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Nepal frees rebel leaders

The authorities in Nepal say they have released three senior Maoists in an attempt to woo rebels back to peace talks. The release of the three was a key condition set by the rebels in an ultimatum delivered on Monday. A government spokesman said the Maoists should now return to negotiations, which broke down in May. The rebels’ other demands include information on the whereabouts of missing comrades, and a curb on army movements. Kamal Thapa, government negotiator and a senior minister, ruled out restricting the movement of the army or scrapping a counter-terrorism agreement with the US. But he said that there would be no new army offensive against the rebels. Full Story

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