2015

​​​Sale of Counterfeit Goods (Date of Notice: 23 November 2015)

1. A counterfeit good is an unauthorised imitation of a branded good. Counterfeit products are fake replicas of the real products.

2. Apparently, those who flagrantly deal in counterfeit goods and who demonstrate a blatant disregard of other persons’ brand’s intellectual property rights intend to obtain the benefits from other’s branded trade marks, at the same time these activities diminish the values which should have been vested in the owner of the trade marks.

3. The Trade Marks Act (TMA) of the Republic of Singapore prohibits anyone from counterfeiting a trademark or dealing with it:

a. Counterfeiting a trade mark is a criminal offence punishable by a fine not exceeding $100,000, or to a jail term not exceeding 5 years, or to both;
b. importing counterfeit goods, for trade or manufacture, or selling such counterfeit goods, is also liable for a criminal offence;
c. customs officers in Singapore have the authority to detain, examine and confiscate goods which are reasonably suspected of being counterfeit goods.

4. Trade Marks Act allows the proprietor of the trademark to sue the infringer for compensation; the infringer may also be compelled to turn over the ill-gotten profits to the proprietor.

5. In September 2011, Louis Vuitton sued a Singapore local footwear company for alleged trademark breaches in women's shoes. Retail chains Metro and Takashimaya were also named for selling the products at their stores in 2009.

6. Further, trying to pass off your own products or services as those of another is also an offence under the civil law. The elements of the offence of passing off are met when:

a) You misrepresent your product/service by making it extremely similar to that of another;
b) This misrepresentation is targeted at your customers;
c) The misrepresentation was done with the intention of harming the business of the competitor whose product/service you are imitating; and
d) Your actions do in fact cause or threaten to cause harm to his business.

7. Please do not produce, trade or otherwise deal with any counterfeiting goods. As a buyer or trader, please check with the source of the products and be cautious of the unreasonably cheap branded products.

Travel Notice for Paris, France (Date of Notice: 14 November 2015)

There were multiple attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, resulting in fatalities and injuries.  French authorities have declared a state of emergency.  Singaporeans residing in and travelling to Paris are advised to stay indoors, monitor the local news and developments closely and heed the instructions of the local French authorities.  They should also take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

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Haze Situation Update (Date of Notice: 25 September 2015)

The haze situation in Singapore has worsened today, with the 24-hour PSI crossing into the Very Unhealthy range since yesterday. The prevailing winds are forecast to blow from the south-southeast or south-southwest, and hazy conditions can still be expected. The 24-hr PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the Very Unhealthy range, and the possibility of the air quality going into the Hazardous range cannot be excluded. 

The Ministry of Education has announced that all primary and secondary schools are closed today (25 Sep). As students at junior colleges, universities, polytechnics and ITE are older and less vulnerable to the effects of air pollution, these will remain open. Therefore, classes at NTU will proceed as usual.  

NTU will continue to monitor the haze situation and will adopt appropriate management measures in line with MOH's health advisory.  

However, all outdoor activities should be scaled down or cancelled. Students are advised to take the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask if outdoors for prolonged periods of time and to seek medical attention if feeling unwell.

 

Haze Situation Update (Date of Notice: 8 September 2015)

Singapore has been experiencing hazy conditions today due to smoke haze from Sumatra being blown in by the prevailing south-southwesterly winds. As at 8pm today the 24-hr PSI was 92-105, in the high end of the Moderate range to the low end of the Unhealthy range and the 1-hr PM2.5 was 55-72 µg/m3.

2          The total number of hotspots detected in Sumatra today was 38. The low hotspot count was due to cloud cover over parts of central Sumatra. Widespread moderate to dense smoke haze was observed in southern and central Sumatra. Haze was also observed to have spread over the sea areas east of Sumatra.

3          For the rest of today and tomorrow, the prevailing winds are forecast to blow from the south or southwest, and hazy conditions are expected to persist. Thundery showers are forecast for Singapore in the morning. The 24-hr PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the low to mid end of the Unhealthy range, and may further deteriorate if the winds are unfavourable.

4          The health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status, the PSI level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity. Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, healthy persons should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

The latest haze update on the haze situation and PSI levels can be found on the NEA WebsiteHaze Microsite or myENV app.

 

Haze Situation in Singapore (Date of Notice: 4 September 2015)

Further to the email on 21 August 2015, this notice provides additional updates to the haze situation in Singapore. 
 
The ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (hosted by Meteorological Service Singapore, National Environment Agency) had advised on the activation of Level 3 Alert for Sumatra (Alert Level 3 is raised when there are 250 or more hotspots detected on two consecutive days with dry weather conditions persisting and prevailing winds blowing towards other ASEAN countries). This was due to the increasing hotspot clusters and the detection of widespread-moderate to dense smoke haze in southern and central Sumatra. As at 1 September 2015, 380 hotspots were detected in Sumatra.
 
Recently, the smoke haze from Sumatra has spread to some parts of the region including Western Peninsular Malaysia and affected the air quality there. The current dry weather conditions over southern and central Sumatra are expected to persist. Under the prevailing south-easterly to southerly wind conditions, trans-boundary smoke haze could continue to spread to some parts of the region. 
As at 3 September 2015 0900hrs, the 24-hour PSI is 75 – 83 (Moderate range) and the 3-hour PSI is 98. Although NEA has indicated that this has no impact to Singapore currently, students should continue to stay alert and remain vigilant to any deterioration in the PSI levels. Students who are experiencing haze-related discomfort may seek consultations at the following clinic/hospitals:

1.       NTU Medical Centre (University Health Services Centre, 6 Nanyang Avenue Singapore 639801)
2.       Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (1 Jurong East Street 21 Singapore 609606)
3.       National University Hospital (5 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore119074)

The latest haze update on the haze situation and PSI levels can be found on the NEA WebsiteHaze Microsite or myENV app.

 

Haze Situation in Singapore (Date of Notice: 25 August 2015)

Singapore has been experiencing hazy conditions recently. The haze was blown from fires in Sumatra by the prevailing south-southwesterly winds. 120 hotspots were detected in Sumatra on the same day, mainly in the southern half of the island. Smoke plumes with slight to moderate haze were visible from some of these hotspots. The 24-hr PSI is expected to be in the high-end of the Moderate range and may enter the low-end of the Unhealthy range if the prevailing winds continue to blow from the southwest.

The health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status, the PSI level and the length and intensity of outdoor activities. Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. Those who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

Students who are experiencing haze-related discomfort may seek consultations at the following clinic/hospitals:

1.       NTU Medical Centre (University Health Services Centre, 6 Nanyang Avenue Singapore 639801)
2.       Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (1 Jurong East Street 21 Singapore 609606)
3.       National University Hospital (5 Lower Kent Ridge Road Singapore119074)

The latest haze update on the haze situation and PSI levels can be found on the NEA Website or the Haze Microsite.

Launching of MERS Website

Dear all,
 
The University is monitoring closely the ongoing Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) situation in South Korea and will adhere strictly to the advisories issued by both the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education on the appropriate measures to be taken.
 
In view of the rapidly developing situation which has attracted the interest and attention of many, our University has launched a dedicated MERS website today to provide important information related to the virus outbreak in one convenient location.
 
This website is set up as a central repository of information and advisories on MERS.
 
Please visit the website often for the latest updates and advisories on the MERS situation in South Korea.
  
Chan Kwong Lok
Deputy Chair, Crisis Management Committee
Chief Planning Officer / Registrar

 

Travel Notice for Thailand (Date of Notice: 18 August 2015])

There was a second explosion near Sathorn Pier, located next to Saphan Taksin BTS, in the afternoon of 18 August 2015.  This comes in the wake of a deadly explosion at the Ratchaprasong intersection near Erawan Shrine and Central World Shopping Centre in Bangkok on the evening of 17 August 2015, which resulted in several fatalities and numerous injuries.  Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Thailand should avoid these vicinities for the time being. They should monitor the local news and developments closely and heed the instructions of the local Thai authorities.  They are also advised to take all necessary precautions for their personal safety, including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance.

There were three earlier incidents of explosions reported by Thai authorities this year. On 10 April 2015, a car bomb exploded in the basement car park of Central Festival shopping mall in Koh Samui in the Surat Thani province.  On 7 March 2015, a grenade exploded outside the Bangkok Criminal Court in the Chatuchak district.  On 1 February 2015, two small improvised explosive devices exploded at the Siam station of Bangkok’s Skytrain System, in close proximity to the Siam Paragon shopping mall.

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Travel Advisory for Nepal (Date of Notice: 4 August 2015)

Nepal was struck by two major earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015, measuring a magnitude of 7.8 and 7.3 respectively.  Areas close to the epicentres, including the capital of Kathmandu, suffered significant damage.  Further earthquakes, aftershocks and possible landslides cannot be ruled out.

While the airport in Kathmandu remains open and commercial flights are operating as per normal, communication channels are erratic and virtually non-existent in some remote areas.

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Travel to Japan (Date of Notice: 01 July 2015)

Singaporeans travelling to Japan should heed the advice of the local authorities in the event of an emergency. The latest information on weather and earthquake is available at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) website (www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html).

On 30 June 2015, the Japanese authorities raised the volcano warning for Mt. Hakone to level 3 (“No entry”) on a five-level scale. Local authorities have imposed an entry ban to Mt. Hakone.  Evacuation orders have also been issued for the 1 km area surrounding the crater near Owakudani. 

The Hakone region is a popular destination for many tourists.  Singaporeans planning to travel there are advised to check the latest information which is available on JMA’s website (www.jma.go.jp/en/volcano), monitor the news regularly (www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld and other main media sources) and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

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Advisory on Travel to Egypt
(Date of Notice: 13 July 2015)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) continues to advise Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to Egypt.  Intermittent violence continues to occur in Cairo and other parts of Egypt.  Notably, a car bomb exploded outside the Italian Consulate in downtown Cairo on 11 July 2015, killing one person, injuring several others and significantly damaging part of the consulate building.

Singaporeans who are currently in Egypt are reminded to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions for their personal safety and security, including monitoring the news closely, observing instructions from local authorities and avoiding areas of public disturbances.  In addition, as the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula remains uncertain, Singaporeans are advised to avoid any overland travel to and from the Sinai area.

 

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Travel Notice: Situation in Tunisia (Date of Notice: 29 June 2015) 

A lone gunman stormed the Hotel RIU Imperial Marhaba in the northeastern town of Sousse, and shot dead dozens of tourists on 26 June 2015.

For their own safety, Singaporeans, either travelling to or already in Tunisia, should exercise caution and vigilance.  They should monitor the local news closely, observe instructions from local security authorities, and avoid areas of public gatherings and disturbances.

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Travel Notice: MERS – CoV Situation in Republic of Korea (Date of Notice: 11 June 2015)

The Korean authorities have reported more than 100 MERS-CoV cases in the Republic of Korea since 21 May 2015. Most cases were linked to hospitals or healthcare settings.

There is currently no travel advisory against travel to the Republic of Korea.

Singaporeans should take into consideration all the relevant information pertaining to the current MERS situation in planning their travel to the affected countries/regions. Singaporeans who are unwell should consider delaying their trip. For the time being, Singaporeans are strongly advised to avoid visiting hospitals in the Republic of Korea, unless it is necessary for them to do so. 

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Travel Notice: MERS – CoV Situation in Republic of Korea (Date of Notice: 10 June 2015)

The Korean authorities have reported a total of 95 MERS-CoV cases in the Republic of Korea since 21 May 2015. 

There is currently no travel advisory against travel to the Republic of Korea.  Nonetheless, Singaporeans residing in, or travelling to the Republic of Korea may wish to observe the measures recommended by their respective local health authorities, and adopt the following general health precautions:

  • Observe good personal hygiene at all times;
  • Practise frequent hand washing (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are soiled);
  • Avoid close contact with persons suffering from acute respiratory infections (e.g. someone who is coughing);
  • Avoid contact with live farm or wild animals. If contact has been made, to wash hands thoroughly with soap;
  • Adopt good food safety and hygiene practices and avoid consuming unpasteurised milk, undercooked meats, raw fruits and vegetables (unless they have been peeled), or unsafe water.
  • Wear a surgical mask and seek medical attention promptly if they become unwell with fever and cough. (Individuals who have returned from areas reporting human cases of MERS-CoV should inform the doctor of the areas that they have travelled to if they feel unwell.) 


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Travel Notice For Sabah (Date of notice: 6 June 2015)

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Sabah on Malaysia’s Borneo island early Friday morning, 5 June 2015.  Tremors were felt throughout the state capital, in the northern Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, and as far away as Beaufort in the south. On 6 June 2015, there were new tremors which could be felt in Kota Kinabalu as well as other parts of the state.

Singaporeans in Sabah should take the necessary precautions for their personal safety such as monitoring local news and following the instructions of local authorities. They should also purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance if they are planning to travel there. Singaporeans are advised to check with their insurers if they have doubts over the terms and conditions of their insurance coverage.

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MERS - CoV Situation in Republic of Korea (Date of notice: 3 June 2015)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a total of 30 MERS-CoV cases in the Republic of Korea since 3 June 2015.

There is currently no travel advisory against travel to the Republic of Korea. Nonetheless, Singaporeans residing in, or travelling to the Republic of Korea may wish to observe the measures recommended by their respective local health authorities, and adopt the following general health precautions.

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Ebola situation in West Africa (Date of notice: 27 May 2015)

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued an advisory concerning the Ebola Virus Disease following the World Health Organisation's (WHO) reports on cases of Ebola in some West African countries (i.e., Guinea and Sierra Leone). To reduce the risk of exposure to Ebola, Singaporeans should consider postponing non-essential travel to the affected areas.

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Advisory on Travel to Egypt (Date of notice: 14 May 2015)

As intermittent violence continues to occur in Cairo and other parts of Egypt, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) continues to advise Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel to Egypt.  

Singaporeans who are currently in Egypt are reminded to be alert and take the necessary precautions for their personal safety, including monitoring the news closely, observing instructions from local authorities and avoiding areas of public disturbances.  In addition, as the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula remains uncertain, Singaporeans are advised to avoid any overland travel to and from the Sinai area.

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Travel to Japan (Date of notice: 8 May 2015)

Singaporeans travelling to Japan should heed the advice of the local authorities in the event of an emergency. The latest information on weather and earthquake is available at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) website (www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html).

On 6 May 2015, the Japanese authorities raised the volcano warning for Mt. Hakone to level 2 (“Do not approach crater”) on a five-level scale. Local authorities have imposed an entry ban for the area around Owakudani near the crater.  Singaporeans planning to travel to Hakone should check the latest information which is available on JMA’s website (www.jma.go.jp/en/volcano), monitor the news regularly (www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld and other main media sources) and heed the instructions of the local authorities.

Singaporeans should also note that some areas in the immediate vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continue to be classified by the Japanese Government as "Restricted Areas" where people are not allowed to reside nor return to. Singaporeans should avoid travel to these areas where evacuation orders continue to be in force. Please refer to the following link for a map of the Restricted Areas. http://www.meti.go.jp/english/earthquake/nuclear/roadmap/pdf/141001MapOfAreas.pdf

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Travel Advisory for Nepal (Date of notice: 13 May 2015)

A strong earthquake measuring a magnitude of 7.3 hit Nepal on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 This follows an earlier 7.8 earthquake which rocked Nepal on 25 April 2015. Further tremors and aftershocks in the coming days and weeks cannot be ruled out.

While the airport in Kathmandu is currently open and commercial flights are operating as per normal, communication channels are erratic and virtually non-existent in some remote areas.

MFA advises Singaporeans to postpone non-essential travel to Nepal. As Singapore does not have an embassy in Nepal, Singaporeans who require consular assistance may contact the Singapore High Commission in New Delhi or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:

Singapore High Commission in New Delhi
Tel: 91-98102-03595
Fax: 91-11-4601 6413
Email: singhc_del@sgmfa.gov.sg
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24-hours)
Tel: 6379 8800, 6379 8855
Fax: 6476-7302
Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

Travel Advisory for Yemen (Date of notice: 16 April 2015)

The armed conflict in Yemen has intensified, especially in areas such as Sana’a and Aden, and could spread to other regions in the country. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Many foreigners have left, and many foreign embassies have either closed or shifted to other cities. Foreign governments are also winding down their evacuation operations. The evacuation options for those remaining in the country are increasingly limited. The main airports in Yemen have closed and evacuation flights are infrequent. Overland evacuation is still possible, but is fraught with security risks and uncertainties. 

Singapore does not have an Embassy in Yemen. MFA strongly advises Singaporeans to avoid all travel to Yemen. Those who are still in Yemen should leave immediately if they assess it is safe for them to do so and not put themselves at serious risk. If Singaporeans do not leave now, MFA may have no means to assist them later.  Singaporeans who need assistance to depart Yemen, or the Next-of-Kin of Singaporeans who are still in Yemen, can contact the MFA Duty Officer (24-hours) at: 6379 8800 / 8855 or mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg for advice and assistance.

Travel Notice for Thailand (Date of notice: 11 April 2015)

Martial law was lifted in Thailand on 1 April 2015 and replaced with an order issued under Section 44 of Thailand’s Interim Constitution, which authorises the National Council for Peace and Order to undertake security measures to maintain peace and order. 

Thai authorities reported that on 10 April 2015, a car bomb exploded in the basement car park of Central Festival shopping mall in Koh Samui in the Surat Thani province.

There were two earlier incidents reported by Thai authorities. On 1 February 2015, two small improvised explosive devices exploded at the Siam station of Bangkok’s Skytrain System, in close proximity to the Siam Paragon shopping mall. On 7 March 2015, a grenade exploded outside the Bangkok Criminal Court in the Chatuchak district. 

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Travel to Japan (Date of notice: 9 March 2015)

Singaporeans travelling to Japan should heed the advice of the local authorities in the event of an emergency. Latest information on weather and earthquake are available at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) website www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html .

Singaporeans should also note that some areas in the immediate vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant continue to be classified by the Japanese Government as "Restricted Areas" where people are not allowed to live or return to. Singaporeans should avoid travel to these areas where evacuation orders continue to be in force. Please refer to the following link for a map of the Restricted Areas. http://www.meti.go.jp/english/earthquake/nuclear/roadmap/pdf/141001MapOfAreas.pdf

Latest news and information on health and safety are also available from the portal of the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan, at www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/incident

There have also been reports of scams against foreigners where large sums of money were involved. While Japan remains a safe and tourist-friendly destination, Singaporeans are advised to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions.

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Travel Notice: MERS – CoV Situation in the Middle East (Date of notice: 23 February 2015)

While no cases of MERS-CoV have been detected in Singapore thus far, Singaporeans residing in, or travelling to the Middle East, particularly the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should remain vigilant, monitor local developments through the media and their local contacts, and observe measures recommended by local health authorities. Singaporeans may wish to note the health advisory (http://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/pressRoomItemRelease/2014/additional-measure-for-early-detection-of-mers-cov.html) issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health (www.moh.gov.sg).

An extract of the latest advisory from MOH as of 16 May 2014 is appended below.

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Travel to Myanmar
(Date of notice: 17 February 2015)

The Myanmar Government has declared a state of emergency in the Kokang Self-Administered Region in the Northern Shan State in northern Myanmar and martial law was imposed on 17 February 2015. A state of emergency in Rakhine State in western Myanmar, which the Myanmar Government declared in June 2012, also remains in place.  Singaporeans are therefore advised to avoid non-essential travel to the Northern Shan State and the Rakhine State. 

Due to the uncertain security situation in some parts of Myanmar, particularly the eastern border regions, travellers to Myanmar are advised to monitor local news and developments, take necessary precautions for personal safety, and purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance with an option for medical evacuation.  They should check with their insurers if in doubt on the terms and conditions of their insurance coverage.  Travellers are also advised to avoid crowded public areas and be vigilant at all times.

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Travel to Israel (Date of notice: 13 February 2015)

Singaporeans travelling to or residing in Israel should monitor the local news and developments closely and heed the instructions of local authorities.  They should take all necessary precautions for personal safety including purchasing comprehensive travel and medical insurance. They should also avoid all travel to Gaza.

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Travel Notice: Avian Influenza A (H7N9) situation in China (Date of notice:13 February 2015)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has yet to advise against travel to China at this point in time, as there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 and H5N6 viruses.

For World Health Organisation (WHO)’s latest news concerning avian influenza A (H7N9 and H5N6), please refer to their official website at www.who.int/en/.

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