This thread is resolved. Here is a description of the problem and solution.
Problem: Translated strings do not appear on the front end when the site default language is not English
- Go to WPML -> Theme and Plugins Localization page. - Scroll down to the Other options section. - Uncheck the Assume that the original language of all strings is an English option.
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