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Nepal crisis deepens as Maoists refuse to surrender

KATHMANDU: The crisis in Nepal deepened on Monday as major parties failed to name a new consensual prime minister and the former Maoist guerrillas again refused to hand over their weapons, their chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda predicting that the extended on Wednesday deadline to form a national unity government would also fail.

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Powerful quake hits South Pacific

SYDNEY: A series of earthquakes struck off the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Sunday, causing minor damage, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. Local tsunami advisories were issued but later lifted, and no tsunami was recorded.

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