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■NEPAL

Monarchy not dead: ex-king

The former king has hinted he hopes the monarchy may one day be restored, nearly two years after he was dethroned. Ex-king Gyanendra lost his royal title in 2008 after Maoists won landmark polls and scrapped the monarchy. “I don’t think the monarchy is over,” he said in an interview, broadcast late on Wednesday by Nepal’s Avenues Television. “History shows that the monarchy has had its ups and downs ... But I will do whatever the people want me do.” Gyanendra became deeply unpopular when he seized direct control of the nation in 2005, claiming mainstream parties had failed to tackle a Maoist insurgency. The takeover pushed political parties and rebel Maoists into an alliance that eventually led to the fall of the monarchy.

■NORWAY

Runaway train kills three

Sixteen runaway train cars careened downhill for 5km and crashed into a port building, killing three workers, before two of the cars plunged into the water. The empty train cars broke loose on Wednesday from a cargo train and slammed into the port terminal on the edge of the Oslo fjord, destroying the building, police and railroad officials said. The victims had been working in or around the terminal, police spokeswoman Martine Laeng said.

■GERMANY

Homeless killing case ends

A court on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old student to nearly 14 years behind bars for murdering and dismembering a homeless man and hiding the body parts in various locations. The regional court in Berlin found the literature student, identified only as Mario Z, guilty of killing his 42-year-old victim with an axe and chopping the body into bits. He then placed the victim’s limbs in his deep freezer at home and hid the torso on an abandoned freight station.

■FRANCE

Sex workers protest

Dozens of sex workers proclaiming themselves proud to be prostitutes marched on Wednesday to protest a lawmaker’s proposal to legalize brothels, saying that such a law would deny them the freedom to work on their own. A lawmaker in the governing party has proposed reopening brothels just more than six decades after they were banned to move prostitutes off the streets and provide them with medical, financial and legal protection. The protesters say the proposal limits their options to make their own decisions — and are demanding, instead, a repeal of a 2003 law that outlaws solicitation.

■UKRAINE

Women enraged by Azarov

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has enraged feminist groups by suggesting women are unsuitable for high political office and incapable of carrying out reforms. Women’s groups in Ukraine have angrily reported Azarov — who presides over an all-male Cabinet — to the country’s ombudsman following his remarks last week. They accuse him of gender discrimination and holding Neanderthal views. Speaking on Friday, Azarov said Ukraine’s economic problems were too difficult for any woman to handle. “Some say our government is too large; others that there are no women,” he said. “There’s no one to look at during Cabinet sessions: They’re all boring faces. With all respect to women, conducting reforms is not women’s business.” The all-male government was capable of working 16 hours a day with “no breaks and weekends,” Azarov boasted. New president Viktor Yanukovych said during last month’s election campaign, that his female opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, should “go to the kitchen.” On Wednesday, Azarov’s political opponents denounced him as an unreconstructed dinosaur. They said his derisory remark, snubbing half of the country’s 46 million population, underlined just how out of touch he is with ordinary Ukrainians.

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