New Year's aid to Lima hostages

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The Red Cross says it will try to brighten the New Year for the 83 hostages still held by left-wing rebels in the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, with deliveries of fresh clothes, shoes, candles, disinfectant and mail from home.

The guerrillas allowed the captives to send mail yesterday and receive it today. It is the third time the rebels have permitted an exchange of mail.

On Sunday, they let the Red Cross deliver 40lb of imported dog food for two German shepherds belonging to the Japanese ambassador Morihita Aoki, one of the hostages.

AP - Lima