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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query-continue>
    <alllinks galcontinue="Center_for_Systemic_Peace" />
  </query-continue>
  <query>
    <pages>
      <page ns="0" title="Census of China" missing="" />
      <page ns="0" title="Census of India" missing="" />
      <page pageid="27" ns="0" title="BGR data" />
      <page pageid="26" ns="0" title="BP data" />
      <page pageid="290" ns="0" title="Barro-Lee" />
      <page pageid="1422" ns="0" title="Basic Functionalities" />
      <page pageid="1632" ns="0" title="Basic Report (Download)" />
      <page pageid="1433" ns="0" title="Basic Report for Countries/Regions or Groupings" />
      <page pageid="78" ns="0" title="CIA World Factbook" />
      <page pageid="212" ns="0" title="Carbon Emissions Data (CDIAC)" />
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>