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If Trump were indicted and fled, he would go where there's no extradition treaty, legal experts say. The US would be in "uncharted territories" if it sought extradition of Trump, experts say. But the US and Russia have no extradition treaty or formal process through which a wanted person is arrested. Russian officials could agree to entertain Trump's application, which would trigger an international standoff between two countries with an already fraught relationship. If US authorities arrested Trump and won a criminal conviction against him, the former president's political career wouldn't necessarily stop there.
Persons: Trump, Donald Trump, Cyrus Vance Jr, Vance, Vladimir Putin, It's, Biden, Shanlon Wu, Elizabeth Shackelford, Joe Biden, They've, Donald Trump's, he'd, I'm, Kim Jung Un, Susan Walsh, hasn't, Read, Edward Snowden, Phillip Faraone, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Wu, They'd, Julian Assange, Assange, Karen Alter, Alter, Tom Brenner, Fani Willis, Brad Raffensperger, Laurie Levenson Organizations: Service, Manhattan, Trump, State Department, Capitol, White, North, Trump hasn't, US, United Arab Emirates, WIRED25, Russian Embassy, US State Department, Justice Department's, International Affairs, Foreign Relations, US Marshals Service, WikiLeaks, Ecuadorian Embassy, Northwestern University, Investigators, Georgia, Democratic, Loyola University Locations: Russia, Moscow, Washington ,, North Korea, China, Belarus, Saudi Arabia —, Indonesia, Jersey, India, Ireland, Russian, Scottish, United States, Ecuador, Australian, London, Washington , DC, New York City , New York, Fulton County , Georgia, New York, Georgia, Fulton County, Washington
Julian Assange's partner Stella Moris reacts after a court denied bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden must let Julian Assange go free if he wants the United States to become a beacon for a free press once again and put the legacy of Donald Trump behind it, the fiancée of the WikiLeaks founder told Reuters. "If Biden really wants to break with the Trump legacy, then he has to drop the case," Moris told Reuters in an interview. The U.S. Justice Department said in February it planned to continue to seek the extradition for Assange to face hacking conspiracy charges. "A superpower that has a free press is very different in nature from one that does not."
Persons: Julian Assange's, Stella Moris, Julian Assange, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Assange, fiancée Stella Moris, Biden, Trump, Moris, Julian, Barack Obama, Weeks, Vanessa Baraitser, Julian wouldn't, he's, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Court, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, WikiLeaks, U.S . Justice Department, Apache, U.S, Thomson Locations: Westminster, London, Britain, United States, U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, Baghdad, Sweden, British, Australian, China, Saudi Arabia, Belmarsh
Indonesia jails cleric for four years over spread of false COVID-19 information
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
A demonstrator holds a picture of Rizieq Shihab, an Indonesian Islamic cleric who is sentenced for breaching coronavirus disease (COVID-19) curbs after his return last year from self-imposed exile, during a protest supporting him, in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Willy KurniawanJAKARTA, June 24 (Reuters) - An Indonesian court jailed hardline Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab on Thursday for four years for spreading false information in a video saying he was healthy despite having tested positive for COVID-19. In a streamed broadcast, Judge Khadwanto said Rizieq was guilty of "announcing false information and purposefully causing confusion for the public." Indonesia passed the 2 million mark in coronavirus cases on Monday, as authorities announced a tightening of restrictions to contain the spread in the world's fourth most populous country. Shortly after being sentenced, Rizieq told the court he rejected its ruling and would contest it.
Persons: Rizieq Shihab, Willy Kurniawan, Rizieq, Judge Khadwanto, Rizieq's, Jakarta's, Joko Widodo, Stanley Widianto, Ed Davies, Michael Perry Organizations: REUTERS, YouTube, Thomson Locations: Indonesian, Jakarta, Indonesia, Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA, Islamic, COVID, Saudi Arabia
Fighting between separatist brigades kills two in Yemen's Aden -sources
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ADEN, June 24 (Reuters) - Clashes between brigades of the main southern separatist movement in Yemen killed two fighters and wounded 15 people, including civilians, in the port city of Aden, security sources said on Thursday. Aden is the interim seat of Yemen's Saudi-backed government and has seen rising tensions between the government and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) over control of the city and wider south. The fighting, which raged for two hours, erupted when one of the brigades manning a checkpoint attempted to disarm another convoy, the sources said. The two sides have yet to redeploy troops out of Aden and other regions in the south which the pact had stipulated. read moreThe coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the government from the capital Sanaa.
Persons: Sheikh Othman, Aidarous, Reyam Mukhashaf, Aziz El Yaakoubi, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Southern Transitional Council, Reuters, AK, STC, United Arab, United Nations, Thomson Locations: ADEN, Yemen, Aden, Yemen's Saudi, Sheikh, Saudi Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, United
A new hydrogen fuel cell truck made by Hyundai is pictured at the Verkehrshaus Luzern (Swiss Museum of Transport) in Luzern, Switzerland October 7, 2020. So-called green hydrogen, made by using renewable energy to power electrolysers to convert water, is being backed by many governments for vehicles and energy plants but it is currently too expensive for widespread use. This month the Biden administration set a goal of reducing the cost of producing clean hydrogen 80% to $1 per kilogram in a decade. I think we're going to see big projects producing big quantities of hydrogen in 2025 and beyond," Oreja said. Industries where electrification is not easily possible including long haul transportation - such as marine and aviation industries - are likely to be early adopters of hydrogen, panelists said.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Marcelino Oreja, Biden, Oreja, Daryl Wilson, Wilson, ACWA, Seifi Ghasemi, Ghasemi, Devika Krishna Kumar, Timothy Gardner, Marguerita Choy Organizations: Hyundai, Luzern, Swiss Museum of Transport, REUTERS, Reuters, Energy, Enagas SA, Hydrogen Council's, Industries, Air Products, Chemicals Inc, Washington DC, Thomson Locations: Luzern, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Oman, New York
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Dubai-based digital bank Zand will attempt to attract customers with competitive deposit rates and a digital-first product lineup when it launches later this year, challenging traditional bank rivals as Covid-19 drives a wave of digital adoption in the Gulf. Zand plans to be the first fully independent digital bank in the UAE, with a remit to service both retail and corporate customers. Zand will offer cards, loans, accounts and personal financial management products "comparable to N26 or Revolut" for new retail customers, Crespin said, drawing a comparison with some of Europe's established neobanks. The launch comes as Covid-19 accelerates the adoption of digital services across the Gulf region. Demand for financial technology products among its young and mobile enabled population is rising, particularly in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Persons: Olivier Crespin, Zand, Mohamed Alabbar, Crespin, Europe's Organizations: United Arab Emirates, CNBC, QnA International, Emaar, Dubai, UAE, Abu Dhabi Bank, Emirates Locations: Dubai, United Arab, UAE, Burj Khalifa, Saudi Arabia
Saudi's April oil exports more than double yr/yr to $13.8 billion
  + stars: | 2021-06-24 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
General view of Saudi Aramco's Ras Tanura oil refinery and oil terminal in Saudi Arabia May 21, 2018. Oil exports made up 72.5% of total exports, up from 64.8% in April 2020 and 70% in March. Non-oil exports rose to 19.6 billion riyals from 13.4 billion but slipped from 22.5 billion riyals in March, the data from the General Authority for Statistics showed. China remained Saudi Arabia's main trading partner in April, with Saudi exports rising to 12.9 billion riyals from 7 billion a year earlier. The kingdom's total export value in April rose to 71.3 billion riyals from 38.1 billion but were down from 74.8 billion in March.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah, Yousef Saba, Jason Neely Organizations: REUTERS, General Authority, Statistics, Saudi, Imports, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabia, DUBAI, China, Turkey
Middle East's share of India's oil imports hits 25-month low
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Nidhi Verma | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
The Middle East’s share dropped to 52.7%, the lowest since April 2019 and down from 67.9% in April, the data showed. Lower purchases of oil from the Middle East dragged OPEC’s share of Indian oil imports to a record low. To replace Middle Eastern oil, refiners hiked imports from Latin America, the United States and the Mediterranean. Private Indian refiners Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy, however, boosted purchases of Canadian heavy oil to a record 244,000 bpd, equivalent to about 6% of India’s overall imports. Tanker arrival data showed higher imports in contrast to preliminary government data, as cyclones along India’s coast line last month delayed discharge of cargoes.
Persons: refiners, India’s, Ehsan Ul, Haq, Brent, ” Ul Organizations: Organization of, Petroleum, Imports, United Arab Emirates, refiners, Oil Research, refiners Reliance Industries, Nayara Energy, CPC Locations: YoY, UAE, U.S, DELHI, India, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Latin America, United States, Nigeria, WTI
Saudi Aramco extends $10 billion loan on improved terms, sources say
  + stars: | 2021-06-23 | by ( Davide Barbuscia | Saeed Azhar | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco has secured a one-year extension to a $10 billion loan it raised last year, negotiating improved terms in the process, three sources told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A view shows branded oil tanks at Saudi Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. It has over the past few months renegotiated and extended a $10 billion one-year loan it raised in May last year, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Aramco is also looking to replicate the oil pipeline deal by selling a stake in its gas pipelines, sources have said. The $12.4 billion pipeline deal was backed by nearly $11 billion in debt underwritten by eight banks and subsequently syndicated to an additional 10 banks, two of the sources said.
Persons: Banks, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: Reuters, Aramco, Saudi, REUTERS, Maxim, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Locations: DUBAI, Saudi, Saudi Aramco, Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia
A “Stop Gun Violence” sign displayed on a truck during a Gun Violence Peace March last week in Miami. The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that the Justice Department would start five “strike forces” to combat gun trafficking in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington and the San Francisco area. Mr. Biden does not feel that reforming the police and tackling crime are conflicting goals, the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said on Tuesday. Centrist Democrats in the Senate — along with Mr. Biden — have said repeatedly that they want to strike a deal with Republicans. Mr. Biden dispatched aides to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for discussions that his press secretary, Jen Psaki, said yielded progress.
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FILE PHOTO: A student holds flags of China and Germany before a welcome ceremony hosted by China's President Xi Jinping for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 10, 2018. However, concerns about China’s growing assertiveness and its human rights record have caused concern. Universal human rights, for example, are not an ‘internal affair’,” he said. They also singled out China in their communique over human rights. China denounced the joint G7 statement as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Frank, Walter Steinmeier, Jason Lee, Siegfried Russwurm, , Russwurm, Xi Jinping’s Organizations: China's, of, People, REUTERS, BERLIN, Universal, Group, Seven Locations: China, Germany, Beijing, Europe, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil
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A 3D-printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed OPEC logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoDUBAI, June 22 (Reuters) - OPEC+ is discussing a further easing of oil output cuts from August as oil prices rise on demand recovery, but no decision had been taken yet on the exact volume to bring back to the market, two OPEC+ sources said on Tuesday. The talks mean that OPEC and Russia are likely to find common ground again on oil production policy. Moscow has been insisting on raising output further to avoid prices spiking, while key OPEC producers, such as Saudi Arabia, have given no signals on the next step until now. Crude oil prices retreated on Tuesday, after Brent rose above $75 a barrel for the first time since April 2019 and as OPEC+ begins discussions on raising oil production, but a strong demand outlook underpinned prices.
Persons: Dado, Brent, Rania El Gamal, Louise Heavens Organizations: REUTERS, of, Petroleum, Reuters, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, OPEC, Russia, Moscow, Saudi Arabia, U.S, Russian
Saudi Arabia says it will judge Iran's Raisi by 'reality on the ground'
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
VIENNA, June 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will judge Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi's government by "the reality on the ground", the kingdom's foreign minister said on Tuesday, while adding that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on foreign policy. Raisi, a hardline judge who secured an expected election victory on Saturday, said on Monday he wanted to improve ties with Gulf Arab neighbours while calling on regional rival Saudi Arabia to immediately halt its intervention in Yemen. Saudi Arabia also opposes the Iran nuclear deal that Tehran and Washington are trying to revive in indirect talks. read moreSaudi Arabia and Gulf allies continue to pressure Iran over its nuclear programme, which Tehran says is entirely peaceful, and its ballistic missiles. In a bid to contain tensions between them, Saudi Arabia and Iran began direct talks in April.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi's, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Francois Murphy, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: Saudi Foreign, Austrian, Gulf, International Atomic Energy Agency, Thomson Locations: VIENNA, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Riyadh, Iran, Tehran, Washington
The US is preparing to pull some of its forces and defenses from the Middle East this summer. Amanda StanfordThe US military is in the midst of a major shift in its focus, after two decades fighting terrorist and other violent extremist groups in the Middle East. McNulty said that the military's redeployment will not leave it vulnerable in the Middle East. "We also retain the flexibility to rapidly flow forces back into the Middle East as conditions warrant." "We have been a close partner for many of these countries for decades, and there is no other country that provides the support and commitment to Middle East security and stability that the United States does.
Persons: Jessica McNulty, Lloyd Austin, Kenneth McKenzie, McNulty, Amanda Stanford, — Stephen Losey Organizations: Pentagon, US Central Command, Street Journal, Area Defense, US Air Force, Prince Sultan Air Base, Air Force, Staff, National Defense, Twitter Locations: Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, United States, Russia, China, North Korea
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WASHINGTON — Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States the previous year under a contract approved by the State Department, according to documents and people familiar with the arrangement. The training was provided by the Arkansas-based security company Tier 1 Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. The company says the training — including “safe marksmanship” and “countering an attack” — was defensive in nature and devised to better protect Saudi leaders. One person familiar with the training said it also included work in surveillance and close-quarters battle. There is no evidence that the American officials who approved the training or Tier 1 Group executives knew that the Saudis were involved in the crackdown inside Saudi Arabia.
Persons: Jamal Khashoggi, Khashoggi’s, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ” — Organizations: WASHINGTON —, Washington Post, State Department, Mr, Crown, Cerberus Capital Management, Saudi, 1 Locations: United States, Saudi, Arkansas, Saudi Arabia
Four Saudis involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the US prior to his killing, NYT reported. The contract for the paramilitary training was approved by the State Department, according to the NYT. Four Saudis who were involved in the death of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 received paramilitary training in the US the year prior, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Arkansas-based security company Tier 1 Group provided the paramilitary training. Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018; he was dismembered by Saudi agents.
Persons: Jamal Khashoggi, Trump's, Obama, Donald J, Louis Bremer, Cerberus, Trump, Khashoggi's, Bremer, Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, Biden, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Ahmad Asiri, Saud, Cengiz, Biden's Organizations: State Department, The Times, Washington Post, The New York Times, Times, Saudi Royal Guard, 1, Saudi, Pentagon, The, Turkish, CIA, Saudi Arabia's Crown, National Intelligence, UN, MBS Locations: Arkansas, Saudi, Istanbul, Turkey, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States the previous year under a contract approved by the State Department, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. In response to the Times report, State Department spokesman Ned Price said under the law the department cannot comment "on any of the licensed defense export licensing activity alleged in media reporting." Price also said U.S. policy towards Saudi Arabia "will prioritize the rule of law and respect for human rights." A U.S. intelligence report in February said the crown prince had approved an operation to capture or kill the journalist. Bremer said the U.S. State Department and other government agencies are responsible for vetting foreign forces trained on U.S. soil, the Times reported.
Persons: Jamal Khashoggi, Sarah Silbiger, Ned Price, Price, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Cerberus, Louis Bremer, Donald Trump's, Trump, Bremer, Eric Beech, Mohammad Zargham Organizations: Protect Journalists, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Washington Post, State Department, New York Times, 1, Cerberus Capital Management, Saudi, Times, Reuters, State, Washington, Pentagon, U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Saudi Embassy, Istanbul, Washington , U.S, United States, Saudi Arabia, U.S
President Biden has said he wants any fresh agreement on Iran’s nuclear activities to lead to broader discussions on how to reduce its military footprint in the Middle East. But in his first press conference in Tehran after winning Friday’s election, Mr. Raisi ruled out such an approach. As a central part of its military strategy in the Middle East, Iran funds and arms militias that help it exert influence and threaten its foes. President Trump abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 before reimposing sanctions that had been lifted in the original accord. Mr. Trump said he pulled out because the deal didn’t restrict Iranian military activity in the region and some provisions expired within 10 or 15 years.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Republic wouldn’t, Biden, Raisi, , Qassem Soleimani, Trump Organizations: U.S, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Locations: TEHRAN, Republic, Tehran, East, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraqi, Iranian
Gulf states will take at least 10 years to end oil dependence - Moody's
  + stars: | 2021-06-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Oil and gas accounts for over 20% of gross domestic product and at least 50% of state revenues for most Gulf countries. Meanwhile, plans to launch new economic sectors have often overlapped, creating competition among GCC states and constraining room for growth. “While we expect the diversification momentum to pick up, it will be dampened by reduced availability of resources to fund diversification projects in a lower oil price environment and by intra-GCC competition,” Moody’s said. Part of the problem is that the social contract between GCC states and citizens – employment, free education and healthcare for life in exchange for political acquiescence - limits the ability to implement spending cuts or introduce taxes. Broad income-based taxes - needed to durably reduce dependence on oil - are likely to be implemented only in the longer term, it said.
Persons: Moody’s, ” Moody’s, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Davide Barbuscia, Raissa Kasolowsky Organizations: Reliance, Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC Locations: DUBAI, Gulf, Saudi Arabia
A public rift between Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his younger half-brother entered a new stage, as two of the prince’s alleged co-conspirators appeared in court for the first time to face charges of sedition over their involvement in a purported plot to replace the monarch. In a remarkable scene Monday at the state security court in Amman that was closed to the public, former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and minor royal Sharif Hassan bin Zaid appeared handcuffed and wearing blue prison uniforms, according to their lawyers. Mr. Awadallah, who developed ties to Saudi Arabia after leaving the Jordanian government over a decade ago, and Sharif Hassan face charges of sedition and incitement to oppose the political system, according to the indictment that was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. They could face 20 years in prison if found guilty. After a four-hour session in which the court heard from two witnesses, online video showed two black SUVs speeding away from the courthouse.
Persons: King Abdullah II, Bassem Awadallah, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, Mr, Awadallah, Sharif Hassan, Awadallah’s, Mohammad Afif Organizations: Wall Street Locations: Amman, Saudi Arabia, Jordanian
Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran June 15, 2021. read more"Reconciliation with Iran is possible but within a pragmatic political framework...," said Ali al-Kheshaiban in an op-ed in Al Riyadh newspaper. "The language of moderation and equivalence is the only political language capable of curbing Iran." Saudi commentator Khaled Suleiman, writing in Okaz daily, said Washington was "turning its cheek" to Iran and should avoid making "free concessions" that embolden Tehran. Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous, Editing by William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, Majid Asgaripour, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ebrahim Raisi's, Hassan, Rouhani's, Rashed, Washington, Ali al, Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, Khaled Suleiman, Ghaida Ghantous, William Maclean Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, United, Washington, Thomson Locations: Tehran, Iran, REUTERS DUBAI, Iranian, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Vienna, Saudi, Riyadh, Yemen, Al Riyadh
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DUBAI, June 21 (Reuters) - President-elect Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday Iran's foreign policy priority would be improving ties with Gulf Arab neighbours, while calling on regional rival Saudi Arabia to halt its intervention in Yemen immediately. Raisi said Iranian foreign policy would not be limited to the nuclear deal. Iranian and Western officials alike say Raisi's rise is unlikely to alter Iran's negotiating stance in talks to revive the nuclear deal - Iran's hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei already has final say on all major policy. read moreRaisi further said the United States had violated the deal and the European Union had failed to fulfil its commitments. They (United States) did not comply with the previous agreement, how do they want to enter into new discussions?"
Persons: Ebrahim Raisi, pragmatist Hassan Rouhani, Raisi, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Parisa Hafezi, Raya Jalabi, Kevin Liffey Organizations: European Union, West, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Tehran, Saudi, Western, United States, Vienna, Gulf, U.S, Islamic Republic
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