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2006-09-02 02:49:22

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels threatened on Saturday to launch street protests to press the multiparty government for early elections to an assembly that would draw up a new constitution. "The government is lingering. We cannot continue to remain in limbo like this," rebel spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara told Reuters after a central committee meeting of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). The Maoists have fought since 1996 to topple the monarchy...

2006-07-18 12:58:44

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels are likely to extend a ceasefire due to expire in a few days to support peace talks aimed at ending an insurgency which has killed thousands, a top guerrilla leader said on Tuesday. The Maoists -- whose decade-long fight for a Communist state, has left more than 13,000 dead -- declared a three month truce in April after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of protests, handing over power to an interim multi-party government. With...

2006-07-09 02:20:35

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new government presented its annual policies in parliament on Sunday at a ceremony which for first time did not include the king, and the prime minister was absent to poor health. The parliament, reinstated by King Gyanendra in April after pro-democracy protests in which at least 18 people died, recently stripped the king of his legislative roles and took over his control of the army. In previous years, King Gyanendra, who turned 60 on Friday, delivered...

2006-07-06 05:51:49

KATHMANDU (Reuters)- A panel began drafting a temporary constitution for Nepal on Thursday, paving the way for Maoist rebels to join an interim government to oversee elections for an assembly to map the country's future. Seven political parties, which forced King Gyanendra to end his absolute rule in April, and the Maoists who supported the pro-democracy protests, agreed last month to draft an interim constitution as part of a power-sharing deal. The draft will be submitted to the...

2006-07-02 00:47:17

By Kamil Zaheer KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The United States is undermining Nepal's peace process by warning it could cut aid if Maoist guerrillas join an interim government without giving up their weapons first, the rebel's chief said. "Even now, they are creating an atmosphere of suspicion and trying to stop a peaceful atmosphere from building up," Maoist leader Prachanda told state-run Nepal TV late on Saturday. The U.S. ambassador in Nepal had said earlier that Washington would not...

2006-06-16 01:03:53

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebel chief Prachanda began talks with Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Friday in a bid to iron out differences before holding landmark elections and drafting a new constitution. The talks in Kathmandu between Koirala, who heads a multi-party, interim administration, and Prachanda was the first known high-level meeting between the rebels and the government since the revolt began 10 years ago. "The main agenda for the meeting is to discuss...

2006-05-03 09:01:20

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's new government announced on Wednesday an indefinite truce to match a ceasefire declared by Maoist insurgents and will seek the withdrawal of Interpol arrest warrants against rebel leaders. The new cabinet of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala -- appointed after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of protests and returned power to political parties -- will also remove the "terrorist" tag on the rebels, a Cabinet spokesman said. Wednesday's decisions are...

2006-04-23 12:07:31

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepali capital on Sunday to chant slogans against the king, but the demonstrations seemed less intense and more peaceful than in recent days. Nevertheless, at least 23 people were injured in clashes between police and protesters in different parts of the city, some hit by rubber bullets, according to an official at a private hospital. King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to hand...

2006-04-22 21:49:21

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Authorities clamped a further curfew in the capital Kathmandu on Sunday to prevent a planned march by anti-monarchy protesters to the palace of King Gyanendra. Over 100,000 people broke the curfew to enter the capital from the outskirts on Saturday and police opened fire in at least two places to beat them back. Just a kilometer (half a mile) from the palace, they repeatedly fired teargas to push back protesters. At least 150 people were wounded in the police...

2006-04-19 16:02:10

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's royalist government imposed a strict curfew in Kathmandu and neighbouring areas on Thursday but activists vowed to go ahead with their plan to bring hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets. "Residents are urged not to come out of their premises and security forces could shoot curfew violators," a government statement said. Political party leaders said they would defy the orders. "To protest peacefully is the fundamental and...


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