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“On the basis of the above-mentioned points, a truce would be declared and implemented,” Mr. Jalandoni said.

The National Democratic Front is a communist-led rebel coalition.


Hindu nationalists win in western state

NEW DELHI — Hindu nationalists won a resounding victory Thursday in state elections in western India, buttressing the political strength of Narendra Modi, the Hindu ideologue and polarizing figure whose supporters think he could become prime minister in 2014.

With almost all results counted, news reports from Gujarat state, where Mr. Modi has served as the state’s chief minister since 2001, gave his right-wing Bharatiya Janata party 115 seats in the state assembly, two less than the 117 seats in the last election.

Its closest rival, the Congress Party, took 60 seats, one more than it held before.

“Indian voters are mature enough to understand that what’s good for Gujarat is good for their future. The people of Gujarat have given a vote for good governance and development,” Mr. Modi told cheering crowds that had gathered to celebrate his victory.

Analysts noted that Mr. Modi gave his victory speech in Hindi instead of the local language in order to reach out to a larger national audience.


Clash with terrorists kills 3 policemen

JAKARTA — Three officers were killed in a gunfight Thursday with suspected Islamic terrorists in Indonesia’s province of Central Sulawesi, police said.

The clash happened as a group of 10 to 15 gunmen ambushed policemen patrolling in the village of Kolora in Poso district, said national police spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar.

Three other officers were wounded in the gunfight, before the assailants fled into the jungle with one officer’s gun, Gen. Amar said.

“They are being evacuated to hospital in the province’s capital of Palu,” said Gen. Amar, who identified all the victims as sergeants from the police’s special forces unit.

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