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Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |   |



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laws of war: Red Cross lawyer


Raging fire threatens to reduce
Canadian city to ashes, engulf airport


Trump supporters see Iraqi, Syrian
refugees as major threat: report


China's military deploys its
first corruption inspectors


Judge says Clinton may have
to testify in email lawsuit


Chicago teachers sidestep strike
date, tout $502 million funding plan


Case dropped against Arizona student
facing charges for yearbook prank


Mexico justice reform needs 11
years to fully take hold: study


Australian Islamic State recruiter
killed in U.S. strike in Iraq


Clinton calls Trump a 'loose
cannon,' risky choice for president


California raises age to
purchase tobacco to 21


Can aid reform end Ethiopia's
repeated hunger emergencies?


Pot legalization supporters
launch California ballot campaign


Stubborn Shanghai residents
hold a line drawn in rubble


Tesla puts pedal to the metal,
500,000 cars planned in 2018


As mayor, Philippines' 'Trump
of the East' wooed business


Epic wildfire threatens to engulf
Canadian city as 88,000 flee


Connecticut readies austerity budget
vote, aims to cut around $1 billion


Alabama city abandons law
targeting transgender bathroom use


Trump expects to raise $1 billion
with Republican Party: NBC


Obama sips Flint water, urges
children be tested for lead


Quarterback Manziel booked by
Texas police on assault charge


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to embrace trade, high-tech visas


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announcements before convention: Fox News


U.S., allies agree to do
more to combat Islamic State


North Carolina transgender law
violates civil rights law: U.S.


South Carolina Gov. Haley says 'not
interested' in being vice president


U.S., Russia agree to
extend truce to Aleppo


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White House race, now must unify party


Turkish ruling party preparing to
replace PM Davutoglu: officials


Thousands of Egyptian journalists
demand sacking of interior minister


Congo opposition leader says to
run for president in November


California teens abducted after
prom but break free from captor


Social service groups sue Illinois
for $100 million over unpaid work


Cleveland man did not plan
murders, lawyers tell jury


Peru's Fujimori would lift annual
growth rate to 5-6 percent: adviser


Tesla advances 500,000 unit
production plan to 2018


Approval of Venezuelan leader
drops as crisis bites: poll


Obama sips water in Flint,
tells residents it is safe


Rousseff's woes mount as Brazilian
senator backs impeachment trial


Families sue Illinois school district
over transgender bathroom case


New Mexico man faces charges in
kidnapping, slaying of Navajo girl


'Y'all ruined my life,' says man,
killing co-worker, self in Texas


U.S., Takata confirm recall of 35
million-40 million Takata air bag inflators


Israeli, Palestinian violence
flares along Gaza border


Egypt hands over phones records
to Italian investigators: source


Flint official cuts deal in water
crisis, agrees to aid prosecutors


Two Tesla executives leaving
ahead of Model 3 ramp-up


Brazil Senate report recommends
Rousseff impeachment trial


Raging wildfire forces evacuation
of 88,000 in Canadian city


Maverick Mexico governor tips
Trump to win U.S. presidency


Obama: Filtered water in Flint is
safe for kids over 6 years old


'Three Amigos' Obama, Trudeau,
Pena Nieto to meet June 29


Congo says to investigate alleged
use of mercenaries by Kabila rival


Amish lose appeal of convictions
in Ohio beard-cutting attacks


Trump faces task of uniting party
around White House bid; Kasich bows out


Father of ex-investment banker
avoids prison for insider trading


NATO approves Israeli
representation to its headquarters


Chicago mayor vows fiscal
fix before muni audience


Obama to meet Canada's Trudeau,
Mexico's Pena Nieto June 29 in Ottawa


Russia arrests groups for planning
attacks in Moscow region: agencies


Intense battle in Syria's Aleppo kills
dozens, air strikes force rebel retreat


Oklahoma woman charged with killing
four at parade pleads not guilty


Lawsuit extends fascination with
Kent State deaths 46 years on


For first time, scientists grow
two-week-old human embryos in lab


Russia warns of retaliation as NATO
plans more deployments in Eastern Europe


Two Tesla production
chiefs to leave: Bloomberg


Poverty, despair, hunger for revenge drive
young Syrians to extremist groups: research


Following Trump's win, Senate
leader reaffirms Garland opposition


Colombia to get U.S. support
to fight crime gangs: Santos


U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was
part of 'quick reaction force'


Trump faces unity
challenge; Kasich bows out


U.S. to boost airport staffing
to manage long security lines


Argentine TV ad mocks Trump
to promote soccer tournament


Brazil's Olympic marketing campaign
victim of government paralysis


Wreckage of Captain Cook's ship
Endeavour may be in U.S. harbor


Republican Kasich suspends
presidential campaign: NBC, Politico


Evacuation of 80,000 impeded as
wildfire rages in Canadian city


Texas man, fired from trucking firm,
kills co-worker, takes own life


Trump looks to unify Republicans;
Kasich reported dropping out


Al Qaeda in Yemen poses growing
threat to shipping: naval force


Republican Kasich cancels media
appearance, plans statement


Some Republican pundits, politicians
remain defiantly #NeverTrump


Powerball jackpot at $348 million,
approaching top 10 U.S. payouts


Explosions hit two oil wells in
northern Iraq's Kirkuk: sources


Don't blame our sanctions, U.S.
tells nervous Iran investors


SEC charges unregistered brokers
with misusing investor money


Disgruntled Texas man kills
co-worker, then takes own life


El Salvador rules out talks with gangs as
crackdown fuels fears of more bloodshed


Saudi prince makes bold
challenges to kingdom's old ways


Brazil's Rousseff says probe
requested by prosecutor based on lies


Artist ends lawsuit over Shkreli's
one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album


Protesters burn schools in
South Africa's Limpopo province


How Zuma, the smiling spy,
controls South Africa


Wildfire destroys homes in Fort
McMurray; 80,000 ordered evacuated


Facebook pays $10,000 to
10-year-old Instagram hacker


Finnish finance minister faces
new challenge as party leader


Jewish leaders call for UK's Labour
Party to act on anti-Semitism 'cancer'


Iraq's all-female combat unit
seeks revenge on Islamic State


South Africa's EFF party ejected from
parliament ahead of Zuma address


U.S. auto regulators to make a major
safety announcement: statement


Rise in girls living on Mumbai's streets
raises trafficking concerns: charity


Brazil's prosecutors hit Vale, BHP with
$44 billion civil lawsuit for dam collapse


Victorious Trump sets sights
on Clinton, running mate


Russia says will respond to NATO
deployment in Poland, Baltics


China, Laos increase security
cooperation after attacks on Chinese


Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition says
lifting immunity will bring more violence


French government condemns rise of
anti-police violence amid new clashes


Car bomb targets Turkish military,
air strikes destroy militant targets


EU proposes easy visas
for Kosovo citizens


Libya's east tests muscle with
oil shipment, troop dispatches


Janus's Bill Gross: 'Helicopter
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Turkish PM under pressure as
rift with Erdogan deepens


Turkey will keep responding to
rocket fire from Syria: Erdogan


U.S. warns of more risks in
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Closing arguments set in trial of Ohio
man charged with killing three women


Malaysia dissolves 1MDB advisory
board headed by PM Najib


EU executive proposes
easing visas for Turks


Acting Irish PM hopes government
can be formed this week


Tanker leaves east Libyan port without
loading, amid stand-off with Tripoli


China to carry out more military
drills in South China Sea


EU proposes scheme to
share out asylum seekers


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go after Maoists call for change


French presidential election set
for April 23 and May 7, 2017


U.N. peace talks on Yemen resume
after three-day suspension: delegates


Wildfire rages through Canadian
city, forcing mass evacuation


Obama visits Flint as questions
linger on EPA role in water crisis


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advising Trump joins Drone Aviation


Trump, the outrageous outsider,
now presumptive Republican nominee


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in Mosul as Iraqi army nears


Turkey on verge of completing
EU visa deal work: minister


North Korea hails anti-smoking
progress; leader Kim keeps puffing


U.S. gathers allies on next
steps in Islamic State fight


Russia to add three new military
divisions to counter NATO: agencies


Islamic State must be pushed back in
northern Syria: Turkish foreign minister


Asylum seekers aiming for Australia
try to prevent transfer to tiny Nauru


University of Iowa, police
investigate reported racist attack


Dozens killed in
Aleppo battle


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into political worker's death


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the Republican front-runner  


Girl's gang rape in Indonesia
prompts angry calls for protection


Dhaka arrests five Bangladeshis
deported from Singapore


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after 'calm' expires: Observatory


Indonesia to hold new round of
executions; no word on foreigners


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kills one Turkish soldier, wounds five


Turkey's Erdogan advances weekly PM
meet to Wednesday as tension rises


U.S. energy CEOs ready for new drilling
as oil prices plot upward path


Canadian wildfire forces
evacuation order for entire city


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final hurdles for EU visa deal


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vendors to speed up supply chain


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China sports ministry hauled on
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Australian mining magnate Clive
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President Rousseff: Globo


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pleads not guilty to unrelated charges


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nomination after Cruz drops out


Brazil's top prosecutor charges
former president: Estado


California senate approves bill ending
mandatory prostitution sentences


Trump wins big in Indiana, with a
clear path as Cruz quits


China arrests one of most-wanted
telecoms fraud suspects: Xinhua


El Salvador arrests mediator
of controversial gang truce


Wildfire in Alberta's energy
heartland forces thousands to flee


Duterte's election campaign fizzing
among thirsty Filipino voters


Los Angeles 'Grim Sleeper'
serial killer case goes to jury


Quarter of school-age children live
in crisis affected countries: UNICEF


Singapore set to pick military
helicopters as arms spending rises


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looks like Republican favorite


Wildfire in Canada's Fort Mac
energy heartland forces evacuation


Trump wins Indiana, looks
close to unstoppable


Detroit teachers expected back in
class after pay assurances: union


Brazil prosecutor asks Supreme
Court to investigate Lula


White House may create monument
to gay rights: Washington Post


'Bongbong', the son, leads Marcos
revival in the Philippines


Puerto Rico could face financial
chaos without Congress plan: Lew


Girl kidnapped on New Mexico
Navajo Reservation found dead


Requests for data rise sharply under
secretive U.S. surveillance orders


Australia PM Turnbull confirms
will call election for July 2


Trump, Clinton take lead in
Indiana in early voting totals


Rebels launch assault in Syria's
Aleppo, diplomats try to revive truce


Seven big banks settle U.S.
rate-rigging lawsuit for $324 million


Nobel laureate urges Modi to curb child
slavery as India reels from drought


Illinois House backs Democratic
redistricting amendment


Russia delays U.N. council condemnation
of North Korea missile tests


Kerry warns Syria's Assad of
'repercussions' if truce, transition fail


House panel near unveiling
new Puerto Rico debt bill


Auditors rebuke U.N. development
agency after U.S. indictments


No charges against Virginia police for
using stun guns on man who later died


WhatsApp resumes in Brazil after
suspension, legislators debate law


Kansas budget woes weigh
on state's credit ratings


New York City to pay U.S. $4.3
million in Medicare fraud case


Political ads and Super Bowl
boost CBS in first quarter


Alleged Texas shooter knocked murder
victim's gun from his hands: police


Brazil judge overturns 72-hour
suspension of WhatsApp


CBS's quarterly revenue
rises 10 percent


As Trump draws closer to Republican
victory, Cruz boils over


Wall Street values Tesla
Motors at $620,000 per car


Ex-N.Y. legislative leader Silver
sentenced to 12 years in prison


United Nations to start inspecting
commercial shipments to Yemen


Chicago schools to allow transgender
students to choose facilities


Six funerals held after
Ohio family massacre


Kerry says confident Syria ceasefire
can be reached, warns Assad


Bill allowing guns on
Tennessee campuses becomes law


Connecticut rabbi, former police
commissioner accused of child sex abuse


Israeli troops kill Palestinian driver
who rammed soldiers in West Bank: army


Man hijacks Washington
bus, kills pedestrian


Liberian presidential candidate Weah's
lawyers to go to U.S. over warrant


U.S. charges nine with $131
million ForceField Energy fraud


EU executive to propose
reforming asylum system


Kenyan court to hear case against
alleged gay anal examinations


Losing ground, Republican Cruz
slams Trump as 'pathological liar'


Kenya says arrests key member of
militant group plotting attacks


Dozens of Kurdish militants killed in
air strikes, clashes: Turkish military


Israeli who abducted, killed
Palestinian teen gets life term


Washington's 2015 subway fire showed
widespread safety lapses: agency


Exclusive: Differences over missile defense,
fine print snag U.S.-Israel aid deal


Clinton vows to support U.S. coal
regions while embracing cleaner energy


UK 'In' camp retains lead ahead
of EU referendum: TNS poll


Cruz unleashes fury at Trump
over Lee Harvey Oswald comment


West Africa pirates switch to
kidnapping crew as oil fetches less


Niger tells Europe it needs 1 billion
euros to fight illegal migration


Tajik Islamists' lawyer goes on
trial on fraud, extremism charges


U.S. families struggling with
teens' phone addiction: report


U.S. prosecutors consider more
charges against ex-CEO Shkreli


Islamic State kills U.S.
Navy SEAL in northern Iraq


Teachers' 'sickout' shuts
Detroit public schools again


U.S. serviceman killed by Islamic
State in Iraq was Navy SEAL: official


Pakistan's MQM party accuses
paramilitary of killing prominent member


Turkish Nobel laureate says Erdogan's
insult charges aimed at silencing dissent


Canada's government has trouble
detecting citizenship fraud: watchdog


Spain gears up for repeat
election on June 26


Brutal rape, murder of a woman
in south India sparks protests


Young Afghan Messi fan
flees over kidnap fears


Aeromexico plane diverted to Houston
after passenger dies: newspaper


Rebel rockets kill 19 in
Aleppo, hit hospital: monitor


German comedian says Merkel
'served me up for tea' to Turkey


Hollande against signing U.S.-EU
trade deal at current stage


Merkel says won't change tack to
counter anti-immigration party


Fatal helicopter crash off Norway
due technical error: investigators


More than 100 migrants die in
Libya to Italy weekend shipwrecks


Trump looking for decisive blow
against Cruz in Indiana showdown


German pair tortured women
to death, say police


Hungary to hold EU migrant
quota referendum by October


So much corruption, stuffed
into one Chicago tour


New security at Brussels Airport
causes delays, missed flights


Scientists win $3 million for
detecting Einstein's waves


China to investigate Baidu over
student's death, shares dive


Baby pulled out alive three days
after collapse of Kenya building


Islamic State forces kill U.S.
armed forces member in Iraq


New York asks StubHub, Ticketmaster
to curb 'speculative' sales


Rebel rockets hit Aleppo hospital,
causing casualties: monitor


Fists fly as Sri Lankan MPs protest
changing of the guard for ex-president


Rockets kill three women in
Aleppo hospital: Iikhbariya TV


Canadian held for second day after social
media criticism of Nepal government


Drought-hit Zimbabwe
sells off wild animals


Spanish King calls national
election for June 26


U.S. service member killed
in Iraq: U.S. defense chief


France's Hollande sends labor bill
to parliament in face of rebellion


Trump hopes to land decisive blow
in Indiana showdown with Cruz


Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in
northern Iraq, killing 18: military sources


Singapore holds eight Bangladeshis for
planning terror attacks in home country


Thailand bans 'rude' opinions
ahead of crucial referendum


Islamic State breaches peshmerga
defenses north of Mosul


Turkey to abolish visas for Greek Cypriots,
in line with EU deal: Turkish official


Obama says Chinese-led trade deal
shows need for TPP: Washington Post


Clashes near Damascus despite
truce there, five killed in Aleppo


Seattle city council rejects street
closing plan for proposed arena


Spanish police arrest four accused
of promoting Islamist militancy


Air strikes hit Islamic State
stronghold in Syria: monitor


After brawl, Turkish parliament committee
votes to lift lawmakers' immunity


Fire destroys 50 shelters in
Myanmar camp for displaced: witness


Two Turkish soldiers, five Kurdish
militants killed in attack


China's Xi says not stifling debate
but wants everyone on same song sheet


Solar-powered plane lands in
Arizona on round-the-world flight


North Korea capital gears up for
congress; South fears nuclear test


Australia blames refugee advocates
after asylum seeker sets herself alight


Arizona school unwittingly distributes
yearbook photo of student's penis


Murders drop sharply in El
Salvador in April, police say


L.A. chef Goin, Chicago restaurant
Alinea win top U.S. food awards


Former FBI agent pleads guilty to
stealing $136,000 in drug proceeds


Honduras arrests four suspects
in killing of activist Caceres


Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay
$55 million in talc-powder trial


Wrestling body revokes ex-House
Speaker Hastert's awards


Obama takes Supreme Court fight
to Republican senators' home turf


L.A. Sheriff's official
resigns over offensive emails


NATO weighs four battalions in
Eastern states to deter Russia: U.S.


Ban on Arizona Sheriff Arpaio's
workplace raids lifted: court


AIG profit misses again as
weak hedge fund returns weigh


UK's Hammond says new initiative
needed for Syria talks


Ackman defends Valeant,
hints at more changes


Texas 'Santa' pleads guilty
to child pornography charges


Argentine court probes ex-president
Fernandez over new case: media


Clinton courts Appalachian
voters to counter Trump on trade


Chicago woman sues Starbucks for
putting too much ice in drinks


Change of venue granted in trial
over Georgia child's car death


Newly discovered planets may boost
search for life beyond Earth


Ex-girlfriend can get video deposition of
Sumner Redstone in upcoming trial: judge


FBI searching Connecticut home
of man tied to Boston art heist


Chinese police to patrol in
Italy in two-week experiment


U.S. tells Pakistan it will
have to fund F-16s itself


National Guardsman arrested after
standoff at Maryland armory


Kosovo airport closes after Turkish
Airlines jet skids off runway


L.A.'s 'Grim Sleeper' murder
trial closing arguments underway


Obama administration urges Congress
to act on Puerto Rico crisis


Gun owner trying to break up fight
fatally shot in Texas parking lot


Judge hears Sandusky's petition
on child sex abuse conviction


Puerto Rico government bank misses
payment, talking with creditors


Twitter lawsuit partly dismissed
over U.S. information requests


Drink Flint water? White House
does not know if Obama will


Turkish parliament debate on
lawmakers' immunity ends in a brawl


Brazil judge orders WhatsApp
blocked, affecting 100 million users


U.S. and Senegal sign
defense cooperation deal


U.S. top court upholds cop's
conviction in auto repair scheme


Kentucky judge temporarily bars
removal of Confederate statue


Australian says he created
bitcoin, but some skeptical


Venezuela opposition submits 1.85
million signatures in recall effort


Soldier barricaded inside armory
at Maryland National Guard site


U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge
to Seattle minimum wage law


U.S. says Iraq's PM in 'strong
position' amid political unrest


VW, UAW officials to meet on
labor dispute at Tennessee plant


Ecuador names Icaza
as new oil minister


New Chicago high-rise will be city's
biggest Chinese property deal


Saudi minister confirms warning
on proposed U.S. law on 9/11


FBI arrests man, thwarts
possible attack on Jewish target


Emotional return as first U.S.
cruise in decades reaches Cuba


One person killed by rocket
fire in Turkey's Kilis: source


Kerry aims to extend truce to
Syria's Aleppo as ceasefire unravels


Conservatives in Congress
urge shutdown of IRS


Baker Hughes tries to reassure
investors as Halliburton deal fails


Pakistan raps Trump over vow to free
doctor who helped track bin Laden


Uber drivers in New York
form labor association


Turkey says prevented 85 security
'incidents' since January


Israel to reopen second
crossing for trucks into Gaza


Atlantic City, N.J., avoids
default on bond payment


Prisoners revolt in Syria's Hama jail,
seize guards: Syrian Observatory


New York businesses to cut trash
by half in 'Zero Waste' plan


Clinton courts coal-country unions
with eye toward fighting Trump


Italian marine Salvatore
Girone can return home: India


Investors may have profited from
leaked U.S. data: ECB research paper


Indiana puts Donald Trump?s
evangelical support to test


Student dead after shooting at
New Jersey fraternity house


U.S. cruise ship pulls into
Havana on historic Cuba voyage


ECB has not sought
access to Panama Papers


Still no will found for Prince as
Minnesota court opens probate process


Bodies of famed American climbers
Lowe, Bridges found in Himalayas


Go team! Top court to hear
cheerleader uniform copyright case


Nearly 90,000 unaccompanied minors
sought asylum in EU in 2015


Ukraine energy firms turn to
arbitrator over Crimea losses


Swiss intelligence monitoring online
activity of 400 possible jihadists


Clinton begins Appalachia tour
in Trump-friendly coal country


Hague court says India should
release Italian sailor: Italy


Turkish PM loses authority over party
appointments in boost to Erdogan


Detroit public schools shut with
teachers in 'sickout' protest over pay


Second European-Russian mission
to Mars delayed to 2020


German establishment rounds on
anti-immigration party over Islam


South Korea warns of risk North
may abduct citizens abroad


Far-right crimes rise sharply
in Austria amid migrant crisis


Bombs in Baghdad kill 14,
including some Shi'ite pilgrims


China probes search engine
Baidu over student's death


Unloved Hollande
courts the French anew


Kerry sees hope of extending
truce to Syria's Aleppo


Hopes fade for survivors in Kenyan
building collapse: Red Cross


Big bargains entice Warren
Buffett fans on Berkshire weekend


Minnesota court to begin process
of unraveling Prince's fortune


Clinton, looking ahead to general
election, begins Appalachia tour


Warren Buffett says doesn't try to
profit from central bank moves: CNBC


Sluggish factory activity sets
global tone for second quarter


Denmark extends controls on
German border until June 2


Indiana to test Donald Trump?s
staying power with evangelicals


Hundreds promoting independence
detained in Indonesia's Papua


Reckitt Benckiser executive slapped in South
Korea while apologizing for deadly sterilizers


Japan to support Mekong countries
with $7 billion over three years


Australian Craig Wright says
he is bitcoin creator: BBC


ITER nuclear fusion project faces
new delay, cost overrun: Les Echos


Kerry says getting closer to an
understanding on Syria ceasefire


Drones, Turkish artillery hit Islamic
State in Syria, 34 dead: military


Kuwait freedoms make austerity
drive tricky for government


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