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UN humanitarian chief to hold food talks in N.Korea

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was headed for China ahead of a visit to North Korea, stricken by a new food crisis, as the UN presses Pyongyang to give aid agencies more freedom. (..) Amos' spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, said restrictions had become much "easier" across most of the country and the World Food Programme can now carry out "random" visits with 24 hours notice to check how aid is used.