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Nicaragua extending state of emergency

Nicaragua has decided to extend a state of emergency until after July 19 anniversary celebrations of the revolution that brought the national Sandinist liberation front to power, the government said Thursday.

A statement said this was necessary because of increased attacks by right-wing, US-backed rebels and added that it would remain in force until July 20.

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The state of emergency, which provides for censorship of the press and restrictions on political activity, was imposed in March 1982, when right-wing rebels of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force began staging cross-border raids into northern Nicaragua from bases in Honduras. The FDN says it plans a big ''urban offensive'' in July.

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