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Warring factions defy cease-fire in Lebanon

Gun battles flared Wednesday on the ''green line'' dividing Beirut, and some artillery shells and rockets were fired in defiance of a cease-fire agreed to by leaders of Lebanon's warring factions at talks in Switzerland.

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Two people were reported wounded, but the scattered clashes and shelling did not degenerate into the heavy fighting of recent days and a committee of militia and Army representatives held a first meeting to discuss how to ensure that the cease-fire was observed.

The meeting was delayed by the problem of finding a place where all four committee members felt safe. Military sources said it was eventually held in an area controlled by French troops and did not last long. A second meeting was set for today.

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