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US Envoy Meets Nepal's King


US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca, left, and Nepal's King Gyanendra, right, after a meeting at Naryanhiti Royal Palace in Katmandu
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca met with Nepal's King Gyanendra Wednesday, on the 100-day anniversary of the king's seizure of absolute power in the country.

No details about the meeting in Kathmandu were immediately available.

During talks with government officials and opposition leaders Tuesday, Ms. Rocca expressed Washington's concern about continuing repression of civil liberties in Nepal despite the lifting of a state of emergency late last month.

King Gyanendra seized power and suspended civil liberties on February 1, saying the government had failed to quell a nine-year communist insurgency that has killed more than 11,500 people.

Maoist rebels raided three police posts in eastern Nepal late Monday, sparking clashes that left 32 rebels, three policemen and a soldier dead.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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