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Grain ship from Ukraine grounded in Istanbul, halting traffic

ISTANBUL, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A cargo ship carrying 3,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine under a U.N.-brokered export deal drifted aground in Turkey's Bosphorus strait on Thursday, halting shipping through Istanbul, according to the governor's office and a shipping firm.

The Istanbul governor's office said the 173-meter "Lady Zehma" was safely grounded and anchored after a rudder failure around 1800 GMT. No one was hurt and Coast Guards were attending, it said.

Earlier this week the Joint Coordination Centre - run by the United Nations, Ukraine, Russia and Turkey after a grains-export deal was reached - said the Lady Zehma was cleared to depart Ukraine's Chornomorsk port for Ravenna, Italy, with 3,000 tonnes of corn. (Reporting by Can Sezer and Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Mark Porter)

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