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UN Makes Fresh Appeal for Aid to Pakistan

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The head of the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF), Ann Veneman, has made a fresh call for aid to prevent more deaths following this month's massive earthquake in Pakistan. Ms. Veneman spoke Sunday after touring devastated areas in Pakistan, where relief workers say some 200-thousand people have yet to receive any humanitarian aid. The head of the U.S. Central Command, General John Abizaid, was also in Pakistan Sunday for talks with top officials on relief efforts. Earlier, aid groups welcomed the decision by India and Pakistan to open their heavily militarized boundary in disputed Kashmir to help quake survivors. Crossings are expected to open November 7th to allow people to travel by foot in both directions. Some 55-thousand people died in the October 8th earthquake, but aid workers warn many more are at risk from the upcoming Himalayan winter.
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