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Nepal child soldiers to be freed

Nepal's government and former Maoist rebels have agreed to start releasing nearly 3,000 child soldiers from United Nations-monitored camps, the UN says.

The children have been confined to camps with other ex-rebels since a 2006 peace deal ended a Maoist insurgency.

Speaking in Kathmandu, a senior UN official said the children would be released from 27 December and the process would be completed in 40 days.

They will then have a choice to pursue education or vocational training.

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