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Rebels seize key city in Liberia as west Africa fails to respond to crisis

Liberian rebels seized the second port city of Buchanan as the war-battered capital Monrovia remained in the grip of fierce combat and west African leaders failed to fix a date to send peacekeepers to end the brutal war. Rebels from the smaller Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) movement stormed into Buchanan in the morning and wrested it after a fierce battle, residents said, adding that government troops fled the garrison there towards Monrovia. A humanitarian source said government militiamen had looted cars and other property belonging to international aid agencies before fleeing, leaving the city in rebel control. Full Story

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