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2006-04-25 01:48:40

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels on Tuesday rejected the king's decision to reinstate parliament and said his speech was a sham that failed to address the demands of mass street protests. "The proclamation is a sham and a conspiracy against the Nepali people," Maoist leader Prachanda said in a statement in the Nepali language. "Our party firmly rejects this." The country's main political parties had earlier welcomed King Gyanendra's decision to restore parliament,...

2006-04-25 01:58:13

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's seven-party alliance called off crippling pro-democracy protests on Tuesday after King Gyanendra announced he was reinstating the dissolved parliament. The parties, speaking as thousands of people cheered and danced on the streets, named former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala as the new head of government and said the first job would be to ensure Maoist insurgents fighting a decade-long rebellion joined the political mainstream. A...

2006-04-24 14:01:46

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - King Gyanendra on Monday announced he would reinstate Nepal's dissolved parliament, prompting political parties to say they might call off the mass protests that have paralyzed the country. The parties had vowed to stage a major rally led by two former prime ministers on Tuesday, which had been expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people. "We, through this proclamation, reinstate the house of representatives which was...

2006-04-24 12:57:59

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra announced the reinstatement of the kingdom's dissolved parliament on Monday, meeting a key demand of anti-monarchy protesters who have brought the nation to a standstill. "We, through this proclamation, reinstate the house of representatives which was dissolved on May 22, 2002," he said on national television.

2006-04-24 07:37:22

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least five Maoist rebels and a Nepali soldier were killed when hundreds of rebels stormed an eastern town overnight, the army said on Monday, as a fresh curfew was clamped on the capital to thwart anti-king protests. Sunday night's attack by the insurgents -- fighting to overthrow the monarchy since 1996 -- was among the biggest in nearly three weeks since a mass pro-democracy campaign erupted across the impoverished Himalayan kingdom. The...

2006-04-24 02:24:21

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least five Maoist rebels and a Nepali soldier were killed when hundreds of rebels stormed an eastern town overnight, the army said on Monday, as a fresh curfew was clamped on the capital to thwart anti-king protests. Sunday night's attack by the insurgents -- fighting to overthrow the monarchy since 1996 -- was among the biggest in nearly three weeks since a mass pro-democracy campaign erupted across the impoverished Himalayan kingdom. The...

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...

2006-04-23 00:36:50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali soldiers and police enforced a daytime curfew in the capital Kathmandu on Sunday, with orders to shoot to kill to prevent a planned march by anti-monarchy protesters to the palace of King Gyanendra. Riot police carrying shields and batons fanned out across the city, backed by troops wielding submachineguns and automatic rifles, and people rushed home through streets littered with burned tires and smoldering logs placed to block the troops. Small groups...

2006-04-22 14:10:02

By Raju Gopalakrishnan KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police opened fire and used teargas on Saturday to confront more than 100,000 anti-monarchy protesters who defied a curfew and marched toward King Gyanendra's palace in the center of the capital. The police opened fire in at least two places and fired teargas repeatedly to push back protesters just 500 meters (half a mile) from the palace, witnesses said. Political parties said about 150 people were wounded. About 100 were brought...

2006-04-22 03:40:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of anti-monarchy protesters defied a curfew and were marching toward the center of Nepal's capital on Saturday as a seven-party alliance rejected overtures by the king to form a government. Security forces had begun pushing the crowd back but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Armed troops were in position around palace in the center of the city and helicopters flew overhead. "The proclamation has no meaning," said...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.