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US Officials: 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

WASHINGTON POST - 8 min 38 sec ago
Two senior U.S. Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations as well as the U.S. and Europe have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize assets arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders.

Trump escalates feud with California governor, refuses to pay for National Guard deployment

WASHINGTON POST - 26 min 40 sec ago
The president lashed out on Twitter again hours after Gov. Jerry Brown said he had reached a deal with federal officials to send personnel to the Mexico border.

Israel at 70: Satisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage

WASHINGTON POST - 38 min 38 sec ago
Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.

Iran’s defense minister visits Iraq to promote security ties

WASHINGTON POST - 48 min 39 sec ago
Iran’s defense minister has visited a joint intelligence center in the Iraqi capital operated by Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia.

Intruders thought stealing a giant gold mace would disrupt Nigeria’s parliament. It didn’t work.

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 9 min ago
Though maces are used in symbolic capacities all around the world, in Nigeria it is a particularly potent symbol of governance. The perpetrators still at large.

A sure sign that spring is here: The Netherlands tulip farms are striped with color

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 38 min ago
The tulip region of the Netherlands takes on the appearance of a patchwork quilt in the spring.

Indian police arrest 18 Rohingya Muslims

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 58 min ago
Indian police say they have arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims in a remote northeastern region as they prepared to board a train for New Delhi after entering illegally from Bangladesh.

UK mulls plan to ban plastic straws and cut waste

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 58 min ago
The British government wants to take action to ban plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds — and is urging other Commonwealth nations to follow suit.

Egypt FM warn Ethiopia over Nile River dam

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 28 min ago
Egypt’s foreign minister has delivered a warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building on a Nile River tributary.

Raul Castro says new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel could become Communist Party head once Castro leaves the post

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 28 min ago
Raul Castro says new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel could become Communist Party head once Castro leaves the post.

Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught, fear wider war

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 39 min ago
Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces, one that risks igniting a wider conflict.

Turkey’s weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 39 min ago
Turkey’s weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with just nine weeks to prepare for snap elections.

Video of woman’s violent arrest sparks outrage in Iran

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 39 min ago
Iran has ordered an investigation after a video surfaced showing police pushing and pulling a young woman who was resisting arrest for not adhering to the Islamic dress code.

Ivory Coast ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue to UN dies

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 40 sec ago
Veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast’s ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the U.N. Security Council, has died suddenly.

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn’t be used widely

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 40 sec ago
The World Health Organization says he first-ever vaccine for dengue needs to be dealt with in “a much safer way,” meaning that the shot should mostly be given to people who have previously been infected with the disease.

Mexican priest stabbed to death in church

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 40 sec ago
A Roman Catholic priest has been stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 9 min ago
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn’t asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would remove a major sticking point to a nuclear disarmament deal.

Kremlin says nationalizing sanction-hit Rusal is an option

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 19 min ago
The Kremlin says a temporary nationalization of aluminum producer Rusal is being discussed after the company was hit by United States sanctions.

Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 19 min ago
Puerto Rico’s power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Intruders thought stealing a giant gold mace would disrupt Nigeria’s parliament. It didn’t work.

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 20 min ago
Intruders stormed parliament and ran off with a ceremonial mace. Later, it was found under an overpass.

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 50 min ago
Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

EU foreign policy chief praises Montenegro’s role in Balkans

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 59 min ago
The European Union foreign policy chief has praised Montenegro’s role in the volatile Balkans region, where Russia is also vying for influence.

Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 59 min ago
A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker has turned himself in to police after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany.

The Latest: Raul Castro had left Cuba’s presidency

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 8 min ago
The Latest on Raul Castro’s handover of Cuba’s presidency (all times local):

Raul Castro has left Cuba’s presidency, turning government over to Miguel Diaz-Canel

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 8 min ago
Raul Castro has left Cuba’s presidency, turning government over to Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Israel celebrates its 70th birthday with parties and BBQ’s

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 8 min ago
Israel is celebrating 70 years since the modern Jewish state was established.

Miguel Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 20 min ago
Miguel Diaz-Canel elected president of Cuba.

Cuba’s legislature begins session at which Raul Castro is scheduled to leave the presidency

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 20 min ago
Cuba’s legislature begins session at which Raul Castro is scheduled to leave the presidency.

The Latest: Iraq strikes Islamic State targets in Syria

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 40 sec ago
The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Power largely restored across Puerto Rico after blackout

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 10 min ago
Puerto Rico’s power company says it has restored electricity to more than 80 percent of customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line.

Procter & Gamble pays $4.2 bln for unit of Germany’s Merck

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 19 min ago
German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck says it has agreed to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in cash.

Alleged bitcoin heist mastermind reportedly escapes from Iceland prison, goes to airport and flies away

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 38 min ago
Sindri Thor Stefansson is suspected of orchestrating the heist of about $2 million in computer equipment, officials say.

Greek court limits travel for Turkish officer seeking asylum

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 48 min ago
Greece’s highest court has imposed severe restrictions on the movements of one of eight Turkish servicemen who have applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup there, while he waits for a decision on his asylum application.

Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 9 min ago
Nepal’s government has honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago.

Another member quits Nobel literature academy

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 50 min ago
Another member of the Swedish Academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize is resigning, bringing the total number of board members who are quitting to six.

Belt wielding assailant screams “Jew” as he attacks two on a Berlin street

WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 52 min ago
A string of recent attacks and incidents in Berlin has triggered renewed fears of anti-Semitism.

Syrian rebels hand over arms, leave another town near Douma

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 39 sec ago
Syrian state media say hundreds of rebels fighters in a town northeast of Damascus have handed in their weapons and started to leave under an evacuation deal.

Italian PM in Romania for talks on Brexit

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 18 min ago
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has discussed the future of Europe after Britain leaves the European Union next year in talks with top Romanian officials.

Queen tips Prince Charles to follow her as Commonwealth head

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 29 min ago
Queen Elizabeth II has opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth, and backed her son Prince Charles to be the next leader of the association of Britain and its former colonies.

An 8-year-old girl’s gang rape and murder trigger new outrage over India’s rape culture

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 38 min ago
The young girl was a Muslim. Her alleged assailants are Hindu.

Berlin councilwoman wants to shut legendary Berghain club

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 40 min ago
A nationalist councilwoman in Berlin has been ridiculed online for proposing the closure of one the city’s most famous techno clubs because of its long opening hours as well as partygoers’ drug consumption and lascivious behavior on the dance floor.

How France wants to 'reform' Islam, and 6 other global stories you might have missed

WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 42 min ago
In this occasional series, The Washington Post brings you up to speed on some of the biggest stories of the week.

Authorities release airport CCTV footage of poisoned Russian

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 10 min ago
Russian investigators say they have traced back the steps of a poisoned Russian spy’s daughter from her Moscow home to the airport before she flew to London, and found no traces of poison.

Afghanistan return 5 bodies and a captive Pakistani solider

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 10 min ago
Pakistan says Afghan authorities have returned the bodies of five Pakistani soldiers killed during a weekend clash along a disputed segment of the two countries’ border, and also released a sixth soldier captured by the Afghans.

Yemeni officials: 2 al-Qaida fighters killed in south region

WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 10 min ago
Yemeni tribal leaders say security forces have killed two suspected al-Qaida operatives in the country’s southern province of Abyan.

Macron facing big day of protests over reforms

WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 12 min ago
Thousands of people are expected to march in protest at French President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms as rail strikes and student protests continue to shake the country.

Italy: police arrest 22 in search for Mafia fugitive Denaro

WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 42 min ago
Italian police have arrested 22 suspected Sicilian Mafiosi as part of an ongoing operation aimed at capturing Italy’s most-wanted Mafia fugitive Matteo Denaro.

Basque public TV says militants of ETA to disband in May

WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 42 min ago
A regional public broadcaster says the Basque militant group ETA is ready to announce its final dissolution early next month, putting an end to decades of violent campaign for independence from Spain.

China: Qualcomm plan ‘has difficulty’ resolving concerns

WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 51 min ago
The Chinese government says Qualcomm Inc.’s plan for its $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors “has difficulty” resolving concerns of anti-monopoly regulators.

Poland marks 75th anniversary of uprising in Warsaw Ghetto

WASHINGTON POST - 10 hours 12 min ago
People in Warsaw are pinning paper daffodils to their clothes as the Polish capital begins a day of commemorations on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

France’s Macron heading to Germany for talks with Merkel

WASHINGTON POST - 10 hours 12 min ago
French President Emmanuel Macron is heading to Berlin for meetings with Angela Merkel in the hopes of winning support from the German chancellor on his ambitious reform plan for the European Union.

Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain

WASHINGTON POST - 10 hours 21 min ago
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries.

Police: Attackers hurl acid at 3 female students in Pakistan

WASHINGTON POST - 10 hours 32 min ago
Pakistani police say a group of men on motorcycles hurled acid at three female university students in the city of Gujrat.

2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

WASHINGTON POST - 11 hours 42 min ago
Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar’s army and the Kachin guerrillas in the country’s north.

Japan finance official denies sexual misconduct allegation

WASHINGTON POST - 12 hours 41 sec ago
Japan’s vice finance minister has denied sexual misconduct allegations against him and challenged a TV station’s report that its employee was a victim.

Taiwan calls Chinese military drills a threat to region

WASHINGTON POST - 12 hours 22 min ago
Taiwan’s government says recent Chinese military drills aim to intimidate the island and are a threat to regional peace and stability.

Cuba heads toward a post-Castro future, with or without Trump

WASHINGTON POST - 12 hours 44 min ago
Trump has set about reversing the historic rapprochement with Cuba started by Obama.

China holds live-fire drills off coast in warning to Taiwan

WASHINGTON POST - 13 hours 32 min ago
China has held live-fire exercises off its southeast coast, state media said Thursday, in an apparent warning to the democratic, self-ruled island of Taiwan against what Beijing deems as provocative remarks on independence.

Corruption watchdog: G-20 moving slowly against tax havens

WASHINGTON POST - 13 hours 32 min ago
An international corruption watchdog group says two years after the Panama Papers revealed how the rich have stashed wealth in shell companies, the world’s Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations have made only slow progress improving the legal tools to ensure transparency.

Asian shares higher on optimism about global growth

WASHINGTON POST - 13 hours 44 min ago
Asian shares rose on Thursday as improving optimism about the global economy helped investors shake off worries about geopolitical risks for the moment.

Shallow Indonesia quake kills 3, damages hundreds of homes

WASHINGTON POST - 13 hours 44 min ago
A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes.

Remnants of migrant caravan move toward US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON POST - 13 hours 54 min ago
The remnants of a migrant caravan of Central Americans that angered President Donald Trump were continuing their journey north through Mexico toward the U.S. border Wednesday.

Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

WASHINGTON POST - 14 hours 24 min ago
The Cuban government on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as the sole candidate to succeed President Raul Castro in a transition aimed at ensuring that the country’s single-party system outlasts the aging revolutionaries who created it.

North Korea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

WASHINGTON POST - 14 hours 24 min ago
Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.

Social security protest leads to clashes in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON POST - 15 hours 54 min ago
A protest over social security changes in Nicaragua has led to clashes between opponents of the measure and government backers.

AP Explains: The fiscal hijinks of North Korea’s new budget

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 4 min ago
Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament.

Ecuador to suspend mediation of Colombia peace talks

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 25 min ago
President Lenin Moreno said Wednesday that he is suspending Ecuador’s role as a mediator in peace talks between the Colombian government and that nation’s last major rebel army.

Colombia could use drones to fight cocaine production

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 45 min ago
Colombia’s police could start using drones to tackle a five-year surge in cocaine production that has jeopardized relations with the United States.

AP Interview: Malaysia’s Mahathir says opposition could win

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 45 min ago
Malaysian opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that huge rallies indicate some of the ruling coalition’s traditional Malay supporters are now favoring the opposition and a change of government is possible in next month’s elections.

California reaches deal with Trump administration on National Guard role

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 54 min ago
State will send up to 400 troops in a limited role that bars them from helping border agents

UN Security Council heads to retreat at odds over Syria

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 54 min ago
The U.N. Security Council is heading to a remote Swedish estate this weekend for its annual retreat with the secretary-general after one of its most contentious weeks in years that saw ambassadors accusing each other of lying about a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Ecuador’s president accuses predecessor of ties to rebels

WASHINGTON POST - 16 hours 54 min ago
Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno said Wednesday that he has asked for his leftist predecessor be investigated for allegedly taking campaign contributions from Colombian guerrillas.

Board reveals austerity measures in Puerto Rico fiscal plans

WASHINGTON POST - 17 hours 5 min ago
New austerity measures are looming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory’s finances prepares to approve several fiscal plans this week that will serve as the island’s economic blueprint for the next five years.

She wore a dinosaur puppet during a military oath. It got her and a colonel removed from the job

WASHINGTON POST - 17 hours 24 min ago
Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard were punished after last week's re-enlistment ceremony.

British man who deliberately infected five partners with HIV is sentenced to life in prison

WASHINGTON POST - 17 hours 33 min ago
Daryll Rowe, who was convicted of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, was the first person to be convicted of the charge in Britain.

Ecuador’s president accuses predecessor of ties to rebels

WASHINGTON POST - 17 hours 35 min ago
Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno says he wants his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa investigated for allegedly taking campaign contributions from Colombian guerrillas.

Colombia could use drones to fight cocaine production

WASHINGTON POST - 18 hours 15 min ago
Colombia’s police could start using drones to tackle a five-year surge in cocaine production that has jeopardized relations with the United States.

Board reveals austerity measures in Puerto Rico fiscal plans

WASHINGTON POST - 18 hours 24 min ago
New austerity measures are looming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory’s finances prepares to approve several fiscal plans that will serve as the island’s economic blueprint for the next five years.

Lawmakers worry about securing U.S. goals in Syria as Trump looks for the exit

WASHINGTON POST - 18 hours 54 min ago
One Republican senator says the administration seems determined to give Syria to Assad, Russia and Iran.

Mexico’s ruling party struggling in presidential race

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:51
As Mexico prepares for the first of three presidential candidate debates, the governing party is struggling to remain relevant in the campaign ahead of the July 1 election.

Polish ghetto survivor worries about rising nationalism

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:52
Marian Kalwary can still hear the faint chant of a thin little girl trying to sell insoles to people on a street of the Warsaw ghetto and get food. No one bought them and some days later the girl vanished from the street.

Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef 'forever,' scientists say

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:41
"Unprecedented.” “Radical.” “Catastrophic.” The damage to the Great Barrier Reef is even worse than experts thought.

Russia takes heavy hand to internet to block messaging app

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:41
Russian authorities are freezing up vast swathes of the country’s online world in what critics call a heavy-handed — and so far unsuccessful — attempt to block a popular messaging app, Telegram.

Police: Bus crash in Switzerland leaves 15 hurt, 1 seriously

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:22
Swiss police say 15 people have been injured, one of them seriously, when a bus carrying foreign tourists crashed into a truck on a highway in northern Switzerland.

Ecuador to suspend mediation of Colombia peace talks

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:12
Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno said he is suspending his country’s role as a mediator in peace talks between Colombia’s government and the nation’s last major rebel army.

EU envoy: Macedonia can settle name dispute by late June

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:12
The European Union’s foreign policy chief says she believes Greece and Macedonia can overcome a long-standing name dispute by late June, clearing the way for the Balkan nation to start accession talks.

Pro-Putin youth group to form counter-protest squads

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:41
The youth wing of Russia’s dominant party says it will begin training groups of activists to mobilize quickly to conduct counterdemonstrations to opposition protests.

German gets life for killing retiree, cashing his pension

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:41
A German man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an 80-year-old man in Berlin and cashing his benefit checks for a decade.

Germans love their cars. They also love the environment. A diesel ban is forcing them to choose.

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:12
Hamburg is the first city to say “no” to vehicles that have been a mainstay of the country’s auto industry.

Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screening Hollywood’s “Black Panther” in country’s first movie theater

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:12
Saudi Arabia heralds opening of cinemas, screening Hollywood’s “Black Panther” in country’s first movie theater.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 20:02
Hundreds of refugees in a southeastern Lebanese town returned to Syria in what they say is a voluntary decision to return to homes in the war-torn country.

Armenia protesters oppose ex-president’s move to PM seat

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
Thousands of people are flooding into the Armenian capital to protest the former president’s shift into the prime minister’s seat, which they see as an attempt to hold on to power.

UK govt suffers Parliament defeat on key Brexit bill

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
Britain’s key Brexit bill has hit a hurdle, with the House of Lords voting to seek continued membership in the European Union’s customs union.

Egypt sentences 3 to life, 36 to 10 years on terror charges

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:42
An Egyptian court has sentenced three Muslim Brotherhood members to life in prison on terror-related charges.

Greece vows to respect landmark court decision on migrants

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:21
Greek officials say the government will respect a landmark court decision against a European Union policy that allowed authorities to force refugees and migrants to stay on the Greek islands where they first arrived even after they had applied for asylum.

Mayor: Twins-Indians will be played despite blackout

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:21
The mayor of San Juan says Wednesday’s Cleveland-Minnesota game at Hiram Bithorn Stadium will be played as scheduled, despite an island-wide blackout that hit Puerto Rico.

Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:10
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma.

Queen welcomes Commonwealth leaders as group seeks a mission

WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:02
The flags of more than 50 nations flew outside Buckingham Palace on Thursday as Queen Elizabeth II prepared to welcome leaders from the Commonwealth, an international club with an eclectic membership, an identity problem and an uncertain future.

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