Supporters of the 30-party alliance led by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) clash with police during the general strike in Kathmandu on January 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/Prakash Mathema
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Police arrested 223 members of a Maoist splinter group across Nepal Sunday for vandalizing vehicles and forcing shops to close while trying to enforce a nationwide strike.Malla said that three vehicles had been vandalized but no casualties have been reported.Nepal's inflation rate soared to 12 percent last year following a massive earthquake and a months-long border blockade by demonstrators unhappy with the terms of a new constitution but has since eased to 7.9 percent, according to the country's central bank.
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