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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<api>
  <query-continue>
    <allfileusages gafcontinue="Example.jpg|25" />
  </query-continue>
  <query>
    <pages>
      <page pageid="16" ns="12" title="Help:Links" />
      <page pageid="25" ns="12" title="Help:Images" />
      <page pageid="44" ns="12" title="Help:Signatures" />
      <page pageid="54" ns="12" title="Help:Talk pages" />
      <page pageid="81" ns="10" title="Template:Note" />
      <page pageid="102" ns="0" title="Sheffield Doc Fest 2011" />
      <page pageid="130" ns="0" title="Brian Haw" />
      <page pageid="188" ns="0" title="CoC Jan Screenings" />
      <page pageid="197" ns="0" title="Some new designs" />
    </pages>
  </query>
</api>