Prophecy News Watch - October 29, 2015

Around the World
Arch-rivals Saudi Arabia, Iran to discuss Syria face-to-face for first time
Arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran announced they would attend international talks in Vienna on Friday on the Syrian conflict, in what will be their first meeting to discuss the four-year-long war.
New U.S. Combat Mission in Iraq Is Not New
When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the U.S. would begin "direct action" against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq, it sounded like a new mission for U.S. forces in a country where the president has repeatedly insisted Americans would not be engaged in combat operations.
Iraq Ignored US Request to Deny Russian Overflights
Iraq's government has told the United States that it will not permit Russian military forces to conduct air and missile strikes inside the country. But Baghdad is allowing Russian military aircraft to overfly its territory to resupply its forces, despite a request from the United States to deny the flights.
Globally, two out of three under 50 have oral herpes virus
Nearly seven in 10 people under age 50 -- more than 3.7 billion teens and adults worldwide -- are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, a highly infectious and incurable disease, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai
Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi on Oct. 28 extended a state of emergency in Northern Sinai by three months amid reports the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has continued to converge in the area from surrounding states.
EU parliament set to vote on net neutrality rules
The European parliament will take a key vote on Tuesday on rules affecting how internet traffic is managed.
Iran's Rouhani says he expects sanctions to be lifted by end of 2015
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be implemented by the end of the year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, repeating his government's ambitious goal of reaching the milestone in short order.
Star Wars style sonic tractor beam invented by scientists
A team of researchers at two British universities has created the world's first fully functioning sonic tractor beam, capable of suspending, moving and manipulating small objects using only the power of sound waves.
Rouhani expects nuclear deal 'Implementation Day' by new year
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will be implemented by the end of the year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, repeating his government's ambitious goal of reaching the milestone in short order.
Austria feuds with Germany, reports gun sale surge amid refugee crisis
Germany's top security official has sharply criticized Austria for dumping refugees at the border between the two countries Tuesday night.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
UN resolution would freeze settlements, Palestinian lawsuits
In the latest effort to revive direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, New Zealand has drafted a UN resolution that reportedly calls for a freeze on Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and for Palestinians to abandon their bid to take legal action against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
Netanyahu: Joint List MK ascended Temple Mount to provoke, not to pray
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on lawmakers to behave responsibly, after MK Basel Ghattas (Joint List) ascended the Temple Mount on Wednesday, in defiance of the prime minister's orders.
Shin Bet: Arab teens plotted knife attack due to incitement, situation on Temple Mount
Two Arab Israeli teens planned to stab a Jewish man at a Migdal Ha'emek gas station earlier this month, and were inspired by ???incitement on the internet???, the Shin Bet said in a statement on Tuesday.
Police block Waqf from installing Temple Mount cameras
The Muslim authority administering the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City tried to install its own cameras on the Temple Mount, but was blocked by Israeli police Monday.
Jordanians slam Palestinian Authority for rejecting idea of security cameras at Temple Mount
Jordanians on Tuesday criticized the Palestinian Authority for rejecting the idea of installing security cameras at the Temple Mount.

Inside the United States
House Passes Bipartisan Budget Plan, Debt Limit Increase
The House has passed a bipartisan budget-and-debt deal that prevents an unprecedented government default.
Planned Parenthood doctor appears to admit to partial-birth abortions
A Planned Parenthood doctor laughs as she says she continues to "strive" to deliver an aborted baby with an intact skull and appears to admit participating in partial-birth abortions in the latest undercover video released Tuesday targeting Planned Parenthood.
California student forced to remove American flag shirt deemed 'gang related'
A 12-year-old California honors student violated his school's dress code for wearing a patriotic T-shirt administrators claim is "gang related," Fox 40 reported Tuesday.
Cruz Proposes 10 Percent Flat Tax
Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday said that if he reached the White House he would establish a flat tax of 10 percent on all individual income above $36,523f7c.
Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged, Sets Up Possible December Hike
The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, but downplayed global economic headwinds and left the door open to tightening monetary policy at its next meeting in December.

U.S. Politics
Ryan Nominated House Speaker By GOP
Republicans picked Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.
Candidates sharpen attacks, blast media in third Republican debate
Desperate to stand out as time begins to run short, the Republican presidential candidates lashed out at one another Wednesday in their third presidential debate, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking aim at the new generation of anti-establishment Republicans who have eclipsed them in the polls.
Republican debate winners and losers
The third Republican debate produced plenty of fireworks and managed to put the moderators and the larger news media on trial. Here's our instant assessment of who won, who held their own and who lost.
Rubio shines, Bush stumbles, media under fire at debate
A presidential debate that was supposed to focus on jobs and economic growth quickly devolved into a political food fight, a sign that leading Republican contenders are feeling the pressure as the first votes of 2016 draw near.

Christian News
Sri Lanka: Mob stops Christian burial
A bereaved Christian family in Sri Lanka was prevented from burying their loved one after an angry mob prevented them from holding the funeral in a nearby cemetery.
Christian Headmaster Assaulted by Muslim Teachers
This month, a school headmaster from Pakistan's Christian minority in Phool Nagar was beaten by his Muslim colleagues after he was promoted ahead of them.
Evangelicals to Host First-Ever Pro-Life Conference Ahead of 2016 Elections
Pro-life Evangelical leaders are hoping to build upon the success of the annual March for Life by hosting their first-ever pro-life conference in the nation's capital.
Al-Shabaab Faction Pledges Loyalty to ISIS After Killing 150 Christian Students
A senior spiritual leader of the al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia, which earlier this year massacred close to 150 Christian students, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

Prophecy News Watch - October 28, 2015

Around the World
Ashton Carter: U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.
US Officials: Iran Invited to Next Round of Syria Talks
Iran has been invited to participate for the first time in international talks over Syria's future, U.S. officials said Tuesday, a shift in strategy for the United States and its allies as they seek to halt the four-year civil war and eventually ease President Bashar Assad out of power.
Angry China shadows U.S. warship near man-made islands
A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed close to one of China's man-made islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing, which said it had tracked and warned the ship and called in the U.S. ambassador to protest.
Russia reportedly just sent its version of Delta Force to Syria
Russia has confirmed sending special forces troops to Syria over the past few weeks to support its mission backing the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
Iranian general: Israel's collapse may come in less than a quarter of a century
The commander of Iran's ground forces vowed that their long-range missiles would rain down on Israel if it made any move against his country.
Iranian aggression since Obama nuclear deal looms as 2016 headache for Democrats
For any Democrat anxious to see the unpopular Iran nuclear agreement fade from public view between now and November 2016, it's been a rough couple of weeks.
Top U.S. general says could recommend locating U.S. troops with Iraqis
The top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday he would consider recommending putting U.S. forces with Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State if that would improve the chances of defeating the militants.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Air Force strikes Gaza targets following rocket attack on South
The Israel Air Force struck two Hamas targets in southern Gaza a few hours after a rocket hit southern Israel. The IDF Spokesman said the air strikes were a response to the missile attack, and that it views Hamas as being responsible for all terrorist activities in the Gaza Strip.
Christians in Bethlehem Endure Through Deadly Persecution
'We are the forgotten people, but we are not forgotten by God.' That's how Pastor Naim Khoury of First Baptist Church of Bethlehem -- the largest evangelical church in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank area of Israel --explained his church's continuing existence. After all, it's been bombed 14 times.
Senior IDF source to 'Post': Terrorism won't end soon
Palestinian attacks are set to continue for a 'lengthy period,' and the IDF is preparing itself accordingly, a senior army source told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
20,523f7c Israelis sue Facebook over incitement to violence by Palestinians
Some 20,523f7c Israelis have sued Internet giant Facebook in New York alleging the social media platform is disregarding incitement and calls to murder Jews being posted by Palestinians, Shurat Hadin said on Monday.
US warns against PM's idea of revoking residency for some Jerusalem Arabs
The Obama administration on Monday hurried to express its opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tentative talk of revoking the permanent residency status of tens of thousands of Arabs living in East Jerusalem.
Temple Mount activists: Prayer ban for Jews is discrimination
Temple Mount activist groups denounced on Sunday the recent diplomatic efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry, along with comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in support of the longstanding status quo on the Temple Mount in which Jews and other non-Muslims are banned from praying at the holy site.
Palestinian leader seeks EU help to ease crisis with Israel, says situation is 'grave'
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas came to European Union headquarters Monday to seek the bloc's help to de-escalate the crisis with Israel, which he blamed on policies and actions of the Israeli government.

Inside the United States
400-Plus Quakes Strike San Ramon in 2 Weeks: USGS
San Ramon, California, appears to have broken a new earthquake record over the last two weeks: A total of 408 small quakes have shaken the East Bay city, almost four times the record set in 2003 in half the amount of time.
Republicans, Obama Agree on Debt Extension Until 2017
President Barack Obama and top lawmakers from both parties reached a tentative budget agreement that would avert a U.S. debt default and reduce chances of a government shutdown, easing years of political friction over fiscal policy in Washington.
Boehner presses for budget vote over conservative opposition
House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama.
House Republicans begin impeachment against IRS chief John Koskinen
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz began the impeachment process against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Tuesday, accusing him of misleading the public and destroying documents that were sought under a congressional subpoena.
New Planned Parenthood video: Doctor wants intact fetal heads for brain harvesting
A new Planned Parenthood video, the 11th in a series of secretly-taped interviews, shows a Texas doctor wishing to conduct an abortion that produces intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21
The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a controversial cybersecurity bill critics say will allow the government to collect sensitive personal data unchecked, over the objections of civil liberties groups and many of the biggest names in the tech sector.
IRS possessed Stingray cellphone surveillance gear, documents reveal
The Internal Revenue Service is the latest in a growing list of US federal agencies known to have possessed the sophisticated cellphone dragnet equipment known as Stingray, according to documents obtained by the Guardian.
U.S. police chiefs call for background checks for all gun purchases
Police chiefs from across the United States called on Monday for universal background checks for firearms purchases, saying opinion polls consistently show that most Americans support such restrictions.
Wal-Mart seeks to test drones for home delivery, pickup
Wal-Mart Stores Inc applied Monday to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and checking warehouse inventories, a sign it plans to go head-to-head with Amazon in using drones to fill and deliver online orders.
Paul Ryan Slams Budget Deal, 'Not the Way to do People's Business'
The presumptive new House speaker is bashing outgoing Speaker John Boehner, Senate leaders and the White House for their backroom budget deal, declaring the 'process stinks.'
AP-GfK Poll: 56 Percent Want Govt Shutdown To Force Obama on Cuts
A majority of Americans think government spending cuts are so important that it would be worth a government shutdown to achieve them, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And half want spending cuts to be part of any deal to increase the nation's debt limit.

U.S. Politics
CBS Poll Shock: Carson Takes National Lead Over Trump
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has sailed past Donald Trump nationally to take the lead in the race for the GOP nomination, a new poll shows.
Donald Trump's devoted followers send unsolicited campaign cash
He may be derided by pundits and mocked by opponents, but GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has followers so devoted that they're willing to send him money -- even though he never asked for any.

Christian News
U.S. Christians Told: Prepare for Persecution
They're marked for extermination in the Middle East. They're banned from practicing their faith in many nations around the world. They've been subjected to violence, intimidation and hatred from the very beginnings of the faith until the present day.
Franklin Graham Urges Christians to Stand up for Their Faith Amidst a 'Culture of Intolerance'
Franklin Graham said the gunman who killed nine people at a college in Oregon did so because he was 'filled with hate.

Prophecy News Watch - October 23, 2015

Around the World
UN warns over 30,523f7c starving to death in S. Sudan 'catastrophe'
Over 30,523f7c people in South Sudan's war-zone regions face death by starvation, the United Nations said Thursday, warning that tens of thousands more are on the brink of famine.
Despite US-led campaign, Islamic State rakes in oil earnings
The Islamic State rakes in up to $50 million a month from selling crude from oilfields under its control in Iraq and Syria, part of a well-run industry that U.S. diplomacy and airstrikes have so far failed to shut down, according to Iraqi intelligence and U.S. officials.
Clinton says Libya chaos shows consequences of U.S. withdrawal from unstable places
While all eyes in Washington watch the clash between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and House Republicans over events in Benghazi four years ago, chaos reigns in Libya, where two separate governments battle for control. Islamists are in control in the capital city of Tripoli, and Islamic State militants are expanding their hold on cities and towns across the country.
Category 5 Hurricane Patricia nears Mexico's Pacific Coast
Hurricane Patricia grew into a monster Category 5 storm and bore down on Mexico's central Pacific Coast late Thursday for what forecasters said could be a devastating blow, as officials declared a state of emergency and handed out sandbags in preparation for flooding.
Putin: U.S. backing terrorists in the Middle East
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech on Thursday accused the U.S. of backing terrorism and playing a 'double game' in the Middle East.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Israel quiet over 'hotline' with Russia on Syria
It speaks volumes that Russia, rather than Israel, has been going public with details of a 'hotline' and joint air exercises they have launched to avoid an accidental clash in the skies over Syria.
UN Body Helps Palestinians 'Rewrite' Biblical History
A United Nations body declared two Jewish biblical holy sites to be Islamic and accused Israel of mistreating Palestinians on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City.
Israel reportedly breached Iranian air defenses while preparing potential strike
Israel successfully probed Iran's air defenses in 2012 as it took advanced preparatory steps toward a strike against its nuclear facilities, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday night.
Netanyahu: World must tell Abbas to stop incitement
Against the backdrop of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Berlin on Wednesday for a series of meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
Gaza university dean urges attacks on Israeli women, children
A Gaza university dean this week urged 'military operations and bombings' against all Israelis, including women and children.
Why the U.S. won't cut off aid to Palestinians
Lawmakers want to reduce or eliminate the $500 million a year in aid and security assistance the United States gives to the Palestinian Authority amid evidence that its leaders are inciting violence against Israelis.

Inside the United States
Jim Jordan Traps Hillary Clinton: Emails Show She Knew Immediately Attack Was Not Result of Video
Hillary Clinton was trapped by aggressive questioning Thursday by Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) at the Benghazi Select Committee on her rhetoric initially blaming an anti-Muslim video for the Benghazi terrorist attack, with Jordan showing emails revealing Clinton knew immediately the video wasn?t involved and telling her family it was an attack by an "al Qaeda-like group."
Obama Vetoes Defense Bill
President Barack Obama vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, returning the measure to the Republican-controlled Congress because of the way it uses money meant for war spending to avoid automatic budget cuts to military programs.
Website unleashes 'unreleased' Planned Parenthood vids
The entirety of unedited footage of the Planned Parenthood tapes are being released online Thursday evening by the conservative website GotNews.com.
39 Percent of Co-Ops Formed Under Obamacare Are Now Closing Doors
Nine of 23 health insurance cooperatives that were created under Obamacare, or 39 percent, are now going out of business, the Associated Press reported.
Clinton pins responsibility on Stevens
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton brushed aside emails Thursday that showed she privately told family and world leaders that the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi was a terrorist assault, and said Ambassador Christopher Stevens was responsible for his own decisions regarding skimpy security ahead of his death.
'Confidential' Planned Parenthood video leaked
Complete raw footage from the Planned Parenthood videos surfaced Thursday on the conservative website Got News?, whose editor said he had gotten it from a House staffer despite lawmakers' pledge to keep it confidential.
FBI: No way to screen 'refugees' coming to U.S.
For the second time this year, the FBI has warned Congress that admitting people displaced by the Syrian civil war into the U.S. is a highly dubious venture, fraught with risks that terrorist fighters could slip in posing as 'refugees.'

U.S. Politics
Ryan officially announces he's running for Speaker
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is officially running for Speaker following demands he made of House Republicans this week to unify behind him.

Christian News
Arsonist torches seventh St. Louis church in 2 weeks, fire officials say
For the seventh time in the last two weeks, authorities in St. Louis are investigating a fire that was deliberately set at one of the city's churches.
Muslim Gangs Plunder German Churches
Islamic gangs in Germany have broken into schools and churches and plundered collection boxes, crosses and other valuable and sacred objects used in church services, according to prosecutors.

Prophecy News Watch - October 22, 2015

Around the World
Report Finds Global Islamic State Attacks Spike in 3rd Quarter
Worldwide attacks by the Islamic State group spiked more than 40 percent per day in the third quarter, according to a new report by the IHS Jane's global defense publication.
U.S., allies demand U.N. council action after Iran missile test
The United States, Britain, France and Germany sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council's Iran sanctions committee on Wednesday notifying it of Tehran's recent missile test and demanded action in response to what they said was a violation.
Putin Gains Record Support Among Russians Over Syria, Poll Shows
Russian President Vladimir Putin's public approval rating has reached a record 89.9 percent since he ordered his military to begin air strikes in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, according to a state-run polling center.
US set to sell new fighter jets to Pakistan in bid to bolster partnership
The Obama administration is preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, senior US officials said, an overture intended to bolster a tenuous partnership despite persistent concerns about Islamabad's ties to elements of the Taliban and quickly expanding nuclear arsenal.
Russia Strikes More U.S.-Backed Rebels in Syria
Russia continues to launch airstrikes against U.S.-backed rebels in Syria despite claims by Moscow that it is primarily targeting the Islamic State terrorist group, according to reports.
Japan earthquake with magnitude of 5.5 jolts Fukushima
Residents of Fukushima prefecture said they felt "tremors" after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit near the coast of Japan at 3:04 p.m. Wednesday.
Pakistan to US: We won't accept limits on tactical nuclear arms
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will tell US President Barack Obama that Islamabad will not accept limits on its use of small tactical nuclear weapons, Pakistani officials said on Wednesday.
Putin: 20 terror plots foiled in Russia this year
Intelligence agents have foiled 20 terror plots in Russia this year, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday, and asked officials to increase their efforts to prevent attacks.

Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Attacks on Israelis will go on, Hamas chief says in South Africa
Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal told a government-endorsed rally in South Africa on Wednesday that the wave of stabbing attacks against Israelis would continue.
UN's Ban meets with Netanyahu, Abbas; urges calm
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for negotiations and calm to stop escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians during a visit to the West Bank.
Palestinian fatwa rejects French proposal to deploy international monitors in Jerusalem
The Palestinian Supreme Islamic Council ruled on Monday that it is forbidden for Muslims to accept the idea of 'internationalizing' or 'Judaizing' Jerusalem.
Abbas to call for protection of Palestinians at UN Human Rights Council session
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to call for international protection for his people when he delivers his first ever speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.

Inside the United States
More Than 200 Earthquakes Just Rattled California
For the past week, the ground near San Ramon, about 25 miles east of San Francisco, has been shaking. And shaking and shaking and shaking. Over 200 small quakes have now rattled the notoriously earthquake-prone region.
USS Ross intercepts ballistic missile during coalition test
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross successfully intercepted a ballistic missile during a defense exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Marijuana Use in US Adults Doubles in Decade, Survey Shows
Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade, rising to almost 10 percent or more than 22 million mostly recreational users, government surveys show.
Surge of illegal children, families accelerates
The surge of children and families crossing the southwest border illegally accelerated again in September, leaving fiscal year 2015 the second-worst on record, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Border Patrol.
Migrants from terrorist nations caught crossing U.S. border
Dozens of illegal migrants from terrorist nations entered the United States through Mexico late last year and are being held in a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement processing center where they recently began a hunger strike.

U.S. Politics
Majority of House Freedom Caucus supports Paul Ryan
A critical faction of conservative lawmakers voted Wednesday to support Rep. Paul Ryan for House speaker, a move that appears to cement Ryan's status as the one who will replace John Boehner.
Plurality of GOP thinks Trump will be nominee
Forty-two percent of Republicans think Donald Trump will become their party's presidential nominee, and 43 percent think he is the strongest candidate to win the general election.
Republicans hope to find 'missing' evangelical voters
From the multi-station cafeteria to the gift shop to the theater-style sanctuary, worshipers at Prestonwood Baptist Church believe -- or hope -- that next year's election will see something new.
House Conservatives Back Paul Ryan for Speaker
The hardline House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker of the House, all but guaranteeing he'll get the job.
Joe Biden: 'Window has closed' on presidential bid
Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will not seek a bid for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president but insists he will remain out front on important issues in the upcoming race.

Christian News
Christian accused of blasphemy over water
Last month, a Pakistani Christian and his family were forced to flee from a mob after he was accused of blasphemy by Muslims after an argument over tap water.
ISIS Terrorist Abandons Jihad After Witnessing 'Love of Christians' at Jordanian Refugee Camp, Aid Group Says
Christian Aid Mission has said that Islamic State militants are disguising themselves as refugees at some U.N.-operated refugee camps in Jordan, where they are killing people and selling girls. One such terrorist reportedly abandoned his mission to murder people after seeing the 'love of Christians' at the camps.
Christian Persecution Reaches 'Extreme' Levels in These 10 Countries
The persecution of Christians has intensified in at least four countries worldwide, increasing the number of nations where believers endure harsh suffering from six to 10 in just two years, according to the Christian persecution watchdog organization Aid to the Church in Need U.K.

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