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Indian Politicians Visiting Nepal Greeted with Stones, Protests

Supporters of Nepal's King Gyanendra have hurled stones at vehicles carrying Indian politicians who arrived in Kathmandu on a fact-finding mission.

The politicians are part of the first high-level Indian delegation to visit the Himalayan kingdom since the king seized absolute power in February.

The demonstrators waved black flags and shouted slogans, such as "We do not want foreign intervention." No one was injured in the incident.

The Indian delegation was invited to Kathmandu by an alliance of seven political parties that has been holding daily pro-democracy rallies in Nepal for more than three weeks.

King Gyanendra dismissed the government and seized absolute power on February 1. He said the move was necessary to quell a Maoist insurgency, which has claimed more than 11,000 lives.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.