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Rwandan rivals reject new talks

Fierce fighting raged in the capital of Rwanda as the UN failed to persuade rebels and government forces to attend a new round of truce talks yesterday, AFP reports from Kigali. Machine-guns rattled and mortars thudded as the two sides pounded each other's positions in Kigali and the fighting spread to the city centre.

Rebel and army commanders met on Friday for the first time since the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana in a plane crash 11 days ago plunged the nation into ethnic slaughter.