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Another US marine killed in Lebanon

Grenade and submachine-gun battles spread across the south of Beirut Monday, hours after a US marine was killed and five others were wounded in a gun battle near Beirut airport, military sources said.

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The fighting between Shiite Muslim gunmen and Lebanese Army soldiers cut the main road to the US Marine base at Beirut airport, claimed the life of a Lebanese soldier, and wounded an Italian peacekeeper. Former President Camille Chamoun warned that peace talks scheduled for Thursday could be torpedoed by the sudden increase of violence or a boycott by any of Lebanon's factions.