Nepal lawmakers mull US aid amid violent protests
25 February 2022 | 6:24 am
Nepal's parliament is due to restart debate on a controversial US aid grant. Lawmakers were hoping to ratify the measure last week. But the discussion was postponed because of massive protests and opposition from some members of the ruling coalition.
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