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U.S. Marines, West African Peacekeepers Survey Drugged Rebel Fighters as Peace Accord Takes Hold

West African peacekeepers and U.S. Marines lurched in synch through armed drills at Liberia’s airport and surveyed doped-up, wig-wearing rebels on the capital’s new front lines, spreading out to help a new peace deal take hold following warlord-president Charles Taylor’s departure. Liberians urged the still-building peace force to hurry its deployment into the countryside, where Liberia’s government alleged fresh attacks Tuesday by insurgents. In Monrovia, the U.N. Children’s Fund handed out blankets, soap and school materials to 450 orphans living in an abandoned ministry. A 2-week-old cease-fire held in the capital, where government and rebel fighters kept a wary distance, one day after their leaders signed a power-sharing accord in nearby Accra, Ghana. Delegates expected to have the leaders of the transitional, two-year power-sharing government for Liberia picked as soon as Wednesday. The new pact keeps warring parties out of the interim government’s top posts – but gives them the pick on who fill them, drawing from political parties and civic groups. Full Story

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