua’s president.
Born on April 25
1214   Louis IX, king of France (1226-1270).
1284   Edward II, king of England (1307-1327).
1599   Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England (1653-1658).
1873   Howard R. Garis, children’s writer.
1873   Walther de la Mare, poet and novelist (Memoir of a Midget, Come Hither).
1874   Guglielmo Marconi, Italian physicist, inventor of the radio.
1892   Maud Hart Lovelace, children’s author.
1908   Edward R. Murrow, war correspondent and newscaster.
1912   Gladys L. Presley, mother of Elvis Presley.
1914   Ross Lockridge, Jr., novelist (Raintree Country).
1917   Ella Fitzgerald, American singer.

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today’s holiday: Anzac Day


 

Anzac Day

A national holiday in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day takes its name from the initial letters of “Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.” It commemorates the landing of the Anzac troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in European Turkey on April 25, 1915, during World War I. Like Memorial Day in the US, this day is celebrated with veterans’ parades and church services. Observed as a holiday since 1920, Anzac Day now honors those who have died in both world wars as well as in Korea and Vietnam. More… Discuss

 

quotation: Jane Austen


 One may be continually abusive without saying any thing just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

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today’s birthday: Edward R. Murrow (1908)


 

Edward R. Murrow (1908)

Known for his trademark signoff, “Good night, and good luck,” Murrow was an American journalist who became famous for his series of dramatic radio news broadcasts from London rooftops during German bombing raids in World War II. He later became a pioneer of television news broadcasting and produced a series of reports that helped turn public opinion against anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. Rarely seen without a cigarette, Murrow was said to smoke how many a day? More… Discuss



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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. – Good night, and good luck”

Famous CBS journalist, Edward R. Murrow speaks on Senator Joseph McCarthy and the fear he was creating by his insatiable quest for communists in the U.S.

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As a journalism major, I find the study of Ed Murrow simply captivating. He is by far one of the greatest writers and journalists of all time.

Egbert Roscoe Murrow, the youngest of three brothers, was born to Quaker parents of Scott-Irish descent at Polecat Creek, Guilford County, North Carolina on April 25, 1908. The home he was born in was a simple primitive log cabin with no modern amenities whatsoever. He father was Roscoe C. Murrow and mother was Ethel F. née Lamb. Later his parents out of desperation migrated to Washington State and set up a homestead where Murrow received his education. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in speech communications.

Murrow made his fame in radio when he broadcast live from Vienna, the annexation of Austria (Anschluss) by Germany in 1938. HIs broadcast with multiple journalists speaking from different cities in the western world captivated audiences. He would later report during the bombing raids over London known as “The Blitz” to historians. Murrow’s style and precedent in radio made him a news radio pioneer. He was best known by those close to him to be witty, honest and a man of integrity.

One of the highlights of his career was taking on the insatiable witch hunt by junior Senator, Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy became known for his quest to root out so-called communists in U.S. government and entertainment industry in Hollywood. Murrow had enough and over a period of a year, collected numerous video and recordings of McCarthy exposing his tactics on air. Historians believe because of Murrow’s bravery, it ended the career of Joseph McCarthy.

Murrow’s style of reporting with his pauses between words along with his unique way of driving home the point of his address set him apart from other radio personalities.. He is noted as one of the best, if not the best, journalist of all time. He was well known for his catch phrase after each editorial, “Good night, and Good Luck” as heard in this video.

Murrow passed away in April 27, 1965 just two days after celebrating his 57th birthday. His wife,Janet Huntington Brewster, passed away in 1998. They had one male child, Charles Casey Murrow born in 1945 and is now a Professor in New England.

 

Spanish-American War Begins (1898)


 

Spanish-American War Begins (1898)

Demands by Cuban patriots for independence from Spanish rule made US intervention in Cuba a paramount issue in the relations between the US and Spain from the 1870s to 1898, when the Spanish-American War began. The conflict ended after just 109 days with the Treaty of Paris, which gave the US ownership of Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam, all formerly Spanish colonies. One factor that increased American public support for such a war was the practice of “yellow journalism,” which is what? More… Discuss

 

Heirloom Plants


 

Heirloom Plants

An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Most food crops are now grown in huge, monocultural plots owned by corporations, and few varieties of each type of crop are grown. The increasing popularity of heirloom gardening can be seen as a reaction to this trend. Why is 1951 a key year for heirloom gardeners? More… Discuss

 

word: opprobrious


 

opprobrious

Definition: (adjective) Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Synonyms: abusive, scornful, shameful, ignominious
Usage: His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions. Discuss.

 

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In pictures: Kathmandu temples collapse after deadly quake

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From NPR News


At Least 71 Dead As Strong Earthquake Rocks Nepal http://n.pr/1ORdRPH

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From NPR News


Invisible For Generations, ‘Hidden Armenians’ Emerge In Turkey http://n.pr/1DZNR1N

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10 things we didn’t know last week


10 things we didn’t know last week http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-32429711

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Week in pictures: 18-24 April 2015


Week in pictures: 18-24 April 2015 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-32446026

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From NPR News


PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink’s Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners http://n.pr/1E0aV0e

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EU allows sale of more GM food crops


EU allows sale of more GM food crops http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32450268

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Canada’s Senate speaker Nolin dies


Canada’s Senate speaker Nolin dies http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-32452817

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Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm


Yemen ex-leader appeals for calm http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-32458774

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Frenchwoman who inspired ‘Ratatouille’ named world’s best chef

http://f24.my/1GpMGtc

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The week in 37 photos


The week in 37 photos
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/24/world/gallery/week-in-photos-0424/index.html

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ kills off star role


‘Grey’s Anatomy’ kills off star role
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/24/entertainment/greys-anatomy-character-killed-off/index.html

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Airlines saved $3.4 billion. You saved 66 cents


Airlines saved $3.4 billion. You saved 66 cents
http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/24/news/companies/airline-fuel-savings-fares/index.html

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Obama breaks promise on Armenian genocide


Obama breaks promise on Armenian genocide
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/24/politics/armenia-genocide-obama-broken-promise-jake-tapper/index.html

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Working in the Capitol, sleeping on the street


Working in the Capitol, sleeping on the street
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/24/politics/congress-living-wage-homeless-capitol/index.html

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Iranian ships turn away from Yemen


Iranian ships turn away from Yemen
http://www.cnn.com//2015/04/24/politics/iranian-convoy-ships-leave-yemen/index.html

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From NPR News


CDC Warns More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks Likely Among Drug Users http://n.pr/1aYmFWP

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Toddlers under pressure to pass nursery entrance interviews


Toddlers under pressure to pass nursery entrance interviews http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32040752

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