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Voluntary Disarmament Ends in Liberia


United Nations troops in Liberia say Sunday is the final day of a voluntary program to disarm thousands of former combatants in the west African country.

Officials say about 90,000 people had enrolled in the plan to hand over their guns in exchange for $300 and vocational training.

U.N. officials say more efforts are planned to disarm fighters from the country's civil war that ended last year. And local authorities have promised to prosecute those found with weapons after today's deadline.

Also today, witnesses in the capital, Monrovia, say U.N. peacekeepers arrested dozens of people following violent clashes that started Thursday.

At least five people have died in the violence blamed on a dispute between Christians and Muslims in the city.

Some of this information provided by Reuters, AFP and AP.