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Iran reportedly indicated that it has dropped one of its key demands for ending hostilities in its five-year-old war with Iraq. The semi-official Al Ittihad newspaper in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, said Iran has told the noncombatant nations of the Persian Gulf that it would accept an end to the war in return for $50 billion in war reparations. The newspaper said Iran made no mention of what has long been a central demand: the removal of the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as a condition for ending the war.

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