Canada’s Milos Raonic advances at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Milos Raonic is all about quick starts.

Raonic earned a clinical, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Lucas Pouille on Monday at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., has learned that his greatest strength is when he breaks out in an early lead.

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    “Playing ahead is always a little bit easier,” said Raonic. “The main thing you have to be on top of yourself for at that point is not have any letups. I think I stayed ahead pretty much on my service games. Other than maybe a Love-15 once, I think I was ahead the whole time.

    “I don’t think it got to deuce ever. I was putting myself in good spots.”

    The win over Pouille followed up Raonic’s victory at the Brisbane International.

    Raonic, who at No. 13 has his lowest seeding at a Grand Slam tournament since Wimbledon 2013, is aiming to improve on his run to the quarter-finals here last year, when he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

    “In Brisbane I also had quite a few opportunities. Maybe today, just having a bit more comfort and understanding of where I was playing, maybe I let down on a few games when it came to returning,” said Raonic. “But I did a good job taking care of my serve and I was proficient on the return games when I needed to be.

    Raonic, who recently started working with former No. 1-ranked Carlos Moya as a coach, didn’t face a breakpoint on his serve and had little difficulty in winning 89 per cent of points on successful first serves.

    He also won points on 22 of his 30 trips to the net. Pouille, a 21-year-old Frenchman, entered the match with a 1-7 record in Grand Slam matches and with a No. 90 ranking.

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Search crews still unable to locate marines after two helicopters crash in Hawaii

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HONOLULU – Teams searching the waters off Hawaii where two Marine helicopters crashed have had no luck so far in their hunt for 12 missing crew members.

Three of the four life rafts aboard the helicopters have been recovered and efforts were being made to retrieve the fourth. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said Monday that some of the rafts were inflated, but it was unclear how they got that way.

There is no indication that anyone was aboard the rafts, based on their condition and the lack of any personal effects, she said.

WATCH: As monster surf continued to pound the North Shore, military and county aircraft scoured the sea by air as Navy and Coast Guard vessels combed the ocean for any sign of twelve missing Marines

Monday was the fourth day of searching. Conditions have improved since the start of the search, with much smaller waves.

Various agencies have been searching above water, below water and along the shoreline since the Coast Guard was notified late Thursday by a civilian who saw the aircraft flying and then saw a fireball.

The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a nighttime training mission. Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 airplane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu.

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Police identify man in video speaking with missing Markham woman

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TORONTO —; Police say they have spoken with the man who appeared in a surveillance video showing the last known whereabouts of a missing Markham woman but the interaction yielded no clues.

York Regional Police released surveillance video on Monday they believe shows Taneesha Brown briefly talking with an unknown man minutes after she was last seen.

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The video shows Brown walking through a field at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham.

READ MORE: Police seek help locating 25-year-old Markham woman missing since Tuesday

Police said the man in the video was approached by Brown and was asked how he was doing.

The man then asked if she was alright as she was not dressed for the weather but indicated she was fine and was “starting on a journey.”

“We’ve have had a lot of tips coming forward, a lot through Crime Stoppers, a lot directly to our investigators, but at this point and time we still have nothing that’s panning out,” said Const. Andy Pattenden, adding that the York Regional Police marine unit was searching ponds near the high school Monday.

“Our investigators are telling me that based on that interaction that it isn’t providing any more clues in this investigation. We did have some reason to believe that Taneesha recently converted her religion, as was stated in an earlier press conference with her family, and maybe her journey is part of that —; we don’t know.”

Brown, 25, has been missing for a week and hasn’t been seen since she left a relative’s home last Tuesday.

Her family and police are concerned about her safety because she has a mental illness.

“I believe she’s on a journey to spread her love,” said Kim Mazerrolle, Brown’s mother. “She’s a very loving girl, with a very warm heart. She just wants to spread it with everyone.”

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Brown’s brother, Kevin Mazerolle, said he had also searched the area around the high school in hopes of finding his sister.

“I walked through the back trails, I looked around for her out there because you never know,” he said.

Brown is described by police as a black woman standing 5’5″ tall, weighing 122 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair and pink highlights.

She was last seen wearing a traditional Muslim outfit consisting of a white, knee-length dashiki, with white pants underneath, a white hijab on her head and carrying a black purse.

“I’m worried sick,” said Kim Mazerolle. “It’s hard to sleep, it’s hard to eat, you’ve got a nauseated feeling all the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

VIDEO: Taneesha Brown, 25, vanished from her aunt’s house Tuesday. Police are concerned for her well-being. Mark Carcasole reports.

With files from Mark Carcasole and Will Campbell

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Twitter back up and running for some following worldwide outage

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UPDATE (Jan 20): 桑拿会所 said the outage was caused by an “internal code change.”

UPDATE (9:00 a.m. ET): 桑拿会所 appears to be back up and running for some users, following a worldwide outage Tuesday morning.

According to user reports, some users were able to access their timelines and even tweet messages around 9 a.m. ET; however, according to 桑拿会所’s developer site, the platform is still experiencing a “service disruption” with timelines and streams.

桑拿会所’s support account has not yet issued an update about the outage.


桑拿会所 Inc. was only sporadically available to users on Tuesday, suffering technical problems that have lasted more than two hours.

The company, which has 320 million active users, tweeted that it is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it. The announcement was sent at 3:41 a.m. Eastern Time.

Users said the service was not accessible on desktop computers. 桑拿会所’s blog posts, corporate info and most other pages on the 桑拿会所长沙桑拿 website were also inaccessible, displaying the blue error screen.

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桑拿会所’s mobile app was partially functioning for some users but its timeline updated new tweets sporadically. Its search function appeared disabled as some hashtags or keyword searches returned no results. Users’ profile pages appeared to be accessible from the mobile app.

Third party services, such as the TweetDeck service, also returned a blank page.

桑拿会所 has suffered several service disruptions so far this year. On Monday, some users could not access 桑拿会所 on mobile and web for about 10 minutes. The service was disrupted on Friday for about 20 minutes.

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Verdasco ousts Nadal in first round of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Rafael Nadal lost to Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Australian Open, an unprecedentedly early exit at Melbourne Park for the 14-time Grand Slam winner and a reversal of their epic, 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal here six years ago.

Fernando Verdasco rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two sets, recovering a break in the fifth as well, claiming a 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, only his third victory in 17 matches against his fellow Spanish lefthander.

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Nadal won his only Australian title in 2009 after beating Verdasco in the semifinals. His only other first-round exit in a major was at Wimbledon in 2013 when he lost in straight sets to No. 135-ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium.

“It’s a hard and painful loss,” the fifth-seeded Nadal said.

Verdasco went for everything on his ground strokes, ripping 90 winners against only 37 for Nadal as he worked to the extremes to unsettle his former No. 1-ranked rival.

“To win against Rafa here coming from two sets down is unbelievable,” the 32-year-old, No. 45-ranked Verdasco said. “I think I played unbelievable – the fifth set from the break that he made me, I just started hitting winners. I don’t know how, just, you know I was closing the eyes and everything was coming in and I keep doing it and I was doing well.”

A winning service return from Verdasco ended the match in 4 hours, 41 minutes.

“Well I think 2009 was maybe the only day in my life that I hit 4, 5 hours,” Verdasco said, looking at the clock beside the court to compare it with their semifinal meeting. “It was 35 minutes shorter today – I didn’t want to make it longer.”

There were two upsets on the women’s side, with No. 2 Simona Halep and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams losing in the first round.

Halep, the 2014 French Open finalist, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Zhang Shuai for her third first-round loss at Melbourne Park in the past five years, but giving the No. 133-ranked Chinese qualifier her first win at a Grand Slam after 14 losses.

After the match, Zhang broke into tears when asked about breaking the drought.

“I think in my life, it’s the best tennis,” she said. “To win against a top-two player, I’m so happy, so excited.”

Williams lost 6-4, 6-2 to Johanna Konta, her eighth first-round loss at a major.

The upset results took some focus off the match-fixing allegations that have overshadowed the first two days of the season’s first major.

No. 2-ranked Andy Murray began his bid for a drought-breaking title at the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Zverev, checked to see there were no urgent calls from home, and had to answer questions immediately about the reports.

“I just think that it should be tennis that does a better job of explaining … (players) shouldn’t have to read it in the press,” Murray said. “You have to be proactive I think with things like this and go and speak to the players rather than them reading about it in the newspapers or listening to it on the TV or the radio.”

The BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports Monday alleging match-fixing had gone unchecked in tennis. The reports alleged 16 players, all ranked in the top 50 at some stage and half of them playing at the Australian Open, had repeatedly raised suspicion because of their results and had been flagged with tennis authorities, but had not been sanctioned. No players were identified.

The governing bodies for tennis rejected the claims, and highlighted the fact five players and an official had received life bans after investigations from the Tennis Integrity Unit which was set up in 2008.

Murray, like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, thought authorities could be doing more to combat the potential for corruption. Murray also said it was “a little bit hypocritical” for tournaments – including the Australian Open – to be sponsored by betting firms.

Murray has the reached the final four times in Australia but lost every time, including last year to Djokovic. Murray had Amelie Mauresmo, a new mother, back in his coaching corner this week and was happy not to get any mid-match news from home. He has said he’ll leave immediately if his wife, Kim, goes into labour in London with their first child.

No. 13 Milos Raonic followed up his win over Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International tune-up event with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Lucas Pouille.

Joining him the second round will be No. 8 David Ferrer, No. 10 John Isner and No. 18 Feliciano Lopez.

On the women’s side, No. 3 Garbine Muguruza beat Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-4 and No. 7 Angelique Kerber had a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-3 win over Misaki Doi .

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Trudeau heads to Switzerland for World Economic Forum

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SAINT ANDREWS, N.B. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will trade the snowy hillsides of a seaside New Brunswick town this morning for the snowcapped Alps of Switzerland, with the national and global economy following him across the Atlantic Ocean.

Trudeau left Tuesday for Davos and the World Economic Forum, which brings together the world’s most powerful and influential political and business leaders, celebrities and activists.

“We’re going to talk about how diversity is a strength and really showcase the fact that Canada has tremendous opportunities and is facing challenges like lots of places, but we have the tools to surpass those challenges in a way that should draw in global interest,” he said before leaving a federal cabinet retreat in Saint Andrews, N.B.

WATCH: Prime Minister Trudeau is tasked with jump starting a slumping economy and stabilizing a falling loonie at the World Economic Forum

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Trudeau will have a chance to give a keynote address on Wednesday, talk about gender parity in his cabinet alongside Melinda Gates and sell his plans for growing the Canadian economy.

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Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, said that Davos – like last month’s climate change conference in Paris – is a chance to demonstrate that Canada can show global leadership.

In Paris, Canada signed on with Mission Innovation, a group of 20 countries committed to doubling their support for clean energy development over the next five years and to share the breakthroughs.

“At COP 21 we made a major commitment to Mission Innovation and so that really shows leadership when it comes to clean technology,” Bains said.

The economic and financial realities of everyday Canadians will still hit Trudeau: the parliamentary budget watchdog delivered an eyebrow-raising report Tuesday about the economic risk posed by high levels of household debt.

WATCH: Environmental Minister follows Trudeau to Davos to sell low-carbon economic plan

On Wednesday, the Bank of Canada will deliver a much-anticipated interest rate announcement, likely to come just minutes before Trudeau gives his first speech in Davos.

Trudeau and his cabinet ministers were dogged by questions about falling commodity prices and a declining loonie during their three-day retreat in New Brunswick.

Trudeau would only say Monday that his government would put forward a budget that is “the right one for Canadians.”

READ MORE: Liberal cabinet meets in New Brunswick amid gloomy economic outlook

At a community dinner Monday night where 300-plus people crammed into a rec centre to have some spaghetti and hear Trudeau speak, the prime minister touched on why cabinet was meeting outside Ottawa – “to talk about the challenges that we have before us,” he said – before trying to give it a positive spin by talking about “tremendous opportunities.”

“Canada is an incredible country whose greatest strength we all know are its people,” he said.

“We are hopeful, optimistic, resilient, forward-looking, hard-working, and nowhere is that clearer than right here in New Brunswick and it’s such a pleasure to be working with you and to be surrounded by all of you as we map out a plan to create growth for the middle class, to offer a brighter future to Canadians, and to build, once again, an extraordinary country that we can all be proud of as we celebrate into the coming years.”

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Dalai Lama travels to US for medical checkup

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DHARAMSALA, India – The Dalai Lama left his home in India on Tuesday to travel to the United States for a medical checkup, although the Tibetan spiritual leader said he has no specific health complaints.

He told reporters before leaving the Himalayan hill town of Dharamsala that he has been going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for regular health checkups for the past nine years.

The 80-year-old Buddhist leader said he had a minor swelling in his right eye. He then removed his glasses and laughed, pointing at his slightly swollen eye.

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    He said he would have a “thorough medical checkup” at the Mayo Clinic.

    “Then if they find any problems, they can carry out treatment,” he said.

    In September, the Dalai Lama cancelled a series of appearances in the United States on the advice of his U.S. doctors. He was told to rest for several weeks after a medical checkup.

    The Dalai Lama says he is likely to return to Dharmasala in March.

    The Tibetan spiritual leader fled across the Himalayas to India after a failed uprising in Tibet in 1959. He settled in Dharamsala and set up a Tibetan government-in-exile there.

    Beijing accuses him of seeking to separate Tibet from China. But Tibetans and the Dalai Lama say they simply want a higher degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.

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Ontario doesn’t think health funding formula needs changing for aging population

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TORONTO – As the country’s health ministers prepare to meet in Vancouver, Ontario is already saying decisions on changing the health care funding formula should be left for another day.

During last year’s election campaign, the Trudeau Liberals promised to negotiate a new health accord with the provinces and territories, including a long-term deal on funding.

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British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake says B.C. and the Atlantic provinces are not satisfied with the current funding formula because it doesn’t recognize the higher costs borne by provinces with aging populations.

But Ontario wants the provinces, territories and federal government to focus on what they want in a new health care accord at the meeting that begins on Wednesday and talk about the distribution of funds at a later date.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says scientific and policy experts are divided on the health cost impacts of an aging population, which he insists are “not at all clear.”

Hoskins says a change in the health funding formula would “essentially be a wash” for Ontario, so it’s in a unique position to look at any increased burden on the system from the growing population of aging baby boomers.

“The evidence points to the contrary, that it does not necessarily, and is not creating a tsunami of increased health care costs,” he said.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, who will join her counterparts Thursday for the second day of their talks, said she hopes the provinces and territories aren’t “too distracted” by the specifics of the federal health transfers.

“Making sure we agree on where the changes need to be made,” said Philpott. “Injecting more money into the system isn’t always the way to go, and isn’t always the best way to be able to drive change.”

Ontario also wants to set up a working group to look at the issue of out-of-province coverage of air ambulance services, which are not covered under reciprocal agreements between provinces that allow Canadians to get most medical services anywhere in the country using just their health card.

“This, I think, is clearly a natural extension of that (reciprocal agreements),” said Hoskins. “It’s part of the emergency acute process of making sure someone gets the health care attention that we would want them to get.”

Also on the health ministers’ agenda this week is physician-assisted-dying, after the Supreme Court of Canada last week gave the federal government a four-month extension to come up with new legislation dealing with the issue. The provinces may also have to pass legislation of their own.

“My perspective as minister and also a physician is that it needs to be one option among many,” said Hoskins. “It needs to be embedded in our overall approach to palliative and end of life care.”

Ontario has been working on doctor-assisted-dying since the Supreme Court struck down the old law a year ago, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons has drafted guidelines for doctors on how best to handle the issue, added Hoskins.

“We’re in the middle of some pretty intensive consultations with Ontarians, crisscrossing the province to get their direct input and advice as to what this should look like,” he said.

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UPDATE: New ferry to sail between Vancouver and Victoria delayed

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UPDATE: A passenger ferry service that’s set to connect Vancouver and Victoria won’t be setting sail until next spring —; at the earliest.

The new Clipper was supposed to begin travelling between the two harbours in the next couple of months, but now the Seattle-based company is delaying the launch while it searches for the right vessel to handle the challenging conditions in the Salish Sea. 

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VANCOUVER – A new ferry service linking Vancouver and Victoria is being planned now that FRS, a global ferry and shipping group, has acquired a majority interest in Seattle-based Clipper.

Clipper, which operates Clipper Vacations, currently runs a high-speed Victoria Clipper ferry service from Seattle to Victoria, and from Seattle to San Juan Island.

With the acquisition, Clipper says it will add a new hub in Vancouver to connect with Victoria.

FRS says the acquisition will also allow it to launch a new ferry service from Florida to Cuba, pending government approval.

Both companies say further details about new hubs in Vancouver, Florida and Cuba will be revealed in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“By acquiring Clipper, we are expanding our presence in the North American market, bringing with us our long history of operational acumen and connection to the European tourism market,” said Gotz Becker, the CEO of German-based FRS.

“Clipper has an impressive track record in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and will now serve even more of the Canadian market with a new Vancouver service.”

Merideth Tall, who founded Clipper, will remain as CEO and retain minority ownership of the company.

“Combining with FRS will allow us to expand our travel products and services to provide many more options for our customers that will now include Vancouver and Cuba,” said Tall.


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Protesters rally outside Kinder Morgan hearings

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BURNABY, B.C. – First Nations and environmentalists had one question for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the start of National Energy Board hearings on the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

“You said no. Where are you?” asked Audrey Siegl of the Musqueam Indian Band, to a cheer from a crowd of protesters gathered outside a Burnaby, B.C., hotel on Tuesday.

“Stand with us if you’re going to stand with us. We need more than just words.”

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Trudeau promised on the campaign trail in June to engage in a “new open process” for all pipelines. He said in August that would apply to existing pipelines and that the Trans Mountain process “needs to be redone.”

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has said the government will soon announce changes to the pipeline approval process. But he said the plan will include a transition period for projects currently under review and no proponent will be asked to return to square one.

As hearings began on Kinder Morgan’s US$5.4 billion proposal to triple the capacity of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline, activists urged Trudeau to immediately halt the review and implement the changes.

“After 10 years of the long, dark night of the Harper regime, for the first time there was reason to hope for change,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

“We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow through on those promises.”

The hearings will last for 10 days in B.C. and will wrap up in Calgary next month. Municipalities, environmental groups, First Nations and residents who live along the pipeline route will deliver final arguments.

The energy board streamlined the review process to meet time limits set by the previous Conservative government. The changes mean interveners are not allowed to cross-examine Kinder Morgan representatives and instead they had to send in written questions. The company answered a portion of those questions.

Karen Campbell, a lawyer with Ecojustice, said the “incredibly broken” process does not consider the potential impacts of the project on climate change.

Two First Nations announced Tuesday they were dropping out of the review. The Neskonlith Indian Band and the Lower Nicola Indian Band had been scheduled to present arguments but said they would not attend.

“We’re not going to take part in a process that has a predetermined outcome,” said Chief Aaron Sam of the Lower Nicola Indian Band.

National Energy Board spokeswoman Tara O’Donovan said the written question-and-answer process was determined to be the best way for participants to review and test the evidence.

She added that upstream and downstream impacts of projects — including climate change — were outside the scope of the board’s legislated mandate.

“The NEB’s hearing process is fair and it’s no less rigorous in this process than it has been in the past.”

The cities of Surrey and New Westminster, Musqueam Indian Band and ocean scientist David Farmer delivered arguments to the three-member panel on Tuesday.

Anthony Capuccinello, representing Surrey, criticized the energy board for “falling asleep at the wheel.”

“You have heard, through the submissions and argument of Trans Mountain, a story — a story applauding the expertise of the board’s advisers, a story full of self-serving statements expressing how fair this process has been,” Capuccinello said.

“Sadly, that story is a fiction.”

He said Kinder Morgan should compensate his city, 45 kilometres east of Vancouver, for the costs associated with the existing pipeline.

James Reynolds, representing the Musqueam Indian Band, said the NEB should dismiss the project because the Crown has failed to fulfil its duty to consult with the Vancouver First Nation.

The band’s traditional territories include Burrard Inlet and the south shore of the Fraser River and the project will significantly infringe their right to fish, he said.

The board is set to inform the federal cabinet in May whether it approves the project. Cabinet will then have three months to make its decision.

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