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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<api>
  <query>
    <general mainpage="Main Page" base="http://www.etriptips.com/wiki/Main_Page" sitename="eTripTips Wiki" generator="MediaWiki 1.10.0" case="first-letter" rights="" />
  </query>
</api>