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The uneasy co-existence of a Maoist rebel army and the national army leaves Nepal and its neighbors on edge. Nepal’s bloody civil war came to an end four years ago with a peace agreement between the king and Maoist rebels. And the country was supposed to be on its way to becoming a democracy by now. But it doesn’t look or sound like one. This was reported in Nov. 2010 for CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti.

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