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2006-06-12 05:25:24

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels said on Monday that a new round of peace talks with the government would be held soon, a day after the guerrilla chief met a senior minister in a remote village in the west of the country. The meeting between Prachanda and chief government negotiator Krishna Prasad Sitaula was the elusive rebel leader's first known encounter with a high ranking government official since the insurgency began in 1996. It took place in...

2006-05-29 23:15:50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's army and Maoist rebels have accused each other of violating a code of conduct agreed last week which commits both sides to cease provocations and stop intimidating people with arms. In their first peace talks since 2003, the Maoists and the new multi-party government agreed to the code which also committed both sides to stop recruitment. The rebels also pledged not to force people to pay donations. "The Maoists are ignoring the code of conduct and...

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...

2006-04-27 04:44:34

BEIJING (Reuters) - China distanced itself from Nepal's self-styled Maoist rebels on Thursday, saying the group had no connection with any Chinese person or group. China has refused to identify with or provide help to Nepal's Maoists, who take their inspiration and name from late Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong, having long ago abandoned ambitions to export its revolution. "They call themselves Maoists, but they have nothing to do with any organization or person domestically in...

2006-04-25 23:58:16

By Simon Denyer KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal stepped back from the abyss this week, when its stubborn and autocratic king finally bowed to weeks of street protests and handed power back to political parties. But the challenges are only just beginning for one of the world's poorest countries as it tries to build a new road toward peace and bring an end to a decade-long Maoist insurgency. "It was a remarkable climbdown by the king, and overall we must be happy...

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 04:32:19

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters defied a daytime curfew in the Nepali capital on Sunday, chanting slogans against the king on the 18th consecutive day of protests. At least three people were injured when police opened fire on one group of protesters in an eastern suburb of Kathmandu, witnesses said, although they were not sure if live rounds or rubber bullets were used. King Gyanendra's offer on Friday to hand over power to an alliance...

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 23:29:23

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Anti-monarchy protesters gathered outside the city limits of the Nepali capital Kathmandu on Thursday where a strict curfew has been imposed to block a pro-democracy rally. Security forces have orders to shoot violators. Activists have said they will bring out hundreds of thousands on the street to force King Gyanendra to restore multi-party democracy. The city of 1.5 million people was deserted except for police and troops on patrol but about...

2006-04-19 21:25:02

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police and troops patrolled deserted streets of the capital Kathmandu on Thursday as a curfew imposed to block a massive anti-monarchy protest went into effect. All roads of the city of 1.5 million were empty of traffic, residents said. Police pickets had been set up at every major intersection and troops were on patrol, they said. "I can't even see a dog on the street," said Manohar Acharya, a resident of the New Road business district....


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