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to be here. you can't dream of the circumstances and you can't change them. >> we're hours away from the opening ceremony at the beijing olympics. will global issues over shadow the games? we're live in beijing with the very latest. plus, snow, sleet, freezing rain. an enormous storm is barrelling across the united states. we'll have all of the details from cnn's weather center. we take you inside the late night military raid that ended with the death of the leader of isis but that was not the plan. live from london. this is "cnn newsroom" with isa soares. welcome to the show, everyone. it is friday, february 4th. we are just a mere three hours away from the beijing olympics opening ceremony marking the official start to the olympic
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games. the 100 minute event won't be as long or as grand as those in the past but there will be plenty of fireworks and some 3,000 performers despite beijing's best efforts to stop the covid-19 pandemic. many athletes are worried or unsure if they will be able to compete. there are 21 new infections. that is as of thursday. since the closed loop system began on january 23rd, more than 300 cases have been identified and if that wasn't enough to keep you on your toes, well, the russia/china partnership will be on full display as president xi jinping hosts vladimir putin in beijing. with the heightened tensions in moscow and they could over shadow the games. we are covering all this hour here on cnn. right now we want to go live to
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beijing where could y wire is standing by. i know you have covered so many olympics. how does this one compare? is there still a sense of excitement despite the stringent restrictions? >> reporter: isa, that's a great question. it has been a frustrating juxtaposition. you want to get excited but it's difficult to do so. sport can be the greatest unifier. that's especially the case for the olympics. the opening ceremony just hours away is all about celebrating cultures from nations around the world via their athletes. we're learning we won't be seeing one of the names biggest games, nathan chen told me earlier today that he's not participating in part because he would be in such close proximity to so many other people just days before his individual competition begins and it makes you wonder, isa, how many other athletes might follow suit. but for those who decide to
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walk, this spectacle celebrates years of dedication and sacrifice over overcoming obstacles to become some of the greatest athletes in the world. here's one of the olympians we spoke to ahead of the games about the opening ceremony. >> opening ceremony is my favorite experience of the olympic games. i think that it's a really important experience for the athletes because we're so used to being in the zone, and competitive, and opening ceremony is the one moment during the entire process where you get to just kind of let go and enjoy your accomplish nmts getting this far. >> i can't imagine the stress these athletes are under. confined to games, hotels, media center and that's it. there are fences around our hotel. two layers of chain link fences around the figure skating venue that i went to earlier today.
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geopolitical rhetoric swirling around. chinese new year happening but it feels nothing like a celebration, isa. hopefully as the games kick off, all of the attention can be switched over to the athletes and their journeys. >> let's hope so. it's been such a long journey for the athletes. we wish them, of course, all the very best. coy wire in beijing. russian president vladimir putin is in beijing for talks with chinese president xi jinping ahead of the olympics. tensions are said to be high on the agenda as well as trade and china is the only major power backing russia in the standoff with the u.s. officials say russia is preparing a propaganda video for
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russian speaking people in ukraine. they deny the claim. the pentagon released some details but no evidence to support the allegations. have a listen. >> as part of this fake attack we believe that russia would produce a very graphic propaganda video which would include corps es and actors depicting mourners and destroyed locations and military equipment at the hands of ukraine or the u.s. >> they're also worried about russia's deployment of 30,000 combat troops along belarus along the northern our crane border. >> over the last days we have seen a significant movement of
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russian military forces into belarus. this is the biggest deployment since the cold war. ivan watson is with us. we have nathan in moscow. let's start with the meeting with the two leaders. it's in the backdrop of the rising tensions. how much is this about optics, about projecting an image of power to the west here? >> reporter: yeah, isa, really the picture tells the story here. i don't expect we'll see any major readout or any full some statements from putin following his meeting with xi. the most important thing from him is putin has the world's attention. he is showing he is shoulder to shoulder with one of his strongest allies, with xi jinping. he's the guest of honor and he is at the center of the world stage. in many ways it plays right into what he wants to be at sort of the center of the world's attention and to be at the sort of center of this geopolitical
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storm swirling around him for weeks now. earlier this week putin said he believed the u.s. and the west have essentially ignored russia's security demands. they have -- they had sent responses to russia's worries about the potential for nato expansion, further into the eastern europe and nato assets in eastern europe. we heard many long standing grievances. and he has great photo opportunities with xi. and they've had deepening economic ties so this is really a show of strength for putin at a time when he's still locked in the standoff with the west over ukraine. it's not clear at this stage how russia will formally respond, for instance, to the u.s. and nato letters in response to russia's security concerns.
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while we've heard some remarks from putin, criticism from the russian government, putin has not made clear what he actually plans to do with all the troops that are amassing on ukraine's border as well as in belarus. although the kremlin has said that the biden administration's decision to deploy around 3,000 additional u.s. troops to eastern europe as opposed to the 30,000, for instance, that nato has flagged in belarus are further evidence of russia's worries, of its own security concerns. so we're sort of staying on the boil here but the ball is in putin's court. in many respects, he can enjoy his time in the spotlight here. isa? >> perhaps wanting to distract as well, nathan. ivan, let me go to you. we know that xi jinping has met with vladimir putin on many occasions. we have a photo to show how many
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times they've met because of their strong trade. >> there have been statements of support. they have not been resounding. china has said that russia has legitimate security concerns. in a joimt statement from the two foreign ministers of china and russia who met on thursday, the chinese side said, hey, russia explained the dynamics. ru russia/u.s., russia/nato relationship and china stresses that the principle of security is indid i visible. china understands and supports that. so it's ovg some support, but not all the way. china has never formally recognized russia's annexation of crimea from ukraine in 2014.
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it has its own ties with ukraine, for example. it has been expanding economic ties with russia. record numbers last year and it has as nathan pointed out, it has military cooperation with russia as well. it has not gone out and denounced nato. it's more couched. you have china saying they don't like camps and blocks, for example, and that's kind of a nod against the u.s. and perhaps the quad where the u.s. is engaged in military exercises with japan, australia, and india in the past. china is clearly the senior in the partnership here with russia. demographically and economically it dwarfs russia. its population and economy are both ten times larger than russia. russia right now needs china more than china needs russia.
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this is a big showcase moment for xi jinping, the chinese leader. there are going to be more than 20 other heads of state that will be visiting including the strong men who rule saudi arabia and egypt. notably absent here, isa, will be a delegation from india. it's not a big winter olympic power but new delhi just announced a diplomatic boycott of the winter olympics furious that one of the torch berers for china in the olympic relay was an officer from the people's liberation army who participated in a deadly battle in 2020 on the border where more than -- at least 20 indian soldiers were killed. a sign of the complexities of the geopolitics swirming around these games. >> important context from ivan watson in hong kong and nathan. millions of americans have to hang on at least one more day
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before they can bid good-bye to a massive winter storm. forecasters expect it to link kber until at least friday night and dump a new round of heavy snow in the northeast. that is expected to create risky road conditions just as it has in parts of the midwest that took the brunt really of the storm earlier. the weather system stretches more than 2,000 miles from texas to new england. the storm has caused at least three deaths including a person killed during a suspected tornado in alabama. more than 3,000 homes and businesses are in the dark after power was knocked out. karen mcginnis is here. this storm is incredibly dangerous. it's incredibly vast, too. >> it is. it has stretched for thousands
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of miles the last several days. it's been such a slow mover. now most -- for the most part the worst is over but i don't want to give anyone a false sense of security because still a good portion of an area from the texas region into the ark-la-tex and around the tennessee valley and northeast is going to have to bear with gusty winds. still some of the ice and snow. new york city, yes, you'll see a little bit of it. it looks like for the most part that will be a brief event. already about 2700 flights canceled for the day. that just goes to show you the impact that have been felt across the eastern third of the united states. want to show you some images we've seen. let's start to the west. this was shot by michael lance. three to five inches of snowfall, looks beautiful, very calm, sedating looking. you don't see too many cars on the road.
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that's because it is so treacherous to be on the roads. they not only saw the snow, they saw ice underneath. that impacted a good portion of central areas. a big multi-car pile up happened near st. louis. one person was taken to the hospital and seriously injured. this happened on very dangerous road conditions. there you can see the snow. it wasn't just the snow, it was the ice as well. in memphis, tennessee, ice covered roads. it brought trees down on homes, roads and yes this vehicle. no one reportedly injured in that. this goes to show you how broad the system is and just the impacts that were felt on the roads. the airways were impacted. we heard about the deadly tornado in tuscaloosa, alabama.
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flooding in middle portion of the mid-atlantic region. back to you. we're almost finished with it. that's the good news. >> incredibly treacherous. karen, great to see you. thanks very much. like karen mentioning there, the air travel nightmares caused by this storm are nowhere near over. so far u.s. air lines have canceled more than 2600 flights as of friday. that's on top of 5,000 other flights that have been scrapped from thursday. air passengers have not seen that many cancellations by weather since hurricane sandy since 2012. he was the leader of isis for less than three years until u.s. forces raided his syrian compound. we'll have the report on how the operation went down. plus, the u.s. president makes a trip to new york as gun violence surges across the city.
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troops this horrible terrorist leader is no more. our forces carried out the operation with their signature preparation and precision and i directed the department of defense to take every precaution possible to minimize civilian casualties. >> the u.s. president there praising the american special forces who eliminated the leader of isis. al qurayshi was behind some of the most savage attacks. the goal was to capture him alive. he killed himself and his family. cnn's oren lieberman picks up the story for you. >> reporter: a u.s. raid shattering the overnight hours in northwest syria. special forces going after the leader of isis, al qurayshi. >> last night's operation took a major terrorist leader off the battlefield and sent a strong message to terrorists around the world, we will come after you and find you.
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>> reporter: president joe biden watched from the white house as special forces closed in on their target. the helicopters approached the three story compound in the middle of the night. once on the ground they warned civilians to clear out eva evacuating eight children. he blew himself up killing his wife and children and tearing the top of the building apart. his lieutenant one floor below was killed in an exchange of forces. a child was also killed on this floor but wouldn't say how or by whom. towards the end of the two-hour operation they say two members of an al qaeda affiliate were killed. they destroyed one of the helicopters on the ground after mechanical failures. four civilians killed and five combatants. that wasn't the plan. >> and i say capture the leader of isis. >> this was the biggest
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operation, the original leader of isis. al qurayshi's background is a bit of a mystery. he was in u.s. detention in 2008 before he was turned over to the iraqis and released. in march of 2020 he was labeled a specially designated terrorist. >> he was responsible for the most recent brutal attack in syria. >> al qurayshi never left the third floor except to bathe on the roof officials said. by early december they thought they would get it. the terror organization still suffering from the defeat from the hef claimed cit.
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he was just as dangerous and just as involved in planning isis attacks. meanwhile, u.s. officials say the next leader of isis will suffer the same fate. oren lieberman, cnn, the pentagon. >> let's get more on this to jomana cora chi live for us in abu dhabi. let's pick up with how oren finished that report. tell us how much of a blow this is to isis as it is trying to make a comeback. >> reporter: well, you know, taking out the heads of the terrorist organizations does not mean an end to the groups. no doubt, this is a significant blow as you heard from oren's report. especially if you look at who this man was. he was one of the key figures in the group not just when he took over as leader but back to the
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roots of isis. al qaeda in iraq, he's one of the founding members. we did lose that senior figure. if you look in the short term this will likely have a disruptive impact on isis as you mention especially right now as we are seeing this attempt by the group to reemerge. this is not isis of 2015, '16, and '17. account loss of the caliphate in 2019, experts were warning that we are going to see the reemergence of isis in the form of an insurgency that is going to be a very lethal group. thousands of members of this group just went underground. the conditions that led to the rise of isis in iraq and syria haven't really changed. we're starting to see signs of
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that, isa, right now. in iraq there have been several attacks that have been claimed by isis there. have been a lot of concerns about the uptick in attacks. northeastern syria, the stunning, braze zin attack. really complex attacks. got so many worried about that. while this is a significant blow, a betback for now, the question is what comes next. so many different governments are welcoming the news of what we have in store. >> jomana, thank you very much. two aides of mike pence are reportedly silenced on issues from the january 6th committee.
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will be on hand. they met with chinese xi jinping. mr. putin's visit comes as he's planting a false flag. we'll have more in 30 minutes on "early start." new york city was gripped by a heartbreaking scene on wednesday as nypd officer will burt morra was laid to rest after being shot and killed along with his colleague while responding to a call for domestic violence last month. it comes on the heels of a spike in violence. nypd data shows in new york alone shooting incidents went up more than 32%. you can see in january 2022 compared to the year before. the rising crime is one of the reasons president joe biden visited new york on thursday. he stopped by the nypd
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headquarters to discuss combatting violence. have a listen. >> every day in this country 316 people are shot, 106 are killed and 6 nypd officers have been victims of gun violence so far just this year. 64 children injured by gun violence so far this year, 26 killed. it's enough. enough is enough because we know we can do things about this. >> mr. biden also spoke with new york city mayor and retired nypd c cap. unfolding on our streets every day places like chicago, detroit, atlanta, san francisco, new york, we are witnessing this violence that was isolated to black and brown communities and
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it was as though no one saw this crisis. we talked about assault rifles but we never talked about the handguns that was really carving highways of death in the communities of color across america. this president has taken a different direction. he took his spotlight and he stated that we're going to look at this gun violence and we're not going to allow it to continue. >> president biden told mayor adams that he can consider himself a surge. >> job reporting in a few hours. it comes as a shock and employers have add 1d 50,000 jobs. the data from the report comes from mid january in the peak of the omicron wave of the coronavirus. stay on top of those numbers for you. cnn has learned that two aides of former vice president mike pence are not answering
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some questions from a house committee investigate rg the capitol riots. three sources told us the aides do not want t. they are protected by executive privilege. jacob and short answered questions about their conversations with pence. trump's legal team is still using executive privilege. the u.s. officials responsible for air travel safety say they've made a lot of progress in mitigating the new contest. the faa says the new data will help ensure aircraft of both intentional interference but at
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in the u.s. covid case counts show the pandemic is not over. a new report shows more than 200,000 res tents and staff at long-term care facilities have died since the start of the pandemic. kaz ser family foundation adds this makes up at least 23% of all covid-related deaths in the united states. and unfortunately that's not all. a long covid advocacy group estimates long haulers have lost a total of $88.8 billion in income. cnn's nick watt has more from los angeles. >> it's okay. >> reporter: 3-year-old justin still too young for a vaccine but among the lucky ones, pulled through. most places omicron is now on
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the ebb. alabama the only state where case counts are climbing. alabama also has the lowest percentage of fully vaccinated people in this country. meantime, about half of americans now eligible for a booster haven't gotten one. so 84 million people got vaccinated but for whatever reason not boosted. >> i don't have an easy explanation for that. that's one of the reasons why we teep trying to put the boost jer. israeli rear offers says a fourth dose was instrumental in plea venting hospitals from being done there in the surge study. >> it's a prehint study and it's
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the key metric they'll watch when deciding when to lift mask mandates. >> what i'm watching is what to do in the next few months. i'm hoping this is the last surge. >> super bowl and l.a.'s mayor urging people to match up. a tweeted snap shows it. >> by the way, this is bellevue, washington. a gas station clerk argues with a customer who refuses to wear a mask. they tumble outside. she pulls a gun. so just back to the super bowl. they are handing out free n-95 masks to fans. they hope they will wear the
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masks in the stands. i'm confused. according to the mayor, you can take off your mask if you're getting a selfie taken with a celebrity just so long as you hold your breath. nick watt, cnn, los angeles. >> a confused nick watt. mayor garcetti's comment about holding your breath while taking a photo. here's what one health expert has to say. it sounds like something like my 10-year-old would say. let's be clear what protected him. being vaccinated, being boosted, being outdoors, being around other people vaccinated and boosted and in the case of nfl testing. hold you still have to take a breath in. that's a silly explanation. >> let's get you up to date on the covid headlines making their
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way around the world. cases surging in brazil. a new daily record. in some regions icus are 80% capacity. austria's new rule making vaccinations mandatory is expected to go into effect in the coming hours. beginning next week sweden will lift most of the covid restrictions. the government health agency said the covid is a mixed rule. some countries ease restrictions and others like germany are reporting record daily cases. we have more from jim bittermann. very different policies and different picture we are seeing. what is the situation where you are? >> reporter: well, in france one of the things that's gotten a little bit brighter here is the news from the health ministry. the health ministry was on television and basically saying that the covid fifth wave is now behind us. here's what he had to say to the
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french public. >> translator: my message tonight is that the worst is behind us. we've done the worst, first of all, because we've lived the worst covid wave for two years. even if we have other waves, we have every reason to think this will be the worst variant. we've done the hardest in this wave. >> reporter: in fact, you may have noticed he wasn't wearing a mask. that's the first time we've seen him appear in this kind of public forum without a mask. it is kind of a mixed bag around europe. one of the parts of good news is that the pfizer drug is going to be available as of today in pharmacies around the country. this is an antiviral that will prevented and it has to have a tight window from the time symptoms got too bad. it can prevent hospitalizations
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and death. elsewhere, as you mentioned, austria is tightening regulations with a vaccine mandate. in germany, cases have continued to decline. touching almost a quarter of a million cases in the last 24 hour period. isa? >> jim bittermann, thank you. embattled british prime minister boris johnson is facing one of his most embarrassing political setbacks. four top aides abruptly resigned from 10 downing street. perhaps the biggest blow was departure policy chief. she resigned over the prime minister for not prosecuting a pedophile. this outraged members on both sides. here's what he had to say about it on thursday. >> i want to be very clear about this because a lot of people have got very hot under the collar. i understand why.
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let's be absolutely clear, i'm talking not about the leader of the opposition's personal record when he was dpp, and i totally understand he had nothing to do personally with those decisions. i was making a point about his responsibility for the organization as a whole. i think people can see that. >> cnn's scott mcclain is covering this for us. scott, really two points having listened to the prime minister there. that wasn't an apology. that wasn't and i'm sorry. this has gone past party gate here. chblts yeah, you're right. i it's a point the day after we had three mps submit lergs of no confidence. it doesn't to dispel what is chaotic. boris johnson lost a chief of
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staff, director of communications and also his principal private secretary, a man that the british press was referring to, known as party marty. he invited downing street staff to a garden party and bring their own booze. next, she is resigning because of the prime minister's failure to apologize about the false claim that the leader of the opposition had been responsible for the decision not to prosecute this notorious pedophile well over a decade. you heard the prime minister. he did not apologize. that was not enough for her. she wrote in her resignation letter that this is not the usual cut and thrust of politics and she said, quote, you are a better man than most of your detractors will ever understand which is why it is desperately
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sad that you let yourself down by making a scurrilous accusation against the leader of the opposition. now after this broke she believed the prime minister should apologize. >> in regard to the comments being honest, i wouldn't have said it. i'm glad that the prime minister clarified what he meant. >> now i listened to that and i think that's pretty tame. the british press is describing this as a strike at the prime minister, a rebuke from the prime minister. richie sunak is widely interested in becoming prime minister himself. >> i would have thought he would have said i would take it. we're on the threshold of him losing support. you'll keep an eye on it. thank you very much, scott.
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welcome back, everyone. two former miami dolphins head coaches are defending coach flores. it comes after the suit. dolphins cornerback coach charles burkes tweeted there that flores is facing a smear campaign and calling him a true leader of men. dolphins defensive back coach gerald alexander voted for flores's character. in an espn interview, former cleveland browns head coach hue jackson claims team ownership rewarded him financially to lose games. have a listen. >> i've taken this to the national football league. when i understood what was going on, i immediately called the national football league and i talked to roger goodell over what i thought was going on.
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this is not new. people don't understand that i tried to sound this alarm a while back but nobody wanted to listen because the record was so bad so you didn't have a chance to really make a point because all the narrative was that he was just a bad coach. well, that's not the case at all. >> the browns have denied this. in his lawsuit flores made similar claims saying the dolphins owner steven ross urged him to lose games so the team could get higher draft pick. ross denies it saying in part i take great personal exception to these ma learn shus attacks and the truth must be known. the allegations are false, malicious and defamatory. mysterious and rare black diamond dubbed the inig ma is out of this world. it's made from a meteor impact.
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i lost my corporate job because it became so difficult to manage having two little kids at home and the unpredictability of having day cares closed, what are you going to do with them? i have a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old and the -- they have constant quarantines. the kids can't get vaccines either. just when you think you get over the hump, you have to start over again. >> even though i don't know these ladies, i felt like we could all relate. it was such an awesome release. i don't even feel the cold. >> and these are all hard-working moms. i could deal with some screaming too. at least one of the moms suggested making it a monthly event. that does it for me on "cnn newsroom." coverage starts with christine romans and laura jarrett on "early start." do stay right here. bye-bye.
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all right. it is friday, february 4th. 5 a.m. exactly here in new york. thanks for getting an early start with us. i'm christine romans. >> i'm laura jarrett. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. we begin here in beijing where the opening ceremony for the winter olympics is now just two hours away. you are looking at a live picture from the stadium where the olympic flame will soon be lit. world leaders are arriving minus the u.s. and several other countries staging a diplat


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