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Swedish Foreign minister Carl Bildt is being investigated on corruption charges!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

Former Swedish PM Carl Bildt - now foreign minister< Carl Bildt was Swedish premier from 1991 to 1994.

This was his come back in politics. It seems he is stumbling already. He was appointed to the post a few months ago. 

The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has been reported to police on corruption charges by the Green party of Sweden.

When the minister was approached by a journalist on Sunday about the accusations, the minister is reported to have acted violently.

The party has now asked the police to investigate the minister.

Today, a government attorney Christer van der Kwast has decided to start the investigations against the minister.

Now it is corruption in the west. We will follow the case to see how it ends. If it was a minister from developing countries, the west would have started shouting loud about it.

If the accusation is true, the minister should resign to allow the investigations to run smoothly.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Looking for freelance journalists world wide!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

African Press in Norway is growing in the right direction, and wishes to have freelance journalists around the world, who can feed the site with news, politics, sports and analysis.

APN will soon establish an editorial board that will run its affairs, and will continue to develop aimed at being a world wide news attraction site.

APN is now in a process of looking for possibilities to acquire its own server, because it wants to double the capacity of news production.

We therefore, invite interested persons to contact us through our email below.

At the same time, we wish all our readers a happy new year.

By Korir, Chief Editor and Investigative reporter, African Press in Norway, APN, africanpress@chello.no

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Beware of another scam!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

We have received the email below and warn our readers not to be fooled! Very incredible mail with unbelievable proposals. This has to be exposed.

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—– Original Message —–From: “A N” <rawaa0010@hotmail.com>

Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2007 7:30 PM

Subject: CONFIDENTIAL..BUSINESS PROPOSAL.

FROM THE DESK OF:

MR  DANBABA RAWAA
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA ANNEX
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO.

 ATTENTION://

FIRST I MUST SOLICIT FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION, THIS IS BY  VIRTUE OF IT’S NATURE AS BEING UTTERLY CONFIDENTIAL.  THOUGH I KNOW THAT A  TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WILL MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED BUT
I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DEAL.I HAVE
DECIDED TO CONTACT YOU DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THIS TRANSACTION, LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF PROPERLY TO YOU. 

I AM MR.DANBABA RAWAA, THE BILL AND  EXCHANGE MANAGER OF THE BANK OF AFRICA ANNEX  HERE IN OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA  FASO.

I CAME TO KNOW YOU IN MY PRIVATE SEARCH THROUGH THE INTERNET FOR A
RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE THIS CONFIDENTIAL TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY REQUIRING
MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.

 THE PROPOSITION:
 A FOREIGNER WHO MET HIS DEATH IN ‘KENYA AIR BUS’ (A310-30) FLIGHT Ko430 
THAT CRASHED IN ABIDJAN,COTE D’IVOIRE BANKED WITH US AT THE BANK OF AFRICA
ANNEX  HERE IN BURKINA FASO AND HAD A CLOSING BALANCE AS AT THE END OF
SEPTEMBER 2002 WORTH $18,200.000.00  (EIGHTEEN MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS). 

THE BANK NOW EXPECTS A NEXT OF KIN AS BENEFICIARY AND VALUABLE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY BANK OF AFRICA TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF HASSAN’S FAMILY OR RELATIVES BUT TO NO SUCCESS.  IT IS BECAUSE OF THE  PERCEIVED POSSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY OF THE LATE DEPPSITORS NEXT-OF-KIN ( HE HAD NO WIFE OR CHILDREN THAT IS KNOWN TO US).

BASED UPON  THIS DISCOVERY,WE HAVE DECIDED TO MAKE THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU AND RELEASE THE MONEY TO YOU AS NEXT-OF-KIN OR RELATION TO THE DECEASED FOR SAFETY AND SUBSEQUENT DISBURSEMENT SINCE NOBODY IS COMING FOR IT AND WE
DON’T WANT THIS MONEY TO GO INTO THE BANK TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS. THE BANKING LAWS  AND GUIDELINES HERE STIPULATES THAT, IF SUCH MONEY REMAINED  UNCLAIMED AFTER FOUR YEARS, THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERED INTO THE BANK’S  TREASURY AS UNCLAIMED FUNDS.THE REQUEST FOR A FOREIGNER AS NEXT-OF-KIN IS
OCCASSIONED BY THE FACT THAT, THE LATE DEPOSITOR WAS A FORIEGNER AND SO AN
INDIGENE CANNOT STAND AS THE NEXT-OF-KIN. IN ORDER TO AVERT THIS
DEVELOPMENT,SOME OF MY TRUSTED COLLEAGUES AND I NOW SEEK YOUR PERMISSION TO HAVE YOU STAND AS NEXT OF KIN TO THE LATE DEPOSITOR SO THAT THE FUND, US $18.2 MILLION WILL BE RELEASED AND PAID TO YOU AS THE BENEFICIARY NEXT-OF-KIN. ALL DOCUMENTS AND PROVES TO ENABLE YOU GET THIS FUND WILL BE CAREFULLY WORKED OUT ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO PARTAKE IN THIS TRANSACTION.

MY COLLEAGUES AND I IN MY DEPARTMENT HAVE SECURED FROM PROBATE AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS TO LOCATE ANY OF THE DECLARED BENEFICIARY (NEXT OF KIN) AND MORE SO I AM ASSURING YOU THAT THIS BUSINESS IS 100% RISK FREE. MEANWHILE YOUR PERCENTAGE SHARE SHALL BE 30% WITH RESPECT TO THE PROVISION OF A FORIEGN ACCOUNT, 5% HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR ANY EXPENCES WE MIGHT INCURE WHILE THE REMAINING 65% WILL BE FOR MY COLLEAGUES AND I.

AS SOON AS WE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL, I WOULD FURNISH YOU WITH THE NECESSARY STEPS TO TAKE BEGINNING WITH THE TEXT OF APPLICATION WHICH YOU SHALL FORWARD TO THE BANK FOR SCRUTINY AND APPROVAL.

PLEASE IF THIS IS ACCEPTABLE BY YOU, DO NOT MAKE UNDUE OF THE TRUST I HAVE BESTOWED IN
YOU.

BEST REGARDS,

MR DANBABA RAWAA
BILL AND EXCHANGE MANAGER,
BANK OF AFRICA ANNEX
OUAGADOUGOU,B.F
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To our readers, we believe this is scam, but it is for you to tell others not to be fooled.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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The Film Hotel Rwanda? If the facts are correct, God will not forgive the international community for keeping quiet!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

President Kagame

President Paul Kagame may succeed in bringing the murderers to justice! 

He leads a country that is said to have experienced the worst genocide in the last century. Now he tries to bring those said to be involved in the killings to face justice. The road to achieve that goal is a very long one, but he has chosen to travel the road.

Genocide memorial site guardian with skulls

< Waiting for justice, but for how long? Questions as to why all the skulls were left behind by merciless killers need answers. Who did it, why, and where are those who did it, are the possible questions this woman must be asking herself, as she is surrounded by skulls of missing bodies, while at the same time she looks up to the international community in search for answers!

And when I heard the Rwandese president had started to travel the road looking for justice and answers for his people, I got interested to learn more about the atrocities in his country. The people butchered have relatives waiting and looking for answers — why the massacre took place! But is the international community willing to provide answers, help or arrest those accused of genocide, the people they have given refuge far away from Rwanda?

I heard of the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.

I read in the media about the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.

I have spoken with people about the genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.

I have listened to people discus genocide in Rwanda, and where was I? In the West.

And until today, I had not watched the film – Hotel Rwanda!

I managed to get the video – Hotel Rwanda. I sat down yesterday and watched the film at home. I have never sat down to watch a film that makes me get chilly all over my body!

Hotel Rwanda made me feel like I was in hell, I felt chilly throughout the time the film lasted. When I started it, I was a bit tired, but after 30 minutes into the film, I became very awake because of the activities shown in the film.

I started asking myself questions on where the neighbouring countries were when the killings were going on. I asked myself where African countries were when the massacre took place. I asked myself what is wrong with African leaders when it comes to grabbing power.

I discovered I had no answers to these questions.

I started asking myself where the international community was. I asked myself where the West was, and even deeper thoughts circled inside me. I wondered where in particular, the UN, USA, UK, France, Belgium etc …,. (there are many to mention) …were when the atrocities were being committed.

Now I sit down wondering alone, and asking myself, did it really happen, or I have just seen a film that wakes imagination, because if it really happened…… then what … are human beings unworthy of life in developing countries?

I do not know, I was not there so I cannot say it happened. And yet I do not know either whether it did NOT happen, because I was not there!

But then I sit down, and rewind the film, watch it again and again. At the end of the movie it shows in small script that the man who was the manager of the hotel in question, a  Hutu man enjoined in marriage to Tutsi woman, the woman from the massacred tribe, and their children live in Belgium after being rescued from the hotel where he saved many lives.

Then I tell myself, Jesus, this is a true story, a shocking story.

Where were the world leaders? Were they able to stop the genocide? Of course they could, if they wanted. They stopped the killings in the Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Bosnia.

But now I realise Africa stands alone. The west seems to say, if you want to kill yourselves in Africa, do so and help the world to reduce the growing population.

When the killings started in Liberia, Somalia, and Sierra Leone the international community held meetings to discus ways and means to stop the atrocities. They talked for long, and when they finally decided to help, lives were already gone!

Look at Darfur in Sudan! We are still talking. Look at Somalia! We are still talking. What a mess!

But look at the positive concern the International community directs to Iraq!

Remember when Kuwait was invaded, a Oil nation, action was quick to save the people, and most of all the saving of the Kuwaiti oil which flows to the West!

Why did the international community leave the Rwandese to murder one another? Will God really forgive the international community? I doubt it. Tragedies will befall the international community, because of ignoring the value of live in Rwanda, and other parts of Africa. This is a saddening affair. It is sad to say, but it must be said one day. And that day might as well be now.

I have a problem after watching the film Hotel Rwanda.

I hope world leaders have had the opportunity to watch it, because the film will call upon them to start on a trip of “soul searching.”

The film guides us into understanding how the tragedy fell into almost every home of the Tutsi tribe. They were “pangared” (cut or slashed) like wood or animals. They were gathered, made to sit like an ant hill, and shot in close range. Murder in cold blood!

It hurts me to narrate.

The fact that the international community did not stop the genocide in Rwanda, does not mean they cannot do anything to help bring justice in the country.

Many countries in the West are hoarding those who are accused of genocide. They claim that they do not want to arrest, and deport them to Rwanda, because they fear they will be put to death.

The best that the international community can do now, is to arrest all those mentioned in the list from the Rwandese government, and have them defend themselves. Let them, in evidence, convince the international court of justice of their innocence.

Vincent Bajinya, Celestin Ugirashebuja and Emmanuel Nteziryayo<The men arrested in the UK deny the charges, the worst atrocities committed in last century! It is reported that, Vincent Bajinya was arrested in north London, Charles Munyaneza in Bedford, Celestin Ugirashebuja in Essex and Emmanuel Nteziryayo in Manchester.

Britain recently took a step in the right direction. The country arrested Rwandese pictured above, who had comforted themselves with western lifestyle, yet they are accused of having blood of the Tutsi on their hands.

Of course, we are not saying the arrests indicate guilt! They are innocent until proven guilty, but should not be shielded in the name of human rights in the west, because the west fear if these people are deported to Rwanda, they will face death sentences.

Norway is one country that has some of the Rwandese accused of genocide. Norway has categorically refused to arrest, and have the accused defend themselves in the international court set up by the UN in Tanzania.

Norway’s moral is questionable on this subject of justice for those who lost their beloved ones, during the speedy massacre that was orchestrated by the Hutus.

How then will anyone know if these people mentioned are guilty of genocide or not, if they are not given the opportunity to tell their stories in a court of law.

The wounds in Rwanda will only start to heal, after all those who have been mentioned are arraigned in courts, given time to defend themselves, and either be found guilty or not.

All nations should give justice a chance!

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Reason as to why saddam should have been spared!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (December 2006)<Saddam Hussein

By most codes of justice, his execution would be fitting retribution for a brutal life. But it won’t extinguish the fires of secterian hatred any more than it will relieve the pain of his victims.

By Romesh Ratnesar

Posted Friday, Dec. 29, 2006
By the time you read this, Saddam Hussein may be dead. When Iraq’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Saddam’s appeal of his death sentence, the tyrant’s luck finally ran out. That there would be no reprieve was apparently evident to Saddam himself, who penned a farewell letter to his former subjects in which he seemed to welcome a martyr’s death — while adding that if he somehow managed to escape the noose, that would be OK too. “If [God’s] decision is postponed, then He is most merciful,” the letter said. In all likelihood, the world will never see him again.

To anyone interested in holding the world’s worst despots accountable for their crimes, the Iraqi High Tribunal’s conviction of Saddam for the 1982 massacre in Dujail should be cause for celebration. And considering that the 148 people killed in Dujail amount to only a tiny fraction of the thousands who died under Saddam’s murderous rule, it’s perverse to claim that capital punishment did not fit the magnitude of his crimes. By most codes of retributive justice, execution is the only worthy end to such a brutal life. But it is also a mistake.

It’s not that I believe Saddam got a raw deal. Some opponents of his execution say the trial’s flaws — compounded by the climate of intimidation surrounding it, during which two defense lawyers and a judge were assassinated — are sufficient to justify sparing his life. (Human Rights Watch outlines the trial’s deficiencies here: http://hrw.org/reports/2006/iraq1106/). But it’s doubtful that any proceeding held in Iraq today would have turned out any differently. The fundamental question before the tribunal’s judges — whether the prosecution could prove Saddam’s direct complicity in the Dujail massacre — was settled when prosecutors produced killing orders bearing Saddam’s signature, which handwriting experts confirmed. Only Saddam’s most ardent loyalists would argue that his guilt is still in question.

But the case against executing Saddam has little to do with justice. (Though it has some: as Gary J. Bass has argued, Saddam still faces trial for an even worse offense, the genocide of Kurds at Anfal in 1988, which will never be prosecuted adequately if he is put to death now.) It comes down instead to politics. In a perfect world, Iraq’s courts would be free of sectarian biases and worthy of public trust. But many Sunnis who loathed Saddam distrust the institutions of the Shi’ite-led government even more. I doubt that most Sunnis will view Saddam as a martyr any more than Saddam, whose entire regime was built around his self-preservation, really wants to become one. But there’s every reason to believe that many ordinary Sunnis will see Saddam’s execution as another humiliation at the hands of the Shi’ites and one more reason to take up arms against the government. That’s good news for the insurgents, terrorists and death squads on both sides — and bad news for U.S. troops.

The Iraqis who suffered under Saddam would be outraged at the idea of granting him clemency. But beyond the fleeting, visceral satisfaction of giving Saddam the same violent end that he administered to his victims, there’s little political upside for the Iraqi government in putting him to death. It will not slow down the pace of Iraq’s sectarian slaughter, which is being driven by an array of uncontrollable forces. But it will almost certainly fuel Sunni rage and scuttle Pri me Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s program of reconciliation, which may be the last chance to avoid an even bloodier civil war. Any surge in violence by Sunni insurgents, in turn, would cause more Shi’ites to turn to militias for protection, which would undermine al-Maliki’s authority even more. The real fear of many Shi’ites and Kurds — that if allowed to live and remain in Iraq, Saddam would someday escape and return to power — could be allayed by putting Saddam in international custody and consigning him to life imprisonment in the Hague. Like Slobodan Milosevic before him, he would be left to die there a defeated, forgotten man.

That, of course, would require the U.S. to intervene in the case, which the Bush Administration is determined not to do. U.S. civilian authorities in Iraq abolished the death penalty after Saddam’s fall in 2003, out of fear that it could be too easily abused by Iraqis out to settle scores with their former Baathist tormentors. But capital punishment returned with the ratification of a new constitution in 2005. Whatever the Administration’s true feelings about the wisdom of executing Saddam in such a heated environment, the U.S. appears prepared to allow the Iraqis to do as they please. When the hanging happens, it will no doubt be greeted with official U.S. congratulations to the Iraqis for “stepping up” and taking responsibility for their future.

Ultimately, the U.S. may be right to allow the Iraqis to decide Saddam’s fate for themselves. But this is no time for triumphalism. It should shame both Americans and Iraqis to hear a man as repugnant as Saddam presenting himself as a uniter and imploring Iraqis “not to hate.” Executing Saddam won’t extinguish those fires of hatred any more than it will relieve the pain of his victims. Only when Iraqis build a decent, humane society at peace with itself will they be able to erase the memory of the crimes for which Saddam died.

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We found it necessary that readers should get the views above! Even though Saddam is already gone, it is a good thing to get the arguments as to why he should have been spared. Maybe we will be in the same situation in future, where we have to decide on the likes of Saddam.

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By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Kenya: Three parties, three presidential candidates will be the answer!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

Former president Daniel Moi will not encourage people who listen to him to support ODM-K in the coming elections. He has a bone to pick with Raila Odinga of ODM-K who tried to fool him while the two were in Kanu. Raila wanted to fool Moi into allowing him become KANU’s flag bearer in 2002 elections.

Raila wants to think that there will be only two men, that is to say two parties competing for the presidency. He is thinking of his ODM-K and Narc-K of Kibaki.

One thing he is forgetting is the fact that there are other independent parties that plan to field candidates. There are parties like Biwott’s Kanu, Kombo’s Ford-K, CCM, Safina and Narc – the original one!

If the parties just mentioned choose not to field their candidates, they may simply decide to be a joint force, then there will be three big parties competing for power.

There is a likely-hood that the parties mentioned above will decide to back Narc-K’s Kibaki simply because they do not want ODM-K to take over power.

The scenario would be different if ODM-K choose Kalonzo Musyoka (far right in the photo>)as their flag bearer. He has a larger appeal and seen as a politician that is good in uniting Kenyans. He also has experience in foreign policy than the other ODM-K luminaries.

There are many issues facing Kenya. There is curruption, new constitution, peace and security etc…..Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki<President Kibaki.

This past weekend has seen Narc-K decide on President Kibaki as their candidate, while ODM-K has not taken a decision as yet. We may end up having Narc-K’s Kibaki, ODM-K’s Musyoka and one candidate for the smaller parties, being Mr Biwott. .

The president has promised the country an new constitution but has not said when it will become a reality.

However, Kenyans must take him seriously when he says he will give the country a new constitution by signing two Bills — the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill and the Constitution of Kenya Review Bill  into law.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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President Kibaki is now the official Narc-K presidential candidate!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki<Mwai Kibaki is an experienced man. He has acquired leadership skills over many years while working under late president Kenyatta and former president Daniel Moi. Now he wants to continue leading the Kenyans in a continued prosperity. And It is now been confirmed that President Mwai Kibaki will seek the second term as Kenya’s president in this year’s coming elections.

The president has to battle it out with whoever is nominated by other parties that will field a presidential candidate.

As the campaign season starts Narc-K leaning politicians have taken a decision to have the president lead the country for the second term.

It has been reported by the Kenya media that over 60 party MPs in a retreat in Naivasha endorsed the move.

The party leaders say it is now time to go to the injury stage and battle it out with whoever wants to challenge the president.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Polish controversial Archbishop Wielgus resigns after causing embarrassment to the Catholic church!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

Stanislaw Wielgus<Saddened Archbishop Wielgus and (left in the right photo as he prays)Archbishop Wielgus at the service, flanked right by Cardinal Glemp

BBC has reported that the “controversial Archbishop of Warsaw has resigned, less than one hour before he was due to be installed in his post.”

It has been established that, “Stanislaw Wielgus has been at the centre of a communist-era spying row, and recently admitted collaborating with the secret police.”

It has been common knowledge in eastern Europe that churches collaborated with the communists and secret police and in turn, the churches they led were rewarded in many ways. 

The controversial man was brave because, “he announced the decision in person at a special Mass for his installation, to a mixture of applause and shouting. The Vatican’s mission in Poland  said in a statement that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the archbishop’s resignation.”

Pope Benedict XVI greets worshippers in Rome, 25 Dec 06<The Pope Benedict

The revelation must have angered the Pope. The fact that it has come out that a leading church personality has been spying on the citizens causes embarrassment to the Catholic church.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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Saddam’s half-brother to hang soon!

Posted by African Press International on January 8, 2007

 The Iraqi authorities have confirmed that the late Saddam Hussein’s half brother and a former judge will be hanged within the week.

He was sentenced to death together with Saddam Hussein last year.

The sentences will be executed despite appeals to the Iraqi government to stop the executions. The appeals come from the new UN boss Ban Ki-moon, among others.

Saddam was hanged alone on the 30th of December last year. His hanging has caused a lot of controversy due to the filming that has been distributed around the world and put in the internet as well.

The filming shows when the former dictator was dangling hanging by the rope, while being abused by some of those who were present in the hanging chambers.

The spokesman of the Iraqi government, Ali al-Dabbagh has confirmed that the death sentences of the 2 has already been signed and there is no turning back.

The two, including Saddam were judged with the killings of 148 Shia Muslims in the village of Dujail in 1982.

Dabbagh has said that despite the fact that the Iraqi government respects the UN’s point of view, the government has the responsibility to show respect to the victims who suffered under Saddam’s regime.

By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN

africanpress@chello.no

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