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90 Maoist guerrillas killed in Nepal

KATMANDU, Nepal Security forces killed at least 90 Maoist guerrillas in western Nepal overnight, the government said yesterday, days before the prime minister visits Washington to seek help in fighting the rebels.

The fighting produced one of the largest death tolls since King Gyanendra imposed a state of emergency Nov. 26 and ordered the army to clamp down on the rebels after they withdrew from peace talks and attacked government troops and offices.

At least 40 guerrillas were killed Thursday night during a battle with Nepalese army forces in Lisne, a village about 200 miles west of the capital, Katmandu, the statement said.

Ne Win kinsmen face Burmese court

RANGOON, Burma The son-in-law and three grandsons of former dictator Ne Win faced court for the first time yesterday after being arrested for what the ruling junta said was an attempt to seize power from the generals.

"Legal proceedings against the family started today when they were sent up for trial before a district judge at the courthouse in Insein jail," said a source close to the military regime that has been in power since 1988.

The regime said last month that Ne Win's daughter, Sandar Win, her husband, Aye Zaw Win, and their three sons are to be charged with high treason, an offense punishable by death. The junta arrested the four men in March, accusing them of having plotted to oust the regime.

Kumaratunga's party opposes peace plan

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party accused the prime minister yesterday of ignoring her in trying to make a deal with Tamil rebels.

Mrs. Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said it opposes the idea of an interim administration to run the embattled northern and eastern regions in line with a Norwegian-sponsored peace initiative.

"The SLFP has become deeply concerned that the peace process is conducted in a seemingly arbitrary manner, ignoring the president, contrary to the accepted norms of democratic and constitutional governance," the party said.

India says it killed 21 Kashmir rebels

SRINAGAR, India Indian troops killed 21 Muslim rebels in Kashmir overnight and yesterday, and three civilians died in separatist violence, police said.

The Indian army fatally shot seven Pakistani militants in south Kashmir early yesterday as they tried to cross the disputed border with Pakistan, police said. The troops had spotted the militants at Bhimbergali in the Balakote area, 93 miles northwest of Jammu, Kashmir's winter capital.

Weekly notes

A week of tropical storms and lightning has killed at least 59 persons and injured dozens more in Bangladesh, news reports said yesterday. The storms sweeping the Southeast Asian nation have left more than 5,000 people homeless since March 27, the United News of Bangladesh reported.

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