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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment -

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first the headlines.

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A British woman accused of smuggling

drugs into Egypt has been sentenced

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to three years in jail.

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Laura Plummer, who's 33

and from Hull, was arrested

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in October for having nearly 300

Tramadol tablets in her suitcase

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The Universities Minister,

Jo Johnson, has warned academic

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institutions they could face fines

if they fail to protect free speech,

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within the law.

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South Yorkshire Police say

an officer has died in a car crash

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which happened near

Sheffield last night.

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The 46-year-old man died along

with a 61-year-old female passenger

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of another car when their

vehicles collided.

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There has been a lower

turnout than expected

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at the Boxing Day sales.

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The research group Springboard

believes there was a 4% drop

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in the number of shoppers -

up to midday today -

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compared with last year.

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Coming up later this hour will come

just over one month to go until the

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winter Olympic in South Korea and I

will check out some of our biggest

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medal prospects.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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About 25 minutes

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we are poised and ready to bring you

up-to-date with the front pages. The

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Times say that paedophiles is using

YouTube as a shop window.

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Shoplifting spikes after police are

not investigating.

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Three Brexit also fronts the eye

following an immense by the

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conservative mayor of the West

Midlands, cautioning against a hard

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Brexit. The case of Laura Plummer,

the British woman jailed in Egypt is

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on the Mirror. The Financial Times

says that retail is disappointing

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with a drop in footfall for

traditional Boxing Day sales. The

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Sun leads with British troops being

asked to use gender neutral words.

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And in the express says a stroll in

the garden could help to fight

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dementia. Thank you for being with

us to beginning with the time and a

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distressing story about the use,

potentially, of the Internet for the

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abuse of children.

It is a horrible

story but it is no real secret that

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abused children have appeared on

YouTube. The brazen part about this,

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the new part, is that now

paedophiles are emblazoned in the

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videos with any mail addresses.

People can get in touch with them.

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-- e-mail addresses. A legal expert

is questioning whether or not this

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would be illegal. In a sense, you

are putting children for word and

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there is always a danger of what

might happen after that. It is an

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opinion but any right minded person

will think that this needs to be

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closed down and closed down quickly.

If in any way Google will not do it

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themselves it needs to be done for

them. yes.

And to be fair it does

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say that most channels were shut

down but only after the newspaper

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contacted YouTube. It is about

algorithms. It is about evil people

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but the mass that creates search

engines that puts these things are.

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I am afraid it will only be people

removing their business if they

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don't want to be associated and

YouTube has already had 250 big

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advertisers leaving this year.

As

you say, the companies say this is

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not a doing an and someone says

there has to be a way of stopping

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this and somebody has to do

something. It becomes a way of

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minimising some of the online

traffic. Moving on to the Telegraph.

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This one is curious. Please been

blamed for shoplifting. In a sense.

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Police sparked a shoplifting boom.

What has happened is that since

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2014, police forces who have to use

their limited resources increasingly

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judiciously, have agreed not to

investigate shop lifting cases if

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the value of the goods is under

£200. The new angle on this is that

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retail leaders have been meeting

with the Home Office ministers

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because they are getting concerned.

They say that gangs of corrupt

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thieves who know the law and now

that they are unlikely to get

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collared if it is under 200 quid.

They are going around and one of

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them is quoted as saying they used

stores and supermarkets as a piggy

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bank to fund drug and alcohol abuse

problems or they sell goods that

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they can then use for other

nefarious activities. It is an awful

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lot of money. £6 billion a year.

That is an awful lot of 199.99...

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And it always goes on to prices for

everybody. Talking of prices and

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putting a value on something

difficult to price, Brexit rears its

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head. How could we get through

Christmas without mentioning Brexit?

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Next year we will be discussing it

almost hourly. Philip Hammond is in

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some trouble. David Davis was not

releasing documents and now Labour

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MPs are saying that Philip Hammond

should release his documents which

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give an idea about the effect of

Brexit on the British economy

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depending on different scenarios. He

also made the mistake of telling the

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Select Committee he had them.

Ministers should now agreed to never

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talk about any papers even what

happened to David Davis. Is meant to

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have them in the Labour MPs want

them, which is why bright. We have

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one heck of a year ahead. It has

taken us all of 2017 to get to first

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base. Now we have a long way to go

and everything should be in place by

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October if we are to have a deal.

It

would be nice if there was not a

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running commentary on nothing

happening. To be honest, by the time

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I got to Christmas Eve I thought

that this was like... All they

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needed was Cliff Richard to come out

and sing congratulations. It was

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like the rain washing our Wimbledon

because nothing is happening. Much

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of this is political manoeuvring. It

is a reasonable story, it is

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generally quite right that the

taxpayer funded research should be

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made available.

They should be

running commentary on the basis that

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it is the biggest constitutional

change that we have had. It is

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getting so complicated that the more

you actually explain it as we go

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along...

People might understand it

a bit better. There are too many

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invested interests. The BBC is the

only organ that explains it

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properly. You just peddle the Labour

line.

Now, I am not.

I mean, your

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paper. I do try to explain to

readers what is happening there.

It

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explains the basics of wrecks that

and there is always something

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happening. That is the problem.

Keeps continuing. The front page of

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the Mirror has the front -- case of

Laura. They take the line that she

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is an innocent person in an

appalling conditions and needs to be

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released.

As we have heard

throughout the day with interviews

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with her sister and her mother, she

is an ordinary girl from Hull. She

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loves to eat it and has been going

there for quite awhile. Her partner

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is and lives in Egypt but she now

finds herself sentenced to three

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years in prison for arriving in the

country with 300 tramadol tablets.

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It is a painkilling drug and there

are questions, I would have thought,

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that if it is not for her, she would

not have had a prescription, then,

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maybe the Egyptian authorities were

not as heavy-handed as it may have

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seemed.

Is difficult because when

these stories was first reported

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back in October, people in Egypt's

were saying that they have a problem

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with use of drugs of this kind.

It

is the most seriously abused drug in

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Egypt so they are on lookout for a.

The various points made are

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absolutely right. The important

thing for everybody to make sure if

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you take drugs abroad that the

country you go to, that those drugs

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are illegal. Or if not, take a

prescription which you.

Even her

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family have said that if it is

anything it is naivete rather than

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criminal intent. One would hope,

judging from what they said...

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Perhaps there may be some clemency

in the New Year spirit? Moving on to

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the Financial Times. Vladimir Putin,

retail but let's talk about the

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third story down. Spymaster.

A

listening post in Cheltenham is

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desperate to recruit new offices

tomb man it and having trouble. They

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are having trouble with the vetting

process. It take so long to get

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somebody. Everybody needs to go

through a high-level vetting. It is

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a long and involved process. And I

am being asked questions that I have

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forgotten answers to. The trouble is

that people are getting fed up. The

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applicants are being set up with it.

And now they are going off for

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lucrative jobs in banks...

Read paid

and without protracted enquiries?

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What you need to do is to vet

people. -- are better paid and

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without ongoing enquiries.

Here is

one thing that they may be wanting

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to find out about. The former

fighters for the group that calls

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itself Islamic State who are on the

run in Turkey.

This story, worth

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noting that it was written by

Michael Evans and Anthony Loyd who

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is a -- has a fantastically good

track record and he is writing from

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Syria. These British fighters have

joined Isis, they are hiding in

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Turkey and prompting fears from

Western intelligence agencies of an

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increased risk of terrorist attacks

in Europe. This research is being

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carried out in the area by somebody

who dealing in Western intelligence

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agencies. What is interesting is

that the work that is going on

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between American intelligence

services, and the MI6, they are

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working together. Only three of the

40 attacks in Europe since 2015

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involved terrorist fighters

returning, these incidents caused

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over half the fatalities.

The idea

that they come back with the skill,

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if I could use that word, and will

harden from the frontline.

I think

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that is something to exercise

caution.

Ending on a happier note,

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if we can. Good news but before

that... Every time I switch Q I end

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up waiting longer. Passport control,

supermarkets...

The answer is? Don't

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switch queues. It is a last place a

version. Apparently if you are the

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last person in a queue you don't

like that so you want to shift to a

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different line. This keeps happening

and as a result, if you do too off

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in you can find yourself waiting

significantly longer. There is an

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answer to this, that is to stay in

the line and wait till somebody else

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arrived.

The other thing is that one

solution the researcher says is that

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you could start talking to people,

struck up a conversation to pass the

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time.

Let me end finally, I know Joe

is itching to tell us about this.

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Who is this man on the front page --

back page of the Guardian?

That is

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King Harry. The Tottenham striker

scored a hat-trick today and he had

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already come with his first goal in

that match, had beaten a 22-year-old

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record for the most goals scored in

a premiership season within a

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calendar year. What is fantastic if

he is modest about this astonishing

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achievement which puts him up there

with international footballers. He

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has promised to put -- take his

teammates to dinner.

What I like is

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that he has not even reached its

peak. He has another five years.

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Both of you, thank you very much. A

little early, but happy New Year to

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you both. We look forward to seeing

you in 2018. You can always look

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ahead to the papers. Coming up next,

we

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