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Police Arrest Nepal Opposition Leader Before Planned Protest

Police in Nepal's capital have arrested a senior opposition party official ahead of a planned protest.

Police detained Arjun Narsingh, spokesman of the Nepali Congress Party, outside the party's offices in Kathmandu. Mr. Narsingh had called a party meeting to plan demonstrations on Friday - Nepal's Democracy Day - against the new royal government.

Nepal's King Gyanendra dismissed the previous government and declared a state of emergency two weeks ago because of what he said was its failure to put down a growing Maoist rebellion.

Outside Nepal the power grab has been widely criticized and several nations, including the United States, some EU countries and Nepal's close ally India, have recalled their ambassadors for consultations.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.