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Nepalese struggle to break rebel hold on capital

Essential supplies were being ferried into Kathmandu yesterday under the protection of military helicopters, after Maoist rebels cut off Nepal’s capital from the rest of the Himalayan kingdom for the fifth day. On the main highway out of Kathmandu, the traffic consisted only of ambulances and army lorries carrying soldiers. The rebels’ ability to isolate the capital by setting up a blockade has created fear and panic. Whereas 1,200 lorries a day normally enter the city, yesterday’s trickle sent local prices spiralling. Full Story

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