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Maoist rebels killed in latest clash

KATMANDU — Government forces killed at least 40 Maoist rebels in a clash in far western Nepal yesterday, state-run Radio Nepal said.

During the clash, which occurred yesterday morning in a jungle of Kanchanpur district bordering India, government forces used long-range weapons and a helicopter to attack rebel positions.

Security forces later collected the bodies of six rebels belonging to the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).

The Maoist rebels have been waging a war since 1996 to overthrow Nepal’s constitutional monarchy. More than 11,000 people have been killed in the nine years of fighting.


Man kills himself for assisted suicide

OTTAWA — A terminally ill Canadian man attended his own wake, enjoyed a crab cake dinner and downed a couple of beers before going home and killing himself in a highly publicized bid to change laws on assisted suicide.

Marcel Tremblay, 78, who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating lung disease, killed himself by putting a helium-filled bag over his head, CBC television reported.

Mr. Tremblay told reporters on Friday, hours before committing suicide, that he was trying to make a statement on behalf of terminally ill patients prevented from asking relatives to help them end their lives.

Police had no power to intervene in the case, after it was determined that Mr. Tremblay was of sound mind.


Riot by tribesmen leaves 14 dead

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Police clashed with rioting tribesmen yesterday in the Red Sea coastal city of Port Sudan, leaving at least 14 persons dead and 16 injured, a government official said.

Riots involving Beja tribesmen broke out early yesterday morning in Port Sudan, 425 miles northeast of the capital of Khartoum, Red Sea governor Gen. Hatim al-Wasilah said. The area is underdeveloped and poor, and the rioting appeared to be economically motivated.

The casualties occurred when police tried to stop widespread looting and vandalism, said Gen. al-Wasilah.


Customs displays seized artifacts

PARIS — Smuggled African historic art and archaeological objects of incalculable value, said to be enough to fill a museum, were put on show by French customs yesterday after being seized on their way from Niger to Belgium.

About 845 items, ranging from dinosaur teeth to neolithic arrowheads and ancient pottery, were intercepted at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport on Jan. 6 by customs officers searching for drugs.

The smugglers themselves remain at large, pending the issue of arrest and search warrants.

The consignment, totaling half a ton, covers “virtually the whole of Africa’s history and prehistory,” said Marie-Helene Moncel, a researcher and expert at France’s natural history museum.


Carnival begins in Venice

VENICE — The streets of Venice filled yesterday with revelers who came from around the world for a taste of 18th-century magic during the city’s annual Carnival.

Wrapped in dark robes and golden masks, cameras in hand, tourists and others braved the biting cold to converge on St. Mark’s square, the beating heart of the Carnival, where the first parades of the year were held late yesterday. The festival runs through Feb. 8.

On the central St. Mark’s square, “Commedia dell’Arte” characters, Casanovas and courtesans, twirled gallantly before the cameras, as onlookers marveled at their powdered wigs and grotesque, beautiful masks.

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