Portal:Current events/July 2012

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July 2012 was the seventh month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Sunday, ended on a Tuesday after 31 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from July 2012.

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  • Four foreign aid workers held hostage inside Somalia are rescued by Somali forces after they were kidnapped from a Kenyan refugee camp on June 29. (BBC) (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
  • Children in Jaʿār, Yemen, accidentally set off a shell, killing one and wounding seven others. (AP)
  • Officials in Kenya say that two Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards arrested with explosives planned to attack Israeli, American, British and Saudi Arabian targets inside Kenya. (AP via Washington Post) (AP via The Spec)
Business and economics
  • Finland says it will block the euro zone's permanent bailout fund (ESM) from buying government bonds in the open market, while The Netherlands also indicates opposition to the bond-buying idea. (Reuters)
  • Airbus says it plans to open a $600 million assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA. (MSNBC)
  • GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in US history for $3 billion dollars. (Reuters)
  • Despite early frustration and strife about their IPO, Facebook decides to remain on the Nasdaq. (Wall Street Journal)
  • The British government announces a parliamentary investigation into the Barclays Libor scandal, with reports hoped to be filed by the end of the year. (Reuters)
  • Some, but not all, of Chicago's taxi drivers go on strike during the morning rush hour to protest a new set of city regulations that took effect. (NBC Chicago)
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  • Bob Diamond resigns as the Chief Executive of British bank Barclays following a scandal in which the bank tried to manipulate the Libor and Euribor interest rates systems. (BBC)
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  • A major earthquake strikes New Zealand with minor damage reported. (The New Zealand Herald) (ABC News)
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  • Syrian uprising (2011–present):
    • Syrian President Bashar al Assad accuses neighboring Turkey of supporting "terrorists" and contributing to the bloodshed in Syria. (Voice of America)
  • A gunman, who was facing eviction from his apartment, is believed to have seized and killed four hostages in the German city of Karlsruhe before turning the gun on himself. (BBC)
  • Eleven people are killed in further unrest in Iraq, including eight people in a bombing of a Baghdad marketplace. (The Times of India)
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  • Two Iranian suspects held by Kenyan police reportedly confess that they planned to detonate a series of 30 bombs simultaneously across Kenya. (Kenya Standard Media)
  • The Qatari-owned satellite channel, Al Jazeera, reports that traces of radioactive polonium-210 have been found in some personal effects of former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004; the PLO and Arafat’s widow agree to his exhumation to investigate if he had been poisoned. (Huffington Post) (CNN) (YNet News)
  • Spain's national court opens a criminal investigation into last year's listing of Bankia SA on the stock market, with former chairman Rodrigo Rato and 32 others listed as suspects. (Wall Street Journal)
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  • CERN scientists present recent results from CMS and ATLAS experiments consistent with the existence of a Higgs boson particle. (BBC) (CERN press release)
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  • The Shard, the tallest building in Europe and the tallest habitable free-standing structure in the UK at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft), is officially opened. (LondonSEI) (Gulf Times)
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  • A high-ranking drug boss in the Mexican criminal group known as Gulf Cartel is apprehended in the country of Costa Rica. (Fox News)
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  • The Lebanese army in Wadi Khaled is placed on alert after rockets from Syria kill two people in its territory. (Now Lebanon) (Lebanese News Agency)
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  • More than 140 people are killed after torrential rains leading to heavy floods sweep through parts of the south Russian Krasnodar region. (BBC)
  • A bus crash in northeastern Ukraine kills at least 14 Russian pilgrims. (BBC)
  • Up to 13 million in West Africa are at risk in a food crisis caused by a prolonged drought. (The Journal)
  • The UK's Environment Agency issues a severe flood warning for part of south-west England following torrential rain. (BBC)
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  • The United States declares Afghanistan one of its major non-NATO allies, a designation that permits it to buy advanced U.S. weaponry. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (The New York Times)
  • Cuban leader Raúl Castro makes his first visit to Beijing since succeeding Fidel Castro in 2008; trade deals are signed between China and Cuba. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Cambodian health officials identify Enterovirus 71 as a possible cause for an outbreak in which at least 64 children have died. (CNN)
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  • Mexican Drug War:
    • Ten decapitated bodies are discovered inside an abandoned vehicle along a roadside in the Mexican city of Torreón, Coahuila. Reportedly, a written message was left behind by the perpetrators. (BBC)
    • A gunbattle breaks out near Choix, Sinaloa, after alleged drug traffickers ambushed and killed seven police officers; upon the aggression, the officers gunned down four cartel members. The area is a stronghold of the Sinaloa Cartel, a powerful drug trafficking organization. (BBC)
  • Syrian uprising (2011–present):
    • UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, states that talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus are "constructive". (BBC)
    • The death-toll from the uprising reportedly surpasses 17,000, mostly civilians. (Al Arabiya)
    • 31 people are reportedly killed by the Syrian army, primarily in Homs. (Yahoo! News)
  • Gunmen open fire at a Pakistan Army training camp near the city of Wazirabad resulting in seven deaths and five people being injured. (AFP via ninemsn)
  • Two men are killed after protests in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, following the arrest of a Shi'ite cleric, Nimr al Nimr yesterday.(Reuters)
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  • Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi's order to reopen parliament is rejected by the highest court, stating that its ruling dissolving the assembly is binding. (BBC)
  • Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez says that he has completely recovered from cancer in the pelvic region. (Reuters)
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  • A gunman holds a parent hostage at a school in Vitry-sur-Seine, France, on the outskirts of Paris. (BBC)
Arts and culture
  • The Episcopal Church is poised to become the first major religious denomination in the United States to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages this December, just after its bishops approved such a liturgy. (The Guardian)
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  • Artists sign a letter accusing the European Commission of "breaking promises" on the matter of missing royalties. (BBC)
  • A rare giant panda born naturally in captivity at a Tokyo zoo dies after only six days, prompting widespread mourning in Japan. (National Post)
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  • Astronomers announce the discovery of S/2012 P 1, the fifth moon of Pluto. (Fox News)
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  • At least nine mountaineers are killed and eight injured in an avalanche on Mont Maudit near Mont Blanc in the French Alps. (Daily Mail)
  • An oil tanker in Okogbe, Rivers State, Nigeria, explodes after crashing, leaving around 90-115 dead. (BBC)
  • Buildings shake in Kabul as tremors from magnitude 5.8 earthquake in the Hindu Kush region are felt. (Shanghai Daily)
  • Heavy rain leads to flash floods and mudslides and causes at least 15 deaths and 11 more people missing in southern Japan. (Washington Post)
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  • Between 19 and 30 people are killed after a train crashes into a truck carrying farm labourers near the South African town of Malelane. (AFP via Google News) (BBC)
  • Three Americans die in a Mystere-Falcon 20 after it crashes on the runway at Le Castellet Airport (fr), between Toulon and Marseille. (CNN)
  • More than 1,000 counties in the United States are declared natural disaster areas after a drought spreads throughout the country. (CNN)
  • Parts of Wales are hit by flash floods following torrential rain. (BBC)
  • 52 people are injured following a collision between a car and a coach on the A11 in the English county of Suffolk. (BBC)
International relations
  • Canada announces it will establish an embassy in Myanmar after the country's widespread democratic reform, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. (CBC)
  • Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is appointed United Nations special envoy for education. (The Guardian) (The Independent)
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  • Italian and French rescue crews recover the bodies of two climbers on Mont Blanc in the Alps, two days following an avalanche that swept away nine climbers. (AP via USA Today)
  • About a quarter of a million people are asked to leave the southern Japanese island of Kyushu after flooding caused by days of heavy rain leaves 20 people dead. (Al Jazeera)
  • A surfer is killed by a shark off near Wedge Island, about 160km (100 miles) north of Perth in Australia. (BBC)
  • A fire onboard the German container ship MSC Flaminia forces the crew to abandon ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. (TradeWinds)
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  • Organisers pull the plug on a duet between Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney at Hyde Park, London, after it breached its legal curfew. (Philadelphia Daily News) (Irish Independent) (Scottish Daily Record) (The Daily Telegraph)
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  • Japan Self-Defense Forces airlift supplies to thousands of people isolated by flooding in southwest Japan, as the death toll rises to 24. (AAP via SBS News)
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  • A train derails south of Egypt's capital Cairo, injuring at least 15 people. (BBC)
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  • The US city of San Bernardino, California, declares that it has an "immediate and severe" fiscal emergency allowing it to declare bankruptcy without negotiating with creditors. (Bloomberg)
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  • 78 people are killed and 66 are reported missing after the MV Skagit, a ferry carrying 280 people sinks off the coast of Zanzibar on its way from Tanzania. (Al Jazeera)
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  • Italian police arrest buffalo mozzarella maker Giuseppe Mandara over alleged links to organized crime groups in Naples, Italy. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Pressure is raised in Hungary for authorities to arrest alleged former Nazi war criminal László Csatáry, 97, who was discovered living in Hungary. Csatáry is wanted in connection with his role in the deportation of Jews to death camps during the Second World War. (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The monumental municipal building in Waalre, a town in the southern Netherlands, is destroyed in an attack after two cars purposefully rammed the building. (DutchNews)
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  • Eight men are found not guilty of the murder of three friends in Birmingham during last year's riots in England. (BBC)
  • PC Simon Harwood is cleared of the manslaughter of Ian Tomlinson during protests at the 2009 G20 London summit. (BBC)
  • One person is killed and 40 injured in clashes at a car plant in New Delhi, India, after workers attacked managers at the site. (Bangkok Post)
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  • DirecTV and Viacom agree to a long-term deal for DirecTV to carry Viacom channels. (CNN)
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  • 21 people were killed and 29 others were injured in bus accident in the Mexican state of Nayarit. (Fox News)
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  • The custody of three anti-Putin protesters from the Pussy Riot group is extended for another six months before their trial begins. (RIA Novosti) (AP via Google News)
  • David Burgess, already serving life imprisonment on two counts of murder, is given a fresh life sentence after being convicted of the 1966 murder of Yolande Waddington, a nanny from Berkshire, England. (BBC)
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  • Syrian uprising (2011–present):
    • Heavy fighting continues in the Syrian capital Damascus and the largest city of Aleppo. (CBC)
    • Three more Syrian generals defect to Turkey. (Now Lebanon)
    • Rebels take control of a second border crossing with Iraq. (AFP via Google News)
  • A suicide bomb attack kills at least nine people at the entrance to an anti-Taliban commander's compound in Kurram in northwestern Pakistan. (BBC)
  • South Sudan accuses Sudan of bombing its territory along a disputed border. (Reuters)
  • Two Russian soldiers and several militants are killed in clashes in Ingushetia in the North Caucasus; several militants are also killed in Dagestan. (Kuwait News Agency)
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  • A helicopter carrying military personnel crashes killing 12 people in Brunei. (Reuters)
  • One hundred and forty six people are presumed dead in the Tanzania ferry disaster. (USA Today) (AP)
  • A subcontractor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant reportedly told workers to lie about possible high radiation exposure in an apparent effort to keep its contract. (Asahi Shimbun) (Oman Daily Observer)
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  • Sixty-one schools in Chile's capital Santiago are to be investigated for possible child sex abuse. (Al Jazeera)
  • Pope Benedict XVI's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is placed under house arrest while awaiting trial for allegedly leaking confidential papers revealing fraud and disputes within the Vatican. (AFP via Google News)
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  • President of Russia Vladimir Putin signs the bill branding non-governmental organizations, which receive funding from abroad, as "foreign agents" into law, criticized by opponents as part of a campaign to suppress dissent. (Reuters) (Gulf News)
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  • Syrian uprising (2011–present):
    • Turkey dispatches reinforcements at its border with Syria as another border crossing is captured by rebels. (Kuwait News Agency)
    • Clashes take place between Syrian troops and armed Kurdish fighters in Qamishli. (Rudaw)
    • Fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo. (The Guardian)
    • After a four day siege by the opposition forces, the 4th Armoured Division, commanded by Maher Assad sweeps through three rebel-held districts of Damascus. (The Daily Telegraph via The Vancouver Sun)
    • Four Turkish security forces and four refugees are injured in a riot at a Syrian refugee camp in southern Turkey. (Reuters)
    • The Arab League calls on President of Syria Bashar al-Assad to resign quickly to end the bloodshed. (Al-Jazeera)
  • The Madagascan Army clashes with mutinous soldiers near the airport in the capital Antananarivo. (Al Jazeera)
  • Car bombs kill 20 people and wound 80 in Mahmudiye, Madaen and Najaf in Iraq. (Reuters)
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  • At least 37 people are killed in torrential rains in the Chinese capital Beijing. (Xinhua)
  • A moderately strong earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 hits Kahramanmaraş, Turkey. (The Republic)
  • A military helicopter crashes in Hakkari province, Turkey, killing three soldiers and injuring four others. (AP via The Republic)
  • Thirteen are killed and another 10 are injured when a pickup truck crashes in Texas. (CNN)
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  • Syrian uprising (2011–present):
    • Syria Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi declares that Syria has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and that it plans to use them in case of a foreign attack, but never against its own citizens. (AP via ABC News)
    • The European Union tightens sanctions on Syria, adding 29 more names to the existing list of 170 Syrian individuals and companies. (AP via ABC news)
  • One hundred three people are killed in attacks across Iraq. (AP via Los Angeles Times)
  • Fighting between indigenous tribes and Muslim settlers in Assam, northeast India kills at least 19 people, causing 50,000 people to flee. (Reuters) (Times of India)
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  • After the heaviest rains in 60 years kill 37 in Beijing, 9 million microblog users criticise the government for the lack of warning and poor infrastructure. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters)
  • Forest fires in Catalonia, Spain kill four people, with fires also in France, Portugal and Romania. (EuroNews) (Romania Insider)
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  • Hong Kong and China's Guangdong Province is hit by Category 4 Typhoon Vicente, resulting in scores of people injured, cancellation of flights and closure of businesses. (Reuters) (AAP via Herald Sun)
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  • Syrian civil war:
  • Nine people are killed overnight in ethnic clashes in the Indian state of Assam with the total death toll since last Friday being 35. (AFP via New Straits Times)
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  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the Indonesian island of Sumatra with one man dying while fleeing his home. (AFP via Google News)
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  • The UK's Manchester Airport launches an inquiry after an 11-year-old boy boarded a plane to Rome unaccompanied, and without passport, tickets or boarding pass. (BBC) (The Guardian)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • The Syrian Army is reportedly preparing for a large-scale offensive in Aleppo, with the US State Department citing credible reports of tank columns moving into the city, backed by special forces, helicopter gunships and fixed-wing aircraft. (Al-Jazeera)
      • The pro-government newspaper Al-Watan calls the incoming operation 'the mother of all battles'. (Al-Jazeera)
    • At least 200 people are killed in violence throughout the country according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. The toll is highest in Aleppo and the capital Damascus, where a total of 94 are killed. Dozens of casualties are reported from Idlib, Daraa and Homs as well. (CNN)
    • Ikhlas al Badawi, Aleppo MP, a Baathists and an Assad loyalist, defects to Turkey with her six children. (Albawaba) (Reuters)
  • A bomb explosion in a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan close to the Afghan border kills at least seven people. (USA Today)
  • Insurgents attack an Iraqi Army checkpoint north of Baqubah, downing a helicopter and sparking an intense firefight. At least 19 people are reported killed, including 11 policemen and a soldier. (San Francisco Chronicle)
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  • Sixteen thousand people become homeless in North Korea after Tropical Storm Khanun hit last week. (BNO News)
  • Officials in Beijing raise the death toll from weekend flooding to 77 after rescuers located additional bodies. This follows criticism, including from the Chinese state media, of the city's handling of the storm.(Wall Street Journal)
Law and crime
  • Former Chinese political leader Bo Xilai's wife, Gu Kailai, and their employee Zhang Xiaojun are charged with murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. (BBC)(Reuters)
  • Four men are arrested for the murder of Saudi Arabian diplomat, Khalaf Ali, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 6 March 2012. (Chicago Tribune)
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • The Syrian Armed Forces renew a bombardment of the city of Aleppo. (Reuters)
    • Sixteen civilians, including five children and four women, are killed in bombing attacks of the Syrian army in Yalda village, south of Damascus. (Albawaba)
    • The former head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria says the fall of Assad is only a "matter of time". (Al Jazeera)
  • Saudi security forces arrest a number of protesters in Qatif. (BBC)
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International relations
  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges countries to bridge differences ahead of a deadline for a draft of a new global agreement to control international arms sales. Despite this, no agreement is reached. (BBC), (Miami Herald)
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  • Tanks of the Syrian Army commence attacks against the rebel-held city of Aleppo. (BBC)
  • Two NATO service members are killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. (USA Today)
  • Ethnic clashes in southern Ethiopia lead to the killing of at least 18 people and wounding of 12 others. (BBC)
Arts and culture
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  • Andriy Shevchenko announces his retirement from football in order to go into politics. (BBC)
Sport
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  • Syrian civil war:
    • Fierce fighting continues in Syria's second city of Aleppo. (Al Jazeera)
    • Jordan opens its first camp for refugees fleeing Syria. (Petra News Agency)
  • A security agent serving for the Italian embassy in Sana'a is kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen. (BBC)
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  • New research published in this week's Nature Geoscience details a mechanism by which carbon is drawn down from the surface of the Southern Ocean to deeper water below. (France 24) (Phys.org)
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  • Four people are sentenced to death for their involvement in a bank fraud scandal in Iran. (BBC)
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  • The Syrian military continues to pound Aleppo with artillery. Opposition forces claim that they have driven the Syrian army out of the city. (Reuters)
  • Police in Norway evacuate the area surrounding the U.S. embassy in the capital Oslo after a suspicious package was discovered. It is later confirmed as a false alarm. (Reuters)
  • At least 21 people are killed in two car bomb blasts in Baghdad, Iraq. (BBC)
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Advertiser accuses Facebook of fraud after discovering that 80% of the clicks they're paying for are from bots, and not actual potential customers. (Business Insider)
  • Following the @ reply and # hashtag, social media service Twitter introduces the $ symbol, a way for users to click on stock symbols and see related tweets. (CNN Money)
  • German global financial services company Deutsche Bank announces plans to cut 1,900 jobs. (Reuters)
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  • 2012 northern India power grid failure:
    • A second power cut hits northern India and leaves 670 million people without electricity. (BBC) (CNN) (Reuters)
    • The northeastern power grid also fails becoming the third after the north and eastern grids. (AFP via NineMSN)
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