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Third front in the war

The week's news at a glance.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

A six-week truce collapsed last week as a new group of rebels joined the burgeoning conflict in the Ivory Coast. President Laurent Gbagbo said the new insurgents, who took over several cocoa-producing areas in the west, were trying to hurt the economy. The country is the world’s leading producer of cocoa, thanks to millions of immigrants who tend the crops, but its exports have been lagging since a coup attempt three months ago brought civil war. The rebels who launched that coup, though, say they are not affiliated with the group in the west.

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