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Clashes with Maoists, students in Nepal despite pro-royal PM's resignation

Thirty-four people died in Maoist rebel violence as students opposed to Nepal’s king brawled with police in renewed turmoil despite the resignation last week of the royalist premier, officials said. Twenty-two rebels fighting to overthrow the monarchy were gunned down in at least four clashes across the Himalayan kingdom since Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa’s resignation Friday, a security official said. Maoists also planted a landmine that detonated under a bus full of troops Sunday in northeast Nepal. Rebels threw homemade bombs at the passengers, killing six civilians, five soldiers and one policeman, an army official said. In Kathmandu, opposition parties which had sought the sacking of Thapa, brought to the street Sunday some 15,000 people who chanted slogans against King Gyanendra, who fired the elected government in 2002. Full Story

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