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        [Tue Feb 28 22:59:30 UTC 2017]

        The 2017a release of the tz code and data is available. It reflects the
        following changes, which were either circulated on the tz mailing list
        or are relatively minor technical or administrative changes:

           Briefly: Southern Chile moves from -04/-03 to -03, and Mongolia
           discontinues DST.

           Changes to future time stamps

             Mongolia no longer observes DST. (Thanks to Ganbold Tsagaankhuu.)

             Chile's Region of Magallanes moves from -04/-03 to -03 year-round.
             Its clocks diverge from America/Santiago starting 2017-05-13 at
             23:00, hiving off a new zone America/Punta_Arenas. Although the
             Chilean government says this change expires in May 2019, for now
             assume it's permanent. (Thanks to Juan Correa and Deborah
             Goldsmith.) This also affects Antarctica/Palmer.

           Changes to past time stamps

             Fix many entries for historical time stamps for Europe/Madrid
             before 1979, to agree with tables compiled by Pere Planesas of the
             National Astronomical Observatory of Spain. As a side effect,
             this changes some time stamps for Africa/Ceuta before 1929, which
             are probably guesswork anyway. (Thanks to Steve Allen and
             Pierpaolo Bernardi for the heads-ups, and to Michael Deckers for
             correcting the 1901 transition.)

             Ecuador observed DST from 1992-11-28 to 1993-02-05.
             (Thanks to Alois Treindl.)

             Asia/Atyrau and Asia/Oral were at +03 (not +04) before 1930-06-21.
             (Thanks to Stepan Golosunov.)

           Changes to past and future time zone abbreviations

             Switch to numeric time zone abbreviations for South America, as
             part of the ongoing project of removing invented abbreviations.
             This avoids the need to invent an abbreviation for the new Chilean
             new zone. Similarly, switch from invented to numeric time zone
             abbreviations for Afghanistan, American Samoa, the Azores,
             Bangladesh, Bhutan, the British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei,
             Cape Verde, Chatham Is, Christmas I, Cocos (Keeling) Is, Cook Is,
             Dubai, East Timor, Eucla, Fiji, French Polynesia, Greenland,
             Indochina, Iran, Iraq, Kiribati, Lord Howe, Macquarie, Malaysia,
             the Maldives, Marshall Is, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia,
             Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk I, Palau,
             Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Pitcairn, Qatar, Réunion, St
             Pierre & Miquelon, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore,
             Solomon Is, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Wake, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, and
             Xinjiang; for 20-minute daylight saving time in Ghana before 1943;
             for half-hour daylight saving time in Belize before 1944 and in
             the Dominican Republic before 1975; and for Canary Islands before
             1946, for Guinea-Bissau before 1975, for Iceland before 1969, for
             Indian Summer Time before 1942, for Indonesia before around 1964,
             for Kenya before 1960, for Liberia before 1973, for Madeira before
             1967, for Namibia before 1943, for the Netherlands in 1937-9, for
             Pakistan before 1971, for Western Sahara before 1977, and for
             Zaporozhye in 1880-1924.

             For Alaska time from 1900 through 1967, instead of "CAT" use the
             abbreviation "AST", the abbreviation commonly used at the time
             (Atlantic Standard Time had not been standardized yet). Use "AWT"
             and "APT" instead of the invented abbreviations "CAWT" and "CAPT".

             Use "CST" and "CDT" instead of invented abbreviations for Macau
             before 1999 and Taiwan before 1938, and use "JST" instead of the
             invented abbreviation "JCST" for Japan and Korea before 1938.

           Change to database entry category

             Move the Pacific/Johnston link from 'australasia' to 'backward',
             since Johnston is now uninhabited.

           Changes to code

             zic no longer mishandles some transitions in January 2038 when it
             attempts to work around Qt bug 53071. This fixes a bug affecting
             Pacific/Tongatapu that was introduced in zic 2016e. localtime.c
             now contains a workaround, useful when loading a file generated by
             a buggy zic. (Problem and localtime.c fix reported by Bradley

             zdump -i now outputs non-hour numeric time zone abbreviations
             without a colon, e.g., "+0530" rather than "+05:30". This agrees
             with zic %z and with common practice, and simplifies auditing of
             zdump output.

             zdump is now buildable again with -DUSE_LTZ=0.
             (Problem reported by Joseph Myers.)

             zdump.c now always includes private.h, to avoid code duplication
             with private.h. (Problem reported by Kees Dekker.)

             localtime.c no longer mishandles early or late timestamps
             when TZ is set to a POSIX-style string that specifies DST.
             (Problem reported by Kees Dekker.)

             date and strftime now cause %z to generate "-0000" instead of
             "+0000" when the UT offset is zero and the time zone abbreviation
             begins with "-".

           Changes to documentation and commentary

             The 'Theory' file now better documents choice of historical time
             zone abbreviations. (Problems reported by Michael Deckers.)

             tz-link.htm now covers leap smearing, which is popular in clouds.

        Here are links to the release files:


        Links are also available via plain HTTP, and via FTP from
        ftp://ftp.iana.org/tz/releases with the same basenames as above.


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