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Nepali Defence Minister resigns

KATHMANDU -- Defence Minister Mahesh Acharya resigned Thursday after the Supreme Court reversed his dismissal of Dr. Tilak Rawas as Nepal Rastra Bank governor.

The resignation was another setback for Prime Minister Giriji Prasad Koirala who has been attacked by both the opposition and factions within his own party.

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S. Korea's Kim appoints new foreign minister

SEOUL -- South Korean President Kim Dae Jung announced Monday a major cabinet reshuffle including a new foreign minister.

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Lee Joung Binn said Sunday that he intended to resign after suddenly canceling a South American trip on Saturday.

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