John Kerry: NATO territory inviolable – ‘We will defend every single piece’

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States warned Russia on Tuesday that Washington and its allies would stand united in their defense of Ukraine and that NATO territory was inviolable and the alliance would defend every single piece of it.

"Today Russia seeks to change the security landscape of Eastern and Central Europe," Kerry said in a speech in Washington referring to Russia's occupation of Crimea and the threat it posed to eastern Ukraine.

"Whatever path Russia chooses, the United States and our allies will stand together in our defense of Ukraine," Kerry said.

"And most important, together we have to make it absolutely clear to the Kremlin that NATO territory is inviolable. We will defend every single piece of it," he added.

In a call to NATO members, Kerry said unity was vital and members' defense budgets could not be allowed to shrink.

"Together we have to push back against those who want to change sovereign borders by force," Kerry said.

"We find ourselves in a defining moment for our trans-Atlantic alliance; Our strength will come from our unity," he said. "This moment is about more than just ourselves – the fact is that our entire model for global leadership is at stake."

Kerry said the United States and its European allies had to work together to ensure European countries were not dependent on Russian energy supplies.

"We can deliver greater energy independence if we help to diversify the energy sources available to European markets," he said in the address at a Washington think tank attended by ministers from several EU and NATO countries.

He called the crisis in Ukraine "a wakeup call" to accelerate work "to promote a stronger, more prosperous trans-Atlantic community."

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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German Catholic Priest, Stefan Hartmann, Asks Pope Francis To Waive His Vow Of Celibacy

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German priest Stefan Hartmann has sent a personal petition to Pope Francis asking him to waive his vow of celibacy, which he posted on his Facebook page.

As Francis continues his leadership of the Catholic Church, many have wondered whether there will be a change in the requirement of priestly celibacy, a practice which has gone on for hundreds of years.

Hartmann secretly fathered a daughter in 1989, eight years after he took his vow of celibacy, reports The Local.de. He revealed her existence on a televised talk show in January of this year, causing his superiors to ask him to step down from his position. However, he seeks a path which will allow him to remain a priest while raising his daughter in a family.

In the letter, Hartmann asked to be released from the traditional oath "in acknowledgement of my weaknesses and failures, with all due humility and after long consideration of my conscience and personal situation."

In another post about priestly celibacy, Hartmann argues that allowing Catholic priests to remain ordained outside of celibacy vows would "bring solutions and relief in many cases."

"There is a human right to partnership, marriage and parenthood, even if you can forego it willingly for religious reasons,” he said.

Hartmann also believes that abolishing the requirement for priestly celibacy could encourage more young Catholics to enter the priesthood, at a time when numbers are flagging.

Francis reportedly addressed the issue last week during a conversation with a bishop from Brazil, Austrian-born Erwin Krautler. Krautler's diocese faces a shortage of priests, with just 27 meeting the needs of 700,000 Catholics. According to Krautler, "The pope explained that he could not take everything in hand personally from Rome. We local bishops, who are best acquainted with the needs of our faithful, should be ‘corajudos,’ that is ‘courageous’ in Spanish, and make concrete suggestions."

Francis' secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, also seemed open to the idea of discussing a change in the policy towards married priests when he explained last fall that celibacy "is not a church dogma and it can be discussed because it is a church tradition.”

Eastern Catholic churches in the Middle East and Europe ordain married men, a practice which has gone on for hundreds of years. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI allowed married Anglican converts to become Catholic priests.

German media outlets reported that the response to Hartmann's letter has been largely postive. The Vatican has yet to respond.

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CressiCressida Bonas was not ready for life in the royal spotlight with Prince Harry

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Society beauty Cressida Bonas was not ready for life in the royal spotlight but remains on good terms with Prince Harry, British newspapers said Wednesday after the couple reportedly split.

Sources said the break-up might only be temporary while the 25-year-old mulls over a lifetime of royal duty, just as Kate Middleton did before marrying Harry's brother Prince William.

The demise of their relationship comes only a month after Bonas joined Harry at an official engagement, a first which fuelled speculation of an impending marriage.

Army captain Harry, 29, who is fourth in line to the throne, has recently taken up a desk job in London after years away in the barracks, in theory giving him more opportunity to see her.

However, reports suggested blonde-haired Bonas, a dance graduate who has started a London job in marketing, was not yet ready to settle down and wanted to establish a career for herself.

Newspapers reported that the split may not be permanent.

"The relationship has certainly at least paused for a breather," a source told The Daily Telegraph.

"It is virtually impossible to have a successful romance and relationship in the full glare of the world's media," the source said, adding that it was "impossible to say" what the future held for the pair.

A friend told the broadsheet last month: "People talk to her about Harry and she gets quite cross and says, 'I don't want to get married yet'."

Meanwhile a source close to Bonas told the Daily Mail newspaper: "It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they got back together in a few months' time."

Harry's elder brother William split up with his future wife Kate in 2007, giving her time to consider whether she really wanted the onerous demands of royal life.

Harry's Kensington Palace office declined to comment, saying they would not discuss his private life.

The prince, who has taken up the cause of wounded soldiers, seemed in good spirits on Tuesday as he visited a recovery centre for injured service personnel.

Reportedly introduced to Harry by her friend and his cousin Princess Eugenie, the prince and Bonas were first spotted together in July 2012.

But wedding speculation was fuelled by her appearance at one of Harry's major official engagements.

Public appearances by unmarried royals and their partners at events are carefully choreographed, and taken as a sign of the relationship's status.

Harry and Bonas were seen cuddling in front of 12,000 people at a children's charity event at London's Wembley Arena, where he gave a speech.

Two days later, they sat together at a rugby international before going off skiing in Kazakhstan.

The Sun tabloid said the couple split after talks about their future.

A souce close to the pair was quoted as saying: "It's obviously very sad news indeed but it is an incredibly amicable split.

"Both Harry and Cressida are determined to remain the best of friends. It was a mutual decision to go their separate ways.

"It gives Cressida a chance to focus on her career."

Bonas comes from a bohemian but blue-blooded family.

Her mother is Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon, a darling of the London social scene during the 1960s whose late father, Richard Curzon, was an earl who counted King Edward VII among his godparents.

Curzon was married four times and had Bonas with her third husband, entrepreneur Jeffrey Bonas.

Harry previously had a seven-year, on-off relationship with law graduate Chelsy Davy, the daughter of a Zimbabwe safari operator, between 2004 and 2011.

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Kenyan president signs polygamy law

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Nairobi (CodeWit) – A law allowing men in Kenya to marry as many women as they want was signed into law Tuesday by President Uhuru Kenyatta, despite criticism from women's groups.

A statement from the presidency confirmed that the bill, which it said "consolidates various laws relating to marriage", had been signed into law.

The bill, which amended existing legislation, was passed by parliament last month to formalise traditional practice regarding marrying more than one person.

"Marriage is the voluntary union of a man and a woman, whether in a monogamous or polygamous union," the presidential statement added.

The initial bill had given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause.

When the bill was passed last month, female members of parliament stormed out of the session in fury after a heated debate.

The National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK), which groups more than 40 churches and Christian organisations from across the east African nation, has also spoken out against the bill.

The national Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya) has also said it would mount a legal challenge against the law.

"We know that men are afraid of women's tongues more than anything else," female legislator Soipan Tuya told fellow MPs when the bill was passed.

"But at the end of the day, if you are the man of the house, and you choose to bring on another party — and they may be two or three — I think it behoves you to be man enough to agree that your wife and family should know," she added.

As in many parts of Africa, polygamy is common among traditional communities in Kenya, as well as in the country's Muslim community, which accounts for up to a fifth of the population.

Many have said the legislation merely acknowledges something that is already widespread.

"When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife… this is Africa," MP Junet Mohammed told the house during debate on the bill.

Women are not allowed to marry more than one man.

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China to overtake US economy; India trumps Japan

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China is set to overtake the U.S. as the world's number one economy, while India has jumped into third place ahead of Japan, according to a new study from the world's leading statistical agencies.

The 2011 International Comparison Program (ICP), which involves the World Bank, assesses economies based on purchasing power parity (PPP), an estimate of the real living costs. The results revealed on Wednesday paint a new and different picture of the global economy compared with the last update in 2005.

The research puts China's gross domestic product (GDP) at 87 percent of the U.S. in 2011 and says the Chinese and Indian economies have more than doubled relative to that of the U.S. In the 2005 study, the ICP believed China's economy was less than half the size of the U.S., at 43 percent.

"The United States remained the world's largest economy, but it was closely followed by China when measured using PPPs. India was now the world's third largest economy, moving ahead of Japan," the report said.

It added: "The results indicate that only a small number of economies have the greatest shares of world GDP. However, the shares of large economies such as China and India have more than doubled relative to that of the United States."

The ICP program is the largest global statistical operation, covering 199 economies from eight regions. It said that changes to its methodology help explain the estimates for the size of China's economy.

Rapid growth has led many economists to anticipate that China, the world's second biggest economy, would move into the number one position over the next few years. The latest findings from the ICP could fuel a debate on whether that is likely to happen sooner rather than later.

The Financial Times used the ICP figures to predict that China could overtake the U.S. as the world's largest economy as soon as this year—at least five years earlier than previously forecast.

Reliable?

Because economies estimate their GDP at national price levels and in national currencies, those GDPs are not comparable, the ICP said. To be compared, they must be valued at a common price level and expressed in a common currency, the ICP said, explaining why it uses PPPs.

"The ICP is quite well-known and my take on this is that purchasing power parity measures are quite tricky to undertake and a lot of assumptions go into them," said Frederic Neumann, the co-head of Asia economic research, at HSBC in Hong Kong.

"It is true that China and India are certainly very large in size," Neumann added. "At the same time these [PPP] measures shouldn't be the be-all and end-all of international comparisons. When, for example, we measure international purchasing power expressed in dollars, which matters in international trade, the U.S., Europe and Japan continue to be the dominate economies in the world."

China's economy grew an annual 7.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, slowing from a 7.7 percent increase in the final quarter of 2013. Still, its economic growth continues to outpace that of developed world economies.

An advanced reading due for release later on Wednesday is expected to show the U.S. economy expanded an annual 1.2 percent in the first three months of this year.

The Fed, markets watch the same things Wednesday

The findings of the ICP report meanwhile might come as welcome news in India, an economy that came under heavy fire last year for not doing more to address a wide-current account deficit and implement long-term structural reforms.

India was the tenth largest world economy in the 2005 ICP study.

The 2011 report lists the world's 10 biggest economies in the following order: U.S., China, India, Japan, Germany, Russia, Brazil, France, the U.K., and Indonesia. The ICP noted that changes in its methodology and country coverage made comparisons with the previous results difficult.

"This study is a useful reminder of how rapid really the progress has been in China and India and that the domestic economies are larger than first meets the eye," said HSBC's Neumann.

 

China rejects World Bank report

China's National Bureau of Statistics, which took part in the study, rejected its conclusion, according to the World Bank report.

The statistics bureau "expressed reservations" about the study's methodology and "did not agree to publish the headline results for China," the report said.

A figure was estimated anyway by researchers, but "the NBS of China does not endorse these results as official statistics," the report said.

By CNBC's Dhara Ranasinghe. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NIGERIA: Appeal Court Reserves Judgment in APGA Leadership Dispute

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The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the appeal filed by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, and National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, to challenge the decision of a Federal High Court Abuja which relieved them of their positions respectively.
 
The reservation of the judgment came as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) told the appellate court that it wants to remain neutral in the matter as according to it, the appeal was an intra-party dispute.
The court presided over by Justice Abubakar Datti Yahaya reserved judgment after counsel in the matter had adopted their briefs of argument.
 
Counsel to Umeh and Shinkafi, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), who led Patrick Ikwueto, (SAN), had while adopting his brief of arguments, declared that judicial indiscipline and rascality must stop.
 
According to him, a situation where lower courts foist jurisdiction on themselves to adjudicate over matters that had already been heard and determined by superior courts of law must stop.
 
He said: "This appeal covers various areas of our jurisprudence including the sacred issue of judicial discipline and rascality.
"Can a high court judge competently sit on an appeal over the decision of a superior court? It covers the field whether or not  a high court has jurisdiction over the internal affairs of a political party."
 
He told the court that the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, had granted a stay of execution of the judgment of the Enugu State High Court, which voided the national convention where the appellants were elected the national officers of APGA on April 8, 2013.
Olanipekun said: "That was the day the first respondent (Maxi Okwu) said he was elected as the national chairman.
 
"At the time he was purportedly elected, he was an expelled member of APGA. He (Okwu) said he was re-admitted into the party in January 2013 and he is now challenging an election that was held while he was still expelled.
 
"After he was purportedly re-admitted, the membership card at the court below he presented was signed by the first appellant (Umeh) and second appellant (Shinkafi) as National Chairman and National Secretary respectively and he is now challenging the election that brought them into office. It is just like a young boy who questions the identity of his father."
 
Olanikpekun noted: "This abuse of court process must stop. A typical example of this impunity is the letter written by the first respondent to INEC in August 2012 as the National Chairman of Citizens Popular Party (CPP) and this man came back in 2013 and is challenges the convention conducted by APGA in 2011 when he was a chairman of another political party. Every lower court  is bound by the decision of the Court of Appeal and the first respondent (Okwu) is in contempt of the subsisting decision of the Court of Appeal when he went ahead to say that he was elected the National Chairman of APGA on the same date the said order of stay of execution was granted by the Court of Appeal.
 
Counsel to Okwu and the four other respondents, Chief Chris Uche (SAN), had while adopting his brief told the court that the appeal was incompetent and should be dismissed.
 
He said:  "In the arguments, we have shown that the appeal is incompetent as it does not have the particulars required in law.  We adopt our brief of argument and I submit that we adopt the issues for determination in a distilled manner, the appeal has not in any way challenged the two major decisions of the court below as contained in the judgment, that the purported election of the appellants was inconsistent with the constitution of APGA and that the appellants have been in office beyond the constitutional provisions of the party's constitution.
 
"When there is no provision for a third term, the parties have the responsibilities to abide with the provisions of their party constitution, this was what the court below did and came to the conclusion that they have not complied with the provisions of the party's constitution."
 
Counsel to INEC, Ibrahim Bawa, had said the commission did not have a position in the matter because the issues raised in the case were internal affairs of APGA.
 
He said: "We were only dragged to this court and we don't want to take sides. We want to remain neutral. As it is an intra party dispute."
 
Justice Abdul Kafarati had on January 15 sacked the Umeh leadership of APGA, and made an order that Okwu and his group were the authentic leaders of the party.

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INEC to Distribute Permanent Voters’ Cards in 10 States

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stepped up preparations for the 2015 general election with the planned distribution  of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in 10 states of the federation.
 
It has also ruled out the adoption of electronic voting for the 2015 general election.
Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner  (REC), Dr. Gabriel Ada, at a news conference yesterday in Uyo, listed the states that will get the PVCs under the first phase of the distribution scheme as Akwa Ibom, Taraba, Gombe, Zamfara, Kebbi, Benue, Kogi, Abia, Enugu and Bayelsa.
 
According to him,  the distribution of the PVCs would commence from May 23  to 25, adding that the  circulation of the PVCs would precede the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise which comes up from May28  to June 1.
“The decision to stagger the exercise was informed by lessons learnt by the commission from the recent PVC and CVR exercises in Ekiti and Osun States,”
 
Ada  said in Akwa Ibom State, the distribution of the PVCs would be done at each polling unit in every local government area of the state.
According to him, a PVC provides adequate security features to reduce vulnerability to counterfeiting and shall be used for identification and authentication of voters during elections.
 
He explained that those eligible to collect the PVCs are registered voters who were given  temporary voter cards during the exercise.
He warned that no one is authorised to hinder the distribution of the PVCs, stressing that the cards are not to be exchanged for money or handed over to unauthorised persons.
 
He added that at the end of the three-day exercise, the number of cards distributed would be publicly announced.
 
Ada called on traditional rulers, community leaders, political parties and women leaders to mobilise registered voters to collect their PVCs to enable them vote in the 2015 general election.
 
Meanwhile, INEC  has said the use of electronic voting for the 2015 general election is not  feasible at the moment until the National Assembly amends the relevant sections of the constitution.
 
Addressing the National Conference Committee on Political Party and Electoral Matters yesterday in Abuja, INEC Commissioner in charge of Operations, Nuhu Yakubu, said the commission would require about 750,000 ad hoc staff as against the 500, 000 deployed in 2011 elections, to conduct the next polls.
 
He said the increase in the number of ad hoc staff was due to the on-going constituency delineation exercise being carried out throughout the country.
 
Yakubu who represented the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, appealed to the delegates to persuade the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constitution to allow the commission adopt electronic voting in 2015.
 
Earlier, the Co-chairman of the committee, Senator Ken Nnamani, had asked the INEC commissioner  to explain how the commission would tackle the reoccurring problem of distribution of electoral materials and how to address shortcomings.
 
The committee had before the meeting with the INEC delegation received the report of its subcommittee, chaired by Chief Olusegun Osoba, which reviewed the provisions of sections 7, 197-204 and part 2 of the schedule 3 of the constitution that relates to state independent electoral commissions (SIECs) and local governments and made recommendations on how to improve the credibility of the SIECs.
 
 
Osoba said the subcommittee had accepted the existing provisions such as "that SIEC members should be appointed for a term of five years and that members should  be appointed by governors subject to confirmation by the House of Assembly and removal with the approval of two-thirds majority of the state assembly."

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APC Denies Allegation of Desecrating Nigerian Flag

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has denied allegations that its members destroyed the Nigerian and other flags hoisted in preparations for President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state.
 
 
Jonathan is expected to be in Port Harcourt on Saturday for the South-south rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
 
The PDP had petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin,  alleging that supporters of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and members of the APC destroyed the flags.
 
But the APC has dismissed the allegations, saying the PDP is bent on causing trouble in the state.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Davies Ikanya, said: “The attention of the ruling APC in Rivers State has been drawn to a petition written by Mr. Emma Uche, on behalf of Prince Timothy Nsirim (sacked Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council of Rivers State), titled desecration, abuse, removal and damage of the Nigerian flag, PDP flag and Obio/Akpor Local Government flag, by agents of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi's government and APC members of Rivers State chapter.
 
“On Monday, Rivers State Commissioner of Police   called our attention to Nsirim's petition, that it was alleged that members of our party went to somewhere around Rumuigbo Junction (in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area), to destroy the Nigerian flag and other mentioned flags.
 
“It is another ploy by the defeated, disjointed and tattered PDP in Rivers State to cause mayhem in this our state. We all know that since the exit of (Mbu Joseph) Mbu from Rivers State, the state has been enjoying extensive peace. All our activities have been conducted in law-abiding manner. We have not had political issue, since Mbu left.
 
“This is a surprise to us. We wish to state categorically clear and unequivocally that no member of the APC did anything like going to destroy flag of any party, not to talk of that of Nigeria. We have the Nigerian flags conspicuously displayed at the Rivers state secretariat of the APC, in our offices and Government House, Port Harcourt.”
 
Ikanya it was unthinkable that the APC, which according to him is on a rescue mission, would resort to desecrating the Nigerian flag.
 
Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in Rivers State has   petitioned the state police command alleging that the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, threatened the life of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Livingstone Wechie, on April 22 during a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt jointly organised by the organisation and disengaged Risonpalm workers .
 
In the petition signed by the Chairman, Mr.  Sotonye George, and the Secretary, Rev. Sunny Johnson, and received by the police on April  25, the CLO alleged that Okocha had said Wechie was a marked person.
In his reaction, Okocha said the allegations were borne out of mischief and denied threatening Wechie

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Committee Wants President Stripped of Power to Name INEC Chair

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The committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters has said it is proposing that the president be stripped of powers to appoint Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
 
The committee at its deliberations however recommended that such responsibility be left under the purview of the National Judicial Commission.
 
Felix Akagbue, a delegate on the platform of ALGON and member of the committee said: "we are recommending now that the National Judicial Commission should be the one that appoints the Chairman of INEC.
 
"Before now it is the duty of the President to appoint the chairman and other board members but there are recommendations now that this powers should be removed from the president,there should be other bodies mandated to do so.
"As far as we are concerned INEC is not an institution under federal government, it is an independent institution that is being funded by the three tier of government."

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PDP Chieftain: High Cost of Governance Should be Addressed

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A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, Lola Ashiru, has  urged delegates to the National Conference to have a rethink over the high cost of governance in the presidential system of government in Nigeria.
 
Ashiru stated this in Offa, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state while speaking with journalists, saying: "The presidential system of government in Nigeria is too expensive in view of the present economic situations facing the country."
 
According to him, “The present Nigerian government is costly considering the number of the states and 774 local government councils.
I don't think there is a need for more states as being canvassed in some quarters because Nigeria has big states and it is very expensive to maintain, so why calling for more creation of states now?”
 
He added that: “The presidential system of government is expensive, cumbersome and unfortunate, and a direct importation of  the American system of government but we don't have the same standard of economy.
 
"If I have my way, I would want to shrink the system because the money we are spending is too much. So, to now say we should have additional states is not reasonable."
 
While stating further that the ongoing National Conference is good development, Ashiru said: "As a nation, we need to come together and deliberate on what can move the country forward.
 
"Nigeria is a big country with divergent ethnic nationalities and with this ongoing conference, opportunities would be provided to update our constitution and fashioning out more positive way to move the country forward."

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