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East Timor rebel soldiers hand in weapons

East Timor rebel soldiers surrendered the first of their weapons to Australian peacekeepers Friday, beginning a process deemed vital to ending months of bloody unrest. Lt. Cmdr. Alfredo Reinado, who heads a rebel group that includes soldiers dismissed from the army in March, handed an Australian soldier his M-16 rifle, together with ammunition from his vest. His soldiers, standing in a row in military fatigues, saluted him and turned in their own guns. Reinado checked that they were unloaded and passed them on to the Australians, who noted down their type and serial numbers. Full Story

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