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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <redirects>
      <r from="Main Page" to="South African Climbing Wiki" />
    </redirects>
    <pages>
      <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="South African Climbing Wiki" />
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>