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U.S. Warns of Possible Unrest in Nepal

The State Department told Americans on Wednesday to avoid travel to Nepal because of possible political unrest in the aftermath of King Gyanendra’s dismissal of the government and suspension of many civil rights. The department said Americans already in the Himalayan kingdom should avoid road travel in and around the Katmandu valley and be extra cautious until the situation calms. To widespread condemnation abroad, King Gyanendra dismissed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s government Tuesday, appointed a new cabinet, under his control, and severely curtailed civil liberties. He faulted Deuba for having failed to restore peace to the country and stage popular elections. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher called the king’s action a “step back from democracy.” Full Story

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