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SRI LANKA GOVERNMENT, REBELS CEASE FIRE

The government and Tamil rebels declared a cease-fire Saturday in another attempt to end a 7-year-old separatist campaign that has claimed more than 11,000 lives.

Last year, the government gambled it could achieve peace by appeasing the rebel Tamil Tigers. That gamble failed last week when government and military officials said more than 130 unarmed policemen were massacred by the rebels and hundreds more were missing.After the Tigers broke an earlier truce on Monday, at least 376 people were killed in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, according to reports compiled by witnesses, military sources and rebel officials. The government has not given a comprehensive death toll.