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Golf-Rose and Day share lead in New Orleans
England's Justin Rose, who birdied his first three holes, surged into a tie for the lead with Australian Jason Day at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans when the third round was finally completed on Sunday. Rose fired a sizzling seven-under-par 65 on a receptive, rain-softened layout in Avondale, Louisiana where thunderstorms disrupted play for the first three days, finishing level with Day (68) at 16-under 200. Americans Blayne Barber (64) and Daniel Berger (68) were at 15 under, with Canada's David Hearn (67), New Zealander Danny Lee (68) and Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge (68) a further stroke back in a three-way tie for fifth.
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:02:17 -0400

Golf-FedEx Cup rankings
April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 2072 2. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1680 3. (3) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1233 4. (4) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1173 5. (6) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1132 6. (5) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1117 7. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 1063 8. (7) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1037 9. (8) Ryan Moore (U.S.) 952 10. (10) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 939 11. (11) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 934 12. (12) Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 929 13. (13) Robert Streb (U.S.) 927 14. (14) Ben Martin (U.S.) 860 15. (82) Justin Rose (Britain) 839 16. (15) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 826 17. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:11:06 -0400

Bucks, Blazers stay alive in NBA playoffs

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose (L) knocks the ball away from Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Carter-Williams during their game at United Center on April 27, 2015Milwaukee's Michael Carter-Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks again fended off elimination with a 94-88 NBA playoff win over the Chicago Bulls. Carter-Williams connected on 10 of 15 shots from the floor, handed out nine assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bucks, who narrowed the gap in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series to three-games-to-two. The young Bucks team had stayed alive with a game-four victory over the Bulls thanks to a buzzer-beating layup by Jerryd Bayless.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 02:05:02 -0400

Mickelson withdraws from WGC event for personal reasons

Phil Mickelson of the U.S. celebrates a long birdie putt on the 16th hole during third round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Five-times major champion Phil Mickelson has pulled out of this week's World Golf Championships-Match Play tournament, citing unspecified personal reasons. Mickelson's withdrawal was announced on Sunday, just three days before the start of the event at the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. ?I?m really happy with the new format and TPC Harding Park is a terrific setting for match play, so it?s unfortunate that I won?t be able to play this year,? the 44-year-old American said in a statement. ...



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:17:05 -0400

Bucks fend off Bulls, Nets claw back in Eastern Conference

Jerryd Bayless (No. 19) of the Milwaukee Bucks is swarmed by teammates after he hit the game winning shot against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 25, 2015Jerryd Bayless made a buzzer-beating layup to lift Milwaukee to a 92-90 victory over Chicago that kept the Bucks alive in their NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. It came down to quick action by Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd and crisp execution by Nets reserves Jared Dudley and Bayless.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:00:57 -0400

Henderson stays on top at Swinging Skirts

Brooke Henderson of Canada makes an approach shot on the 17th hole during round three of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic presented by CTBC at the Lake Merced Golf Club on April 25, 2015 in Daly City, CaliforniaCanadian teenager Brooke Henderson clung to a one-shot lead in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic after an even-par 72 in the third round. Henderson, who had seized the lead on Friday with a sizzling 65, had a 54-hole total of nine-under par 207 and a one-stroke lead over American Morgan Pressel and South Korea's Kwak Min-Seo. Henderson, a 17-year-old seeking her first tour win after turning pro this year, stretched her lead to as many as five strokes, but faltered down the stretch. It was really tough conditions and I was able to play really well," Henderson said.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:18:47 -0400

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 1224670 2. (2) Danny Willett (Britain) 1118691 3. (3) Justin Rose (Britain) 927972 4. (4) Ross Fisher (Britain) 805680 5. (5) Anirban Lahiri (India) 749002 6. (7) Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 733231 7. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 727942 8. (8) Branden Grace (South Africa) 692279 9. (9) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 666071 10. (37) David Howell (Britain) 546531 11. (10) Gary Stal (France) 542596 12. (11) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 514944 13. (12) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 500520 14. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:24:56 -0400

Steady Wu secures landmark China Open victory

Wu Ashun of China lines up his putt on the second green during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in ScotlandWu Ashun became the first Chinese golfer to win a European Tour title on home soil by claiming his national open by one shot on Sunday after Englishman David Howell faltered on the last. Wu, 29, twice a winner on the Japan Golf Tour, joined Liang Wenchong and Zhang Lian-wei as Chinese winners of European Tour events after the duo claimed previous editions of the Singapore Masters. Very exciting." The duo had started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with China's Li Hao-tong and Alexander Levy but Wu's round of one-under-par 71 on the tricky Shanghai Pudong course was enough for victory in the 20 million yuan ($3.23 million) event.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:41:42 -0400

Golf-World Rankings
April 27 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.21 2. (2) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 9.08 3. (3) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.35 4. (4) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.18 5. (5) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 6.71 6. (9) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.58 7. (6) Jason Day (Australia) 6.45 8. (7) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 6.17 9. (8) Adam Scott (Australia) 5.92 10. (10) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.64 11. (11) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.35 12. (12) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 4.85 13. (13) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.57 14. (14) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.48 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.44 16. (16) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4.39 17. ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:24:27 -0400

Cleveland Cavaliers\' Smith suspended two games

Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith during the game against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was suspended for two games by the NBA for striking a Boston player in the face in game four of their first-round playoff series. Smith will miss the first two games of the second round, in which the Cavs will face either Chicago or Milwaukee. Smith was ejected from Sunday's game four, which the Cavaliers won to complete a sweep of the Celtics, after hitting Boston's Jae Crowder in the face while trying to defend the Celtics forward under the basket. After Crowder gave Smith a little push in the back, Smith wheeled around and connected with the back of his right hand.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:53:24 -0400

A round of golf takes too long to play, survey finds

To match Feature CUBA-GOLF/In the fast-paced modern world, a typical round of golf takes too much time away from family or work for many players, a survey commissioned by the sport's governing body showed on Monday. The R&A, based in St Andrews, Scotland, received responses from 56,000 golfers in 122 countries about their experience of playing a typical 18-hole round of golf which lasts between three and four hours.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:58:58 -0400

Seven players disciplined after White Sox-Royals brawl

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals(Reuters) - Six players were suspended and a seventh fined by Major League Baseball (MLB) on Saturday following Thursday's benches-clearing brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals. The Royals' Yordano Ventura was handed a seven-game suspension and fellow pitcher Edinson Volquez a five-game ban. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher Kelvin Herrera were both suspended for two games. White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija were hit with five-game suspensions while catcher Tyler Flowers was fined an undisclosed amount.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0400

Mickelson withdraws from WGC Match Play

Phil Mickelson of the US, pictured during the Masters Tournament, in Augusta, Georgia, on April 12, 2015Phil Mickelson withdrew from the upcoming World Golf Championships Match Play Championship for personal reasons. The five-time major champion on Sunday said he was sorry to miss the elite event, which is moving this year to Harding Park in San Francisco. "TPC Harding Park is a terrific setting for match play, so it's unfortunate that I won't be able to play this year," he said. England's Luke Donald and South African Tim Clark are the other two.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:37:10 -0400

Golf-Day and Compton share lead at weather-hit PGA Tour event
Australian Jason Day and American Erik Compton were tied for the early third-round lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday as the players prepared for a marathon Sunday to complete the event. World number six Day was one-under par after three holes and Compton four-under after six, leaving the pair level at 13-under overall on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana where thunderstorms have disrupted play for the last three days. England's Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and Americans Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly were a further stroke back but no player in the field had completed more than 12 holes when play was suspended for the day in fading light. "Fifty-four holes is not in the mix," Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competitions, told reporters.
Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:08:57 -0400

Canadian teenager Henderson leads LPGA by one stroke

LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open-Final Round(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson clung to a one-stroke lead after a poor finish to the third round at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California on Saturday. Henderson bogeyed the final two holes and shot even-par 72 after squandering a five-stroke lead on the Lake Merced course in San Francisco. Henderson, who does not have exempt status on the LPGA circuit after being denied a waiver due to her age, is nine-under with a total of 207. American Morgan Pressel (67) and South Korean Kwak Min-seo (69) are one shot behind, while defending champion Lydia Ko trails by three.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:25:37 -0400

Baltimore baseball fans urged to stay in stadium due to protests: social media
(Reuters) - A message on a scoreboard at a Baltimore baseball game has asked fans to stay at Camden Yards as protests continue outside the stadium, according to social media. The scoreboard said the city's mayor and the police department had asked "all fans to remain inside the ballpark until further notice," according to photos posted to Twitter and a report from local television station WBAL. (Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by David Gregorio)
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:30:23 -0400

Golf-A round of golf takes too long to play, survey finds
In the fast-paced modern world, a typical round of golf takes too much time away from family or work for many players, a survey commissioned by the sport's governing body showed on Monday. The R&A, based in St Andrews, Scotland, received responses from 56,000 golfers in 122 countries about their experience of playing a typical 18-hole round of golf which lasts between three and four hours.
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:45:36 -0400

Mavs coach fined for slating refs

Rick Carlisle (C) of the Dallas Mavericks yells during game three of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Houston Rockets on April 24, 2015 in Dallas, TexasNew York (AFP) - The NBA fined Dallas coach Rick Carlisle $25,000 on Saturday for public criticism of the officiating in the Mavericks' game-three playoff loss to Houston.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:44:46 -0400

Ko downs Pressel in playoff for LPGA Swinging Skirts crown

Lydia Ko of New Zealand poses with the winner's trophy after winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, at the Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California, on April 26, 2015World number one Lydia Ko birdied the second playoff hole to beat Morgan Pressel and win a second straight Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic crown. Ko, the New Zealand sensation who turned 18 on Friday, earned her first victory as a professional at this event last year. "This week I hit the ball really well," Ko said. She fired a two-under par 70 in the final round to finish 72 holes tied with Pressel at eight-under par 280.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:20:22 -0400

Rose triumphs, with help from NBA point guard Curry
(Reuters) - Justin Rose said he had benefited from the ultra-positive approach of National Basketball Association point guard Stephen Curry on the way to victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday. Englishman Rose clinched his seventh PGA Tour title by one shot with a closing six-under-par 66 at the TPC Louisiana after he and his caddie, Mark 'Fooch' Fulcher, had been inspired earlier in the week by Curry's brilliant three-point shooting for the Golden State Warriors. "Yesterday, I felt like I had gone cold in my round," world number nine Rose told CBS Sports after posting a winning total of 22-under 266 in the weather-disrupted event on the outskirts of New Orleans.
Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 19:43:19 -0400

Ko beats Pressel in playoff to claim seventh LPGA title

LPGA: ANA Inspiration-Second Round(Reuters) - Lydia Ko secured a late birthday present when she birdied the second extra hole to beat American Morgan Pressel in a playoff at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in California on Sunday. "It's been a great birthday week again," Ko told the Golf Channel after sinking her winning putt from four feet at the Lake Merced course in San Francisco. "This week I hit the ball really well and it definitely makes this course a lot easier." Pressel, however, will be ruing the birthday gifts she offered Ko by squandering two chances for victory.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:18:31 -0400

Jury being picked for ex-NBA player Crittenton\'s Atlanta murder trial

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los AngelesBy Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of former National Basketball Association player Javaris Crittenton, who has been charged with murder for his suspected role in a 2011 drive-by shooting that killed an Atlanta mother of four. Authorities have charged Crittenton, 27, a point guard who played two seasons in the NBA after getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007, and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, with 12 felonies each in connection with the August 2011 shooting. Those charges include murder, participation in criminal gang activities and the attempted murder of a man who prosecutors said they believe was the intended target in the shooting.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:14:56 -0400

Day and Compton share lead at weather-hit PGA Tour event

Jason Day of Australia hits a driver off the second tee during final round play of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day and American Erik Compton were tied for the early third-round lead at the weather-hit Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday as the players prepared for a marathon Sunday to complete the event. World number six Day was one-under par after three holes and Compton four-under after six, leaving the pair level at 13-under overall on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana where thunderstorms have disrupted play for the last three days. England's Justin Rose, Canadian David Hearn and Americans Blayne Barber and Jerry Kelly were a further stroke back but no player in the field had completed more than 12 holes when play was suspended for the day in fading light.



Publ.Date : Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:13:00 -0400

McIlroy grouped with three Americans at Match Play event

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks up to the 18th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta(Reuters) - Top seed Rory McIlroy has been grouped with three highly-rated Americans for this week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco. A draw on Monday put Northern Ireland's world number one up against reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel, seven-times PGA Tour winner Brandt Snedeker and major champion Jason Dufner in round-robin play starting on Wednesday at TPC Harding Park. The Match Play Championship, the first of the season's elite four World Golf Championships (WGC) events, was a knockout event from its inception in 1999 until last year, which meant that many of the big names were sent packing on the first day. Masters champion Jordan Spieth, the second seed in the field of 64, drew Englishman Lee Westwood, American Matt Every and Finn Mikko Ilonen.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:01:43 -0400

Golden State Warriors sweep into second round of NBA playoffs

Andre Iguodala (R) of the Golden State Warriors is defended by Dante Cunningham of the New Orleans Pelicans during Game Four in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center on April 25, 2015 in New Orleans, LouisianaThe Golden State Warriors became the first team to punch their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 109-98 victory over New Orleans. The Warriors, with Stephen Curry again leading the way, on Saturday completed a four-game sweep of the Pelicans in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series. Golden State will next face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:36:21 -0400

Late birdies spur Rose to PGA Zurich Classic win

Justin Rose of England tees off on the 15th hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic, in Avondale, Louisiana, on April 26, 2015Justin Rose capped a marathon with back-to-back birdies at the last two holes to clinch the US PGA Tour's Zurich Classic by one stroke in a thrilling finale. Rose had six birdies in his six-under 66 in the final round of the New Orleans tournament -- which was beset by weather delays -- and Sunday's victory represents a satisfying follow-up to the Englishman's share of second behind Jordan Spieth at the recent Masters. His 22-under-par total 266 gave him a seventh US tour title, by one stroke from American Cameron Tringale. Tringale could have forced a playoff with an eagle at the final hole, but settled for a birdie that gave him a seven-under 65 and sole possession of second place on 267.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:40:27 -0400

Westwood overcomes late wobble for Indonesia hat-trick

Lee Westwood battled back from a late putting collapse in the final round to win his third Indonesian MastersLee Westwood battled back from a late putting collapse in the final round to win his third Indonesian Masters title Sunday in a dramatic sudden-death playoff with Thailand's Chapchai Nirat. Westwood's only two wins in 2014 came at the Thailand Golf Championship, in December, and the Malaysian Open last April.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:27:30 -0400

Mavericks down Rockets to stay alive in NBA playoffs

Charlie Villanueva (R) of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after making a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets, during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarter-finals of the NBA playoffs, at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on April 26, 2015The Dallas Mavericks stayed alive in the NBA playoffs with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets. Down 3-0 in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series, the Mavs on Sunday opted to give J.J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu their first starts of the post-season and both produced double-doubles. Barea scored 17 points and handed out 13 assists, enlivening a starting lineup that has been without injured Chandler Parsons and Rajon Rondo. Aminu added 16 points -- including five straight in the fourth quarter that helped thwart a Houston rally -- and pulled down 12 rebounds.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:15:54 -0400

Baltimore Orioles say to postpone Monday game amid rioting
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles said they would postpone a Monday night game after consulting with police, on a day the city was torn by the worst rioting the United States has seen since last year's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:46:03 -0400

Cards\' ace Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals(Reuters) - The high-flying St. Louis Cardinals face a challenging test after confirming on Monday that pitching ace Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles. Wainwright, who suffered the ankle injury running out of the batter's box while hitting in Saturday's win against the Milwaukee Brewers, will have surgery this week and miss nine to 12 months, the team said. "It is a test," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. In the meantime, John Lackey, Lance Lynn, Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez remain in a rotation that, through 16 games, has posted a Major League Baseball-best 1.97 ERA for a club that leads the NL Central by two games at 12-5.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:17:57 -0400

Cavaliers, Wizards reach second-round NBA playoffs

LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates scoring points with teammate Kendrick Perkins during their NBA game against the Boston Celtics, in Boston, on April 26, 2015Battered but unbowed, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 101-93 to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. With 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists from LeBron James, the Cavs on Sunday withstood the early exit of star forward Kevin Love with a dislocated shoulder to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Love was hurt in the first quarter battling Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk, who yanked Love's left arm as they chased a loose ball.



Publ.Date : Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:30:01 -0400

Cavs will be without Love for second round

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after an injury against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter on April 26, 2015 in BostonCleveland big man Kevin Love will miss the second round of the NBA playoffs with a dislocated left shoulder, the Cavaliers said Monday. Love was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday's first-round series-clinching win over Boston when he tangled with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk as the two players battled for a loose ball.



Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:24:49 -0400

Indonesia gears up for executions as families wail in grief

Crosses for condemned drug convicts (L-R) Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and Nigerian Okwudili Oyatanze are seen at a church in Cilacap on April 28, 2015, ahead of convicts' imminent executionIndonesia made final preparations Tuesday to execute eight foreigners by firing squad, as family members wailed in grief during last visits to their loved ones and ambulances carrying white coffins arrived at the drug convicts' prison. Relatives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" heroin trafficking group, arrived at Nusakambangan prison calling for mercy for their loved ones, with Sukumaran's sister collapsing in grief. They are among nine prisoners, including nationals from Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria, and one Indonesian, facing imminent execution after authorities gave them final notice. Executions are traditionally carried out just after midnight in Indonesia by a 12-man firing squad, with the condemned prisoner led to a clearing and tied to a post.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:29:34 -0400

Australian drug convict to be executed in Indonesia at midnight-mother
CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australian death row inmate, Myuran Sukumaran, will be executed by an Indonesian firing squad at midnight for drug trafficking, his mother said on Tuesday. "They're going to take him at midnight and shoot him. I'm asking the government not to kill him. Please don't kill him today," Raji Sukumaran told reporters after visiting her son for the last time in prison. Sukumaran is among a group of nine drug convicts, mostly foreigners, due to be executed at the Nusakambangan prison island in central Java. (Reporting by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:19:43 -0400

U.S. Stocks cool ahead of Fed, pound skids on disappointing GDP

Pedestrians walk past an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World shares shuffled away from all-time highs on Tuesday as surging Chinese stocks took a breather and investors began to retreat to the sidelines ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. The figures were seen as loaded with significance coming just nine days before an election and its aftermath, when Britain's future cohesion and its membership of the European Union could be potentially at stake. "I think the real risk is so much uncertainty," said Societe Generale strategist Kit Juckes. Overnight in Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan had followed Wall Street lower as it dropped 0.5 percent, but only after touching its highest level since January 2008.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:30:16 -0400

The Latest on Nepal Quake: Choppers ferry injured to Gorkha

Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)2.15 p.m. (0830 GMT)



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:14:18 -0400

Wall Street stocks retreat from record highs

US stocks closed lower Monday, ending a three-day rally to record highs as investors awaited Apple earnings results and a Federal Reserve policy meetingNew York (AFP) - US stocks snapped Monday a three-day rally to record highs as investors awaited Apple earnings results and a Federal Reserve policy meeting.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:08:36 -0400

Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show

Mariah Carey is seen at her Official Welcome to Caesars Palace on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP)LAS VEGAS (AP) ? For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:05:50 -0400

Special Report - For UK political donors, an unintended tax break

File photo of a man walking past the Houses of Parliament in LondonBy Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Some of Britain's biggest political donors, including a dozen senior lawmakers, have benefited from a little-noticed loophole that lets them avoid tax on millions of pounds in donations to political parties, a Reuters analysis has found. Reuters is the first to measure the loophole, which offers political parties ? and in some cases, individual politicians or their families ? an unintended gift from the taxpayer. Political donations made by individuals are not tax-deductible in Britain. If a donor makes money as salary or dividend and then donates it, they have to pay income tax.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:39:19 -0400

Dispute outside church leaves 2 fatally shot, 4 injured

A New York City police detective investigates the scene of a shooting in which two people were killed and three others wounded outside Emmanuel Church of God in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Police said a wake was being held in the church at the time of the shooting. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) ? A dispute outside a New York City church where a funeral was taking place triggered a shooting that left two people dead and four others injured, police said.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:51:17 -0400

Daimler Q1 earnings nearly double on new models
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? German automaker Daimler saw net profit nearly double in the first quarter on strong demand across all major markets for its updated line of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:11:52 -0400

Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response

An officer stands near a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)BALTIMORE (AP) ? National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:47:06 -0400

Australia\'s police work abroad under spotlight with Indonesia executions
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - The case of two Australians on death row in Indonesia has cast a spotlight on the foreign work of Australia's police force, whose tip off to their Indonesian counterparts a decade ago was key in their arrest and looming execution by firing squad. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians named as ringleaders of the 'Bali Nine' drug-smuggling group, were arrested in 2005 at an airport on the island of Bali for trying to smuggle 8 kg (18 lb) of heroin into Australia.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:57:17 -0400

Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

Chintu Sukumaran, left, brother of Myuran Sukumaran, an Australian on death row, arrives at Wijayapura ferry port to cross to the prison island of Nusakambangan, in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking over the weekend that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)CILICAP, Indonesia (AP) ? Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:06:31 -0400

British economy slows ahead of general election

Britain's Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during his general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on Monday April 27, 2015. Britain goes to the polls on May 7 to elect a new parliament. (Adrian Dennis/Pool Photo via AP)LONDON (AP) ? Britain's economic growth has slowed to a quarterly rate of 0.3 percent in the January-March period, a drop that will be seen as setback to the Conservative-led coalition only days before a general election.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:08:03 -0400

IRA-style bomb damages Londonderry probation office
LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) ? Northern Ireland police say a small bomb has detonated outside a probation office on a residential street in Londonderry, injuring nobody, and the city's leaders have accused IRA die-hards of recklessly endangering the lives of families living nearby.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:59:03 -0400

Burundi anti-president protestors clash for third day

Demonstrators protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in power in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on April 27, 2015Protesters in Burundi clashed with police for a third day Tuesday in fresh demonstrations against the president's bid to cling to power for a third term, witnesses said. At least five people have died since clashes broke out Sunday after the ruling CNDD-FDD party, which has been accused of intimidating opponents, designated President Pierre Nkurunziza its candidate in the June 26 presidential election.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:51:25 -0400

Aquino appeals to Indonesia one more time to keep Filipina alive
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he made one last appeal to the Indonesian government to spare a Filipina among nine prisoners set to be executed for drug trafficking on Tuesday as she could be a vital witness in prosecuting drug syndicates. It was Aquino's third personal appeal, after the Indonesian attorney general rejected the Philippine's request on Monday for a second judicial review of the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who her lawyers say merely served as an unknowing mule to drug traffickers. Veloso's lawyers filed a human trafficking complaint recently against her recruiter Maria Cristina Sergio, who they allege promised the death-row inmate a job as a domestic worker but instead led her to become a drug mule. Veloso is one of nine drug traffickers ordered by Indonesian authorities to die in a mass execution that may proceed possibly within hours.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:57:17 -0400

Osborne says economy at \'critical moment\' after first-quarter slowdown
Britain's economy is at a "critical moment", finance minister George Osborne said on Tuesday after official figures showed growth fell sharply in the first three months of 2015, just days before Britons go to the polls. "Good news economy continues to grow, but this is a critical moment and reminder you can't take recovery for granted," he said on Twitter. "GDP figures show future of the economy is on the ballot paper," he added. Opinion polls show Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives are almost neck and neck with the opposition Labour Party.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:31:42 -0400

At least one dead, 80 injured in S.Africa train collision
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least one person was killed and several others injured after two commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, train operator Metrorail and emergency services said. Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one hit the other from behind, Metrorail spokeswoman Lillian Mofokeng told Talk Radio 702. "We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:13:59 -0400

Two passenger trains collide in South Africa, several injured
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Several people were injured after two busy commuter trains collided on Tuesday in South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg, a spokeswoman for train operator Metrorail said. Both trains were travelling from the capital Pretoria when one hit the other from behind, Lillian Mofokeng told Talk Radio 702. "We just do not know how it happened. We will be investigating that. There is an indication that people have been injured," she said. Mofokeng had no details on how many passengers were on the trains, how many were injured or if there were any fatalities.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:41:47 -0400

Britain\'s recovery slows sharply in pre-election setback for government

A woman looks towards the City of London financial district from Parliament Hill in north LondonBy William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's economy slowed more sharply than expected in the first three months of 2015, a setback for Prime Minister David Cameron who has staked his campaign for re-election next week on the strength of the recovery. Gross domestic product grew by 0.3 percent in the January-March period, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday. It was the slowest quarterly growth since the end of 2012 when there were fears Britain was heading into recession.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:31:42 -0400

Kerry renews U.S. pledge to Japan security, including East China Sea islets
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Japanese leaders on Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad" and cover all territories under Tokyo's administration, including tiny islands in the East China Sea that China also claims. Kerry renewed the security pledge related to the islets, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, at a New York news conference with Japan's foreign and defense ministers to unveil updated U.S.-Japan defense guidelines on the eve of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's talks with President Barack Obama. The new guidelines for defense cooperation reflect Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea. It follows a Japanese Cabinet resolution last year reinterpreting Japan's pacifist post-World War Two constitution to allow the exercise of the right to "collective self-defense".
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:49:33 -0400

Global markets lower ahead of major earnings, Fed meeting

A man looks at an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Asian stock markets were lukewarm Tuesday, taking a cue from losses on Wall Street ahead of earnings from major Asian companies and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Global stock markets were dented Tuesday by downbeat economic data from Europe ahead of major earnings reports and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 06:00:48 -0400

Mother of death row Australian says he\'ll be executed at 1700 GMT

Australian drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran (left) and Andrew Chan are escorted out of a court after their 2006 trial in Denpasar, on Indonesia's Bali islandThe mother of an Australian drug trafficker on death row in Indonesia said Tuesday he would be executed by firing squad at midnight (1700 GMT). They are going to take him at midnight and shoot him," Raji Sukumaran, the mother of Myuran Sukumaran, tearfully told reporters. Sukumaran is one of eight foreigners due to be put to death imminently in Indonesia.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:42:55 -0400

Captain of doomed S. Korea ferry sentenced to life in prison

Judges sit to preside over verdicts for the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol's crew members who are charged with negligence and abandonment of passengers in the disaster at Gwangju High Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The South Korean appellate court on Tuesday handed down a sentence of life in prison to the captain of a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people. The sentencing is harsher than a November verdict by a district court that sentenced Lee Joon-seok to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers in need. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:37:54 -0400

Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, PM says toll could be 10,000

People ride on buses as traffic is affected by a landslide caused by an earthquake, in Kurintar, NepalBy Rupam Jain Nair and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake could reach 10,000, the prime minister said on Tuesday, as residents frustrated by the government's slow response used their bare hands to dig for signs of their loved ones. "The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing," Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told Reuters. "It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal." International aid has finally begun arriving in the Himalayan nation of 28 million people, three days after Saturday's 7.9 magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow. According to the home (interior) ministry, the confirmed death toll stands at 4,349, with more than 7,000 injured.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:17:04 -0400

Japanese government wants nuclear to be 20-22 pct of power mix
Japan should aim to make nuclear energy account for between 20 and 22 percent of the country's electricity mix by 2030, with renewable energy making up slightly more, the industry ministry said on Tuesday. The proposal is likely to be unpopular among a public that opinion polls show has consistently opposed atomic energy since the three meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo in 2011. It would, however, constitute a shift away from nuclear power, which supplied nearly 30 percent of Japan's electricity before the Fukushima crisis, the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. All Japan's reactors are currently closed pending safety checks by a new regulator set up after the Fukushima crisis highlighted lax regard for rules along with cosy links between industry and those meant to monitor security.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:49:06 -0400

Deutsche Bank co-CEO in dock on false testimony charges

Juergen Fitschen, CEO of the Deutsche Bank, addresses the media during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Frankfurt/Main, on April 27, 2015Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen was one of five defendants who went on trial on Tuesday accused of giving false testimony in a long-running legal battle with the defunct Kirch media group. A guilty verdict would deal a deadly blow to Germany's biggest lender as it struggles to clean up its image in the wake of a long list of legal challenges in recent years, and would leave the defendants facing prisons sentences of anywhere between one and 10 years. Fitschen and four others -- ex-chief executives Rolf Breuer and Josef Ackermann and former executives Clemens Boersig and Tessen von Heydebreck -- are accused of giving misleading evidence to judges in one of the lawsuits brought by the late media magnate Leo Kirch against the bank.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:17:03 -0400

Ukraine says rebels firing rocket launchers again
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) ? Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday that separatist rebels in the east have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:51:01 -0400

British growth slows sharply on eve of election

Growth in Britain slowed sharply to 0.3% in the first quarterThe British economy gre far more slowly than expected in the first quarter of 2015, official data showed Tuesday, delivering a blow to the government just nine days before a general election. Gross domestic product expanded by 0.3 percent between January and March compared with GDP growth of 0.6 percent in the final quarter of 2014, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in an initial estimate. GDP, the main indicator of economic growth, is the last major piece of data on the British economy before Britain votes in a knife-edge general election on May 7.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:04:31 -0400

Helicopters ferry injured from Nepal villages near epicenter

Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, is assisted into an ambulance by Nepalese soldiers and police after arriving by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the high mountains of Gorkha district on Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)GORKHA, Nepal (AP) ? Helicopters crisscrossed the skies above the mountains of Gorkha district Tuesday near the epicenter of the weekend earthquake, ferrying the injured to clinics, and taking emergency supplies back to remote villages devastated by the disaster in Nepal that killed more than 4,400 people across the region.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:52:15 -0400

Possible kingmakers Liberal Democrats demand post-election stability budget

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Party leader Nick Clegg answers a reporter's questions during a visit to a day nursery in PooleBy William James LONDON (Reuters) - Liberal Democrats, possible kingmakers after a May 7 election, on Tuesday demanded a 'stability budget' within 50 days of the vote as a pre-condition of any coalition with either Conservative leader David Cameron or Labour's Ed Miliband. With neither Cameron nor Miliband expected to win an outright majority, the Liberal Democrats are eyeing a second term as junior coalition partner, positioning themselves in the centre ground as a possible partner to either party. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said instability stoked by unfunded election pledges from the Conservatives and vague fiscal targets from Labour would necessitate a post-election budget to decide how and when Britain's books would be balanced. The budget would have to set out detailed tax and spending plans to balance the cyclically-adjusted current budget by 2017/18, Clegg said.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:44:30 -0400

Panasonic says annual profit soared 49% to $1.5 bn

Panasonic's earnings for the fiscal year to March came to 179.49 billion yen, while revenue edged down 0.3% to 7.7 trillion yenJapanese electronics giant Panasonic said Tuesday that its annual profit soared 49 percent, strong results at its lesser-known auto parts unit and lower costs linked to a sweeping restructuring boosted its bottom line. The upbeat figures underscore how Panasonic's shift to focus on lesser-known businesses, including an energy and auto division, has helped its finances, and made it a standout as rivals Sony and Sharp continue to struggle. Panasonic's auto division makes various products found in vehicles, including electrical components and car navigation systems. For the current fiscal year, which started this month, Panasonic said it expects a 180 billion yen net profit on revenue of 8.0 trillion yen.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:31:05 -0400

A friend in need: China, India turn on aid diplomacy in Nepal
By Sanjeev Miglani and Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal/KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At a 12-bed hospital deep in Nepal's Himalayan mountains, Indian Air Force helicopters bring in the casualties of a devastating earthquake that has killed more than 4,000: injured men, women and children plucked from hilltops and inaccessible valleys. Nepal's government has struggled in the wake of the country's worst earthquake in nearly a century, its officials have been largely absent from public view. "We have no faith in our government, only India and (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi are helping us," said villager Dhruba Kandel in Dhading. "If it were not for these helicopters, people would be dying on the mountains by the dozens." Nepal is sandwiched between India and China and the two Asian giants have used aid and investment to court Kathmandu for years.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:57:29 -0400

Apple profit soars on iPhone, China sales

Apple said Monday its first-quarter profit jumped 33 percent from a year ago, lifted by sales of 61 million iPhones in the first three months of the yearApple on Monday reported a sharp rise in its quarterly profit, lifted by robust sales of its iPhones and a jump in revenue from China. Revenue increased 27 percent from the same period a year ago to $58.01 billion, Apple said. A major contributor was the expansion of iPhone sales in China. Revenue for "greater China" leapt 71 percent to $16.8 billion in the quarter, allowing the region to overtake Europe as Apple's second-largest market.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:52:35 -0400

Favours needed again as Juventus look to clinch title

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Serie A match against Torino on April 26, 2015 in TurinAfter their weekend derby disappointment, Juventus will need favours from elsewhere if they are to secure a fourth consecutive Serie A title in front of their own fans on Wednesday. Fourteen points clear at the top of the table with six matches remaining, Massimiliano Allegri's side entertain Fiorentina at the Juventus Stadium knowing a win will see them confirmed as champions provided nearest rivals Lazio slip up at home to Parma. A draw could also be enough for the Bianconeri to clinch their 31st scudetto this midweek, but only if Lazio, Roma and Napoli all fail to win, with the latter not in action away to Empoli until Thursday. In the last week, Juve have gone from the high of winning through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years to the low of losing 2-1 to city rivals Torino, their first defeat in the so-called 'Derby della Mole' since 1995.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:36:14 -0400

1 person killed in train collision in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) ? Two passenger trains collided south of Johannesburg, killing the conductor of one of the trains and injuring about 80 people on Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:48:13 -0400

Texas asking appeals court to uphold voter photo ID law
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? A federal appeals court was set to hear arguments Tuesday on a Texas voter identification law condemned by the Justice Department as a means of suppressing minority voting.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:26:17 -0400

Baltimore deploys National Guard as riots erupt

A protestor gestures towards the riot police in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 27, 2015Thousands of police and National Guard troopers were ordered to back up beleaguered officers in Baltimore on Tuesday after riots triggered by anger over the death of a black man in police custody. The state of Maryland declared a state of emergency after furious rioters looted businesses, ransacking shops and stealing armloads of merchandise, and torched cars. Last summer's fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri triggered coast-to-coast protests. The unrest in Baltimore started after the funeral of a black man who died April 19 of spinal injuries apparently suffered during his arrest this month.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:18:18 -0400

Political insiders benefit from tax break on UK party giving
By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - When British businessman Robert Durward decided to spend 1.9 million pounds ($2.9 million) funding a new free-market political party in the mid-2000s, friends said he was wasting his money. Over the same period they gave just 1.2 million pounds personally.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:16:53 -0400

Deutsche Bank co-CEO on trial over battle with media mogul

Deutsche Bank Co-CEO Juergen Fitschen arrives at a court in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, where he and former top managers of Deutsche Bank face trial on accusations of giving false statements in the proceedings of the bankruptcy of German Kirch media group. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)BERLIN (AP) ? Deutsche Bank co-CEO Juergen Fitschen went on trial Tuesday along with two of his predecessors, charged with attempted fraud for allegedly colluding to deceive judges in a long-running legal battle with a now-deceased media mogul.



Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:24:53 -0400

 

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