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NEPAL'S PREMIER RESIGNS
FOLLOWING OPPOSITION PROTESTS

Nepal's prime minister, Lokendra Bahadur Chand, resigned Friday amid opposition party protests that his appointment to the office was unconstitutional.

King Gyanendra accepted the resignation and began consulting with members of the nation's five largest political parties to form a new Cabinet.

"The parties will unanimously decide on who is going to be in the new government. Whatever the decision will be, it will be in one voice," Girija Prasad Koirala, a former prime minister from the country's largest party, the Nepali Congress party, said as he headed to the palace.

The king appointed Chand after firing an elected government led by Sher Bahadur Deuba on Oct. 11 for seeking to delay parliamentary elections scheduled for November because of threats from Maoist rebels.

The main opposition parties called Chand's appointment unconstitutional and began a series of protests this month. Although the king has the authority to dismiss the elected government, critics say he went too far in firing Deuba.

Air France Concorde flies
to N.Y. City for last time

ROISSY, France (AP) -- Passengers dined on caviar and foie gras Friday as the Concorde, the world's fastest and most luxurious passenger jet, flew from Paris to New York for the last time.

The Sierra Delta -- Concordes have names, not numbers -- took off from Charles de Gaulle airport at 10:38 a.m. As the wheels left the tarmac, it was already doing 236 mph. Seconds later, it was a point on the horizon.

It landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport about 3 1/2 hours later -- a standard performance for the world's only supersonic passenger jet.

"It's very emotional. Concorde is a story of joy, of emotion, of technical prowess," Jean-Pierre Lefebvre, an Air France staffer, said before the flight took off.

Air France is retiring its Concorde fleet when the plane returns to Paris today, its last commercial flight. British Airways plans to scrap its Concorde fleet at the end of October.

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