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The United Nations has urged Nepal to
relax customs controls which it says are
holding up deliveries of aid to survivors
of last week's earthquake.
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos
said Nepal had a duty to provide faster
customs clearance for relief supplies.
Many people are yet to receive the aid,
which is piling up at Kathmandu airport
following, a week after the 7.8-
At least 6,840 have died. Authorities
have ruled out finding more survivors.
Yesterday Baroness Amos said she
had reminded Prime Minister Sushil
Koirala that Nepal had signed an
agreement with the UN in 2007 for
simpler and faster customs clearance for
relief aid in a disaster.
"He has undertaken to ensure that
happens, so I hope that from now we will
see an improvement in those
administrative issues," she said.
The UN representative in the country,
Jamie McGoldrick, said the Nepalese
government "should not be using
peacetime customs methodology."
Airport customs holding up aid relief for Nepal---UN
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have
introduced their daughter to the world, as they
left hospital to take her home to Kensington
The princess, whose name has yet to be
announced, slept in her mother s arms during
her first public appearance outside St Mary s
Hospital, in London.
The princess---who is fourth in line to the
throne ---was delivered yesterday after a short
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the
birth of the 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg) baby.
The couple emerged from the hospital to
crowds of well-wishers and the world s media.
They stood on the steps briefly before heading
back into the hospital to put the princess in a
car seat. Prince William then drove them to
They did not speak to the media.
The duchess had been in hospital for just over
12 hours before leaving.
The baby was born less than three hours after
the couple arrived at the Lindo Wing, at St
Mary s Hospital.
The family will stay for a few days at Kens-
ington Palace before decamping to their country
home, Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate
While the birth was announced on Twitter,
there was still room for tradition with an easel
announcing the birth placed in the courtyard of
Buckingham Palace. The birth was also pro-
claimed by a town crier who was not on official
duty but certainly entertained the crowds outside
Prince William left the hospital briefly in the
afternoon to pick up his 21-month-old son and
told the waiting crowds the couple were "very
Prince George appeared to be the only visitor
and he was later taken home ahead of his parents
and little sister.
In a statement, Kensington Palace said: "Their
Royal Highnesses would like to thank all staff
at the hospital for the care and treatment they
have all received.
"They would also like to thank everyone for
their warm wishes."
Gun salutes will be fired in Hyde Park and at
the Tower of London tomorrow to mark the
Messages of congratulations poured in
throughout the day for the couple and their sec-
ond child, including ones from Prime Minister
David Cameron and the Archbishop of Canter-
bury Justin Welby.
The Prince of Wales, who had earlier said he
was hoping for a granddaughter, and the Duchess
of Cornwall said they were "absolutely delighted."
to the world
Baltimore---Hundreds of Baltimore res-
idents rallied peacefully in the streets yes-
terday following the arrest a day earlier
of six police officers in the death of Freddie
Gray, but authorities announced the city
would remain under a curfew during
"We have had several good days, peaceful
days," Maryland State Police Commissioner
William Pallozzi said at a press conference.
"We just ask for patience as we move
Community members had urged author-
ities to lift the curfew. The announcement
was made less than three hours before the
10 pm to 5 am curfew went into effect.
Brandon Scott, a Baltimore City Council
member, predicted people would defy the
curfew as they have in past nights. Police
detained 53 people late Friday, including 15
who violated curfew.
Scott said he opposed the curfew exten-
sion, partly because of its economic impact.
"We could have seen some businesses
recoup some money with the fight parties,"
he said, referring to the boxing match
between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd May-
Jay Morrison of the YMC Community
Coalition called the decision "very frustrat-
ing" and wondered if a curfew would have
been left in place for a predominately white
"For five days now people have been
under curfew," he said.
"I think we need to put trust in the people.
This curfew should be lifted."
Maryland National Guard General Linda
Singh said she s eager to send troops under
her command back home.
"I want to make sure we can close out
tonight in a safe, peaceful ... manner," she
"My focus is ensuring we keep everything
in a safe manner... and we the military will
pull out in the same manner we pulled in
... very calm."
Earlier yesterday, marchers converged on
Baltimore City Hall after trekking from the
Gilmore Homes housing project, where Gray
was arrested, as similar gatherings were set
for various cities from Boston to Beverly
Marchers---some carrying signs with mes-
sages such "Justice for Freddie Gray" and
"It is right to rebel"---moved peacefully
through the streets of Baltimore to War
Memorial Plaza outside City Hall, where
hundreds of others gathered for the block-
Daisy Villalobos, wearing a T-shirt with
the words "Black Lives Matter," travelled
from New York, where she said she was
hurt earlier this week during an arrest at a
Freddie Gray protest in Union Square. The
march was about more than police brutality,
she said, adding that people were also ral-
lying in support of "neglected communities"
throughout the country.
Gov Larry Hogan urged protesters yes-
terday to remain peaceful and non violent.
"The right to demonstrate is a funda-
mental part of our society, but damaging
property or putting innocent bystanders in
danger will not be tolerated," he said.
In response to the unrest earlier in the
week, Logan said 3,000 National Guard
troops, 578 state troopers and 432 law
enforcement officers from Pennsylvania and
New Jersey were deployed throughout the
Police under fire in US
Marcus Mulberry, of Steelton, marches with others down Third Street during a Baltimore
solidarity rally, yesterday.
A woman stands on a car during a party in the street in Baltimore yesterday, the day after charges were announced against the police
officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. AP PHOTOS
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