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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...

2006-02-16 23:35:13

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal arrested more journalists than any other country since 2004, many during pro-democracy protests, an international media watchdog said while urging the royalist government to free seven still in detention. The Paris-based group, Reporters Without Borders (RWB), said in a statement received on Friday that at least 114 journalists were arrested while doing their job or taking part in pro-democracy protests from January 20. "Nepal has, since 2004, arrested...

2006-02-15 06:03:06

By Terry Friel and Gopal Sharma RAJHENA REFUGEE CAMP, Nepal (Reuters) - Maheshwari Sanjali lies alone on the clean, hard-packed mud floor, countless flies crawling over her gaping mouth and half-closed eyes, her parents too busy working for her food to be able to tend to her. "She can't live and she can't die," says Dhanrup Tomta, who lives in a neighboring mud hut in this camp for Nepali refugees chased from their homes by a war between government troops and Maoist rebels fighting...

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 08:24:27

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elections called by Nepal's King Gyanendra to convince his people he is moving toward democracy have backfired, with a low turnout signaling a rejection of his power grab and the polls triggering fresh protests on Thursday. Analysts say the unpopular king is running out of options and his days may be numbered. The government says Wednesday's local elections for mayors and other minor officials were part of moves to put Nepal back...

2006-02-09 04:04:42

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 as protesters burned tires, hurled rocks and bottles and chanted slogans a few hundred meters (yards) from the royal palace in Kathmandu on Thursday....

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 06:55:45

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali troops shot dead a protester on Wednesday when they opened fire while trying to break up a demonstration against controversial local elections, 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. Critics say the elections, which were canceled at some places as candidates were too scared of possible Maoist retaliation, are a sham designed to...

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...

2006-02-07 09:43:51

By Gopal Sharma and Terry Friel KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Maoist rebels in Nepal launched a series of attacks, killing nine people including a taxi driver, as tension mounted on the eve of the kingdom's controversial first election in seven years, officials said on Tuesday. Olive-green armoured personnel carriers guarded key parts of the ancient capital and camouflaged police stopped and checked cars in the tense build-up to the municipal vote, which has been boycotted by the main...