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Nepal plunges back into violence

Bank robberies. Abductions. And at least three dozen deaths in a matter of days. Less than a week after the collapse of a seven-month ceasefire, the war in Nepal between Maoist guerrillas and the monarchy has returned with horrifying speed. Nepali police officials said yesterday that five Maoists and two policemen were the latest to die as the guerrillas resumed attacks after walking out of a third round of truce talks. The renewal of the conflict comes amid intensifying pressure on King Gyanendra, who assumed the throne after the massacre of the royal family in 2001, and who is in conflict with the main political parties. The parties said yesterday that they would “peacefully defy” a three-week government ban on public demonstrations, and would press ahead with a campaign to persuade the King to sack the royalist Prime Minister, whom he unilaterally installed last October. Full Story

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