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Nepal detains 200 after violent anti-king protests

Pro-democracy activists in Nepal fought pitched battles with police in Kathmandu on Wednesday, battling teargas volleys with bricks, stones and slogans as protests mounted against King Gyanendra. At least 200 protesters opposed to the king — who sacked the government in February and seized absolute power — were arrested while trying to enter the city centre where rallies are banned. Two protesters and four policemen were injured in the clashes, witnesses said. Protests have flared in Nepal since last week when Maoist rebels — fighting to overthrow the Hindu monarchy — announced a unilateral ceasefire to try to win over parties opposed to the king.Full Story

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