Briefly World: Prachanda shelves ‘referendum’ on border dispute
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Prachanda shelves 'referendum' on border dispute
Kathmandu: Maoist Chairman Prachanda has "shelved for now" his proposal to hold "referendum" on border disputes with another country as some senior party leaders called it a "conspiracy" to involve outside forces in the dispute. Prachanda admitted it was a "mistake" and told some senior delegates, including Deputy PM Narayan Kaji Shrestha he would not press the proposal in the National Convention of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists, currently going on in Hetaunda.
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French troops to quit Timbuktu this week
Timbuktu: French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Mali overnight Monday, as a military spokeswoman said French forces plan to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army and leave the city on Thursday.
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