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In Central African Republic, rebels halt their advance on capital, say they are ready to talk

NEW YORK — Rebel forces halted their advance on Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on Wednesday and said they were prepared to enter into peace talks with the government.

The announcement, made by rebel spokesmen, heralded the possibility of a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has driven thousands of civilians from their homes and into the Central African forest, seeking refuge from the violence that has accompanied similar uprisings in recent years.

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