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Nepal hands Maoists deadline for peace talks

Nepal’s ruling coalition has split over plans to hold an election in April amid renewed threats from Maoist insurgents that they would disrupt the poll and snub peace talks. Sher Bahadur Deuba, Nepal’s prime minister, gave the Maoists until Thursday midnight to enter peace talks aimed at ending an eight-year civil war that has claimed more than 11,000 lives, including 800 people killed during December. Mr Deuba, who was appointed by Nepal’s king last June, was ordered to form a multiparty government, hold peace talks with the Maoists, and hold parliamentary elections before April this year. Full Story

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