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A BAND OF ASSASSINS ALMOST KILLS MUBARAK IN ETHIOPIA. WILL HIS CRACKDOWN AT HOME WORK?

The team of assassins launched the attack with professional precision. At 8:15 last Monday morning, in a rented house overlooking Addis Ababa's main airport, one of them peered through an opening in the black cloth that covered the window. With binoculars he watched Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi shake hands with his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, welcoming him to a summit meeting of the Organization of African Unity. As Mubarak's motorcade pulled out of the airport and onto the tree-lined boulevard leading into the Ethiopian capital, the lookout flashed a signal by radio to the hit squad sitting in three vehicles parked...

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