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Clashes Herald Ivorian Ceasefire

Fighting has broken out in Ivory Coast as the warring parties signed a ceasefire to end almost eight months of civil war. Rebels said forces loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo had attacked their positions in Danane region near the border with Liberia, Reuters news agency reports. “They are trying to take the place before the ceasefire,” a rebel spokesman said, although the army said the insurgents had attacked first. The country’s new government of national unity, which includes ministers from the rebel groups, had issued a statement saying armed forces and the rebels had “agreed to a total cessation of hostilities and an integral ceasefire”. The government previously agreed a ceasefire with the main MPCI rebel faction, which holds the northern half of the country. The ceasefire is scheduled to come into effect at midnight local time on Saturday (same as GMT). Full Story

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