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Nepal Swears in Five Former Maoist Rebels as Cabinet Ministers


Nepal Pol: Several of Nepal's former Maoist rebels have been sworn in as members of a new interim government.
Five former communist rebels took the oath of office today (Sunday) in Kathmandu along with new Cabinet ministers from other parties.
The new government that includes Maoists for the first time is part of a landmark deal ending 10 years of civil war.
Former Prime Minister Girja Prasad Koirala was re-elected by the interim parliament.
The ceremonies took place after the South Asian nation's main political parties and former rebels settled their differences over key Cabinet posts earlier in the day.
Officials also said today they have scheduled elections for June to choose a special assembly that will create a new constitution, and decide Nepal's political system. The assembly also will determine the future of King Gyanendra.

Somalia: An African Union spokesman in Somalia says a Ugandan soldier taking part in an A.U. peacekeeping mission has been killed by artillery fire in Mogadishu.
The soldier was guarding the presidential palace today (Sunday) when he was killed in a mortar attack. He is the first A.U. peacekeeper to die in Somalia since the force arrived last month.
The A.U. soldiers were deployed to relieve Ethiopian troops that helped Somali solders push an Islamist movement from power in Mogadishu last December. The capital has been plagued by violence since then.
Heavy fighting has killed several people since Thursday when Ethiopian and Somali troops began a ground and air offensive against insurgents in northern Mogadishu.
Witnesses say civilians have suffered the most since the latest fighting erupted. Thousands of people are fleeing the capital.

Sudan: Witnesses and aid groups in Sudan say at least 40 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Darfur.
The witnesses said today (Sunday) at least 21 people were wounded in the violence Saturday.
Tribal conflicts are becoming an increasing concern in Darfur, where people are already struggling with fighting between rebels and government forces along with militias backed by Khartoum. The United States has called the fighting genocide against the people of Darfur.
More than 200-thousand people have been killed in Darfur since 2003.

Iran – Britain: Iran says it has protested an alleged incident in which British troops surrounded an Iranian consulate in Iraq and fired shots into the air.
Iran's state news agency (IRNA) reported today (Sunday) that a letter of complaint had been sent to the British Embassy in Tehran.
The British military has denied the accusations, saying its troops briefly exchanged fire with gunmen Thursday while on a routine patrol in the city of Basra. But officials said troops did not surround the consulate building.
The spat comes amid a standoff over Iran's detention of 15 British sailors and marines.
On Saturday, President Bush characterized Iran's detention of the 15 as inexcusable behavior, and called for their immediate release.
The president said he supports the efforts of Britain's government to free the hostages.

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