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Rebel soldiers still control Ivory Coast's second city - 2002-09-26


French forces have moved a group of 160 school children, most of them Americans, and 39 staffers from a missionary school in the rebel-held northern city Bouake to neighboring Ghana. U-S troops have been standing by to assist with evacuation efforts. The French troops are preparing to evacuate French nationals and other foreigners from the city. But the standoff continues between government troops and rebel soldiers in the town. Nigeria has sent three fighter jets to help the government end the rebellion. VOA West Africa correspondent Luis Ramirez is in Ivory Coast’s largest city, Abidjan. English to Africa reporter Josephine Kamara asked him about the latest; he says the city remains calm, but the town of Bouake is still under rebel control.

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