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2006-02-01 03:13:14

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A year after he seized power, Nepal's King Gyanendra vowed on Wednesday to hold national elections by 2007, as Maoist rebels attacked a western town and killed at least 19 soldiers and police. The army said dozens of soldiers and government officials, including the district administrator, were missing after the overnight raid on the western town of Palpa, which targeted army barracks, police posts and government buildings. Hours...

2006-02-01 01:06:38

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A year after he seized power, Nepal's king vowed on Wednesday to hold national elections by 2007, as Maoist rebels raided a western town killing three soldiers and leaving dozens missing. King Gyanendra, who sacked the government and took control of the poor Himalayan kingdom on February 1 last year promising to bring peace and prosperity, reiterated his call to the communist guerillas to shun violence and join the mainstream....

2006-01-31 21:48:24

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels launched an attack on army barracks ahead of anti-king protests on Wednesday called by political parties to mark the first anniversary of the monarch's assumption of absolute power. An army officer said casualties were feared from the raid in Palpa town, about 185 miles west of Kathmandu, late on Tuesday. But he didn't have more details. The fighting continued until dawn and the independent Kantipur radio...

2006-01-31 08:10:50

By Y.P. Rajesh and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - When Nepal's King Gyanendra sacked the government and took absolute power last February, he vowed to quell a bloody Maoist revolt, bring peace and good governance, and then restore democracy within three years. A year on, none of his promises are even close to being fulfilled, analysts and diplomats say. On the contrary, the Maoists are as strong as ever, violence is rising and the aid-dependent economy is in tatters. A campaign...

2006-01-26 04:27:14

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police shot and wounded a protester on Thursday during a nationwide strike against municipal elections and King Gyanendra's refusal to restore multi-party democracy, doctors and witnesses said. They said the incident took place in the resort town of Pokhara, 200 km (125 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu. "One person has received a bullet injury in his right leg," a doctor at Phewa City Hospital told Reuters. Dozens of Nepalis were...

2006-01-22 09:39:46

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Seventeen Maoist guerrillas and six security personnel were killed in the deadliest gun battle in restive Nepal since the rebels ended a four-month-old truce three weeks ago, an army officer said on Sunday. The news came as an alliance of Nepali opposition parties vowed to continue their protests, just hours after police in Kathmandu clashed with crowds demanding that King Gyanendra restore democracy to the Himalayan nation. The seven-party...

2006-01-22 01:15:17

By Simon Denyer KATHMANDU (Reuters) - As thousands of pro-democracy protesters fought running battles with police on the streets of the capital this weekend, Nepal's king sat regally unmoved hundreds of miles away in the east of the country. When he returns to Kathmandu on Sunday, after a three-week "informal visit" to the countryside, his reaction to the latest twists in a long-running political crisis will be closely watched. So far there is no indication that he is prepared to...

2006-01-20 09:59:36

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Soldiers and armed police enforced a curfew in the Nepali capital on Friday and placed leading politicians under house arrest, thwarting a planned protest against the king, who seized absolute power last year. Armored personnel carriers mounted with machineguns were stationed across Kathmandu, while thousands of soldiers and police in green and blue camouflage fanned out to guard almost every street, square and junction. Police...

2006-01-20 00:29:37

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Soldiers and armed police imposed a strict curfew in Kathmandu on Friday and put leading politicians under house arrest to thwart a planned protest against the king, who seized power last year. Armoured personnel carriers mounted with machine guns patrolled the empty streets of the capital, and groups of soldiers and police in green and blue camouflage were gathered on every street corner. Former prime minister Girija Prasad...

2006-01-16 10:18:47

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's royalist government on Monday imposed a night curfew in Kathmandu, saying it was stepping up security after Maoist rebels killed 12 policemen in weekend raids near the city. "Troops have been given orders to shoot to enforce the curfew," the government said in an order read over state radio. The curfew applies for five hours from 11 p.m., and violators could be arrested and jailed for up to a month. It was not clear for how many days the curfew would...


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