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Ivory Coast Rebels Abandon Disarming Plan

A drive to disarm fighters in Ivory Coast was in jeopardy Friday, with rebels backing away from the plan just hours after President Laurent Gbagbo announced it was imminent. Gbagbo had declared a Dec. 15 start date for nationwide disarmament, meant to secure peace after a nine-month civil war. The announcement Thursday night was enough to disperse mobs of angry pro-government activists who had maintained a four-day siege of the main French army base in Abidjan, the commercial capital of the West African nation. The loyalist protests, at times violent, demanded French and West African peacekeepers pull away from cease-fire lines, allowing the government to reopen attacks on rebels. Full Story

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