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AFGHAN REBELS RENEW BOMBARDMENT OF KABUL

Afghan rebel forces launched a new rocket bombardment of Kabul at dawn yesterday and the Islamic government retaliated.

The rocket bursts also appeared to jeopardize United Nations efforts to arrange a temporary cease-fire to allow the evacuation of most diplomats and their families.

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At least 1,800 people have been killed in two weeks of bloody factional fighting in Kabul, the UN said yesterday.