No deal Brexit could force Gareth Bale to sign for Man United as it would plunge future in Madrid into doubt

The Welsh winger is currently plying his trade out in Spain for Real Madrid.

But if the UK goes for a "no deal" Brexit, Bale's career at Los Blancos is under threat.

That's because, as ESPN reports, the 29-year-old, along with 800,000 Brits, "could potentially lose their right to work where they are living".

PM Theresa May suffered the biggest Commons defeat in British history last night as she attempted to get her divorce deal with Europe through.

A massive 432 MPs voted to kill off the withdrawal agreement, with only 202 backing her.

The crushing defeat – which saw 118 Tories turn against the PM – is the worst since the advent of full democracy and suggests Mrs May will never win enough support for her strategy.

And Bale will now be sweating over his future with implications of a hard Brexit affecting workers' rights throughout Europe.

What is a no-deal Brexit?

A no-deal British departure from the European Union means leaving without formal arrangements for the future relationship.

Currently Britain's trade, customs and immigration rules are tied up with the single market and a host of EU regulatory bodies.

Ministers are seeking a legal deal to replace these with looser arrangements so we are outside the single market and customs union but keeping close ties so cross-border trade is easy.

Negotiations are ongoing under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty ahead of the UK's exit on March 29, 2019.

Some fear these talks could collapse without a deal agreed before the deadline.

This could mean the UK being treated as a "third country" by the EU with commerce governed by World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

It's reported DUP leader Arlene Foster believes the UK is set to leave the EU without a deal at all.

Leaked emails say the Northern Irish leader was left furious after "hostile and difficult" meetings with the EU boss Michel Barnier.

She is poised for talks to collapse totally between Britain and the EU, which would mean we would leave with no deal at all, the Observer reported.

On January 6, Boris Johnson claimed that a No Deal Brexit is the "closest to what people voted for" in the referendum.

He also urged Cabinet Ministers to mirror the British public's "optimism and self-confidence" for the possible exit scenario.

ESPN contacted Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett, who told the organisation that he was "hopeful" a deal would be thrashed out.

He added that Bale "would wait and see what happens" before deciding his next move.

The former Tottenham ace has long-been linked with a return to the Premier League – with Manchester United big admirers.

It is estimated that around 300,000 UK nationals working in Spain would need "permission" to remain in the country.

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Pentagon report raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

WASHINGTON — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan.

Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the key concern is that as China upgrades its military equipment and technology and reforms how it trains and develops troops, it becomes more confident in its ability to wage a regional conflict. And Beijing’s leaders have made it clear that reasserting sovereignty over Taiwan is a top priority.

The official added, however, that although China could easily fire missiles at Taiwan, it doesn’t yet have the military capability to successfully invade the self-governing island, which split from mainland China amid civil war in 1949. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to provide more detail on intelligence findings in the report, which was written by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

A Chinese government spokeswoman said the report “is full of Cold War ideology and zero-sum game thinking” and suggested the U.S. was making excuses to strengthen or develop its own weapons of mass destruction.

“We use rules rather than weapons to safeguard and promote our own interests,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.

The report’s release Tuesday comes just a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping called on his People’s Liberation Army to better prepare for combat. China has warned the U.S. against further upgrading military ties with Taiwan and has threatened to use force against the island to assert its claim of sovereignty. Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. has taken incremental moves to bolster ties with the island, including renewed arms sales and upgraded contacts between officials.

U.S.-China tensions have become increasingly frayed on the military and economic fronts over the past year. Trump imposed tariff increases of up to 25 percent on $250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology. Xi responded by imposing penalties on $110 billion of American goods.

And last year the Pentagon disinvited China to a major, multinational Pacific exercise, citing Beijing’s militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea.

The ongoing rise of China, in fact, has triggered greater U.S. military attention on the Indo-Pacific region over the last several years. And last year’s release of the U.S. National Defense Strategy emphasized the importance of great power competition with Russia and China. And it asserted that China’s rapidly expanding military and Russia’s increasing aggression are threatening America’s military advantage around the world.

Just after taking over as the acting defense secretary, Pat Shanahan told his military service leaders on Jan. 2 that their focus should be “China, China, China.”

The DIA report talks broadly about the steps China is taking to modernize its military and expand its operations around the globe. The worry, said the defense intelligence official, is that China will reach the point where leaders will decide that using military force for a regional conflict such as Taiwan is more imminent.

“Beijing’s longstanding interest to eventually compel Taiwan’s reunification with the mainland and deter any attempt by Taiwan to declare independence has served as the primary driver for China’s military modernization,” the report says. “Beijing’s anticipation that foreign forces would intervene in a Taiwan scenario led the PLA to develop a range of systems to deter and deny foreign regional force projection.”

Over time, the report said, the PLA is “likely to grow even more technologically advanced, with equipment comparable to that of other modern militaries.” That would include advanced fighter aircraft, ships, missile systems and space and cyberspace capabilities.

Cyberthreats from China have long been a major U.S. concern, stretching from massive data breaches and the theft of trade secrets to Beijing’s campaign to improve its ability to conduct cyberattacks. The U.S. official said China has been working very hard on developing ways to combine cyberattack capabilities with other kinetic weapons that can be used in combat.

Still, the official said Beijing will face a significant challenge as it tries to bring generational change to its military.

Until now, China has mainly done tightly controlled regional operations and some counterpiracy missions. It will be more difficult, the official said, to create a joint force capable of conducting large, complex combat operations far abroad.

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Saudi teen who fled ‘abusive’ family celebrates freedom with bacon and Starbucks

A Saudi teen who fled her family saying she feared for her life has gleefully shared snaps of her new life in Canada – including eating bacon and drinking Starbucks.

Rahaf Mohammed, 18, was at the heart of a worldwide storm when she barricaded herself in a hotel room at Bangkok Airport after running away.

Rahaf – who has renounced her last name, al-Qunun – alleged she suffered horrific abuse at her family’s hands, which they deny.

She arrived in Canada on Saturday after the country granted her asylum – and she was pictured at Toronto International Airport wearing a hoodie with the word ‘Canada’ on it.

She was welcomed by the country’s Foreign Minister, Chrystia Freeland, who hailed her as a "very brave new Canadian".

Yesterday she posted a picture of a traditional Canadian breakfast on Snapchat, alongside the caption: "omg bacon".

And a picture of a Starbucks coffee reveals she was wearing a skirt above her knee.

Rahaf refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try take her back to Saudi Arabia.

Freeland said: "Rahaf wanted Canadians to see that she has arrived at her new home.

"But she had a very long and tiring journey and so would prefer not to take questions today.

"And she is now going to go to her new home."

Rahaf chose Canada because Australia took too long assessing whether to grant her asylum.

"(Australia) takes too long. That’s why I went to Canada," she told Reuters in a direct message before boarding her flight to Toronto.

Earlier this month, after escaping her family on a holiday in Kuwait, Rahaf started posting messages on Twitter from the transit area of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport saying her life would be in danger if forced to return to Saudi Arabia.

Within hours, a campaign sprang up dubbed SaveRahaf, spread on Twitter by a loose network of activists.

Following a 48-hour stand-off at Bangkok airport, some of it barricaded in a transit lounge hotel room, she was allowed to enter the country and has been processed as a refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Lauren Goodger shows off her waist after 7lbs weight loss in bright orange outfit

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lauren, 32, looked stunning in the neon dress in a number of pictures she shared on her Instagram page with fans on Wednesday.

The reality star's followers were quick to shower her with compliments, with one writing: "Looking fabulous," while another remarked: "Looking good!"

Someone else simply wrote: "Looking amazing," while one other devotee posted: "You look amazing Lauren."
Television personality Lauren recently stripped down to a nude thong to reveal her incredible bum she claims she got through working out in the gym.

The reality TV star showed off her curves as she posed for a sexy photo shoot in lingerie.

With her curled luscious locks hanging down her back, Lauren glances over her shoulder to show off her small waist, large boobs and peachy bottom.

And then posed on a chaise lounge, Lauren gives a seductive stare at the camera as she poses in see-through lingerie that leaves little to the imagination.

The star has in the past admitted having procedures including a breast job, rhinoplasty, liposuction and fillers done since finding fame.

But in an interview with The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Lauren was horrified at the suggestion she has had bum implants.

She scolded: “Don’t be stupid! Bum implants?

“I actually love it when people don’t believe me.

"I don’t even think it looks like I have, but when I do weight training it becomes more pert.

"My bum goes up and down. Sometimes I look at pictures and I think it looks different, but that’s just pictures.”

But she previously denied getting jaw fillers when The Sun Online showed pictures of her dramatically changed face last year.

The 36-year-old even made fun of the "accusations", before having to admit she'd taken the jaw fillers out.

Lauren added: “I saw the pictures. I knew I had to get it removed, so I did.

"It’s really easy to remove. They inject the solution and it goes that day. Your body breaks it down."

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Race-by-race preview and tips for Gosford on Thursday

Form has been done for a good track.


4. Zavance is a filly that should come into her own out to the mile. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old, a half-sister to the stable’s group-winning mare Nancy, is still in her first preparation. Last start she reeled in her rivals at Wyong to win over 1350m. The start prior to that she was no match for 1. Oakfield Captain. That was over 1300m. She’ll get her chance to turn the tables over more ground here. She has drawn widest in the small field but there looks to be plenty of speed engaged, so Kerrin McEvoy will be afforded the opportunity to take hold and rush home over the top.

Share plan: Brenton Avdulla has a good association with Tactical Advantage, and the pair unite again for the Takeover Target Stakes.Credit:AAP

Dangers: 2. Judge Judi has only had the one outing for Kim Waugh after moving   from Bjorn Baker. Like the fight she showed at Kembla to go down narrowly to Myprayer. The mare is untried past 1400m. That’s the query, especially just second up. Speaking of queries at the mile, Oakfield Captain hasn’t made much of an impression in his two runs over the trip, one of which was last start. 5. Uber Lux rates a mention having won over the Gosford 1600m before. She’ll be at her top now third up but needs to find a few lengths on her last start fifth at Kembla Grange.

How to play it: Zavance WIN


10. Press Box has had five chances to break her maiden already but this is the first time she has raced outside of city company. The other thing worth noting about the full sister to Press Statement, also trained by Chris Waller, is both of her best runs do date have been first up. On debut back in May she was just missed to stablemate Ms Rodarte where there was a sizeable gap back to third, while fresh in her second campaign she flashed late to just miss again after a chequered run in the straight. She tackles the older mares here but from the cosy draw, and off a nice trial at Rosehill, she won’t get a better chance to break through.

Dangers: Had Intrepidus pegged as the danger so the confidence levels increase further with that galloper scratched. Kris Lees looks to have opted for Taree on Monday, where he’ll be very hard to beat. Lees will still be represented in the race by 3. Lifetime Quest. He did more than enough on debut at Scone. 8. Foxpack was heavily backed on debut on Randwick’s Kensington track but only plugged away to hold fourth having parked outside of the leader. This is easier and she’ll be better for the experience.

How to play it: Press Box WIN


Strong claims: In-form apprentice Robbie Dolan has a good book of rides at Gosford, including Easy Eddie.Credit:AAP

9. Monterey Lad strikes the most winnable race in his career at Gosford. The Benfica gelding trained by John Thompson will relish the mile. Everything he has done to date has suggested he has wanted this trip. His two runs back this campaign will have him primed for 1600m third up. Fresh he worked home nicely at Nowra over 1100m before savaging the line late at Canberra over 1300m. The tempo of this race should allow him to settle just off midfield before Robbie Dolan, an apprentice in hot form, lets him rip down the middle of the track. He’s the horse to beat in a tricky race.

Dangers: 8. I’m Kate had no luck at all at Gosford last time out. Just as she was starting to make her run up the fence after settling in behind the leaders, the gate was closed and she lost all of her momentum. The daughter of Savabeel tried to pick herself up again but it was all in vain. Her debut run had merit too as although she was beaten out of sight by Cossetot and Musume, both of those horses won their subsequent start,  Cossetot in town. 6. Chief Command just needs to find the front to be winning a race shortly. That could be here. He wasn’t suited last start in the same race as I’m Kate, tucking in behind the speed. He is too one-paced.

How to play it: Monterey Lad WIN


8. Hildalgo was impressive in leading all the way at Scone last start. The three-year-old found the front without too much trouble, travelled sweetly turning for him and scooted clear to win by near three lengths. The race was run in faster time than the BM58 on the same day over 1100m won by Albert’s No Pussy. Kerrin McEvoy rides and should be able to cross to the lead with 11. Partners and 10. Miss Powerbelle drawn on his outside. They’d need to really burn for McEvoy to hand up. David Atkins picked up this horse from South Australia, where he didn’t fire in one run for Richard Jolly. Follow him in NSW though as he’ll work his way through the grades.

Dangers: Miss Powerbelle beat Hildago two runs back showing too much speed over 1000m for Hildago but he closed strongly. Confident he can turn the tables. Miss Powerbelle has since run second to Battle Anthem. There is no shame in that. She’ll be thereabouts again with any early luck. 4. Laburnum was backed as if unbeatable first up in town, jumping $1.75 but never looked likely, running fourth. She looked to want further so the query here is only getting an extra 100m and the likelihood of settling last from the wide draw. 1. Al Mah Haha has found a new home with Tash Burleigh and trialled very strongly ahead of his return.

How to play it: Hildalgo EACH WAY


2. Tactical Advantage has been up since July but his runs have been spaced and he is showing no signs of his form tapering off. Don’t let the sixth at Doomben last start make you think otherwise as he was beaten by the gate. The five-year-old has won three of his seven starts for Kris Lees with big weights, a wet track and the aforementioned wide draw the excuses for his defeats. None of those are applicable here. Brenton Avdulla, who has a good association with the horse, will park him in behind the speed from the middle draw. He is a horse that travels so sweetly when on song so here’s hoping Avdulla is swinging off him turning for home.

Dangers: 3. Easy Eddie has never raced in better form. The Joe Pride-trained gelding has won two on the bounce and deserves his shot at Listed level. The same can be said for apprentice Robbie Dolan, who has been rewarded for his efforts on this horse, keeping the ride. Tactical Advantage gave Easy Eddie windburn mid last year on the one occasions they met. 6. Demerara finished hard to run second at Doomben last start behind Manicure, while much can be same for stablemate 5. Isaurian, but he ran third in the same race as Tactical Advantage.

How to play it: Tactical Advantage WIN


2. Singing won this race last year. Not only did he won it, he trounced his rivals, gapping Red Excitement in a distant second. The difference this time around is that he is not deep into a preparation, tackling it fifth up. Instead, he is first up off a 38-week spell. Add to that the 59kg impost as opposed to the 55.5kg he carried last year.

There is no denying he is up against it but the temptation lies in the price. He was $2.90 favourite for the race last year, but this year has opened double-figure odds. The nine-year-old has looked right on his game in two trials. The late money trail will likely tell the story. Imagine he rolls across to offset the wide draw.

Dangers: Thought 9. Roman Son was entitled to hit the line harder than what he did last time out when finally clear in the Summer Cup at Randwick. He keeps flopping out of the barriers at the start too. Can poke a few holes in him as the early race favourite. 4. Satono Rasen was ridden aggressively to lead in the same race as Roman Son and the change in tactics sparked the seven-year-old back into action. He won’t get that same run here though with 1. Fabrizio running along and 5. Prioritise holding the fence from barrier 1. 6. Sir Plush has to be a risk out to 2100m.

How to play it: Singing WIN


Five of the nine runners here come out of the same race won by 1. It’s So Obvious. Given she was first up off a 34-week break, they’re up against it beating her now she has had that run. The six-year-old mare worked hard mid-race to sit outside of the leader too. Punters Intelligence reveals she ran 10.82s between the 800-600m. That’s three lengths quicker than the second-placed 3. Bombarding. Given he was hard fit, it’s hard to make a case that he can turn the tables, despite the narrow margin. Drawn 2, Robbie Dolan won’t have to spend as much petrol to find a spot as he did first up. All of her wins have been over the sprint trips too. She’s going to take plenty of beating on her home patch.

Dangers: It’s been rocks or diamonds for 2. Skyray this campaign. It started off on the right foot at Hawkesbury and he showed another glimpse of his best at Warwick Farm two runs back, however not much has gone right in the other three runs. The latest of those was on the Kensington track and the three-year-old pulled up lame. Forgive that effort. He is better than a Class 4 galloper, there is no doubting that. 6. Dunatun was too bad to be true at Rosehill last start after attracting betting support. His second to Baller the start prior is certainly good enough to give this a shake.

How to play it: It’s So Obvious WIN

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Kim Kardashian Flashes Major Cleavage In Tiny Sports Bra On Instagram

It may have been her daughter’s first birthday on Tuesday, but busy working mom Kim Kardashian had to head to the set for a secretive photo shoot that saw her rock several sexy outfits.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star spilled out of a tiny crop top while hanging out in the studio for a fitting and glam test, which she documented on her Instagram stories. She flashed her ample cleavage in the revealing top, which she paired with some high-waist Yeezy leggings that allowed for her to showcase her super toned abs and tanned skin. Kim also rocked a few different colored wigs, including a pink one, a blonde one, and a bright blue one, which she showed her social media fans while putting on her famous pout and getting her makeup done.

In the clips, the 38-year-old can be seen sporting a simple glam, which included huge, dark lashes, some light pink blush, and a nude lipstick shade. In one of the looks, she also added some extra glitz to the simple makeup by wearing a bit of blue eyeshadow in her inner tear ducts.

“Playing with fun hair today. I have a really cute shoot coming up. I can’t wait for you guys to see it. What do you guys think it’s for?” Kim asked her 125 million followers.

Kim’s posts came shortly after she shared an adorable photo of her baby daughter Chicago, who turned 1-year-old on Tuesday. The proud mama later took to her Insta stories to share a video of her sister Kourtney’s gift, which was a neon green Mercedes G Series SUV — the exact same Kanye West gifted Kim last year. The birthday girl later played in the car with her siblings, Saint, 3, and North, 5, while dad Kanye stood by and smiled at his children.

Kim and Kanye welcomed daughter Chicago via surrogate mother in January last year. And on Monday, the reality TV star confirmed that they are expecting another baby boy “sometime soon” during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.

“I think it’s been out there! I got drunk at our Christmas Eve party and told some people. I can’t remember who I told because I never get drunk,” Kim admitted.

The newest family addition will also arrive via surrogacy, as Kim struggled with life-threatening health conditions during her first two pregnancies, after which the doctors advised her that it wouldn’t be safe to carry her own baby again.

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LeeAnne Locken Reveals Her ‘RHOD’ Beauty Essentials & Previews ‘Color Me Crazy’ Season 3

‘RHOD’s LeeAnne Locken continues to prove that she can do it all with her latest products, and she tells HollywoodLife her plans for season 3 of ‘Color Me Crazy’! Get that scoop and her on-camera beauty essentials!

The Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken is a triple threat! — She can entertain on-camera, whether it’s commercials or TV shows and she’s business and beauty savvy. The Texas native chatted EXCLUSIVELY with Hollywoodlife to keep up informed on her latest beauty tips and her new business ventures. Catch up with LeeAnne, below!

The self-described “social butterfly” previously admitted that after three seasons of RHOD, she learned so much about herself and her cast mates. “I have always been the kind of person who loves to grow! I focus on getting better not bitter… Believing in myself is a daily routine.” And that’s the type of confidence that’s led her to so much success on and off camera.

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Morocco ready to host African Nations Championship

In the next few hours Morocco will kick off against Mauritania to get the fifth edition of the African Nations Championship underway in Casablanca.

    In the next few hours, Morocco will kick off against Mauritania to get the fifth edition of the African Nations Championship underway in Casablanca.

    It’s the biggest football tournament on the continent for home-grown talent.

    Morocco’s football fortunes are on the rise after qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

    Close to 45,000 spectators will be at the renovated Stade Mohammed V.

    The country is hoping that this tournament will be a stepping stone to bigger things in the future.

    Al Jazeera’s Sana Hamouche reports from Casablanca, Morocco.

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    Pope Francis' farewell mass in Peru ends tour

    More than half a million people gathered in Peru to pray with their pope for the first time in nearly 30 years.

      Pope Francis has led a final mass in Lima, bringing his six-day tour of South America to an end.

      He was welcomed by millions of Catholics in Chile and Peru.

      But his trip has also been overshadowed by protests against the covering up of sex abuse cases involving clergy in both countries.

      Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from Lima.

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      Ditching May won’t solve Brexit mess

      The historic defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal for Brexit is a classic case of what happens when a parliament is too divided to resolve a big problem. The answer is to go back to the people.

      Her plan was shot down by 432 to 202 which means about 100 MPs in Mrs May's own Conservative Party rejected it. They are demanding a complete break with the European Union rather than the Brexit deal Mrs May made with Brussels that maintains close trade and legal ties.

      Mrs May is now in a similar position to former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull who failed to win the support of his party for the National Energy Guarantee which was one of his signature policies.

      Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May after losing the vote on her Brexit deal.Credit:PA

      Mr Turnbull lasted only a few days after he was forced to abandon the NEG and it is hard to see Mrs May lasting much longer.

      It is too late now to list all the failures of Mrs May. She must now regret taking over the prime ministership to implement the Leave verdict of the 2016 EU referendum, even though she actively campaigned for Remain. She could have let the hard-line Brexiters carry the can for pulling Britain out of its biggest market.

      She added to that mistake by triggering the two-year process for leaving the EU that will take effect on March 29 before her party had even decided internally what sort of Brexit it wanted. She erred again by calling a general election where her majority was slashed,  putting herself at the mercy of the extremists in her party.

      She then pretended she could bully the much bigger EU into granting Britain serendipitous exemptions from basic EU rules, such as the right to block free movement of EU citizens on to British territory.

      Yet sacking Mrs May is unlikely to make much difference. No leader can resolve the deadlock within Britain over Brexit, which is split between hard Brexiters, Remainers and soft Brexiters.

      The approach of the fatal hour may concentrate minds but, if it does not, the best answer would be to call a general election.  Mrs May will be able to argue that her plan is the best way to avoid the traffic jams at the new border and the threat to the Northern Ireland peace deal if Britain leaves the EU.

      If Mrs May wins strongly, she could claim a mandate for her version of Brexit. Alternatively, she could reach out to the opposition Labour Party to build a consensus against the hard-liners in her own party.

      If that fails, the options are limited.  It is hard to see a resolution before March 29, when Britain is by EU law due to leave.

      A recent decision by the European Court of Justice, the EUs version of our High Court, has made it possible, however, for Britain to withdraw the Brexit notification or stop the clock if there is a fundamental change in policy.

      Until Britain's parliament can agree on what its approach is, the EU will have little patience for
      delay. Mrs May could, as a last resort, offer to run a second referendum but that would be her ultimate failure. This is a problem that politicians started and it is up to them to resolve.

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