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This is BBC World News Today. Can France and Germany save Greece?

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Angela Merkel and President Sarkozy debate their options as the

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President of the European Commission calls it the biggest

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challenge facing Europe in a generation. This is a fight for the

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jobs and prosperity of families in all our member states. It's a fight

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for economic and good future of Europe. I angry scenes outside the

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Italian parliament, as MPs at vote on the country's plans to tackle

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its huge debts. The attack is over but the questions remain - how did

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six Taliban militants manage to hold Kabul hostage for 20 hours? A

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new strain of tuberculosis has the WHO worried. It is drug-resistant

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and on the rise in Europe. Life in a nuclear ghost town, six months

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after Japan's earthquake and tsunami. The radiation levels are

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still too high around Fukushima. And a disco diplomacy. Why is a

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sketch mocking the President's dancing censored from a Russian TV

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Welcome to the programme. An emergency telephone conference call

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between German, French and cricketers is taking place. It was

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called because of the turmoil on the financial markets, a turmoil

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triggered by the belief that Greece will default on its debts and

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inflict lasting damage on the European banks, not to mention the

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single currency there is huge pressure on Europe to find a

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lasting solution to the debt crisis. President Sarkozy of France and

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Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany moved today to try and fix the

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crisis of Greece and its debt. They are holding a conference call with

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the Greek Prime Minister, seeking guarantees that in exchange for

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further aid to Greece would live by its commitments and slash its

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deficit. The fear that Greece is heading for bankruptcy has Savage

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markets and the banking sector. Two French banks saw their ratings

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downgraded to date, on concerns they were heavily exposed to Greek

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debt. There was stark warnings that the European Parliament today, that

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Europe could be destroyed by the eurozone crisis. The mood was

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distinctly gloomy. One minister declared to Europe was in danger.

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Another said the European Union itself could not survive a break-up

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of the eurozone. We are confronted with the most serious challenge of

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a generation. It's a fight for what Europe represents in the world.

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This is a fight for European integration itself. President

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Barroso said the onset of the crisis was more Europe, more

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integration. But there were doubts expressed that Greece could be

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saved. Increasingly there are doubts whether Greece can escape

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bankruptcy in the long term. A German minister said today it would

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not be the end of the world if Greece was eventually forced out of

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the eurozone. And the Dutch government has begun exploring the

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cost to its banks if Greece defaults and runs out of money. So

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holt -- some will hold Greek government debt? The Greek banks

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are holding 49 billion euros. Germany's banks hold 10 billion

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euros. France is next with an exposure of 9 billion euros. The

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risk to British banks is much smaller - 2.2 billion euros.

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Germany does not bail Greece out, we need a back-up plan for when it

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goes horribly wrong. I don't get a sense at all we have any back-up

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plan, which means of a default happens it will be very messy.

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President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel reaffirmed today that they

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are still determined to save Greece if they can. Italy is under

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pressure as well because of its debts. After weeks of delay, the

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Italian parliament is voting on austerity measures put forward by

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the government. The plan aims to reduce Italy's deficit by more than

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$70 billion over three years. We can cross live to roam and join our

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correspondent. How is this going, I understand there were quite angry

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scenes outside the parliament? About an hour ago there were

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several hundred protesters demonstrating outside the

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parliament building. There were some clashes with the police. No

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injuries reported so far, but the police gradually pushed the

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demonstrators back towards the pantheon, a square near by. Now I

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understand the demonstrators are making their way towards the

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Coliseum. There were similar scenes when the Italian upper house of

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parliament voted the austerity package last week. I think it was

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predictable there would be this sort of protest. What's happening

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inside, are they going to pass it? Yes. It's a foregone conclusion. Mr

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parliament a few minutes ago. The vote was due to take place shortly.

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There was a confidence vote earlier in the day which the government won

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quite easily. I think the national feeling is that parties have got to

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pull together for the austerity package, even though it's a very

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bitter pill to swallow. What we have to find out now is whether the

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Italian government is actually able to implement these measures are,

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the increase in VAT, that's fairly easy to administer. But there's

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been a lot of aggravation over proposals to cut pensions and

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various other economy methods. But the situation in Italy is extremely

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serious. The debt mountain that the government has, according to the

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National Institute of Statistics today, has reached unprecedented

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levels. 1.9 trillion Euros. This is going to be a lot of money to have

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to pay back. The Italians obviously can't do this in the short-term,

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but the long-term position is perhaps almost as serious as that

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of Greece. Nobody knows yet. There's a lot of detail to come out.

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As I said before, the detail also in the implementation of this match

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changed austerity package which has been to-ing and fro-ing for weeks

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now. But finally it appears it's going to get past. Still staying

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with that euro debt crisis, I'm joined from the European Parliament

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in Strasbourg by the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannon. Addressing the

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European Parliament today was the President, Barroso, of the European

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Commission. He said the only way out of this crisis is more

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integration in Europe. Presumably that's a sentiment you would

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disagree with. It's more of the medicine that sickened the patient

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in the first place. The problem was too much European integration

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jamming these disparate countries into the same monetary policy. Now

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he's saying that what we need is even more, fiscal and economic

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union as well. The problem is too much debt and we've loaded more

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debt on to them, pressing on to countries that could and pay their

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existing liabilities. What is your solution? We should recognise that

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we are in business because we were trying to jam countries together

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that didn't have compatible economies. There are three possible

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outcomes. You can have an orderly unbundling of the euro. You can

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have a disorderly collapse of the euro or you can try and carry on as,

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at present, and option three is the most painful of those, none of them

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is attractive, but option three is the one they are going for. What is

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an orderly end of the euro, how would you do that? Every would have

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Germany and its satellite economies reading and establishing a new hard

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currency among themselves, that would be the neatest way of doing

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it. You would bequeath the legal carcass of the euro to the

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Mediterranean countries. Or you could do it the other way round.

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Pulling out by Greece and some of the other peripheral countries.

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you would let Greece default? Everyone can see that Greece is

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going to default except the people that were talking in the European

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Parliament. If Greece defaults, won't you see it -- a run on

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European banks, once you have a Lehman Brothers crisis? All of the

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options are bad, but nothing can be done to prevent default. The issue

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was whether you get it out of the way now or whether you defer it and

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make it more painful when it eventually happens, because the

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debt by then will be even larger. You don't help and indebted country

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by forcing more loans on it, that is what the EU has been doing.

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say all the options are bad but many economists will say your

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solution will make things worse in Europe, because what you will have

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as a Lehman Brothers situation which will spread to all the other

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countries - Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal - who are under pressure,

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and we will see a huge and very deep European recession. This is

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what Angela Merkel is warning against. Usain -- you seem to say

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otherwise. It's an inevitable event. There's going to be a correction of

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some bad investment decisions that were made over the last 10 years.

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Banks, like individuals, made some wrong course. There is no way we

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can get out of the correction when it comes. If you try to postpone

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that, the reckoning will be heavier when it comes. It cannot be right

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yet again to come and ask taxpayers to rescue some very wealthy

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individuals from the consequences of their own errors. We've already

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seen that that policy has failed. To Afghanistan, where details have

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been emerging about Tuesday's brazen attack in the diplomatic

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quarter of Kabul. A small group of militants paralysed the Afghan

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capital for 20 hours, raining down gunfire and rockets on the US

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embassy and the ISA at headquarters. It's understood that the militants

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hit a stockpile of weapons in an unoccupied building and then went

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into which dressed as women. Afghan soldiers celebrate. The City of

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Kabul breeds a sigh of relief. After 20 Abbas, the last suicide

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attacker is dead. -- after 20 hours. 6 had made it into this building,

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bloodied and under fire. Just two suicide attackers held off Afghan

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and international forces while terrorising the city below. The

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insurgents quickly made it into the building and came to the highest

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floors. When they got here, this is what they could see. Over there is

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the American embassy. Right beside it is the NATO headquarters. They

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couldn't have picked a better firing position. But it was here on

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the streets where most of the damage was done. People ran for

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cover, hiding in their homes. Explosions and gunfire could be

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heard all day and all night long. At the international mission,

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troops moved to return fire. This was the longest running attack in

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Kabul since the fall of the Taliban. At ISAF, they knew this attack was

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coming but they couldn't stop it. We have known about these threats

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that have been going after these networks is dramatically throughout

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the month of Ramadan and Eid. We knew that the enemy intended to

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attack the population and Kabul during that period of time.

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they still managed to get in. They only have to be right ones. We

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have to be right every single time. For now, Afghan and foreign troops

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are plentiful, but still the Taliban were able to bring urban

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warfare to the heart of Kabul. As foreign troops begin to leave,

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protecting the people here will become even harder. Let's take a

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look at some of the day's other news. Severe flooding has led to

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huge swathes of southern Pakistan and a water. More than 200 people

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have died and over 1 million homes have been destroyed. Sindh province

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is amongst the worst affected areas. The floods are a result of 10 days

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of torrential rain. They prompted Oxfam to launch an emergency appeal.

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Federal investigators in the United States have blamed last year's oil

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spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the failure of a critical cement

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barrier which led to an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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11 people died. Reports say poor management by BP and other

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countries was also to blame. The judiciary in Iran has issued a

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statement denying that two Americans held as spies since 2009

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are about to be released. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were

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sentenced to eight years in jail last month. On Tuesday, President

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Ahmadinejad said they would be released within days. Libya's

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interim leader has told the BBC that he believes that Colonel

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Gaddafi is still in the country. He made the comments in the past few

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hours during an interview with the BBC. He was asked Mustafa Abdul

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Jalil if he knew where Gaddafi was. I don't know exactly where he is

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but the fact we know he is in the south side. With that much money

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and that much gold with him, it is not just dangerous for Libya but

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Libya and all of the Arabs. He is planning to do some revenge attacks

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which will harm a lot of people in the area. Have you made any

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progress at all in catching him? All the troops have run away down,

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they are down south. The fact that the rebels have not been yet able

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to cross, but there will be a lot of fierce fighting in this area to

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the south side, with a lot of equipment that we yet do not have.

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But we ask a support to get the right equipment in order to conquer

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these troops and to proceed further south to try and capture Colonel

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Gaddafi and his family. You say that he is planning to carry out

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attacks. What kind of attacks are TRANSLATION: He is in possession of

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a lot of money and all of the gold. The main problem is, he will be

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planning for attacks in many places. Attacks on either cities, oilfields

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or power plants around Libya and in other places might be on his manner.

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You have Colonel Gaddafi and his sons on the run, but you have four

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town's remaining in the hands of loyalists. Why is it taking you so

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long to capture those towns? TRANSLATION: Colonel Gaddafi's

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troops who ran out of Tripoli have situated themselves in Sirte and

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Sabha. They are trying to overcome the revolution.

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The interim leader of Libya. Europe used to regard tuberculosis

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as a disease of the past, but not any more. The World Health

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Organisation says a new drug- resistant strain has affected more

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than 80,000 Europeans. It is most acute in Eastern Europe,

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particularly Russia, the Ukraine and Moldova. Treating it is a long,

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unpleasant and costly process but has long been at the forefront of

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medical campaigns. A big ceremony in St George's

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Square opens Glasgow's five-week campaign. The 1950s the UK ruled

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out a programme to stamp out tuberculosis. Mobile X-ray units

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went around deprived areas of Glasgow encouraging people to get

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tested. Banalities back, and with it and you generation of mobile

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testing units. This is tuberculosis under the microscope. The WHO says

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it has been evolving and some strains of it like MDR-TB have

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become resistant to standard antibiotic treatment.

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The spread of MDR-TB as well as the spread of tuberculosis is done

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through the air and by people who are sick and not on treatment and

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not diagnosed, so they continue to spread it. In terms of speed, what

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I can tell you is a one person who is sick can infect another 10 in

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the year. The WHO as warned Europe against complacency, Eastern Europe

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has the highest level of infection and almost 12% of newly diagnosed

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patients had this drug-resistant form. But it is London with its

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high levels of immigration that has the highest rate than any capital

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city with over 3,000 UK's is diagnosed every year. They are

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fighting it and on such a scale, hopes of victory are high.

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Britain did come close to eradicating it in the 50s, but in

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the globalised world, this constantly revolving bacteria knows

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no frontiers. Joining me is a doctor from the

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World Health Organisation at its annual meeting in Azerbaijan. Why

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are we seeing this rise in Europe at the moment?

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Good evening. Tuberculosis has always been there, but indeed we

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have been seen, for the last decade a rise in tuberculosis, and even

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more worrying, multi- drug- resistant tuberculosis. It is a

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form of the disease which cannot be cured with the drugs available. We

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have to use different drugs which are much more expensive, much more

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toxic for the patient with more side-effects and takes much longer

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to treat. There are a number of reasons, one of those being that or

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we have failing health systems. It in means we do not succeed to

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diagnose these patients early enough. And one of the things that

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we are recommending is to involve the patients themselves and civil

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society. I know the WHO plan is, you get a more people tested. But

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if this disease is now drug- resistant, if you test them and

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they are positive, what can you do? This is indeed a challenge. The

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good news, we now have rapid diagnostic tools. We can diagnose

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the multi- drug-resistant strain very quick. One of the big

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challenges is to develop new drugs and all so new vaccines. Meanwhile,

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we have to create circumstances for the patience to get through the two

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years of difficult treatment. It is not easy for patient to be treated

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with these drugs for two years. other words, there is a treatment

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for this drug-resistant strain, but it is difficult and you have to

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target the right patient? Absolutely, absolutely. The plan

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has been put together based on the new evidence of research and very

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importantly, with the patients. Nothing for the patients without

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the patient. It is about saving lives, we are saving 120,000 people

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on the plan by 2015. It will cost $5 million. The message is, come

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forward and be tested. Six months ago, emergency workers

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in Japan were launching their desperate fight to control the

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nuclear power station at Fukushima. Three of the reactors were

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overheating and a vast cloud of radioactivity escaped following the

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earthquake and tsunami. More than 100,000 people what ordered to

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leave their homes. A science correspondent is one of the few

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journalists who has ventured back into the deserted town of Tomioka.

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The nuclear ghost town of Tomioka. We have arrived in the long street

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of shops and there is no one here. We are a few miles inside the

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exclusion zone, a radioactive cloud blew over here six months ago, but

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experts have assured us radiation levels have fallen. A local farmer,

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Naoto Matsumura has slipped us past security. This is the main sleep?

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It is completely empty. He wants us to see how his community has

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suffered. We find it was hit by the earthquake and the tsunami of them

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by the leak from the power station. This used to be a town of 16,000,

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this is the main street but it is completely deserted. Motorbikes

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abandon, shops completely empty, no traffic at all. Weeds growing up in

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this for court. A shock wrecked in the earthquake, still six months on

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completely untouched. All the time we have been here, the radiation

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level has been surprisingly low. The problem is this, if you get

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down to ground level, it shoots right up. No problem for us and a

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quick visit, but what scientists are wrestling with is how dangerous

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this contamination is and will continue to be in the long term. It

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was in March that explosions at the nuclear power plant are released

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radioactive material. The leaks contaminated some areas more

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severely than others, but everyone within 12 miles of this devastation

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was ordered out. Naoto Matsumura decided to stay. He does not bother

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with protective clothing. In the ruins of his farm, spiders have

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taken over. There were just stretch over everything, but he clears a

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path. He wants to show us something. This is a distressing sight. This

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is the cattle shed, the owners left in such a hurry they were not able

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to release the animals. These are two that have died. And each of

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these pens there are two more making a total of 60. Some animals

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broke free and are roaming wild. Naoto Matsumura tries to care for a

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new generation born in the nuclear zone. He wants to keep his

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community going. TRANSLATION: There are no subsidies,

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no electricity, gas or hot water. But if the people still want to

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come back, even my mother and father their wishes to die here.

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After three hours, we checked our radiation dose, it is roughly half

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what you get from a chest X-ray. Canal, he refuses to think about

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radiation. He is determined to stay on. But he lives by candlelight,

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most of his food is tinned. Adopt is his only companion. He wants his

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town to return to normal. It will be a long wait.

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A TV comedy sketch making fun of President Dmitry Medvedev has made

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headlines in Russia by never making it to her. This kit, which mocked

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his dancing abilities featured in the most popular satirical game

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show but was edited out. It is Russian rock and roll, or

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strictly come Kremlin her! The man in blue is Dmitri Medvedev, on the

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dancefloor at a college reunion. This mobile phone footage has been

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viewed by millions. And now everyone seems to be copying his

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every move. By dancing like this, Dancing Dmitry these comedians to

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prise him Russian TV's top comedy competitions. But when the pre-

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recorded programme was broadcast, it had been edited out and they are

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not amused. We rehearsed, and then it was

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nothing. I was surprised. Kremlin is keen to point out that

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the President does have a sense of humour. His aides say they have no

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idea whether Dancing Dmitry sketch was cut and there has been no

:25:51.:25:56.

official explanation from Russian television. But media analysts say

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it is censorship by TV bosses keen to avoid upsetting the leaders of

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Russia. There are no straight rules of what you can show, what can go

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out and what cannot. What works is self-censorship on every level. On

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every executive level way you make decisions. Judging by some of the

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things the Russian leadership get up to in the line of duty, who

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needs comedy shows to make Russians chuckle.

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A reminder of the top story? The Greek Prime Minister has held

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urgent talks with the French and German leaders about Greece

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defaulting. They told increase must implement all reforms and he said

:26:46.:26:51.

"yes we will". That's all from us for the moment, next we have the

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Tonight underneath clearing skies, it is going to turn quite chilly

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with mist and fog forming. That leads to a dry day with spells of

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sunshine. And things will warm up in the afternoon. We are losing the

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weather fronts but we will have cloud in a few places. High

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pressure developing throughout the day on Thursday. Any mist and fog

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at first in the morning should clear. It should take a bit of time

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through south-west England. In the afternoon, good spells of sunshine

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across northern England. Like to winds. Some cloud floating around,

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but I won't be surprised if some were through southern England we

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did manage to get into the low 20s. Across Wales, it is dry and fine,

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sung cloud clinging to the Cardigan Bay area. No further inland and

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things are bright. In Northern Ireland, the afternoon will bring

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thicker cloud, maybe one a two spots of rain towards the West. The

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same for western Scotland, but over or it will be fine and dry. Like to

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