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Chechen Cease-fire Holding, Russian Source Says

Rebels in Chechnya have not attacked Russian forces in the three days since the rebels’ fugitive leader ordered a cease-fire, a source in the mountainous region’s pro-Moscow police said on Sunday.An end to near-daily rebel attacks will come as an unwelcome surprise to Russian politicians who rebuff foreign suggestions of peace talks by saying separatist head Aslan Maskhadov is a spent force without control over the rebel ranks. Maskhadov’s cease-fire order, which he said was a mark of his willingness to enter peace talks, was published on rebel Web sites late on Wednesday.Full Story

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