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2006-03-14 07:41:30

By Gopal Sharma KHATRI POUWA, Nepal (Reuters) - Soldiers carrying automatic rifles patrolled key highways in Nepal on Tuesday but normally busy roads were all but deserted as an indefinite blockade of the capital by Maoist rebels began. Piling pressure on King Gyanendra, who seized power last year, the rebels are attempting to cut hill-ringed Kathmandu off from the rest of the country, a move criticized by political parties who have said it will only hurt ordinary Nepalis. "We...

2006-03-13 22:28:48

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Roads across Nepal were deserted on Tuesday, the first day of an indefinite blockade of Kathmandu and other major towns called by Maoist rebels mounting pressure on King Gyanendra who seized full power last year. The Maoists, fighting to overthrow the Hindu monarchy and set up a single party communist republic, have ordered the closure of all roads to the capital, disrupting the movement of people and goods to the city of more than 1.5 million....

2006-03-11 08:47:06

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police began hunting on Saturday for a teenaged boy who some people believe is an reincarnation of Buddha after he disappeared from the site where he had been meditating for almost 10 months. Fifteen-year-old Ram Bahadur Bamjon has not been seen since early Saturday, said Hari Krishna Khatiwada, a district official of Bara, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kathmandu. The boy had been meditating there without food or water since May. Some of his followers...

2006-02-27 05:39:17

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Dozens of Maoist rebels ambushed an army patrol in eastern Nepal on Monday and shot dead at least three soldiers, an army officer said. One civilian was also killed in the incident at Kavre district, 80 km (50 miles) east of the capital Kathmandu, the officer said without elaborating. He had earlier said the civilian died in crossfire. In a separate attack in Pokhara, 200 km (125 miles) west of Kathmandu, 11 civilians were wounded after suspected rebels set off...

2006-02-18 12:37:51

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels called on Saturday for an indefinite nationwide general strike from April 3 in an intensified campaign against King Gyanendra who sacked the government and seized absolute power last year. Maoist chief Prachanda, who uses only one name, and his deputy Baburam Bhattarai said the rebels would also enforce a blockade of the capital Kathmandu and other main towns from March 14 to try and bring down king. "We believe the blockade and the strike,...

2006-02-10 06:49:33

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - She's 88, so short most people have to bend down to talk to her, but she walks tall and she walks strong. Chhaya Devi Parajuli, hit by tear gas, arrested and buffeted by water canon more times than she can remember, is a symbol of how much Nepalis want change. "You should tell what we are fighting for to George Bush. Tell my name to George Bush," she says, cackling, at a street rally in the ancient city of Kathmandu. "We will...

2006-02-09 01:57:02

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police clashed with protesters demanding King Gyanendra's ouster on Thursday, a day after a remarkably low turnout at local polls signaled a massive rejection of the monarch's seizure of power last year. One analyst said the king's days could be numbered. Police fired tear gas on Thursday as protesters burned tires, hurled rocks and bottles and chanted slogans just a few hundred meters from the royal palace in Kathmandu....

2006-02-08 10:28:14

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis trickled into schools, temples and ancient courtyards on Wednesday for local elections seen by many as the first real test of King Gyanendra's rule since he seized power a year ago. With the seven main political parties and Maoist rebels opposing polls they see as a sham, there was moderate violence - including an anti-election protester killed by the army -- small protests and a low turnout. The parties and the rebels...

2006-02-08 07:24:48

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Nepali protester was killed on Wednesday when troops opened fire to break up a demonstration against controversial local polls called by King Gyanendra who seized power a year ago, the army said. The incident happened in Dang, gateway to the Maoist rebel heartland in western Nepal, when 150 protesters tried to stop voting for municipal bodies. At many places, there was thin attendance at polling booths as Nepalis trickled into...

2006-02-08 05:44:32

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis trickled into schools, temples and courtyards on Wednesday to vote in local elections seen by many as the first real test of King Gyanendra's rule since he seized power a year ago. The seven main political parties and Maoist rebels fighting to topple the king urged a boycott of polls they consider a sham aimed at giving the monarch a veneer of legitimacy. The rebels launched several attacks around the country overnight...


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