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Liberia leader agrees truce

President Charles Taylor has agreed to a ceasefire with rebel forces, West African mediators have said. The rebels, who have advanced to the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia, have also agreed to stop fighting, paving the way for peace talks to resume in neighbouring Ghana. Ghana’s Foreign Minister Nana Akufo-Addo said that a formal ceasefire could be signed by the end of the week, reports the French news agency, AFP. Monrovia residents fear a repeat of the brutal ethnic killings they witnessed during the 1990s civil war, which were supposed to have ended with Mr Taylor’s 1997 election. Increasing numbers of people have been fleeing the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (Lurd) advance on Monrovia, where up to one million people need urgent help, according to aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). Full Story

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