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Liberia Rebels Spurn Ceasefire Call

Troops defending the Liberian capital beat off an attack on a key bridge after the main rebel group rejected a US call to pull back. The BBC’s correspondent in Monrovia says the clash with the Lurd rebels marked some of the heaviest fighting of the nine-day-old battle for the city. South-east of Monrovia, the smaller, Model rebel group is said to be moving towards the port of Buchanan, which is crammed with refugees. The fighting claimed at least 14 more civilian lives on Sunday in a city where up to 200,000 people are living without shelter and with little food or clean water. Lurd (Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy), who are fighting to overthrow President Charles Taylor, attacked the Old Bridge linking the port to the city centre in strength, the BBC’s Paul Welsh reports. Full Story

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