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Liberian Leader Sets Resignation

Liberian President Charles Taylor for the first time set a precise date for stepping down but pointedly declined to say today whether he would leave the country. Taylor said he would leave office Aug. 11, after West African peacekeepers have arrived in force. His aides, however, laid down new conditions for his departure, including the dismissal of a war crimes indictment by a U.N.-backed court. Forces loyal to Taylor mounted a zealous counterattack today against the rebels who have laid siege to this shattered capital for two weeks. The government forces aimed to take decisive control of two bridges that lead into downtown Monrovia and capture the adjoining seaport before Nigerian peacekeepers arrive on Monday. Full Story

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