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Liberian Rebels Seize Key Coastal Town

Rebels fighting to oust Liberian President Charles Taylor have seized a key coastal town northwest of the West African nation’s capital, military officials and fleeing residents said on Thursday. It is the first time the rebels, who launched their uprising in 2000, have captured Robertsport, 49 miles up the coast from the capital Monrovia and close to the border with Sierra Leone. “The rebels entered Robertsport on Wednesday morning …They came in their numbers,” said one resident, who had fled the town and was taking shelter in Monrovia. Dozens of terrified residents have left Robertsport, fleeing by ferry to Monrovia. Fighting between the shadowy rebels and Taylor’s troops regularly prompts mass movements of fearful residents. Full Story

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