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New front in Liberian war

Liberian rebels opened a second front yesterday in the city of Buchanan, and hopes of an immediate deployment of peacekeepers faded as the battle for the capital Monrovia entered its 10th day. West African leaders and officials from the UN and US were last night expected to announce a date for a Nigerian-led force to intervene in the war-ravaged country. But suggestions that the peacekeepers would deploy today appeared to founder on disputes about logistics and money. One official said they might not arrive until next week. Aid agencies estimate that more than 400 people have died in the latest battle for the capital, and conditions for the living have steadily worsened, with disease, hunger and thirst adding to the death toll. Full Story

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