South Sudan: War and misery continue

2014-12-14 21:03

One year after mass violence broke out in South Sudan, battles between government forces and rebels continue, and aid officials say international assistance is needed to help residents stave off mass hunger.

Sudan lifts ban on Red Cross operations

2014-09-22 21:31

The Red Cross says Sudan has ended a ban on its aid operations, imposed by the government in February.

Ukraine accuses Russia of invasion

2014-08-22 15:41

Ukraine says Russia has launched a 'direct invasion' of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine.

Russian aid convoy resumes travel toward Ukraine

2014-08-14 17:44

A large Russian aid convoy has resumed its journey toward Ukraine, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region.

Hamas accepts call for 3-hour humanitarian truce

2014-07-20 11:59

The Islamist Hamas movement has accepted a proposal made by the International Committee of the Red Cross for a three-hour humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

Dire conditions in Darfur town - UN

2014-07-10 18:27

Aid workers in Sudan have found dire conditions after entering a town in war-torn Darfur that had been off-limits to most of them for three years.

ICRC aid worker killed in Libya's Sirte

2014-06-04 22:52

A Swiss aid worker of the International Committee of the Red Cross has been killed in the Libyan city of Sirte.

Sudan aid suspension having 'severe' impact

2014-05-19 17:18

Sudan's three-month suspension of aid work by the international Red Cross is having a “severe” impact as armed conflict worsens in the country, the ICRC says.

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.


Red Cross aid hit in CAR

2014-10-09 20:34

The Red Cross says fresh violence in the Central African Republic is preventing its work to help civilians, especially with its aid workers threatened by gunmen.

Nigeria missing girls deal close - reports

2014-09-22 18:29

The Nigerian government and Boko Haram are close to a deal on releasing 219 schoolgirls that the radical Islamist group kidnapped five months ago media report.

5 aid workers seized in western Afghanistan - report

2014-08-16 17:26

The International Committee of the Red Cross says that five of its Afghan staff have been kidnapped by a local armed group in the western province of Herat.

Russia sends 280 aid trucks to Ukraine

2014-08-12 11:46

A Russian convoy of 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine has set off, amid Western warnings against using help as a pretext for an invasion.

Thousands face water crisis in Gaza

2014-07-16 12:51

The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a critical water shortage, facing thousands in Gaza.

Red Cross suspends Libya ops

2014-06-05 17:30

The International Committee of the Red Cross is suspending operations in Libya while it investigates the killing of a staff member there.

Food aid for 60 000 in Aleppo

2014-05-21 19:53

The Red Cross is doing a major distribution of emergency food rations on both sides of the front lines in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Red Cross boosts South Sudan aid

2014-05-16 07:38

The International Committee of the Red Cross is planning its first air drops in almost two decades and massively scaling up operations to help hundreds of thousands hit by fighting in South Sudan.

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.

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