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REBEL. A citizen or subject who unjustly and unlawfully takes up arms against the constituted authorities of the nation, to deprive them of the supreme power, either by resisting their lawful and constitutional orders, in some particular matter, or to impose on them conditions. Vattel, Droit des Gens, liv. 3, Sec. 328. In another sense it signifies a refusal to obey a superior, or the commands of a court. Vide Commission of Rebellion.

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, 65th Infantry Battalion commander, said the rebels abandoned their slain comrades after a 10-minute gunfight.
During the attack, policemen were able to fight back, killing three rebels whose bodies were left behind by their companions.
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Former rebels who are aged 21 and up and who have no pending cases are qualified to avail themselves of the loan program.
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March 26, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) -- South Sudan rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar have claimed that 38 government soldiers were killed in the battle fields of Ayot and Nhial Diu in Jonglei and Unity states respectively.
Sanaa: Houthi rebels sweeping across Yemen clashed with tribesmen and Al Qaeda militants on Friday in violence that left 20 people dead, officials said.
Reuters on Monday reported that Ukraine was in the final stages of recapturing Donetsk, the biggest city controlled by rebels. The Ukraine forces stepped up their offensive on the rebels in Eastern Ukraine irrespective of the presence of 20,000 Russian troops on the nearby border, who are sympathetic to the east Ukraine rebels.
Meanwhile, talks continued over allowing rebels to leave the besieged Old City in Homs.