FBI agents search for convicted murderer David Sweat near Duane, New York. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

New York state trooper hailed as a hero for capturing convicted murderer after 23 days

 Pooja Mandagere (left) and Natalie Thompson celebrate  outside the US Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling  that the constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  Photograph: Doug Mills/the New York Times

In historic ruling Supreme Court approves same-sex unions, overruling bans in 14 states

The broken wooden supports exposed after the collapse of a balcony in Berkeley, California, on June 16th.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

District attorney given witness accounts from lawyers’ investigation into tragedy

The state flag of Mississippi, which incorporates the   Confederate flag , is displayed with the flags of the other 49 states and territories in the tunnel connecting the senate office building and the US Congress. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Shootings at Charleston church blows up storm about flying the Confederate flag

People listen to Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh as he leads a memorial service for Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in Berkely  at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

Irish consul tells 1,800 mourners, including 400 J-1 students, of ‘unspeakable grief’

San Francisco law firm Rains Lucia Stern – representing George and Jackie Donohoe, the Irish parents of the late Ashley Donohoe (above) of Rohnert Park, California – presented  findings to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Thursday.

Lawyers for Ashley Donohoe’s parents claim student at party said balcony was ‘sloping’

The remaining wood from the Library Gardens apartment building balcony that collapsed  in Berkeley, California, killing six Irish students. Photograph: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Parents of victim Ashley Donohoe raised concerns about impartiality of investigation

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank: “Every single country we look at, we ask ourselves the question: is this particular choice of investments that we are making - is it going to reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty or is it going to make inequality worse?.” Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

Ahead of Dublin visit, health expert discusses fighting poverty and sharing prosperity

The remains of the wood joists which were supporting the balcony in Berkeley which collapsed. The District Attorney has begun an investigation to see if a crime was committed. Photograph: AFP

Nancy O’Malley to explain which parties she plans to investigate over Berkeley balcony

Five Dublin students and an Irish-American student were killed when the balcony they were standing on collapsed during a birthday party on Tuesday, June 16th. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

J-1 student among seven injured in balcony collapse unable to fly home immediately

Workers prepare to remove a balcony at the Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, last week.  Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Alameda County prosecutor’s office to examine whether crime has been committed

The remains of Olivia Burke , who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse, leaving Dublin Airport today  escorted by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

More than 30 students living in the Library Gardens also return home for the funerals

Olivia Burke was one of the six victims who died in the balcony collapse in Berkeley, California.

Olivia Burke (21) left San Francisco on flight with more than a dozen family members

A message left near the scene of the  balcony collapse  which killed six Irish students in Berkeley, California: Fr Brendan McBride said he was heartbroken for the suffering of the families of those affected by the tragedy. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/EPA

Ceremony also pays tribute to those who were shot dead at South Carolina church

Relatives of Eoghan Culligan, Lorcán Miller, Niccolai Schuster and Eimear Walsh return to Dublin

 One of the many messages and flowers left near the scene of a fourth-floor balcony collapse on June 16th. Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

The families of four students whose remains are returning to Dublin thank people for their support

Mourners at the funeral of cousins Ashley Donohoe (22) and Olivia Burke (21)  at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cotati, California.

Funeral held in northern California, near home of Ashley

Mourners arrive at a vigil for four Irish students who died when a Berkeley apartment balcony collapsed on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Oakland California. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP

Grieving families, friends and strangers attend Oakland church where four of the six Irish J-1 students lay in repose

Ireland’s Ambassador Anne Anderson to the US said she would have preferred if the New York Times had removed from its website an article on the Berkeley tragedy, which she called ‘insensitive’.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish envoy Anne Anderson complained to newspaper of ‘inaccurate, insensitive’ piece

The bodies of the first four students to be returned to Ireland will be on the Aer Lingus flight from San Francisco leaving at 5.20pm today. Photograph:  Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Bodies of students to arrive home as of Sunday morning

Men place candles at a memorial during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in California. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Obama’s arrival in San Francisco airport lead to change of plans for vigil

Silent tribute: a vigil in Berkeley for the six Irish students who died and others who were injured when a balcony collapsed at a birthday party. Photograph: Josh EdelsonAFP/Getty

In the small hours of Tuesday the phones of hundreds of Irish students in California began to buzz. Most families back home experi(...)

Mr Deenihan was accompanied by the parents of three of the students who died on Tuesday - Marie and Gerry Culligan, parents of Eoghan (21), Jim and Patricia Walsh, parents of Eimear (21), and Kenneth and Sinead Miller, parents of Lorcán (21). Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

Emotional scenes as Jimmy Deenihan joins families, friends of victims at memorial

Workers looking at the broken joists of a fourth storey balcony that collapsed and killed six Irish students on Tuesday. One of the first emergency service personnel to arrive at the scene  compared what he saw to the aftermath of a bombing. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Emergency service personnel compares site to a movie or the aftermath of a bombing

A woman views a memorial for the six Irish students who lost their lives after a balcony gave way in Berkeley, California. The balcony builder may face charges   if investigators find shoddy workmanship caused the  collapse.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Investigators examine whether shoddy workmanship was behind fatal collapse

Philip Grant, the Consul General of Ireland for the western United States has described the New York Times article about the Berkeley tragedy that offended many Irish as ‘hurtful’.

Philip Grant read article in airport while waiting for families of those killed and injured

 President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence  at Dublin’s Mansion House for six students who died at Berkeley. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Medical staff are closely monitoring two Irish women still in a critical condition

Claire Raftery, a former Dubliner now living in San Francisco, stands during a special Mass for the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse in Oakland, California. Photograph: Reuters

Fr Aidan McAleenan visits two of the injured, Conor Flynn and Jack Halpin, in hospital

Young women  hold candles during a vigil at the  Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center Park to mourn the loss of six Irish students who died in an early Tuesday morning in the Berkeley balcony collapse. Photograph: Getty

Irish J-1 students from San Francisco Bay Area light candles beside photos of victims

Mourners place flowers at the scene of the balcony collapse near the University of California Berkeley campus. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

McAleese protests to New York Times over report referring to ‘drunken partying’

From top left to bottom right: Aoife Beary, Niall Murray, Clodagh Cogley, Jack Halpin, Hannah Waters and Seán Fahey.

Two of seven injured in collapse remain in critical condition, according to Consul General

Workers remove part of the fourth floor balcony that fell off at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley. Seven supporting beams gave way. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP

Priest from Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre tells of efforts to comfort students

 One of the many messages left near the scene of a fourth-floor balcony collapse in Berkeley on  June 16th which killed  six Irish students and seriously injured seven others.

Two of injured remain in critical condition,families of the students start to arrive in US

Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States (L) helps Neil Sands, President of the Irish Network Bay Area, lay an Irish flag atop two wreaths at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California, on Tuesday. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Visibly shaken young Irish people bring mementos to the scene at 2020 Kittredge Street

The scene of a balcony collapse at Library Gardens Apartments in downtown Berkeley, California where at least six Irish students were killed. Photograph: AP

Irish man reports hearing screams as balcony collapsed in Berkeley

 Friends of the victims stand outside as they survey the scene in Berkeley.  Photograph: EPA/Peter Dasilva

Niccolai Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke, Ashley Donohoe and Lorcán Miller confirmed dead in California

Republican US presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Miami on Monday. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Campaign branding avoids family name as presidential hopeful runs on Florida record

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at Roosevelt Island for her first rally since she announced her 2016 US presidential candidacy. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Democratic frontrunner pitches message of shared prosperity at first campaign rally

Sean Dunne and  Gayle Killilea picturedin 2013. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Hotel was part of €100m in assets transferred from Seán Dunne, South Africa court hears

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at her first campaign rally at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, New York City,  on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Second-time candidate pitches populist economic message in maiden campaign speech

US President Barack Obama walks through a hallway after meeting with House Democrats at the US Capitol  in Washington. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President suffers defeat after his party spurns personal plea for his trade agenda

President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP Rachel Dolezal. Ms Dolezal’s parents have claimed that she has been falsely portraying herself as black. Photograph: Spokane NAACP website

President of Spokane chapter Rachel Dolezal under fire following claims she is white

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi in Tehran in September 2013. Rezaian, a dual Iranian-American citizen, has been been jailed since July last year on charges including espionage. Photograph: EPA/STR

Today is US-born ‘Washington Post’ correspondent Jason Rezaian’s 326th day in jail

 Hillary Clinton is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, polling well ahead of three other candidates: Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor, Irish-American Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, the former governor of Rhode Island. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

Irish Democrats will host event to mark official start of Clinton’s bid for White House

Former US president Bill Clinton speaking during the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards dinner in New York City last week. Photograph: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Former president said he would not accept cash for speeches if his wife wins in 2016

Fall of Ramadi raises questions about strategy of avoiding using ground troops

Gayle Killilea:  The ruling by Connecticut District Court  is a setback for  her  in the long-running American legal actions between her and husband  and her husband’s trustee and creditors. Photograph: Collins/Courts

Seán Dunne's wife argued for district court to hear case over transfers

Aisling Brady McCarthy watches as her attorney addresses the court during a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, May 19th, 2015. File photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Aisling Brady McCarthy: US court told medical examiner needs at least another 30 days

New York governor Andrew Cuomo outside the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. More than 200 local, state and federal law enforcement officials set up roadblocks, took to the air and went door-to-door in their search for Richard Matt (48) and David Sweat (34). Photograph: Reuters

Manhunt widens for two murderers following ‘Shawshank’-style jail escape

Hillary Clinton at Texas Southern University, Houston, where she delivered her most aggressive speech since she announced she was running for president.  Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP Photo

America Letter: Democratic frontrunner says minorities are disenfranchised by rules

Former Texas governor Rick Perry at the announcement in Dallas yesterday of his candidacy for US president in 2016. Photograph:  Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Former Texas governor Rick Perry becomes 10th Republican and 14th overall to declare

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Latest half-yearly filing shows $52,288 of US money spent for party in Northern Ireland

The burial of Liam Flynn at Arlington National Cemetery. Photograph: Marty Katz

US special forces marine sergeant Liam Flynn, a native of Co Kildare, died in crash

Sgt Liam Flynn (33), originally from Clane in Co Kildare, was killed on March 10th when the military helicopter he was travelling in crashed in a coastal area near Pensacola off Florida’s Panhandle. Photograph: Reuters

Army investigators find that flight crew disobeyed order by flying in dense fog off Florida

Irish-Americans urge Northern Ireland parties to accept cuts

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell: wanted the Patriot Act’s bulk collection to be extended for another five years Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Patriot Act, the Freedom Act and the US Senate row explained

JK Rowling: had row  on Twitter with Westboro Baptist Church after suggesting that if Harry Potter’s Dumbledore  and Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf were to wed, they could marry in Ireland following the referendum. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Wizard wedding set for Sunday following JK Rowling’s war of words with Kansas group

Revisiting Juno and the Paycock: Joe Dowling  rehearsing Seán O’Casey’s play with cast members at the Guthrie Theater. Photograph: Joan Marcus

After two decades in Minneapolis the outspoken former director of the Abbey Theatre is planning his next act

The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland. Key provisions of the US Patriot Act expired early on Monday after the Senate failed to prevent their lapse, plunging US national security efforts into potential disarray as the country faces persistent extremist threats. Photograph: AFP

Senators fail to pass surveillance powers bill as libertarian Rand Paul blocks extension

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley waves to the crowd with his wife, Katie, after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Maryland. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Irish-American makes pledge to ‘rebuild the American Dream’ for emerging generation

Democratic US presidential candidate and former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland May 30, 2015. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Former Baltimore mayor blames city’s civil unrest on poverty in the US, not his policies

Vanya Shivashankar (13) and Gokul Venkatachalam (14) hold up the trophy after jointly winning the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. The competition is dominated by children of Indian descent. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Literacy skills on show highlight cultural differences among US children

Farhiyo Mohamed, stepsister of Abdirahman Yasin Daud; Farhiyo Mohamed, mother of Mohamed Farah; Imam Hassan Mohamud; and Sadik Warfa, deputy director of the Global Somali Diaspora, at a press conference at the Islamic Da’wah Institute in St Paul. Daud and Farah, Somali men from Minnesota, are among six men charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State militants. Photograph: Simon Carswell

FBI tactics to catch IS volunteers may be stealthy, but the youth are being radicalised

Cuba’s president Raul Castro shakes hands with US president Barack Obama : Cuba was added to the terror list in 1982 after the US accused it of supporting terrorist groups in Latin America, including the Revolutionary Armed Forced of Colombia, Farc. Photograph:Jonathan Ernst

Taking Cuba off list paves way for restoration of diplomatic ties with US

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1999-2007, allegedly paid an individual from his hometown of Yorkville $3.5 million (€3.2 million) to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct”. File photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Republican accused of evading banking laws over alleged payment of hush money

In a US court filing, David Drumm challenged the assertion by Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly Anglo, this month, that it “would be hard to imagine a more dishonest debt.”

Lawyers say most of bankruptcy judge's findings 'influenced unduly' by dislike of ex-Anglo chief

Gayle Killilea: asked to move her bankruptcy case to district court. Photograph: Collins Courts

Official claims developer’s wife wants case moved because judge is familiar with them

The fight over the sweeping domestic spying powers, revealed in media leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has moved to the Senate where majority leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans want the Patriot Act bulk collection extended until 2020. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Lawmakers tussle on NSA’s bulk phone collection before authority expires

Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after Republican governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to ban the death penalty was overridden. Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

US state is 19th to repeal and first conservative state in 42 years to ban the punishment

The 12 alleged criminal schemes at the centre of the long-running conspiracy include plots to rig the bidding for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2011 Fifa presidential elections and the 2016 Centennial Cop America, scheduled to be played in the US. Photograph: EPA

Charging of 14 marks culmination of three-year inquiry

FIFA officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on Wednesday. The US has filed federal charges alleging corruption over two decades. Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times

Suspects face 47 criminal counts for accepting bribes of more than $150m

US vice-president Joe Biden said that more than 1.2 million Irish voters “took a courageous stand for love and family when they overwhelmingly chose marriage equality”. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US vice-president says Irish recognised truth that everyone is entitled to respect in vote

Panti raises her arms with supporters for same-sex marriage at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images.

New York Times says Ireland has given a ‘powerful boost to the quest for gay equality’

Caitlin Vennard and Cormac McGrady at Yosemite National Park in California in 2012. McGrady is now unable to visit his American wife’s family in the US because he is banned from the country.

America Letter: Married Irish-American couple feel the full force of the hardline US immigration system

Stephanie Roche has been released from her deal with American side Houston Dash. Photograph: Inpho

Puskas award runner-up released months into deal to free up space in the Dash squad

A frame grab from an undated video reportedly shows Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden watching TV at his compound in Pakistan. Newly-released documents show bin Laden owned books by Noam Chomsky and Bob Woodward, among others. Photograph: US Department of Defence/AFP/Getty Images

US releases more documents seized in 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy  listens to her lawyer prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Ms  McCarthy is accused of killing a child in her care in 2013. Photograph: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool

Aisling Brady McCarthy (36) charged over death of baby in her care in Massachusetts

All nine fatalities of Sunday’s shootout were members of the Bandidos or Cossacks biker gangs and the injured suffered stab or gunshot wounds and, in some cases, both Photograph: Jerry Larson/ AP

Rival gangs clash in Waco in bloody dispute over territory and recruitment

The farmhouse in west Limerick where the couple were found dead by burglars. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Criminal gang knew they would have left forensic evidence and been implicated

Lindsey Graham, a three-term senator from South Carolina, cited the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation for his decision to run. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina senator is party’s seventh presidential candidate in fast-growing field

In 2004, Tyrone native Julia Holmes, known in the US by her married name Julia Parrish, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on December 1st, 2003, one of 12 criminal charges she faced. She was eventually deported from the US to Northern Ireland in 2006 after serving time in prison. File photograph: PSNI/PA Wire

Tyrone native promised investors return of more than 400% on Irish property

Martin O’Malley, who is expected to announce his candidacy for US president shortly. Photograph: Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images

Probable contender for Democratic presidential nomination will speak in Dublin after delay over Baltimore violence

Conservative author Peter Schweizer, a former speechwriter for Republican president George W Bush, has claimed in his book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” that Hillary Clinton made policy decisions while US secretary of state that benefited donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Businessman referred to in one of ‘seven to eight factual corrections’ in updated version

A tornado in Cisco, Texas, last week. Photograph: Brian Khoury/Reuters

In Tornado Alley, chasing twisters is a risky hobby verging on a death wish

 Seán Dunne and his wife Gayle Killilea at their home in Ballsbridge back in 2008. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Seán Dunne and Gayle Killilea have been in battle with creditors for almost three years

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm with his wife Lorraine Drumm. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Bank rejects former Anglo chief David Drumm’s grounds for appeal on debts

Dzokhar Tsarnaev (21), was convicted of 30 federal charges relating to the twin bombings that killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 other people near the marathon’s finish line on April 15th, 2013.

Jury rejects defence argument that attacker was under influence of brother

Gayle Killilea:  Filed emergency motions seeking a jury trial in the district court rather than in the bankruptcy court in the US. Photograph: Collins

Developer’s wife wants trial moved out of bankruptcy court

 Dodging the Iraq issue, Jeb Bush said that “talking about hypotheticals” did a disservice to those who served there.  Photograph: Alvin Baez/Reuters

Ex-governor overshadowed by brother’s record as rival touts foreign policy expertise

 Hillary Clinton’s 1979 interview: the then first lady of Arkansas shared her views on the benefits of being young in elected office, privacy in public life and the strains on “a political marriage”.

Then 32-year-old first lady of Arkansas discusses benefits of being young in public office

 Wilbur Ross: The New York investor  sold a 5.5 % stake in Bank of Ireland for €477 million in June 2014, three years after buying into the lender. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

US investor who netted windfall on Bank of Ireland not interested in ‘healthy’ banks

Children play near the final hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP

US journalist claims al-Qaeda leader held for five years by Pakistani intelligence

 Emergency personnel man a barricade near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, DC to New York that derailed  in north Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At least five people were killed and more than 50 others were injured in the crash. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

US investigators examine black box data after accident that killed at least seven

David Drumm and his wife Lorraine leaving court in Boston during his bankruptcy trial last year. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Any attempt to extradite ex-Anglo chief from US could drag on for years

 King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

As Gulf leaders decline to travel, US president must juggle competing interests in region

Barack Obama is trying to quell strong opposition from the Democratic Party’s left flank, including trade union core supporters, who fear the effect of international deals on American jobs. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/EPA

Democrats vote against considering giving president fast-track authority to negotiate deals

The programme will see students return to Kylemore Abbey for the first time since the closure of the boarding school there six years ago.

US university is signing 30-year lease to start summer programme in Connemara

Hillary Clinton poses with students and teachers after taking part in a roundtable discussing immigration in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

The Democrat candidate’s commitment to immigration reform is a sign of the times

US Senator George Mitchell, pictured at Queen’s University,  Belfast last month, was a special guest at the  American Ireland Fund’s New York gala. Photograph: Paul McErlan/EPA

Philanthropic organisation’s 40th annual gala raises money for Irish causes, and honours NI peace architect Senator George Mitche(...)

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