Misca: CAR's anti-balaka an enemy

2014-03-27 05:45

The African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic has declared war on the majority-Christian vigilante groups known as anti-balaka.

Red Cross chief alarmed by chaotic Homs evacuation

2014-02-15 20:24

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer has voiced alarm over the chaos surrounding the evacuation from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, urging the warring sides to respect basic humanitarian law.

ICRC urges safe access in Libya

2014-01-28 21:03

The Red Cross is warning of the dangers from fresh fighting in Libya, and urges safe access for women.

Airlift extends lifeline to typhoon survivors

2013-11-18 07:44

Helicopters have dropped emergency supplies to desperate villagers as part of a growing global relief effort following the Philippines typhoon.

Gunmen kidnap Syria Red Cross workers

2013-10-14 08:37

Gunmen have abducted seven International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent staff in Idlib province, one of the main theatres of Syria's brutal war, the ICRC says.

One dead in Afghan Red Cross attack

2013-05-29 20:30

Militants have launched a two-hour suicide and gun attack on a Red Cross office in Jalalabad city in east Afghanistan, killing at least one guard.

DRC has chance for peace - Ban

2013-05-23 22:17

Troubled eastern DRC has the best chance in years to secure a lasting peace but the United Nations stands ready to pacify the region by force if need be, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Looters strip CAR Red Cross depots

2013-03-27 19:35

Looters in the coup-hit Central African Republic have stripped aid depots run by the International Committee of the Red Cross, threatening its ability to deal with the humanitarian crisis there.

Red Cross seeks access to Mali prisoners

2013-02-01 21:21

The Red Cross is seeking access to prisoners captured during the Mali conflict and is urging authorities to help prevent revenge attacks, ICRC chief Peter Maurer says.

We can't cope with Syria war - Red Cross

2012-11-08 15:00

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says that it can't cope with the worsening civil war in Syria.

Northern Mali situation alarming

2012-09-13 16:54

More than half a million people in northern Mali, occupied by Islamist fighters, need aid to cope with rising food prices, collapsed public services and a lack of health care.

Syria death toll staggering: Brahimi

2012-09-05 09:00

New UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said the death toll in Syria is "staggering" and the destruction "catastrophic" and called for a united stance from the international community.

Red Cross chief to discuss aid with Assad

2012-09-04 12:02

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer is in Damascus for talks with President Bashar Assad and other officials on ways to get aid to Syrians caught up in the civil war, says a spokesperson.

DRC civilians at risk, says Red Cross

2012-08-08 20:18

Intensification in fighting in eastern DRC has left increasing numbers of civilians at risk of violent "exactions", the Red Cross says.

Red Cross - Syrian conflict is civil war

2012-07-15 22:54

The Red Cross has declared the Syrian conflict to be a civil war, an important symbolic threshold.

S Sudan in 'dramatic' need - Red Cross

2012-07-07 09:27

South Sudan declared independence almost a year ago but its problems are getting worse, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Syria, rebels pause for Homs evacuation

2012-06-20 16:11

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it is preparing to evacuate wounded people and trapped civilians from the flashpoint city of Homs after both sides agreed.

Ban urges Israel to act on hunger strikers

2012-05-10 12:22

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Israel to charge or release hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners after activists denounced his "silence" in a protest outside the UN's West Bank offices.

Scepticism as Assad accepts UN peace plan

2012-04-03 09:08

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted an April 10 deadline to start implementing a peace plan, as more than 30 people died in new clashes.

Red Cross convoy blocked in Mali

2012-03-14 22:36

Suspected Islamists have turned back an International Committee of the Red Cross convoy, tearing down its flag, as it tried to enter Tessalit in northeast Mali.

UN aid chief in Syria

2012-03-07 16:02

The UN humanitarian chief has started a mission to Syria to urge the regime to allow aid into battered protest cities, putting the focus on civilians in the deadly conflict.

Red Cross in Syria's Homs

2012-03-04 18:19

The Red Cross is handing out aid in the Syrian city of Homs and still trying to enter the besieged neighbourhood of Baba Amr.

Syrian forces overrun Baba Amr

2012-03-02 09:59

Syrian forces have overrun the Baba Amr district of Homs following a rebel retreat, potentially marking a turning point in President Bashar Assad's bid to crush an armed uprising.

Red Cross gets aid to Syrian city

2012-02-27 17:57

Red Cross teams have reached Hama for the first time in more than a month, delivering food and other goods to the central Syrian city battered by a military crackdown on the anti-government uprising.

ICRC: No deal on evacuating wounded

2012-02-25 22:56

Negotiations between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian authorities and opposition groups on evacuating the wounded from Baba Amr in Homs have ended in failure.


Sudan aid situation deteriorating

2014-03-18 22:02

The number of Sudanese in need of aid has risen 40% over the past year, boosted by worsening conflict in the country.

ICRC says aid workers missing in Mali

2014-02-10 22:02

The International Committee of the Red Cross says one of its teams is missing in strife-torn northern Mali, but it was not clear whether they had been kidnapped.

Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in CAR

2013-12-27 09:50

The Red Cross says it has recovered some 40 bodies on the streets of Bangui as the United States expressed alarm at the latest eruption of fighting in the Central African Republic.

Gitmo conditions reviewed by US judge

2013-11-07 07:32

A US military judge has ordered the US to turn over confidential reports compiled by the International Committee of the Red Cross on conditions at Guantanamo Bay prison.

Red Cross relies on role-play in aid fight

2013-07-31 11:04

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) faces increasingly hostile environments and recent heavy losses have made Swiss simulation training a priority.

Blast near Afghan Red Cross office

2013-05-29 16:39

A large explosion has been heard near the office of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Central African coup orphan chaos

2013-04-04 22:48

Hundreds of children, some as young as two, have been orphaned or separated from their parents in the chaos of a bloody coup in the Central African Republic.

The ICRC: Neutral in a harsh world

2013-02-11 09:55

Founded to care for victims of war, the International Committee of the Red Cross has sometimes been found wanting, but has always known how to adapt.

Mozambique floods prompt crisis

2013-01-25 18:14

Tens of thousands of Mozambicans are stranded without food and water after floods swept through the south of the country this week, sparking a large-scale humanitarian crisis.

Mali conditions deteriorating - Red Cross

2012-10-16 20:20

Fighting, flooding and soaring food prices have worsened the humanitarian situation in northern Mali, where 420 000 people have begun to receive vital aid.

Syria an Arab responsibility: Morsi

2012-09-05 14:01

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has reiterated his call for the Syrian regime to step down, telling a meeting of the Arab League that a resolution to the crisis is an Arab responsibility.

Assad supports 'impartial' Red Cross

2012-09-04 14:05

Red Cross chief Peter Maurer has held a 45 minute meeting with President Bashar Assad during which he expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in Syria, says an official.

Hunger adds to pain in Syria's Aleppo

2012-08-13 22:26

Syrians who have yet to flee the war in Aleppo are facing another problem that is growing more acute by the day: hunger.

S Sudan joins Geneva Conventions

2012-07-20 10:59

The International Committee of the Red Cross says South Sudan, the world's newest nation, has signed on to the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of warfare, making the treaties "truly universal".

Red Cross worker freed in Yemen

2012-07-14 18:15

The international Red Cross says a French staff member kidnapped in Yemen almost three months ago has been freed.

Homs shelled as Red Cross awaits truce

2012-06-21 13:01

The Syrian army is shelling Homs, residents say, following an agreement by rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad to a temporary truce to allow aid access to the wounded.

Red Cross stops work after doctor's murder

2012-05-10 17:22

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has stopped most of its work in Pakistan following the murder of a staff doctor in Quetta, says the agency.

Red Cross doctor found beheaded

2012-04-29 16:55

The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross has been found in Pakistan.

Syria humanitarian crisis likely to worsen

2012-03-19 17:30

The humanitarian situation in Syria is likely to get worse, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

Baba Amr deserted, ICRC says

2012-03-07 22:38

A team of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent which entered the shattered district of Baba Amr found that most residents had already fled to other areas.

Syria turns its guns on new rebel city

2012-03-05 09:00

Syrian artillery has pounded the rebel city of Rastan, killing seven civilians, monitors say while the Red Cross has delivered aid to refugees from battered Homs.

Red Cross aid convoy reaches Homs

2012-03-02 16:04

A Red Cross aid convoy is preparing to enter Homs after a Syrian official declared the area "cleansed" and the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar Assad's forces.

Wounded UK photographer escapes Syria

2012-02-28 14:00

British photographer Paul Conroy, who was wounded in an army bombardment in the Syrian rebel city of Homs last week, has been smuggled to Lebanon, says his father.

Shelling hampers journalists' evacuation

2012-02-27 12:01

Syrian forces have resumed their shelling of restive areas in central Homs province, killing at least three people, as the Red Cross tries to evacuate wounded journalists from the area.

Red Cross meets with Syrian opposition

2012-02-22 16:00

The Red Cross is holding a meeting with Syria's main opposition group in Geneva, a day after the humanitarian agency called for temporary ceasefires so it can bring in emergency aid.

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