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    Autumn harvest watched warily in food-poor N. Korea

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  • U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos (center left) shakes hands with North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon on her arrival at the Pyongyang airport on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. (AP Photos/APTN)

    U.N. humanitarian chief arrives in N. Korea

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