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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a day of critical court hearings for virginia guiffre and prince andrew — as his lawyers in new york are to argue whether her civil lawsuit, alleging sexual assault, can be thrown out. it's back to school after the christmas break for millions of pupils, with face coverings now required in the classroom in england's secondary schools. i feel like i've gotten used to it. i don't think i would mind it. i don't think i would mind it as much. elizabeth holmes, who became a silicon valley billionaire, has been found guilty of conspiring to defraud investors. hundreds of thousands without power as record—breaking snow
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brings the us capital and surrounding areas to a standstill. # 0h, # oh, you pretty things. and six years after his death — david bowie�*s estate sells his entire catalogue of songs for more than $250 million. hello and welcome to the programme. a civil lawsuit against prince andrew, alleging sexual assault, reaches a crucial stage at a court in new york today. his team will try to convince the judge to throw out a civil case brought by virginia giuffre, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17. it follows the release
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of a document that shows ms giuffre was paid half a million dollars in exchange for committing not to sue any potential defendant connected to the epstein case. it makes no specific mention of the duke, who has always denied the claim, as our legal correspondent dominic casciani reports. a woman making the gravest of allegations. the unprecedented defendant, a prince of the realm. and now a day of hearings for both virginia giuffre and duke of york. she says she was sexually exploited by the on the right, jeffrey epstein. mr giuffreda, then known as roberts, says geoffrey that then teenager. alleged events 20 years ago but today's hearing focuses on the 2009 legal document. —— ben, virginia giuffre, seen then in new york, accepted nearly half
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$1 million to end her case against mr epstein. in the settlement, she agreed to release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge epstein from the claims. the wording goes on to cover any other person who could have been a potential defendant. it is so wide she promises not to bring any further case, dating from the beginning of the world. prince andrew's says that means he couldn't be sued but some say it is too vague to be enforceable.- it is too vague to be enforceable. , , ., ., enforceable. this is one of the most bizarre _ enforceable. this is one of the most bizarre pieces _ enforceable. this is one of the most bizarre pieces of - enforceable. this is one of the most bizarre pieces of a - most bizarre pieces of a settlement agreement i have ever seen. settlement agreement i have everseen. ijust settlement agreement i have ever seen. ijust cannot ever seen. i just cannot believe ever seen. ijust cannot believe that a court would say well, anyone who has wronged virginia, who was associated with epstein, is now released from liability? i mean, that would fly in the face of what our laws are now trying to do which is open up claims for sexual abuse victims, allow them to come forward, even
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years later, and bring perpetrators to justice. the perpetrators to 'ustice. the duke's position _ perpetrators to justice. the duke's position remains unchanged since his november 2019 newsnight interview. you can sa 2019 newsnight interview. m1. can say categorically that... you don't recall meeting virginia roberts, dining with her... virginia roberts, dining with her. . .- dancing - virginia roberts, dining with her... yet. dancing with her at tribe, her... yet. dancing with her at tribe. or _ her... yet. dancing with her at tribe. or going _ her... yet. dancing with her at tribe, or going on _ her... yet. dancing with her at tribe, or going on to _ her... yet. dancing with her at tribe, or going on to have sex with her at a house in belgravia? i with her at a house in belgravia?— with her at a house in beluravia? ., , , belgravia? i can absolutely categorically _ belgravia? i can absolutely categorically tell _ belgravia? i can absolutely categorically tell you - belgravia? i can absolutely categorically tell you it - belgravia? i can absolutely l categorically tell you it never happened. do categorically tell you it never happened-— happened. do you recall any kind of sexual _ happened. do you recall any kind of sexual contact - happened. do you recall any kind of sexual contact with l happened. do you recall any i kind of sexual contact with mrs roberts —— ms roberts, then or any other time? roberts -- ms roberts, then or any other time?— any other time? none, none whatsoever- _ tomorrow, prince andrew's team will ask a new york court to throw out ms giuffre's case. her lawyers say she's confident that won't happen, and one way or another, the duke will have to answer her allegations. we can now speak to neama rahmani who's a former federal prosecutor and now president of west coast trial lawyers. he joins us from los angeles.
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welcome to the programme. you were able to hear that report. from your perspective, is this a settlement that we are now aware of too vague, what impact will it have on this civil case today? it will it have on this civil case toda ? , ., , will it have on this civil case toda ? , . , , today? it is vague but yet another _ today? it is vague but yet another legal _ today? it is vague but yet another legal hurdle - today? it is vague but yet another legal hurdle for l another legal hurdle for virginia giuffre and her legal team to get through to hold prince andrew and his team liable. it releases absolutely all second parties. anyone who potentially may have been included as a defendant in that florida case. our her attorneys are stuck arguing that because the alleged abuse happened in new york and london and the virgin islands, the prince could not have been held at it —— as a defendant in that florida case so again, ginger giuffreda's team, they are now being put on the defence when they really should be on the fence. in addition to the
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jurisdictional things they are facing in this case —— virginia giuffre. facing in this case -- virginia giuffre. ~ . facing in this case -- virginia giuffre. ., , ., , giuffre. what complications does this — giuffre. what complications does this represent - giuffre. what complications does this represent four - giuffre. what complications i does this represent four prince andrew's team? it does this represent four prince andrew's team?— andrew's team? it is another arrow in the _ andrew's team? it is another arrow in the quiver. - andrew's team? it is another arrow in the quiver. an - arrow in the quiver. an attorney here in los angeles who is handling the prince's case, this helps him. already they are dealing with the subject matterjurisdiction issues because virginia giuffre allegedly is a citizen of australia and not colorado. now this gives them another basis to try to toss her lawsuit entirely. giuffre's team is certainly on the run here. in terms of the outcome of the maxwell trial, what does that do in terms of helping virginia giuffre? it do in terms of helping virginia giuffre? . ., , do in terms of helping virginia giuffre? . . , ,, ., giuffre? it certainly helps to vindicate — giuffre? it certainly helps to vindicate her _ giuffre? it certainly helps to vindicate her none - giuffre? it certainly helps to vindicate her none of - giuffre? it certainly helps to vindicate her none of the . giuffre? it certainly helps to l vindicate her none of the wax all —— maxwell victims or anyone who testified in the case, implicated prince andrew. now that maxwell is looking at
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decades in federal prison in new york, she finally co—operate? does she provide evidence against the prince and others? that would certainly make things a lot worse if you choose to do so.— make things a lot worse if you choose to do so. hindsight is a wonderful— choose to do so. hindsight is a wonderful thing, _ choose to do so. hindsight is a wonderful thing, but _ choose to do so. hindsight is a wonderful thing, but with - wonderful thing, but with hindsight, virginia giuffre, do you think that she should not have accepted that settlement that was put before her? it was certainly a _ that was put before her? it was certainly a mistake, _ that was put before her? it was certainly a mistake, both - that was put before her? it was certainly a mistake, both in - certainly a mistake, both in terms of the broadening, which is not something her and her attorney should have agreed to. if they had any future plans to go after prince andrew or anyone else, and certainly that half $1 million number seems woefully inadequate for someone who, if indeed she is the victim, of childhood sexual abuse. . , , . ., victim, of childhood sexual abuse. . ,, . ., abuse. 0k, we appreciate your analysis- _ of course, the civil lawsuit is at a crucial stage today in new york, as we have mentioned, and we will have coverage for you
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throughout here on bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. a court in canada has awarded more than $100 million to the families of six passengers who were killed when iranian soldiers shot down a commercial flight over tehran two years ago. the decision follows a ruling that the destruction of the ukraine international airlines flight constituted an intentional act of terrorism. south africa's parliament has suffered further catastrophic damage after a fire that was believed to have been brought under control reignited. the fire service in cape town said strong winds had caused smouldering wood in the roof to catch fire again. brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, has been admitted to hospital for the treatment of an abdominal problem. the 66—year—old has suffered stomach problems since being stabbed during his presidential campaign in 2018. the hospital said his condition was improving. a body representing uk record labels says streaming now accounts for 83%
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of music consumption. the bpi says there were four weeks last year when there were more than three—billion streams. it says adele's latest record was the best—selling album in the uk last year, followed by ed sheeran who also had the biggest—selling single. with the holiday season now behind us, schools around the world are reopening while countries battle surging coronavirus cases, fuelled by the 0micron variant. european countries such as italy, belgium and greece already have some mask mandates in place. more governments are considering what measures are needed so children can return safely. in the us, the us food and drug administration has expanded vaccine booster eligibility to allow 12—to 15—year—olds to receive a third shot of the pfizer—biontech vaccine. france has lowered the age of children required to wear facemasks from 11 to six.
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now they must wear them on public transport, in indoor venues and even outdoor spaces in some cities. secondary students across the uk will now have to take covid tests and wear masks to slow the spread of 0micron. those returning to the classroom in england this week will have to take tests on site — as jayne mccubbin reports. secondary school students this week, it is back to the classroom. back to the masks and in england at least, it will all kick off with a covert test on arrival in school. ethan and louis, this is one last blowout before that all begins. last blowout before that all beains. ., ., i. begins. how are you feeling about it? — begins. how are you feeling about it? a _ begins. how are you feeling about it? a little _ begins. how are you feeling about it? a little bit - begins. how are you feeling | about it? a little bit nervous. how do you _ about it? a little bit nervous. how do you feel _ about it? a little bit nervous. how do you feel about - about it? a little bit nervous. | how do you feel about wearing the masks every day again? reid i've gotten used to it. i don't think i would mind as much if you have a comfortable mask. it
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obviously protects other people. obviously protects other --eole. , ~ , people. this week these gates was not open _ people. this week these gates was not open for _ people. this week these gates was not open for mask- people. this week these gates| was not open for mask testing. it is one of ten schools in an academy chain majority has a staffing issue. fits academy chain ma'ority has a staffing issue._ academy chain ma'ority has a staffing issue. as of one hour a . o staffing issue. as of one hour a . 0 we staffing issue. as of one hour ago we were _ staffing issue. as of one hour ago we were at _ staffing issue. as of one hour ago we were at 1096 - staffing issue. as of one hour ago we were at 1096 of- staffing issue. as of one hour ago we were at 1096 of staff l staffing issue. as of one hour i ago we were at 1096 of staff who ago we were at 10% of staff who tested positive for covid. that is a big chunk _ tested positive for covid. that is a big chunk and _ tested positive for covid. that is a big chunk and you - tested positive for covid. that is a big chunk and you think it will rise? it is a big chunk and you think it will rise? , will rise? it will rise probably _ will rise? it will rise probably another i will rise? it will rise l probably another 596. will rise? it will rise - probably another 596. and scotland _ probably another 596. and scotland pupils _ probably another 596. and scotland pupils are - probably another 5%. and scotland pupils are being asked to test before they arrive at school and then being urged to test twice a week to stop in wales it is the same preschool home test that repeated three times a week. students in northern ireland are being asked to test 21l hours before returning, too, and there, 92% of schools are being provided with c02 monitors. ultimately the government believes the biggest help anyone could offer is to take up the offer of a vaccine. 0ns figures suggest 52% of eligible 12—15
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—year—olds have done this. just how this new term in this new year will pan out looks anything but certain. jayne mccubbin reporting there. an american woman whose technology company collapsed after it emerged that a blood test to diagnose a range of diseases didn't work, has been convicted of defrauding investors. elizabeth holmes was cleared on four other counts of defrauding patients. at one point, herfirm, theranos, was worth more than $8 billion. here's 0ur north america correspondent, peter bowes. this is a very mixed verdict. yes, she has been found guilty on four counts of fraud and conspiracy but also not guilty on four of those counts as well and the jurors couldn't reach a decision on a further three charges. it's evident that these jurors, for some seven days during their deliberations, struggled with these decisions and i think that is symptomatic of how difficult
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a case this was and perhaps reflects on how it has been followed extremely closely by silicon valley, with people coming down very firmly either in her favour or against her as far as the details of this case were concerned. it is symptomatic, at least as far as some people see, of how silicon valley operates. almost a culture of invest now ask questions later and hope that the investment reaps rewards at some point in the future. the difference with this case is that this was a medical device and these were health screenings, people, real people were involved now and in some were given incorrect results. peter bowes there and we will have more of this coverage. it has engrossed the tech industry, the trial that took place in california. all that to come a little later. also,
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still to come, all the sports news. we'll tell you why footballer joao moutinho has been celebrating. the japanese people are in the mourning following the death of emperor hirohito. thousands converged on the imperial palace to pay their respects when it was announced he was dead. good grief. after half a century of delighting fans around the world, charlie brown and the rest of the gang are calling it quits. the singer paul simon starts his tour of- south africa tomorrow in spite of protests and violence - from some black activist groups. i they say international artists should continue to boycott south africa _ until majority rule is established. . around the world, people have been paying tribute to the iconic rock star david bowie, who sold 140 million albums in a career that spanned half a century. his family announced overnight that he died of cancer at the age of 69. the world's tallest skyscraper opens later today.
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the burj dubai has easily overtaken its nearest rivals. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a day of critical court hearings for virginia guiffre and prince andrew — as his lawyers in new york are to argue whether her civil lawsuit, alleging sexual assault, can be thrown out. it's back to school after the christmas break for millions of pupils — with face coverings now required in the classroom in england's secondary schools. hundreds of thousands of americans lost electricity, government offices and schools closed, and flights were cancelled, as winter storms engulfed the us southeast and mid—atla ntic states. a foot of snow fell in northern virginia, with almost as much recorded in washington, central tennessee and northern alabama.
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mark lobel reports. one of america's most famous memorials, nestled in the seat of us power. now a winter wonderland. heavy snowfall that left over 200,000 without power in northern virginia. in delaware, a snow blanket meant treacherous conditions for cars. as the storm landed, hundreds of flights were cancelled and passengers delayed. no exception for the president either asjoe biden was stuck on air force one for a while before braving wild wind, having to improvise with the different type of facemask. as the white house, well, a bit whiter, the surrounding area soon got chillier.
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we did not prepare for this. we were not supposed to be in dc originally. that's why we don't have the right clothes. everything is closed so we can't buy anything. with government offices and schools temporarily shut down, spirits briefly lifted along the national mall and close by at the smithsonian national zoo where these giant panda clubs warmly embraced it too. following this snowstorm, wintry weather is expected to continue. freezing caused by low temperature may cause further disruption with some more snow predicted for later this week. two of donald trump's children are the latest to be subpoenaed by new york prosecutors as part of their fraud inquiry into the former president's
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business practices. the requests for ivanka trump and donald trumpjunior to testify were issued by the office of the state attorney general. the civil investigation has already heard testimony from another of mr trump's children — eric — and is attempting to force the former president himself to make a court declaration by january the seventh. let's get an update from the bbc sport centre. hello, i'm gavin ramjaun. and this is your update from the bbc sport centre. manchester united lost for the first time under their interim coach ralf rangnick. they were beaten by wolves at old trafford. joao moutinho scored the only goal of the game late on, it was a deserved win for the visiting side. it had been more than two weeks since wolves last played, but the win moves them up to 8th, just behind united who are in 7th. iam now i am now 100% convinced we will
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finish in the top four, at least the top four... i don't know if people would really believe that. for me it is about taking the next step, we need to develop and get better, and even more so against the top teams in the league, we just need to make sure that we can control the game defensively and at the same time create chances offensively. we come here with a big personality and a strong team. credit — personality and a strong team. credit for— personality and a strong team. credit for my team, credit formatting because we come here with a _ formatting because we come here with a plan to play with the ball — with a plan to play with the ball and _ with a plan to play with the ball and become with that ambition. a big performance for our side — ambition. a big performance for our side a _ ambition. a big performance for our side. a fantastic game for our side. a fantastic game for our boys _ ferran torres was given a warm welcome by barcelona supporters after he appeared at nou camp on monday ahead of the club's open—door training session. the spaniard hasjoined from manchester city, and says that he only used the premier league champions as a 'stepping stone' before getting the chance to play for barca. there is a slight complication though — in that they can't register him in the squad yet until they cut their wage bill.
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the fourth ashes test starts on wednesday — and joe root has been reflecting on the lost series for england. root will become england's longest serving test captain, when he skippers the side for a 60th time, but his leadership has been questioned after their performances so far in australia. england are 3 down in the 5 match series. still a huge amount to play for, it is very disappointing that the ashes are gone, but whether it be putting pride back into the barge, whether it be making sure that we get those test championship points for individuals, making sure that they are pushing hard to cement their spots in the team, there is a huge amount to play for, we have to put in a performance and one of the great test in world cricket. women's tennis world number one ash barty has been speaking about the new season ahead of the australian open which begins in melbourne on january the 17th. barty said 2021 had been a big yearfor breakout performances, and that there
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was a real depth of talent in women's tennis, which bodes well for the sport. the women's grand slams were all won by different players for a fifth straight year in 2021, while there were new champions at the wta finals and the tokyo 0lympics. there are fresh challenges every year regardless of who is in hot spot on the ranking list, but there are certainly a number of breakouts in 2021, girls really stepped up and were able to play consistent seasons, which is exciting to see for the women's game, and you obviously see those girls who have been at the top for a very long time, some had a rough run with injury, others had pretty solid years, and it just feels like it is good competition, genuinely, there is good depth, you have to bring your best time and time again to compete with everybody and give yourself a chance to win the big titles. you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's bbc.com/sport. but from me, gavin ramjaun, and the rest of the sport team, we'll see you soon. here's a story that's
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creating quite a buzz. at least three people have been detained by police after a protest in chile involving humans and bees. demonstrators placed wooden beehives containing thousands of the insects, near the presidential palace in santiago. they're unhappy about a recent drought that's affecting bee numbers. as one protester put it — there would be no life if bees die. after months of negotiations david bowie's estate has sold the singer's entire catalogue of songs to the warner music group. the amount hasn't been disclosed but is reported to be upwards of $250 million. bowie — whose hits included 'heroes' and 'let�*s dance' — died in january 2016. the bbc�*s tim allman has the story. # there's a star man waiting in the sky. # he'd like to come
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and meet us. # but he thinks he'd blow our minds... the man who sold the world sells his back catalogue. well, technically, it was the estate of david bowie that did the deal. and quite a deal it is. the rights to more than 100 songs, a lucrative source of revenue. guy moot, the head of warner music, said: . so often the trendsetter, this time bowie, or at least his estate, was following the examples set by others. in december 2020, bob dylan sold the rights to his music for an estimated $300 million. tina turner did a similar deal last october, believed to be worth $50 million. and only a few weeks ago, bruce springsteen sold his back catalogue for a cool half a billion dollars.
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# 0h you pretty things. # don't you know you're driving your mamas and papas insane.. the bowie estate and other so—called heritage at get a very large cheque, while the record companies get a steady and regular income, particularly important in the age of downloads and streaming. bowie himself saw the potential of technological change more than 20 years ago. i don't think we've even seen the tip of the iceberg. i think the potential for what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable. # let's dance. # put on your red shoes and dance the blues. in a few days' time the fans
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of david bowie will celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday. even after his death his legacy endures. tim allman, bbc news. and apple has become the first us company to reach a market value of $3 trillion dollars. the landmark was hit briefly on monday, with shares peaking at $182.88 a share. it passed the $2 trillion valuation in august 2020, as the pandemic pushed demand for electronics and online services. quite a significant milestone, we will talk about in our business coverage, as we will talk about elizabeth holmes, who has been mentioned has found guilty of fraud conspiracy. she was quite a star when the company theranos
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's is online. see you in a moment on bbc news. hello. after what was an exceptionally mild start to the new year, we have now started to see quite a dramatic change in our weather. something much colder has been working its way in. a chilly—feeling day for tuesday — snow and gales for some of us, particularly in the north of the uk. the cold airfiltering in behind this band of cloud and rain with some sleet and snow on the back edge. ice a possible hazard across the northern half of the uk, where it will be a really chilly first part of the morning. wintry showers starting to pile up in northern scotland. in fact, snow showers even to low levels over the highest hills — 15 cm of accumulating snow. and with gales or severe gales, especially around northern coasts, there could be blizzard
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conditions for a time. a band of cloud and rain with a little bit of sleet and snow over the high ground will slowly clear the southeast corner, then we see some sunshine, some wintry showers, a mix of rain, sleet and hill snow, especially out towards the west. those are the average wind speeds. the gusts will be stronger than that with the wind coming down from the north, so it is going to feel really chilly. 0n the thermometer, single—digit temperatures, 4—8 degrees. factor in the strength of the wind, this it what it will feel like. it will feel subzero across many northern parts of the uk. now, as we move through tuesday night, there's more snow to come in northern scotland, more wintry showers in the west, some clear spells elsewhere. it's going to be a cold night with frost and ice, temperatures dropping close to freezing, below freezing in quite a few places. so, a widespread frost to start wednesday morning, but wednesday should bring some decent spells of sunshine. a few showers still close to the east coast, one or two
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out west and up towards northern scotland. more in the way of dry weather, some spells of sunshine, temperatures still between 4—8 degrees. but this is actually where we'd expect to be for early january. this approaches from the west. a little wedge of milder air with it, so some snow initially. then it'll tend to turn back to rain as that wedge of milder air works in, but then colder air returns from the west. wintry showers will start to push in, so only temporarily will temperatures be just a little bit higher. friday, another chilly—feeling day, highs of 5—8 degrees. we'll see a mix of sunny spells and wintry showers.
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this is bbc news with the latest business headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. theranos founder elizabeth holmes is convicted of defrauding investors after a landmark trial in california — she could face a prison term of up to 20 years. could europe's biggest economy slide in to recession? business confidence in germany has sunk — manufacturing is hamstrung and the services sector is grappling with covid restrictions. we get the view of a top economist. and steeling a deal — the eu's agreement with the us means its steel companies from january the first are exporting to america tariff free — british steelmakers are feeling the pain.

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