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Nepal Peace

A surprise ceasefire between the Nepal government and Maoists fighting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy spurred hopes for an end to a bloody campaign that has killed thousands. NPR's Michael Sullivan reports the interim government appointed by the king vowed to press ahead with preparatory talks with the rebels. The indefinite ceasefire ends, at least for now, the bloodiest spell in an almost seven-year rebellion that has killed more than 7,200 people.

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Michael Sullivan is NPR's Senior Asia Correspondent. He moved to Hanoi to open NPR's Southeast Asia Bureau in 2003. Before that, he spent six years as NPR's South Asia correspondent based in but seldom seen in New Delhi.