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Ivory Coast Rebels Fire Off Ultimatum

Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was set to reject parts of a French-brokered peace deal on Friday, as rebels said he had one week to respect the accord or face fresh fighting in the West African nation. As the country anxiously awaited the president’s evening address, hundreds of French troops flew in to the lagoon-side main city Abidjan, spilling out of a civilian jumbo and lugging their knapsacks across the sweltering runway. The reinforcements’ arrival brings the number of French troops in the former French colony to about 3,000 and underlines the tensions in the coastal city, where anti-French riots erupted after the peace deal was agreed last month. Gbagbo will speak at 8 p.m., lifting two weeks of almost total silence on a deal his supporters say is little more than a constitutional coup by the former colonial master France. Full Story

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