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Aid allowed into Myanmar

A UN-LED convoy of trucks in Myanmar has, for the first time in nearly a year, been allowed to deliver food to areas beyond government control in the country's northernmost region.

The UN humanitarian office said today that a 10-truck convoy was delivering food, special nutrients for children, household and hygiene kits and water purification tablets to 5,100 of the estimated 100,000 people driven from their homes due to fighting between the government and rebels in Kachin state. The region borders China.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, said it was the first time Myanmar's government has allowed a UN-led convoy to enter the state since July 2012.

FIRE TERROR ON GREEK FERRY

A FIRE broke out today on a Greek ferry carrying 250 people in the eastern Aegean Sea, but authorities said that the blaze was contained.

The fire broke out in the funnel of the Nissos Mykonos as it was sailing between the islands of Ikaria and Samos.

Hellenic Seaways vice-president, Antonis Agapitos, said all passengers were in good health. "The fire is under control, and appears to be more or less out.

"When the captain judges that there is no danger he will enter port and disembark the passengers," he said.

HALF-A-MILLION-DOLLAR PARKING

PARKING is such a precious commodity in Boston that one woman was willing to pay $560,000 for two off-street spaces near her home.

Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city's Back Bay neighbourhood during an on-site auction yesterday.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had seized the spots from a man who owed back taxes.

The record for a single spot in Boston is $300,000.

SINGER TRIBUTE TO SHOT GIRL

HARRY Connick Jr has written a song in honour of a six-year-old girl killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in the US.

Proceeds from Love Wins, dedicated to Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, will go to the Ana Grace Fund set up to help the girl's family.


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