Nepal Strike Empties Kathmandu's Street…

With Nepal's Maoists blocking the streets of Kathmandu in the fourth day of their general strike, the only Nepalese appearing to benefit are the children honing their cricket skills in nearly empty streets. Despite the growing strain, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal restated his refusal to resign under what he called "street pressure" and hand the government over to Maoist leaders. Talks between the Nepali Congress and the Maoists are deadlocked with each side refusing to budge. Local civic leaders arranged a meeting for Wednesday, demanding that the Maoists use their majority government and the interim constitution to pave the way to a peaceful outcome and the writing of a new constitution.

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