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    Time for a new Where In The World challenge from Ron Blehm. Last month's challenge had some personal meaning for Ron but proved quite difficult with few correct answers. This month hopefully will be a bit easier, involving a provincial capital that's been around for some 3000 years. Can you figure out where?

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    Where In The World #84

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    vRoute info Version 2.1.1.12 Released

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