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>> good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm thomas drayton. here are the top stories we are following. it's day 14 of the search for the missing malaysia airlines plane. search crews are focussing on the southern indian ocean. last night the australian government released images of objects 1500 miles off the australian coast. nothing has been found. the white house announced sanctions against russia. president obama signed an executive order allowing the u.s. authorities to impose sanctions on key sectors of russia's economy. the sanctions will have a painful financial impact. in texas authorities arrested five people after finding one of
the biggest human smuggling rings. 150 people were crammed inside a suspected stash house in houston. authorities say they came from central america and are believed to have entered the u.s. illegally. >> nine are dead after a hotel shooting in the capital of kaboom. four gunmen attacked a restaurant inside the serena hotel. three women, two children and four foreigners were killed in the shooting. a 16-year-old boy who climbed to the top of new york city's one world trade center has been charged with trespassing. officials say he sneaked on to the construction site, passed a guard who has been forward. those are the headlines, "america tonight" is next. possible clue about the fate of malaysia air 370. australian researchers take the
lead. underwater experts stand ready to go down deep. >> at what point is it too late for you guys to get involved? >> i think it's more than issue of whether it's too early. i say that because the search area is so huge. >> also soldier against soldier. a "america tonight" investigation into assault. men and women. >> a battle of giants. california's greatest and oldest residents face encroachment by a valuable and growing new
neighbour. >> good evening, thanks for being with us. i'm joie chen. what may - and we emphasise may - be a breakthrough in the search for malaysia airlines flight mh370. it's friday morning, two weeks since the flight disappeared. search teams are over a remote part of the indian ocean, where australian satellites spotted two objects that could be from the aircraft. it's not known how far it may have drifted, but they then may be able to trace where the black boxes might be. scientists from woods hall massachusetts are standing by. they, too, have been following every development since word of the plane's disappearance came in. >> my first thought about that is that that was very sad, because maybe that confirms that the plane crashed into the
ocean, and it will eliminate hope for the families. >> when it comes to underwater mysteries, solving complicated cases is one of mike's specialities. >> from the standpoint of helpful. >> he's the principal engineer at woodshall institution, tucked along the massachusetts coast. scientists and engineers are responsible for locating the wrecked "titanic" ship, and in 2011 discovering remnants of a missing airbus, air france flight 447, lost in the depths of the atlantic ocean since 2009. they have been following developments in the above ground search for the missing malaysian flight mh370. >> this is different to the air france situation where we had better knowledge about what
happened to the plane. the search air from the air france accident was more straught forward or easier to define than the situation we have now. they had a last-known position, and they were confident the plane went into water within 4.5 minutes. >> purcell helped to develop the technology used to track the air floor. >> this is an autonomous underwater building and his name is rem us 6,000, because he can go to a depth of 6,000 metres. it's like an underwater drone. sno >> the unmanned craft moves back and forwards like a lawn mower and can eventually be of use in the search for malaysia airlines flight mh370. >> the technology could be valuable, especially if it's
determined that the debris site could be located in areas where the sea floor is rough. the vehicles are very good. it's navigating in that kind of terrain. the submarine is equipped with sonar. it bounces off the ocean floor and the vehicle records the returning sound signals, mapping the area. >> different things reflect sound - whether it's sand, mud, rocks, and manmade objects. so we can say, "this is the crash site." sometimes we think rocks are possible, so any time we see a potential target we'll program the vehicle on the next mission to swim to that same location, and in this case it swims close to the sea floor, 10 metres, 30 feet or so, and takes pictures.
>> the search for air france was lengthy. in 2010 purcell and his crew searched with no luck. another attempt, with three vehicles around the clock, took more than a week before they found what seemed to be the plane. >> it's fun to be on a little hunt out there on the water to try to find something. >> it gets your pulse going a little bit. >> they sent the sub back underwater to take the photographs that confirmed it. practical. >> it becomes practical once they get more information that would narrow the search area. >> the search area in the air france case was specific - about 5,500. investigators had a clue within days where the planent down. >> purcell says any debris in the ocean currently could be pushed by the ocean.
>> the search area on the surface is huge. it's not practical to do that vehicles. it would take the rest of my lifetime and part of the my next one to conduct the search. >> even if the safe area shrinks soon, purcell says the process of underwater searching will take a while. it could be months before a crew see. >> you sort of have to plan out the whole process, and we'd try to get information about the sea floor in that area. we try to define what the search area is going to be, project how long it would take for us to look. it will not happen today, tomorrow or next book. it will be probably months before we would be able to be out there conducting a search. >> purcell stands by, continuing his work, and keeping an eye on
the mystery he may one day be tasked with trying to solve. >> search already a daunting task. what do you do with evidence that is found. rick gillespie is the executive director for the international recovery. i know you have worked as an aviation investigator yourself. talk to us a little bit about this. if this is debris from the aircraft, how significant is this. is it a matter of size or the nature of the material that will investigators? >> well, in terms of identifying this piece of wreckage, if that's what it is, as being from this missing airplane, it could be as simple as the paint. there could be part of the aircraft's paint job visible. assuming we are not that lucky, they'll look at the way the aircraft was instructed and
whether this piece of debris fits that pattern. a piece of debris from an airplane is like a fingerprint of the airplane. they are all a little different. looking at the structure should airplane. >> you say a finger print, is that defined by the metal urgy of the plane, or do you have to be able to identify if this is part of the fuselage of the plane or doesn't it matter? >> it doesn't matter what part of the plane it is from if you identify it. if one piece of the plane is there, the rest of it is there. what you look at is what kind of material is it. if there's aluminum, the rivets, the size, the pattern. all the plane types are different in subtle ways. if you have a complex piece of wreckage, you can find out what kind of aeroplane it's from. >> in this case we are working
up to the second week of the search. certainly whatever it is would have travelled some significance in the ocean currents as well. is there a way to tell how far, how fast it comes from another location and decipher where the wreckage occurred. >> once you found something that you know is a piece of noting wreckage, you get as much information as you can about how the current work in that area. now, wreckage on the surface may go in a different direction than wreckage that sank. it takes a long time for something to sink to the depths we are talking about and not infrequently the currents at depth in the ocean run in a different direction to the currents on the surface, it's a complicated problem. >> and then they'd have to bring the material back to some sort of shaw to analyse it further. >> absolutely, and if you find
enough material, you rebuild the aeroplane. that's been done. it's a long way down the road. >> we hope this is a first step. rick gillespie a director for the group historical aircraft recovery. appreciate you being with us. >> on one of the other big stories the world has been following - a day after russia officially annexed crimea the united states is ratcheting up sanctions against the country. president obama on thursday announced another round of targeted sanctions adding 20 more influential russians and a bank. >> i signed a new executive order giving us the authority to impose sanctions not just on individuals but key sectors of the russian economy. this is not our preferred outcome. the sanctions would not only have a significant impact on the russian economy but be disruptive to the global economy.
russia must know that further escalation will only isolate it community. >> russia, though, was quick to hit back with its own restrictions, banning a number of u.s. lawmakers and officials from visiting that country, including house speaker john boehner, senator john mccain and jerry reid. ban ki-moon is in the region trying to mediate the crisis and met with vladimir putin at the creme lkremlinand will head to kiev. >> the situation is tense as everyone comes to terms with the new status. as many crimeans are celebrating, some are feeling unwelcome. nick schifrin with the story. >> investigative journal irina sedova lives for her family and her country.
thanks to her work the world saw the russian troops going through the city of kerch and that set up checkpoints. for exposing the russian invasion she received a scorn of pro-russian activists. she was determined to continue her work. >> this man lives for his home. he has been building it for eight years. water. he makes up for the lack of amenities with hospitality, even for strangers walking in from the cold. >> thank you so much for letting us into your home. here. nice to be inside. >> he lives in a community
created by and for minority crimean tartars. >> 70 years ago, as seen in the tv movie, soviet soldiers deported his parents and 250,000 muslim tatars. he was born in exile, returning to his homeland 25 years ago. he's proceed of what he and his community have accomplished. >> the tatars fear the government and attacks like this. vandals. the new government is arguing the neighbour hood is illegal. authorities threatened to evict them from land promised to them,
to save her family she felt she had to leave them because her work had made them a target. >> irina sedova feels she's lost her freedom of speech, and talit, the right to live in his homeland. russia calls crimea part of the motherland, a motherland were not all are welcome. >> after the break - our special segment.
there's more to it, a decision that could mean a second chance life. >> i here a lot of people saying gangs, gangs, gangs. my destiny was written when i was born into a chaotic family. being born into this, as many others are every day, our life is written for us. >> we met adoll foe davis on this program. we find out why an illinois supreme court ruling may change your his destiny. >> and later the balance of the californian giants, the great red woods versus the fine red wines. why in these vast vistas, there may not be enough room for both.
>> a decision from the illinois supreme court aims to right a great wrong. juveniles, many just children, were given mandatory life sentences without the chance of parole, judges with no discretion to consider outside factors. this ruling vacates the mandatory sentences and orders new sentencing hearings. more than 100 people get a second chance to make their case. there's more to it. in an exclusive prison interview, the man whose case interviewed. >> in october 1, 9903, members of chicago's gangster disciples set out to settle a score. the youngest, two months past davis. >> a lot of people say "the gangs, gangs, gangs", my destiny
was written when i was born into a chaotic family. being born into it, like many others every day, our life is written for us >> in the turf war that followed two rival gang members were shot dead. it was never proven that davis fired a gun, he was tried as an adult and convicted of double murder. the law was clear and um compromising, if you are part of a group this commits murder, you are a murder. the double homicide required the judge to impose the harshest of sentences - life without the possibility of parole. the 14-year-old boy was sentenced to life imprison. >> i heard the life, but i didn't understand that meant i was going to die in prison. >> 23 years after the night of violence that put him away, davis sits behind bars at maximum security correctional center in crestville illinois.
>> i see people walk out of here every day. so i'll always have hope that my day will come. >> father dave kelly med a young adolfo davis when he was locked up at 14, barely 5 feet tall and over 100 pounds. impression? >> he was scared, but he was a strong little guy. there wasn't food and all the things a kid growing up needed so he found it on the outside. as he got older he hung out with older guys in the gang, and they took care of him, because he was a likeable kid. >> they gave me a roof, i was eating, getting $365 for looking out for the police. i'm like, "man, this is" - that was like heaven. >> davis's unstable family life was well documented by the illinois department of children and family services. the juvenile court acknowledged
that he'd fallen through the cracks of the child welfare system. that didn't stop him being sent to an adult course. prosecutors argued that davis could have stood there with his hands in his pictures but he is still guilty of home invasion. in 1993 a jury found davis guilty of double murder. no matter the circumstances, the court was required to give him a mandatory life sentence. how long did it take to process that you would be here for the rest of your life? >> honestly i went to the residence center, probably then >> we are not days. >> years. i was in my 20s. >> what is your biggest fear? >> dying in prison. >> why? >> because it's i don't want this to be the last thing i see.
there's a whole beautiful world nightmare. >> what do you think it will be like if you go get out, and outside. >> i thing about that every day. it's like, you know how you've never been to prison, so when you're out there and you are you don't want to go to prison, all the terror is reverse. this is all i know. >> if he is released, adelfo davis will walk into a world that is transformed. in others, it's exactly the same. the poverty rate in national park where davis grew up was the highest in the nation, and remains so today. the streets are filled with hungry kids going desperate things to survive. at least now the court will have to listen to their stories before passing judgment.
>> we spoke to davis's attorney, and she told us unless the state of illinois appeals the ruling to the supreme court, adolfo davis should get a new sentencing hearing this summer. >> after the break an american tonight exclusive. sexual assault in the military - men and women who say they've been victims, and the pentagon let them down. their new and novel approach to seeking justice our investigation is
headlines. known for his protest at military funerals. fred phelps died. his protests were protected speech, despite opposition. >> 87 survivors of the east harlem blast received compensation after losing their ohms. eight died following of the explosion. >> the federal government fined a port arthur texas company $350,000 for releasing hazardous pollutants into the air. flint hills resources, a fuel and chemical refining company has been ordered to refit its systems. port arthur has a high concentration of oil refineries. >> a misconduct days, brigadier general jeffrey sinclair ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, but facing no prison time.
this is a controversial says, and many sexual assault victims and advocates are crying foul. the case and the military justice system and how it handles the cases are now on trial. in a "america tonight" report, lori jane gli har speaks to a service woman about her ordeal. >> not having completed by service, the opportunities taken, and the backlash from friends and family when i got home. all of that was difficult. >> jessica kenyon spent a year serving as a private in the army, with a brief deployment to korea. although her time in the military was short, it was long enough to leave her with pain. mental scars. she says she was sexually
harassed by a military instructor, and in two unrelated incidents she claims she was raped. in one case she said a national guard soldier raped her when she was home for the holidays. >> i was attacked in my mother's car when he was walking me out. i opened the car to throw my purse in. so that was that. kenyon's story, and those of 19 others, are detailed in an 8 # page petition filed with the inter-american commission on human rights. the cogoal to promote and protect human rights. it alleges the united states and department of defense violated each partitioners human right by failing to investigate properly sexual assault offenses and adequate
matters. >> the joke was we were there to defend the constitution that doesn't apply to us, but we accept that. at the same time it was unfair to have crime victims of any sort be treated as perpetrators. >> when kenyon reported the harassment and her first rape she said she was told to put the accusations on the backburner and that it could be used against her. kenyon said the culture within the military made it difficult for her to cope. >> my whole life was terrible, because i had the reputation of reporting people. i was the one aust ra sized. >> the united states government has an obligation to protect citizens from attacks to their person and integrity. that includes sexual assault. >> cory callibris. >> is an attorney ay that helped fire the case.
she hopes it will help military do what it was avoiding. there's literally no other remedy for them. other than going to an commission. >> marine stephanie schroder is a petitioner calling for action. she was physically abused and raped by a co-worker. she was labelled a trouble maker and command did not punish her rapist. in another - soldier blake stevens was repeatedly assaulted, including when a bottle of soda was shoved into his rech tum.
the petition says the soldiers had to do extra push-ups. >> international law said rape is a form of torture, especially committed by government actors. we have other military members who raped other military members, and a u.s. government who did not intervene. >> part of what has been alleged is the dod refused to implement laws enacted by congress. we have seen action all along, government. >> i think over the past year the u.s. government has, and the u.s. military took some very positive steps to address sexual assault in the military, and i'm not dismissing them. >> when we contacted the department of defense spokesperson about theition petition, he was not aware it was filed. the pentagon said that it had
implemented 21 new systems. >> ltcol katherine kill kin son went on to say: >> jessica kenyon says the still. >> it was enlightening how sealed off and backwards their thinking is, and how archaic their justice system is. >> it's been almost 10 years since kenyon left the military. family is her focus now. and helping other victims of sexual assault. >> so now you do a lot of advocacy work. >> correct. working on things to help survivors. >> no matter what the outcome of this petition, she's not giving
up the fight. >> lori jane gliha joins us how. what happens next in this case? >> this case has not been considered by the commission. in order for them to think about what the petitioners ask for, they have to rule the case admissible. that could take up to a year. the petitioners are patient. they are the same victims that tried and failed to file a civil lawsuit against the department of defense. they are poised to wait. if it is ruled admissible the commission will consider what they asked for, including monetary damages. the number one thing is that the sex assault cases, decisions about them and relating to that, would be taken out of the chain of command. >> we saw in your report that you did try to get an on-camera response from the pentagon, and they didn't give you one, but
gave you a written response. did they grasp the seriousness of what the people are after. does the pentagon understand that is a serious effort from the petitioners. >> it found it really interesting, actually. this petition was filed in late january. "america tonight" seems to have found out about the petition before the department of defense knew about it. when i called to get a comment, i did some quoting out of this document to them, and initially the public affairs officer who answered the phone was "this is insanity", and talked about how much oversight that the military has, and he seemed to find it an insane move. later on they went on to say they would not comment on it specifically, and they gave me a written statement. they have gone out of their way to say, "yes, we have made efforts, we want to do improvements." they say our record shows that we have made progress in this area.
>> "america tonight"'s lori jane gliha. two important stories in the discussion of military sexual assault. joinings us to talk about how the military is handling sexual assault says, retired rear admiral jamie barnett. a lawyer in the case against brigadier general jeffrey sinclair. you have talked to the accuser in the case. can you give us a view of what her reaction is? >> she's been very brave throughout this. she was devastated. her sense of justice was to be able to speak openly in court and for him to be held accountable. the first happened but the second did not. >> so a $20,000 fine. >> a $20,000 fine and a reprimand which is closed because he's retiring, it's the equivalent of being sent to the principal's office.
this is a general that plead guilty to obinstruction of justice, criminal cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates, three inappropriate relationships with women, pornography - it goes on - 14 different counts. in no sense can it be seen as justice. i'm afraid it reveals an attitude that there needs it be structural and legal changes that only congress can address. >> you heard lori jane gliha's story, with individuals who fear they can't receive justice, because you can't sue the military - so what does this say about the broader culture? >> the army came up with the special victims counsel process, it wasn't at the beginning. the reasons i'm in the case is at one time she did not have an attorney provided by the army. there's a lot of people within the military that things it was
a consensual relationship. when you have a commanding general, officer, making sexual advances towards a subordinate, it's sexual abuse in the beginning, and it needs to be process. >> i get the impression that you are generally offended about these case, the idea of a commanding officer and a subordinate. >> that's right. these women have been victimized. we care about them and the laws to protect them. the fact is brigadier general jeffrey sinclair damaged the military. he hurts the unit he commanded. it takes away from cohesion, distracts from what we need to do. we need to make our military bigger, better, stronger by addressing this head on, making sure that we realise that this is sexual abuse. >> you said this could only be done if capitol hill makes change your. >> that may be it. our military leaders recognise
that there is a problem. today, the army is perceived through the judge's senate, and what that tells victims is chilling. my client came forward and went through the ordeal of the last two years, where the defense was veilifying her, because she wanted to make sure that women who came after her wouldn't go through this. now i don't know if that's the case. if not. the senior letters and the people in capitol hill need to address this. >> people are trying to move forward on that front. thank you for being with us. >> after the black on "america tonight", an al jazeera exclusive. we preview an inside look at the taliban today. the taliban's fighters - how dangerous is their force now, and does the world have reason to fear the taliban today. a rare view in a documentary
>> these protestors have decided that today they will be arrested >> these people have chased a president from power, they've torn down a state... >> what's clear is that people don't just need protection, they need assistance. >> is it a new sign of trouble. taliban suicide bombers stormed a police station in eastern afghanistan killing at least 10 police officers. this assault comes in a wave of increased taliban violence intended to disrupt the upcoming presidential elections there.
taliban's strength in afghanistan has been rising since 2005. they control large parts of the county. al jazeera's "faultline" gained access to a group of taliban fighters, and got a rare glimpse inside the insurgency. >> as u.s. forces prepare to pull out of afghanistan after 12 long years, al jazeera's "faultline"s travelled there. the taliban fighters are running towards the base, trying to raid the base. over several days we gained extraordinary access to a group fighters. >> the mortars are landing in the areas that we are. it was an insight, in part at least, into what the war in
afghanistan looks like - from the other side. . >> the fighter jet is in the air, looking for targets. >> kabul, afghanistan. afghan president hamid karzai's refusing to sign a treaty leaving a small n.a.t.o. force in the country. if nothing changes, all foreign forces will leave by the end of this year. in secret hamid karzai has been negotiating with the taliban to avoid a full-blop civil war -- full-blown civil war.
since 2005 the taliban has clawed back territory, dominating a large part of the county. approximately an hour's drive, over the mountains is logar, and there there is a war going on. i wanted to see what the war looked like to the other side. in the district, a region that has seen many clashes in recent years. through trusted sources we contacted the taliban there. i hoped it would offer a rare glimpse inside the insurgency. we were told that we would get a phone call if a few days. >> i'm on my way to see what the taliban are up against. i'll visit a training center for the afghan national army. >> while the national army is around 2,000 strong, it's reported to be plagued with
disassertions and low moral. this is the last line of defense. all that stands between the city and the taliban. will the army be strong enough when the leave? >> the task of the ana is to provide an environment of security that an allow the communities and the economies to function. so creating that environment is tough. >> the commander insists they are ready for anything. >> at the end of the day the afghan army has greater fire power and resources.
if n.a.t.o. troops are not on the ground they are supported by american patronage. all the factors, i think, will mean that the afghan army will be able to control the major population centres, like kabul and provincial capitals. >> after three days we received the call we'd been waiting for. at the moment we are crossing the last checkpoint, leaving kabul. actually, i'm a bit nervous, because last time i tried to embed with ipp surge ents in -- insurgents in afghanistan, the taliban in he'll misunderstand, i was problem he'll misunderstand i was kidnapped. it was two years ago. they kidnapped me and demanded a ransom. i was lucky i got away.
i hope i don't end up in the same situation. the u.s. military tried to tame this district for years. the afghan army has bases in the area, but i was told they rarely go outside. 40 minutes after leaving kaboom, and we were in taliban country. a little further on westerly met by a taliban fighter who drove ahead of us on a motorbike. i was taken to meet two of their commanders. it was obvious they were planning something big. >> you can see the rest of the report fon "faultlines" tomorrow, that's "on the front lines with the taliban", followed by a special edition of "america tonight",
9: 30 on al jazeera america. >> ahead in our final thoughts - battle between two american >> join us on consider this... >> president jimmy carter joins antonio mora >> my administartion has a very strong human rights element. >> his perspective on the conflicts facing the world in the state of america. on al jazeera america
the red woods. sheila macvicar reports. threat. >> in the hills of this county grapes are grown in the shadow of redwood, the towering tree. >> they try to get up as quickly as possible. >> chris paulman moved here to live quietly in nature. for the past 12 years they have fought to stop a spanish-owned winery from bulldozing the trees to grow more grapes. >> if they could speak, i am sure they'd be screaming. >> as temperatures heat up, wine makers are aggressively trying to carve vineyards out of coastal areas to keep up with booming demand. paulman is not against wine, just the distrction of a valuable
eco system that cleans the air and supports an abundance of wildlife. >> it's ironic that they come to escape higher temperatures and plant on the coast. the thing they are doing is cutting down the trees and making the whole global climate change situation worse. >> redwoods are the oldest trees. it's estimated they used to cover 2 million acres of california. 96% have been lost to logging. half of what remains are protected. trees here are not old growth, one dreads stand between 50 and 80 feet tall. >> there are a number of trees. forest. >> sam singer is the spokesman
for the vineyard and winery and said the company propose the move in 2001, long before climate change hit the industry. >> we have owned the property for 15 years. the desire was to take a distressed apple orchard and turn it into vineyards and make chardonnay. >> this is a biologist that studies land conversion. lax state regulations allowed for a surge in forest and agriculture convergens. >> that you minimise the impact, everyone is having a little impact. it's nobody's responsibility, right. we tend to hesitate to have government play the role. >> she is alarmed that coastal lands are brought up by wine makers, including tracks that had not been formed. >> in 1990, the coastal country
had several hundred acres of vip yard. today there are more than 2500 and counting. >> it's hard to see the conversion that goes on. it goes on in a desire. you don't drive by the hillside, you have to get in a plane and fly over them. >> a recent study by the national academy of science predicts the global warming will impact the areas, forcing the wine-making industry to move to other areas. the gloomy forefast confirms what others are thinking. >> we are seeing the impacts of some kind of climate change. what we see first are extremes, which, to me, is a change your to come later on. >> mike started his winery in the heart of knappa valley more than 30 years ago and has built
a reputation for environmentally friendly practices and disruptive land conversions are to be avoided. >> think of wipe as a portrait of what happens on the property and in that year. the portrait will be blurry if it comes from an environment that is poor. if it comes from a healthy environment, you can get hd. benzigger's operation was not always so green. he said it took many years and lots of money to evolve into a business. as wine makers face greater pressure to expand, he's concerned that reckless development could backfire. >> we had bad players give us a bad reputation. it only takes one guy to mess it up for everyone. chris paulman and his neighbours are doing everything they can to keep the bulldozers away.
>> will the world be a better place because we can make coastal pionoirt. i don't think so. you may have a beautiful wine, but what is lost. >> that's it for us, we'll have more "america tonight" tomorrow. >> scared as hell... >> as american troops prepare to leave afghanistan get a first hand look at what life is really like under the taliban. >> we're going to be taken to a place, where they're going to make plans for an attack. >> the only thing i know is, that they say they're not going to withdraw. >> then, immediately after, an america tonight special edition for more inside and analysis. >> why did you decide to go... >> it's extremly important for the western audience to know why these people keep on fighting... ...it's so seldom you get that access to the other side. >> faultlines: on the front lines with the taliban then an america tonight: special edition only on al jazeera america
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