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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query-continue>
    <links plcontinue="1|0|Local_economy" />
  </query-continue>
  <query>
    <pages>
      <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="Main Page">
        <links>
          <pl ns="0" title="Art Deco Quarter" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Aylesham/Morrison site" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Blackpool Road" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Bussey Building" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Cimate change" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Community Hustings 2018" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Copeland Cultural Quarter" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Donate" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Inter faith" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Local List" />
        </links>
      </page>
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>