Maoist rebels in Nepal declared a unilateral three-month cease-fire in response to recent democratic moves by the king to reinstate parliament. A statement by the group said offensive military action will cease beginning April 27, respecting “the aspiration for the constituent assembly, a democratic republic, and peace that is seen on the street.” The Maoist insurgency to overthrow the monarchy began in 1996 and cost the lives of at least 13,000 people. (more at

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