Democrats target who’s who of Trump insiders but not Ivanka, others

Democrats target who’s who of Trump insiders but not Ivanka, others


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some of U.S. President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, including his daughter Ivanka, were missing from a list of people that Democratic lawmakers sought documents from on Monday for a corruption investigation of the president.

The list covered a who’s who of Trump family members and associates, but Ivanka Trump was omitted, despite former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen testifying last week that he briefed her numerous times about a Trump skyscraper project in Moscow.

Also absent from the list were former senior White House officials, including chief of staff John Kelly and economic adviser Gary Cohn. Both spent more than a year in Trump’s inner circle and have featured prominently in books and other published accounts of conditions in the Trump White House.

The reasons for some prominent people being left off the House of Representatives investigators’ list were not immediately clear.

House Democrats say they have been careful to avoid conflicts with the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign, as well as federal probes being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC on Sunday that Kelly could be included.

A committee aide said Monday’s list was only a first phase of document requests and more letters would be going out soon.

Eighty-one people, agencies and organizations were named by the committee as recipients of document requests, including Trump’s adult sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Ivanka’s husband and a White House adviser.

Representatives for the White House and Justice Department said the document requests were being reviewed.

At the White House, Trump was asked if he would cooperate with Nadler’s probe. “I cooperate all the time with everybody,” he said, adding, “You know the beautiful thing? No collusion. It’s all a hoax … It’s a political hoax.”

Nadler’s committee hopes to determine whether Trump obstructed justice by possibly offering pardons or tampering with witnesses and by ousting perceived enemies, such as former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey in May 2017 while he was leading an investigation into Russian meddling in the election. The probe was taken over by Mueller.

Comey was not on Monday’s list. Nor was Andrew McCabe, the former top FBI official who began an obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigation involving Trump and his ties to Russia after Comey’s firing. Nor was Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel.

(Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Grant McCool)

Kane holds key to Spurs’ European ambitions

Kane holds key to Spurs’ European ambitions


Harry Kane insists Tottenham will shake off their Premier League collapse as the England star looks to fire his team into the Champions League quarterfinals against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

In the space of seven days, Tottenham’s hopes of winning the Premier League have been shattered by defeats at Burnley and Chelsea and Saturday’s north London derby draw against Arsenal.

It was just the latest Tottenham failure when the stakes have been at their highest since Mauricio Pochettino took charge five years ago.

Only a last-minute Hugo Lloris penalty save from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang prevented Arsenal inflicting Tottenham’s third successive loss.

But Kane is convinced Tottenham are capable of recovering from a painful week and he challenged his team to use their Champions League last-16 second leg in Dortmund as fuel to speed up their revival.

“Two disappointing results in a week, this was the perfect game, a north London derby to show passion and show fans we are ready to fight for the rest of the season,” said Kane, who scored their penalty equaliser against Arsenal.

“It’s a point, we wanted three but it stops the losing streak and we can focus on Dortmund and then Southampton.

“Over the last week we have put ourselves under pressure but we have done it in the past and every game is a big game.”

Tottenham have one foot in the last eight after a 3-0 first-leg win at Wembley.

Now they must finish the job against Dortmund to book their first Champions League quarterfinal appearance since 2011.

That would leave Tottenham within touching distance of their first European semifinal since winning the Uefa Cup in 1984.


Progressing in Europe’s elite club competition could be essential for Tottenham to convince Kane that they can provide him with the platform to win major honours.

Without a top trophy since the 2008 League Cup, Tottenham’s barren spell is reportedly weighing heavily on Kane, who was said to be “devastated and angry” following their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Ironically, Tottenham’s form has dipped at the exact moment Kane returned from an ankle injury.

The 25-year-old is back ahead of schedule, prompting some to suggest he has rushed back too soon.

Bu Kane has scored in two of his three games over the last week, taking his goal tally for the season to 22.

To claim the 2018 World Cup top-scorer is an impediment to Tottenham in any way would be met with derision from Pochettino.

The Argentine is adamant Kane is one of the world’s best strikers and his Champions League record supports that belief.

Kane, who missed the Dortmund first leg, has 13 goals in 16 appearances in the competition.

His confidence in his own ability is so strong that earlier this season he made it his aim to eventually score more European goals than Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

For now, Pochettino would settle for Kane helping Tottenham past Dortmund.

“After two defeats it was important to build again our positive ways,” Pochettino said.

“We have a very difficult game on Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and arriving in a better condition than we arrived today is going to be key.”

Madrid strikers have failed to fill Ronaldo’s void-Modric

Madrid strikers have failed to fill Ronaldo’s void-Modric


Real Madrid’s forwards have failed to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric said on Monday.

The Croatian, speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League last-16, second-leg clash with Ajax on Tuesday, said his team lacked consistency and goals this season.

Madrid failed to score in two Clasicos against Barcelona last week, being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind the Catalan league leaders, leaving retaining the Champions League as their only hope of glory.

Ronaldo, the European champions’ all-time top scorer, left in July to join Juventus and Madrid signed young attackers Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz but no big-name forward to replace the Portuguese.

“The absence of Cristiano is something every team would feel; to find a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” Modric told reporters.

“Given what he did for us and this club, we miss Cristiano. The club wanted the other players to make up for what he did, divided between the strikers and that is not easy.

“Cristiano scored 50 goals and you can’t find someone today who scores that many. Some of us have to take a step forward and, while not scoring 50, what we need is two or three players who score 15, 20, or 10 goals and we don’t have that.

“That is our biggest problem this year. For example against Barca in the cup we had many chances and when you don’t take advantage your opponent punishes you.

“The club tried, and it seems good, putting faith in other players like Gareth (Bale), (Marco) Asensio, Karim (Benzema); they brought in Mariano, Vinicius is here.

“(Vinicius) is doing very well for the age he is but sometimes things don’t go how we wanted them to.”

Vinicius Junior has been Madrid’s driving force over the past few weeks but the 18-year-old has scored only three goals this season.

Club record signing Bale has 13 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions, while top scorer Benzema has netted 20 from 42.

Madrid hold a 2-1 lead over Ajax from the first leg and coach Santiago Solari hopes the team can be more accurate in front of goal as they bid to seal their progress to the quarterfinals.

“Cristiano is living history at the club and all he’s done for the club is shown in the trophy cabinets; we have maximum respect for him,” said the coach.

“Those of us who are here are working the best we can, to attack better, to score more goals, to do our job. It’s true we’ve had a lot of chances in recent games, and we have to finish them.”

Ask Julia Roberts who should coach Real – Solari


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Real Madrid “has always been more courted than Julia Roberts”, said coach Santiago Solari on Monday about rumours of a possible return of Jose Mourinho.

Solari took over earlier this season and has a contract until 2021, but has just lost two Clasicos at home. He was speaking at a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Ajax at the Bernabeu in the Champions League, a competition Real have won the last three years and is the club’s only hope of a trophy this season.

Mourinho managed Real for three stormy seasons from 2010 to 2013. Over the weekend he was a guest pundit on Qatar-based beIN Sport where he analysed Real’s latest loss to Barcelona.

“Return to a club that I have been before?” said Mourinho, who had two stints at Chelsea and was fired by Manchester United in December. “If I think the right club, the right structure, the right ambitions, I will have no problem at all.”

“I think it’s really a reason of pride when a club where you worked before wants you back,” said Mourinho.

Solari responded with a joke about Roberts at his press conference on Monday. When asked whether the actress would prefer himself or Mourinho, the Argentine smiled.

“Good question,” he said. “You should ask her.”

“It is true that we have had lots of chances in recent matches, except in the last one, and we have to take them,” said Solari.

“The dressing room is strong, these players have a lot of experience and a lot of character,” Solari said. “That does not mean we’re happy with what’s happening.”

“We want to win every game. When we do not win we are not happy, but tomorrow we have another game,” he added.


Luka Modric, the veteran midfielder who joined Real before Mourinho’s last season at the club, also spoke to the press and was more interested in talking about strikers than actresses or coaches.

“We do not pay much attention to rumours, we are focused on ourselves,” the Ballon d’Or winner said. “In the world of Real Madrid, there is always talk about these things, we cannot prevent it.”

“People are always giving Real up for dead, but Real always come back,” the Croatian said. “In 2015 we won nothing. People said Real were dead, but you know what happened next. We started winning again. We have to trust ourselves.”

Modric said the pressure was on to beat Ajax, with the holders leading 2-1 from the first leg in Amsterdam.

“It’s a key match for this season,” he said. “We want to be in the quarterfinals.”

“Our problem this season is lack of continuity and a lack of goals,” Modric said.

He acknowledged that the club was missing Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He is a player any team would miss and finding a replacement for Cristiano is almost impossible,” he said. “Cristiano scored 50 goals and you cannot find someone today who will score so many.”

Modric said he had hoped “two or three players would score 15, 20 or 10 goals and that has not happened and I think it’s our biggest problem this year.”

The club, Modric said, “has put faith in other players like Gareth (Bale), (Marco) Asensio and Karim (Benzema).” He added that Real had bought Mariano Diaz and that teenager Vinicius Junior “is doing very well for his age”.

“But sometimes things do not go as we want.”

Spurs going for victory at Dortmund -Pochettino


Tottenham Hotspur must forget their commanding 3-0 Champions League last 16 first-leg advantage over Borussia Dortmund and must play to beat the Germans again on Tuesday, coach Mauricio Pochettino has said.

Spurs took their chances to build a big lead at Wembley last month but both sides have since struggled for form, with the Londoners having lost twice and drawn in the Premier League, while Bundesliga leaders Dortmund have drawn, won and lost.

Despite their first-leg advantage, Pochettino warned against complacency and said he wanted his team to play for another win, although they have had one day less to prepare than the Germans.

“We all agree that first of all we need to perform tomorrow. It is going to be tough, we need to forget the first leg, that must be our approach,” he told a news conference on Monday.

“I think we need to play like always, try to win. We cannot think about the first leg. It’s so important to start the game at a good level and be aggressive. That is key.”

Spurs must wait to see if Eric Dier, who has not played since early February due to tonsillitis, and fellow England midfielder Harry Winks, recovering from a hip injury, will be fit to play after the pair travelled with the squad.

“We need to assess both. They are here because we still need one day more to assess if they can (play),” Pochettino said. “Dier has been out for a while and may be on the bench. Winks we need to see tomorrow.”

Pochettino also expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Dortmund had an extra 24 hours to rest for the game after their 2-1 defeat at Augbsurg in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Spurs, who are third in the Premier League, were in action on Saturday when they drew 1-1 at home to Arsenal.

“It’s strange for me that no-one has said anything about that. The first leg was the same. It’s impossible, how important is the game, that one team has 24 hours more to prepare. It’s massive,” he said.

“We need help from the (English) FA, we need help from the Premier League. I don’t know whose fault it is. I don’t know whether it is the FA, the Premier League, the club or the TV (who) wanted the matches to be on those days.”

Dortmund to attempt the impossible against Tottenham – Reus


Borussia Dortmund are going into their Champions League Round-of-16 second leg at home against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday with a clear disadvantage after a 3-0 first-leg loss but the Germans will attempt a major upset, said captain Marco Reus.

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund have managed just one win in their last five league games, while also losing to Tottenham in London and being eliminated by Werder Bremen in the German Cup.

Reus, injured in the game against Werder in early February, returned on Friday but could do nothing to avert their second league loss of the season, 2-1 at Augsburg.

On Monday, he sounded confident that his team could still turn things around against the English side if they hit top form on the night.

“I think this stadium (in Dortmund) has seen its share of games where history was written,” Reus told a news conference. “We can also do it. But we need a top performance and to score the goals at the right time. I think we are in a position to achieve the impossible.”

Dortmund still have the best attack in the German Bundesliga but in recent weeks they have struggled to score while also conceding goals through individual errors.

Their seven-point gap a few weeks ago has now shrunk to a slim goal difference ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich while their lacklustre first-leg performance against Tottenham also raised alarm bells.

“We know in the past weeks we have gifted away points because we made too many mistakes,” Reus said. “We have to remain positive and keep working.

“We have to be stronger, have a stronger mentality, like we had in the previous months. We will emerge from this.”

Ajax hope to capitalise on Ramos absence for Real



Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag is hoping they can mount a Champions League comeback against Real Madrid by capitalising on Sergio Ramos’s absence through suspension for the holders.

Real captain Ramos got a yellow card at the end of their 2-1 win in the last 16, first leg in Amsterdam and is suspended for the return at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, plus an additional European match, after Uefa ruled he got booked deliberately.

Nacho Fernandez will likely take Ramos’s place in the Madrid line-up alongside Raphael Varane at the heart of defence.

“It’s a huge blow for Real Madrid. (Luka) Modric and Toni Kroos are the bosses in the midfield but Ramos is a boss in defence and his absence from a physical and mental point of view will affect their team.” Ten Hag told reporters on Monday.

“Obviously they want to win a trophy this season and this is their last chance. Only in the Champions League can they win something and that will change their attitude on the pitch.

“Our players will be ambitious and they will fight to stay in all the competitions.”

Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Barcelona in midweek and after another defeat by the Catalans in la Liga on Saturday they are now 12 points off the pace set by the Catalans.

Santiago Solari’s team know their last realistic chance of silverware this season is by winning the Champions League trophy for a record fourth consecutive season.

Pakistan F-16 pilot, downed by Indian jet, lynched over mistaken identity: Reports

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilot Wing Commander Shahzaz-ud-Din, who was flying the F-16 fighter jet, did return to his country after breaching the Indian airspace but couldn’t survive for long.


Cover of AARAM missile fired from Pakistani F-16 aircraft found near the LoC in India. (Photo: Facebook/IndianAirForce)

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, captured by Pakistanis on Feb 28 after his MiG-21 crashed in Pakistani territory, walked his way to freedom on Friday (March 1) night. While the entire country was celebrating the braveheart’s return, one family across the border in Pakistan was mourning.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) pilot Wing Commander Shahzaz-ud-Din, who was flying the F-16 fighter jet, did return to his country after breaching the Indian airspace but couldn’t survive for long.

During the aerial combat between India and Pakistan on February 27, IAF’s MiG 21 Bison shot down the PAF’s F-16, Shahzaz-ud-Din was flying, in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. At the same time, the Pakistan forces shot down India’s MiG 21.

Both the aircraft – India’s MiG 21 Bison and Pakistan’s F-16 – crashed on the Pakistani territory at two different places. Both the pilots successfully bailed out of their crashed aircraft.

Both Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Wing Commander Shahzaz-ud-Din fought for their countries but while India’s Abhinandan was captured alive by the Pakisatn Army, Pakistan’s Shahzaz-ud-Din was lynched by the locals assuming him to be an Indian, according to several media reports.

The irony of the situation is that even the Pakistan forces did not make any effort to get an identity check of the pilot. In fact, Pakistan has been maintaining that its Army did not use an F-16 in action with the Indian Army and none of their personnel were injured.

The Pakistani armed forces had earlier claimed that they have two Indian pilots in their custody. A few hours later, the number came down to one.

With these facts given to the world, Pakistan let Shahzaz-ud-Din’s identity and bravery to go down the void of oblivion.



First things first, let me introduce myself. I’m Hanna Tibbots, 47 years old, currently living in Abuja.

This is my story

I woke up one day and when I looked in the mirror, I broke out in tears. My forehead was just absolutely full with deep wrinkles and fine lines – that day was a rigid, cold autumn day, but my heart longed for warmth and light. For some reason, I recalled a story I had read way back in the past about a woman who managed to rejuvenate her face at the specialized spas of Tunis. This former French colony is just full of expert cosmeticians who use great local products to help people. These experts work 2-3 times cheaper than the Nigerian beauticians. I guess this is why Tunis trips are so popular all over the world, including Nigeria too 🙂

“I deserve to be beautiful, right?!” – with that in mind, I started to ask around about Tunisian tours. Soon enough, I already got seduced by a 50% off discount trip at one of the travel agencies. To cut to the chase, 2 nights later I booked in to the Bio Azur Spa Center in the peaceful resort town of Hammamet. The local magicians started to do their jobs the minute I got there. I don’t want to waste your time with all the stories of algae and mud masks or hydromassage tubes. This isn’t the point. I wanted to tell you about the things they did to my face.

The course was designed to be 12 days long. I made a picture of my face to be able to see the difference later visually too. So, back to the story, I was sitting in the luxurious chair of a great cosmetician, enjoying the treatment – it was a great pleasure! Quiet soothing music, spicy aromatic smells filling the air, and a great massage with a unique cream. The whole process took about 15-20 minutes. This went on for 12 days. As for the results, you can see it for yourself in the pictures. Here, just take a

The bags under my eyes, the wrinkles, and the fine lines were all gone! 15 years have disappeared completely from my face! I was in shock and awe! My cosmetician was just smiling, she already got used to the reaction of her clients. I asked her the name of the product that was so effective, and she said it is called Goji Cream.

What happened next was pretty much the usual, I flew back to Abuja, and my friends and family just absolutely bombarded me with all the questions! I honestly told everyone about what happened, but deep down… I was sad. Everyone was really happy, but I saw the sadness in my mother’s eyes. I knew what was happening. A woman is a woman as long as she’s alive – and my mother wanted to become beautiful too. But I cannot send away a 71 years old woman to Tunisia alone. I made enquiries about the cream in the different stores in the city, but no one heard about it…

Turns around you could order the cream from everywhere

Half a year passed, and suddenly – a miracle happened! I stumbled upon a familiar name on the Internet – it was the Goji Cream! I checked it and everything was right. The packaging was different than the one I had saw in Tunisia, but the price was also much lower too. Could it be that the Tunisian people overcharged me for the extra services? Back to the point, I had my doubts, but I still ordered the product! I knew how effective it was, and should it be the real deal, then we can’t just simply miss it!

The package arrived in 5 days. My mother and I started the course together. I already knew everything about how it was done. Of course we missed out on the fancy chairs and the great fragrances of that awesome spa in Tunisia, but Goji Creamworked nevertheless. My mother was able to erase 15 years of her face in just 12 days. That’s more than one year off each day!!!

This is the fruit of my labour:


I instantly ordered 6 more tubes of cream – for my mother, a friend, and myself. It will surely come in handy, since I have yet to find a better skin care product. The results come really fast. It’s simply amazing!

So this is my story. I really hope that my experience will help a lot of people. Women should look gorgeous, regardless of their age!

Go to Goji Cream’s website

Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Northern Elders, N-Delta Forum reject Buhari’s re-election

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By Dapo Akinrefon The Forum of Nigerian Leaders and Elders has picked holes in the outcome  of  the  February 23 presidential election, insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory is illegitimate. While it reviewed major developments leading to the election, the management of the electoral process, the conduct and announced outcome of the election, the Forum said the poll was fraught with irregularities.

From left, Co-chairmen YIIEGBA an inter-ethnic coalition, Prof. Anya O. Anya, Dr. Christopher Kolade; Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and General Ike Nwachukwu(retd) at a meeting on restructuring of the nation in Lagos. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) immediately fired back, saying the Forum’s position was irrelevant after Nigerians had spoken at the polls. The Forum had, in the run-up to the general elections, endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, “on account of his understanding of the critical needs of the country at this time”. In a communiqué issued at the end of a summit in Abuja on February 4, three weeks before the presidential and National Assembly elections, and read by the spokesman for Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the group emphasised that it adopted Atiku as consensus candidate for President “as he has demonstrated the deep understanding of the critical needs of the country at this time and possesses the capacity to proffer clear solutions in that respect.” But presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in a statement at that time, dismissed the position of the Forum,  saying that the PDP was only hiding in the “bunker of ethnicity” to avoid its inevitable defeat. In a post-presidential election statement, yesterday, by the Forum, endorsed  by  Chief E K Clark (PANDEF  leader); Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere leader); Prof Ango Abdullahi (Northern Elders Forum);  Chief John Nwodo (President General Ohanaeze, and Dr Pogu Bitrus (Middle Belt Forum), it  urged Atiku  to “exhaust the entire democratic process by challenging the results in the courts as provided for in the Constitution.” “The Forum commends the statesmanship and commitment to the democratic process of the PDP candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON, Wazirin Adamawa, to exhaust the entire democratic process by challenging the results in the courts as provided for in the constitution. We see his decision as patriotic, responsible and ultimately the highest contribution to the democratic system. Some other person would by now be soaking  ‘baboons and dogs in blood”, the statement said. It  observed  that the elections  revealed massive irregularities and outright abuse of the electoral laws, the rules and regulations of INEC as well as the failure of security forces to remain neutral and operate within the highest standards of their calling. “The Peace Accord was ridiculed by deliberate and open abuse of organs of the state, the denial of rights of many citizens to vote and blatant abuse of all the commitments made by the administration. To decline to challenge obviously fictional figures, failures to respect key elements of the electoral process such as use of Smart Card Readers and preventing agents and observers access to all processes is to condone the massive setback which this election represents for the country”, the statement said. “The outcome of the elections were clearly premeditated in the refusal of the President to sign the Electoral Act and the orchestrated suspension of Justice Walter Onoghen as the CJN shortly before the composition of Electoral Tribunals. “The Forum calls on the judiciary to uphold the highest standards of integrity and commitment to its hallowed role by doing justice to the appeals that will come before it knowing that the eyes of the world would be on them .We are aware that attempts are being made to demoralize and intimidate the judiciary to remove a conducive context for litigations. We remind the judiciary that it is the last defence  of our democratic process. “We appeal to all Nigerians to continue to show faith in the democratic process and remain law-abiding as we await the decisions of the judiciary on a matter that will ultimately determine the quality of our democratic process and the nature of the nation we all call our own. “We recall that in endorsing the candidature of Atiku for the election ,we did anchor our support on identifying a candidate among many good candidates we interacted with who can retool Nigeria to move on the path of development as a true federal entity ,the pattern of voting in areas where there were semi- free elections showed an overwhelming endorsements of our position by popular votes. And the polls results have shown further a badly divided polity that needs a unifier and not a divisive person as a leader. “We insist Nigerians must stand firm and ensure that they are governed by a legitimate leadership.” APC: Election free, fair and credible Reacting to the Forum’s position, last night, the  APC, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to its National Chairman, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, said Buhari had the confidence of the people and it did not really matter what some factional leaders of a group said. “We will not like to join issues with this Forum because President Muhammadu Buhari has won and there is no doubt that majority of Nigerians have spoken their minds at the ballot. This is time for fence mending and not time to respond to such issues. But we just want to make it clear that the election was free, fair and credible. And we are glad international observers have attested to it. You will also recall that a faction of the groups in this so-called Forum had earlier endorsed the President”, the statement said. “Some of these people predicted doom before the election but God, in his infinite mercy, proved them wrong. “President Buhari has the confidence of Nigerians and he will continue to enjoy the support of Nigerians for another four years and beyond”.

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