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Nepal Frees Former Prime Minister, Other Political Detainees

Officials in Nepal say the government has lifted the house arrest of former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and freed more than a dozen other political detainees.

Officials say orders were issued Friday revoking the house arrest of Mr. Deuba and releasing at least 17 other activists and politicians who were under police detention. The other detainees included former Home Minister Purna Bahadur Khadka.

Hundreds of activists were detained in the constitutional monarchy after King Gyanendra seized complete power February 1, saying the government had failed quell a Maoist insurgency.

Several countries have protested the king's actions. India and Britain suspended military aid to Nepal.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.