Scott Neuman

Scott Neuman works as a Digital News writer and editor, handling breaking news and feature stories for NPR.org. Occasionally he can be heard on-air reporting on stories for Newscasts and has done several radio features since he joined NPR in April 2007, as an editor on the Continuous News Desk.

Neuman brings to NPR years of experience as an editor and reporter at a variety of news organizations and based all over the world. For three years in Bangkok, Thailand, he served as an Associated Press Asia-Pacific desk editor. From 2000-2004, Neuman worked as a Hong Kong-based Asia editor and correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He spent the previous two years as the international desk editor at the AP, while living in New York.

As the United Press International's New Delhi-based correspondent and bureau chief, Neuman covered South Asia from 1995-1997. He worked for two years before that as a freelance radio reporter in India, filing stories for NPR, PRI and the Canadian Broadcasting System. In 1991, Neuman was a reporter at NPR Member station WILL in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He started his career working for two years as the operations director and classical music host at NPR member station WNIU/WNIJ in DeKalb/Rockford, IL.

Reporting from Pakistan immediately following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Neuman was part of the team that earned the Pulitzer Prize awarded to The Wall Street Journal for overall coverage of 9/11 and the aftermath. Neuman shared in several awards won by AP for coverage of the December 2004 Asian tsunami.

A graduate from Purdue University, Neuman earned a Bachelor's degree in communications and electronic journalism.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Sun July 19, 2015

WATCH: Surfer In South Africa Narrowly Escapes Shark

Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly escapes a shark attack.
World Surfing League

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 1:47 pm

South Africa's coast is well known as the haunt of sharks, particularly the fearsome great white.

Even so, an encounter today between a large shark and Australian surfer Mick Fanning, who was competing in the Jeffreys Bay World Surf League competition (the J-Bay Open), broadcast live on television, has caused a few hearts to skip a beat.

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The Two-Way
7:17 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Cosby, In Sworn Deposition, Says He Paid Women To Keep Affairs Secret

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, in January. Cosby, 77, is facing sexual assault accusations from more than two women, with some of the claims dating back decades.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 10:13 am

The New York Times reports that Bill Cosby, in a sworn deposition made a decade ago, acknowledged that he used drugs and traded on his fame and connections to get women to have sex with him, and then paid money to keep the affairs secret from his wife.

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5:54 am
Sun July 19, 2015

Family Of Chattanooga Shooter Says He Suffered From Depression

This booking photo taken in April and released by the Hamilton County, Tenn., sheriff's office shows a man identified as Mohammod Youssuf Adbulazeez after being detained on suspicion of a driving offense.
AP

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 5:40 pm

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, identified as the gunman who killed five service members at Chattanooga military facilities last week, was suffering from depression, his family says in a statement expressing their "shock, horror, and grief" at the shooting rampage that killed five servicemen.

The statement comes as investigators are reportedly stepping up their investigation into what motivated Abdulazeez, a graduate in engineering from the University of Tennessee, to open fire Thursday on a recruiting center and the Navy Operational Support Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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The Two-Way
1:37 pm
Sat July 18, 2015

Trump Lashes Out At McCain: 'I Like People Who Weren't Captured'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.
Nati Harnik AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took an ongoing feud with Sen. John McCain to a new level today, mocking the former GOP nominee for having been a prisoner of war and calling him a "loser" for failing to win the White House in 2008.

"He was a war hero because he was captured," Trump said at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

"I like people who weren't captured," the current Republican front-runner told political consultant Frank Luntz, who hosted the event.

"He lost and let us down," Trump said. "I've never liked him as much after that."

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9:57 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Iran's Khamenei Signals Approval Of Nuclear Deal With 'Arrogant' U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a sermon during morning prayers for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. He signaled his approval of the nuclear agreement with Western powers but reiterated that Tehran's policy toward the "arrogant" United States would not change.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:39 am

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, signaled his all-important approval of a historic nuclear deal forged with the West, but he portrayed the agreement as having been on Tehran's terms.

"Our policy toward the arrogant U.S. government won't change at all," Khamenei said in televised a speech in Tehran marking Eid, the end of Ramadan.

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8:20 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:49 am

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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7:36 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Sailor Wounded In Chattanooga Attack Dies From Injuries

Yusra Siddiqui, right, and Zoha Ahmad, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, pray during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of Thursdays shootings.
Doug Strickland TNS/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:34 am

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a fifth service member has died of wounds sustained in this week's shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga.

According to a statement released by the Navy Office of Information:

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.

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6:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Scores Killed In Marketplace Bombing In Eastern Iraq

Iraqi workers clean the site of a truck bomb attack that hit the area a day earlier at Khan bani Saad town, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday. At least 115 people were killed in what's described as the single deadliest such attack in the country in a decade.
EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

In the deadliest single attack in a decade in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in eastern Diyala province, killing at least 115 people celebrating the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The self-declared Islamic State reportedly has claimed responsibility.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Putting some spin on the ball.
Veritasium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 2:59 pm

What happens when you drop a regulation Spalding basketball from a 415-foot-high dam? It depends.

For a group from the trick basketball team How Ridiculous who sank a basket from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, it meant landing a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

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12:46 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

NASA's New Pluto Images Point To Geologically Active World

In the center left of Pluto's vast heart-shaped feature – informally named "Tombaugh Regio" — lies a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes.
NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 1:26 pm

Pluto looks to be a far cry from the dead body that many scientists had long presumed. As the New Horizons probe continues to report back from the fringes of the solar system, a word that Mr. Spock might have used sums up the reaction: fascinating.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Fri July 17, 2015

A Year After MH17 Shot Down, Kremlin Rebuffs Call For Tribunal

In Nieuwegein, Netherlands, on Friday, relatives and friends of victims gather in front of a "hedge of compassion" made of thousands of stuffed animals during a commemoration of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
Michael Kooren EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:45 pm

A year after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by what is widely believed to have been a rebel-operated, Russian made surface-to-air missile, ceremonies were held to remember the 298 people killed in the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin has rebuffed calls for a United Nations tribunal to prosecute the suspects behind the July 17, 2014, downing of the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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The Two-Way
6:33 am
Fri July 17, 2015

German Lawmakers Back Greek Bailout Plan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talk during a special meeting of the German parliament over the proposed bailout package for Greece.
Wolfgang Kumm DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 8:40 am

The German parliament has approved the latest bailout for Greece, voting overwhelmingly for the 86 billion euro ($93.65 billion) package aimed at keeping Athens in the eurozone.

Ahead of the vote in the Bundestag, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers of "predictable chaos" if they failed to OK the deal. The final vote was 439 in favor, 119 opposed and 40 abstentions.

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The Two-Way
5:15 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Scott Walker Sidles Into A Crowded GOP Presidential Field

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Western Conservative Summit, hosted by the Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University's think tank, in Denver, last month. Walker is announcing a run for the White House, joining more than a dozen Republicans to enter the 2016 contest.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 4:24 pm

Updated at 6:24 p.m. ET

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10:47 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Djokovic Beats Federer To Hold On To Wimbledon Title

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Roger Federer in the men's singles final at Wimbledon.
Dominic Lipinski PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 4:51 pm

Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Wimbledon singles title against a concerted effort by Roger Federer, who was hoping for a record eighth Wimbledon title.

It is Djokovic's ninth Grand Slam title and third Wimbledon singles championship. He becomes only the eighth man to successfully defend that title.

Djokovic won the first set 7-6, and Federer leveled it in the second, 7-6. The third set was suspended for rain with a score of 3-2 for Djokovic. When play resumed, Djokovic closed out the set by winning it 6-4; he won the last set 6-3.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Sun July 12, 2015

How Close Is 'Close'? Iran And The West Inch Toward Nuclear Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry walks on the terrace of Palais Coburg, the venue for nuclear talks in Vienna, on Sunday.
Leohard Foeger Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 5:02 pm

Updated at 4:20 p.m. ET

The Associated Press reports that negotiators are prepared to announce a historic nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, but the U.S. State Department and some Iranian diplomats are tamping down speculation.

The AP says: "The envoys said a provisional agreement may be reached even earlier — by late Sunday. But they cautioned that final details of the pact were still being worked out and a formal agreement must still be reviewed by leaders in the capitals of Iran and the six world powers at the talks."

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The Two-Way
7:24 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Europe Struggles To Pull Together New Greek Bailout Plan

Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb (right) speaks with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a round table meeting of eurogroup finance ministers in Brussels on Sunday.
Virginia Mayo AP

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 8:33 am

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

European creditors were still trying to forge a new deal with Athens to ward off a collapse of the Greek economy — the third bailout since 2010.

But European Union President Donald Tusk cancelled a meeting of 28 leaders, something NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says is "a very rare occurrence which ... highlights how far the sides are still apart but also suggests there won't be a Grexit worked out, at least not today."

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6:26 am
Sun July 12, 2015

Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Guzman Slips Out Of Prison ... Again

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City after his capture last year. Mexico's security now say Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison for the second time.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 11:12 am

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET

For the second time in 15 years, Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has escaped from a maximum security prison — this time less than 18 months after his re-arrest and a pledge from authorities that he would not get out again.

Mexico's National Security Commission said in a statement that Guzman went to the showers shortly after 9 p.m. A later check of his cell found it empty.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

Eurozone Talks On Possible Greek Bailout Remain Inconclusive

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 4:40 pm

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET

Eurozone finance ministers met Saturday to decide if they will bail Greece out for a third time since 2010, but the meetings wrapped up with no announced decision. The ministers remain skeptical that Athens would live up to the terms of any fresh agreement.

Talks are scheduled to resume Sunday.

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12:01 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack On Italian Consulate In Cairo

Workers clear rubble at the site of a car bomb explosion near the Italian Consulate in downtown, Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday.
Thomas Hartwell AP

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 1:21 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

A purported affiliate of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb attack that seriously damaged the Italian Consulate in Cairo, killing one Egyptian.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Roger Rees, Welsh-Born Stage, Screen And TV Actor, Dies At 71

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who appeared on TV's "The West Wing" and was a mainstay on Broadway died Friday night. He was 71.
Jim Cooper AP

Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who got his start on the stage but also appeared in film and television shows such as Cheers and The West Wing, died Friday night in New York at age 71 after what his spokesman described as a "brief illness."

The Associated Press says Rees "had abruptly left The Visit on Broadway in late May to undergo a medical procedure."

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Serena Williams Wins 21st Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

Serena Williams wins the singles match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain after the women's singles final at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, on Saturday. Williams won 6-4, 6-4.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 12:12 pm

Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET

Serena Williams won her 21st Grand Slam title in a Wimbledon final against a much younger opponent, 21-year-old Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

For Williams, 33, it was her fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and her 25th career Grand Slam title match. It was Muguruza's first. Williams beat Muguruza 6-4, 6-4.

"Yeah, I'm having so much fun out here, you know, I just never dreamt I would be out here still and let alone winning," Williams told the crowd at Wimbledon after accepting her trophy.

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The Two-Way
7:39 am
Sat July 11, 2015

Strong Typhoon Slams Shanghai, Second In A Week For China

A resident rides a bicycle on a road submerged by water in Xiangshan county, east China's Zhejiang Province, on Saturday after Typhoon Chan-hom hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai, forcing 1.1 million people to evacuate.
He Yousong AP

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 8:00 am

Typhoon Chan-hom has come ashore just south of Shanghai, packing winds of up to 100 mph, forcing more than a million people to flee their homes and shutting down hundreds of flights at the region's airports.

Cham-hom is the second major storm to hit China this week, after Typhoon Linfa forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate in Guangdong province in the country's south.

China's official Xinhua news agency says no deaths or injuries from the storm have been reported so far.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Sat July 11, 2015

20 Years After Srebrenica, Anger Over Genocide Still Runs Hot

A woman weeps as she visits the grave of a family member killed in the 1995 massacre at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Saturday.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

Originally published on Sat July 11, 2015 7:27 am

At a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica by Christian Serbs, the crowd turned its anger at the 1995 genocide against Serbia's prime minister, driving him from the event with rocks and bottles.

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The Two-Way
2:04 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

New York Times, Ted Cruz In Row Over 'Best-Selling' Book

The book was released on June 30.
AP

Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign tome, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America, has sold 11,854 copies. That should have been enough to earn it the No. 2 slot on The New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover nonfiction. But, instead comedian Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance occupies that spot.

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9:46 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Bemused Or Irritated? Pope Reacts To Gift Of 'Communist Crucifix'

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with a crucifix carved into a wooden hammer and sickle in La Paz, Bolivia, on Wednesday.
Osservatore Romano AP

Pope Francis normally receives all gifts with a polite thanks and smile. But the pontiff's reaction earlier this week when Bolivia's president gave him a crucifix in the shape of a communist hammer and sickle is open to interpretation.

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8:09 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Forecast Says Oil Price Could Fall Amid Weak Demand

Stacked rigs are seen along with other idled oil drilling equipment at a depot in Dickinson, N.D., last month. The International Energy Agency forecasts a continued drop in oil prices amid overproduction and falling global demand.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 11:17 am

Oil prices have further to fall before bottoming out amid a surge in production, mainly by OPEC nations, and a weakening of global demand, according to the International Energy Agency's latest forecast.

In the second quarter of 2015, the world's supply of oil was 96.39 million barrels a day, outstripping demand of 93.13 million barrels a day, according to the IEA's Oil Market Report, which described the world oil market as "massively oversupplied."

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Eruption Of Indonesian Volcano Forces Closure Of Airports

The departure board is reflected on the floor as a passenger sits in the international terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Friday. Indonesian authorities closed five airports after the eruption of a volcano on Java.
Antara Foto Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 10:40 am

Volcanic ash spewing from Indonesia's Mount Raung has shut down airports and canceled flights on the resort island of Bali.

The volcano, located in East Java province, is about 95 miles west of Bali's international airport. The mountain began rumbling several weeks ago and on Friday began belching ash 12,000 feet into the air.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn says winds have blown the columns of smoke and ash southeast toward Bali and towns and villages near Mount Raung have been blanketed in ash since the volcano rumbled to life.

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The Two-Way
3:56 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Army To Cut 40,000 Troops Over 2 Years At U.S. Bases

Updated at 5:55 p.m. ET

The Army confirmed Thursday that it will cut 40,000 troops at several domestic bases over the next two years in a cost-saving move. If the White House and Congress are unable to avert another round of sequestration cuts, the troop reductions could be even deeper, according to Army officials.

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3:05 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Joint Chiefs Nominee Says Russia Could Pose 'Existential Threat' To U.S.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. testifies Thursday during his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing to become the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:38 pm

The Obama administration's nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warns that Russia is the biggest threat to American interests and describes Moscow's recent geopolitical moves as "nothing short of alarming."

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: "Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security. ... If you look at their behavior, it's nothing short of alarming."

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1:15 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

U.S. Criticizes Thailand's Deportation Of Uighurs To China

A group of Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the Thai embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Thursday to protest Thailand's deportation of 100 Uighur refugees back to China.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:23 pm

The U.S. has condemned a move by Thailand to deport more than 100 ethnic Uighur Muslims back to China amid fears that the refugees will be persecuted by Beijing authorities.

Michael Sullivan, reporting for NPR from Thailand, says the Uighurs fled China more than a year ago and were detained while Thai authorities tried to figure out what to do with them. About 170 were sent to Turkey last month, and the remainder were handed over to Chinese authorities today.

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