Red Cross to train more volunteers in Ebola fight

2014-09-12 09:11

The Red Cross says it plans to train more than 2 000 extra volunteers to step up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak ravaging west Africa.

Attacks against aid workers in CAR at record high

2014-08-22 09:13

Crimes against aid workers have reached a record high in Central African Republic over the past year, a UN official says after a Red Cross volunteer was killed.

Red Cross: Ukraine in civil war

2014-07-23 21:01

The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt.

S Korea sends condolences over building collapse

2014-05-20 16:41

South Korea offered its condolences to North Korea over the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building that led to a rare apology from the secretive hard line state.

Red Cross staff detained in east Ukraine

2014-05-10 09:42

Several members of the Red Cross have been arrested in the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on suspicion of espionage, a spokesperson for the insurgents has told.

Palestinians join Geneva Conventions on war

2014-04-11 14:57

The Palestinian Authority has formally signed up to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Red Cross ordered to suspend Sudan work

2014-02-01 15:59

Sudanese authorities have ordered the Red Cross to suspend its activities, in the latest restriction to be placed on foreign aid workers in the country.

Syria talks in deadlock over Assad

2014-01-28 12:53

Syrian peace talks are due to resume in Geneva with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar Assad's government.

Fresh cyclone brews as Tonga struggles to recover

2014-01-16 14:07

A fresh cyclone is brewing in the Pacific near the Solomon Islands as humanitarian groups struggled to get relief supplies to outlying islands in Tonga devastated by Cyclone Ian.

Tonga braces as cyclone Ian approaches

2014-01-10 09:07

Tonga has been battening down as a powerful tropical cyclone bears down on the Pacific island nation, officials say.

Deadly tornadoes ravage the US Midwest

2013-11-18 09:00

At least three people have been killed and dozens more injured as severe storms and violent tornadoes battered the US Midwest.

US carrier steps up Philippines relief operation

2013-11-15 09:57

A US aircraft carrier has sent mercy flights into the typhoon-smashed Philippines, transporting food and supplies desperately needed for survivors.

Syria rebels put conditions for talks

2013-11-11 17:38

Syria's main opposition grouping have said it is willing to attend peace talks on the condition that President Bashar Assad transfer power and is excluded from any transition process.

Activists: Eid approaches, children suffer

2013-10-15 16:02

As Muslims around the world mark the Eid holiday, sharing festive meals, children trapped in besieged areas around the Syrian capital are going hungry, activists have said.

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.

Laureates, doctors urge end to Syria hospital attacks

2013-09-16 15:12

Fifty leaders in world medicine, including three winners of the Nobel prize, have urged all combatants in Syria to spare hospitals, doctors and nurses.

UN fears safety, conditions of refugees

2013-07-16 18:46

UN officials say it will be difficult to improve the safety and living conditions of a group of Congolese refugees who have fled into Uganda following a rebel attack.

Canada train crash fire finally put out

2013-07-08 07:55

Firemen in a Quebec town have finally managed to put out a raging inferno sparked after a driverless freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.

Afghan Taliban denies Red Cross attack

2013-05-31 15:43

The Taliban has denied any role in this week's attack on a compound housing the International Committee of the Red Cross in eastern Afghanistan.

SAHRC under fire over Tatane findings

2013-04-30 18:05

The SA Human Rights Commission has come under fire from MPs over its finding on the killing of Free State protester Andries Tatane.

Retrenched workers battle SA Red Cross

2013-04-17 12:37

An application to have the SA Red Cross declared "commercially bankrupt" is to be submitted to the North Gauteng High Court on behalf of at least 16 retrenched workers, according to a report.

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.

Leo DiCaprio's $3m alcohol bill for charity

2012-12-03 20:21

Leonardo DiCaprio recently celebrated his 38th birthday by racking up a $3m bill for alcohol, with $500 000 of extra fees being donated to the American Red Cross.

Nigeria floods 'kill 137 since July'

2012-09-10 16:16

Flooding across Nigeria has killed at least 137 people and displaced more than 35 000 since July, the Red Cross says, warning that latest forecasts suggest the damage could still worsen.


Liberia's Ebola disposal teams preserve life after death

2014-09-08 10:51

Liberia's Ebola disposal teams have taken on the grim task of going door-to-door, picking up victims and sterilising their homes.

France warns over Russian aid convoy

2014-08-12 16:02

France has warned that any Russian aid convoy bound for Ukraine could be a pretext for a covert operation and stressed that Ukraine and the Red Cross must first give the green light to the mission.

Uzbek prison amnesty frees more than 3 000

2014-06-03 14:57

Uzbekistan has released more than 3 000 prisoners under an amnesty granted to nearly 70 000 people, the prosecutor-general of Central Asia's most populous state says.

At least 31 people killed in CAR fighting

2014-05-15 20:44

At least 31 people, many of them civilians, have been killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim fighters in Central African Republic this week.

N Korea finally sends condolences after tragedy

2014-04-23 14:26

More than a week after a South Korean ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank, North Korea has finally voiced its condolences for the victims of the disaster.

Mass grave found in Bangui

2014-02-17 21:24

Thirteen bodies have been removed from a mass grave in the capital of the Central African Republic.

Red Cross: 30 dead in CAR capital

2014-01-31 22:35

The International Committee of the Red Cross says at least 30 people have been killed in Central African Republic's volatile capital over the last three days.

4 dead in Beirut bomb blast

2014-01-21 14:46

Four people have been killed in an apparent suicide car bombing in south Beirut, in the latest in a string of attacks targeting strongholds of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah.

Australia wildfire razes 40 homes, 1 killed

2014-01-13 08:24

A fast-moving wildfire has destroyed at least 40 homes in western Australia's Perth, officials say on, with one man dying as he prepared for the approaching inferno.

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.

Texas town evacuated after gas pipeline blast

2013-11-15 09:57

A Texas town has been evacuated after a gas pipeline operated by Chevron exploded, no injuries have been reported.

Experts: Avoid relief errors with Haiyan

2013-11-11 17:38

Disaster experts have warned that mistakes made in the relief effort after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami must not be repeated with the super typhoon that has smashed the Philippines.

Farc rebels free former American GI

2013-10-28 09:09

Colombia's main rebel group has released a former US Army private who was seized in June after he refused to heed local officials' warnings and wandered into rebel-held territory.

4 Red Cross staff safe after kidnapping

2013-10-14 18:47

A Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and three of six Red Cross staffers taken hostage in Syria have been released.

8 people held over Kenya mall attack, 3 freed

2013-09-27 19:00

The Kenyan authorities are holding eight people in connection with a weekend attack on a Nairobi shopping mall, while three others who had been held have now been released.

Red Cross shuts down 3 Afghan offices

2013-07-23 21:31

The Red Cross has said it will shut down three of its 17 offices in Afghanistan, two months after an unprecedented militant attack on the organisation.

18 000 refugees flee Uganda

2013-07-12 21:56

At least 18 000 Congolese refugees have fled to Uganda, the Uganda Red Cross says, following fresh clashes in the central African nation.

Syria air force bombards Qusayr

2013-06-03 11:00

Syria's air force has bombarded Qusayr, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as a car bomb in Damascus killed nine members of the security forces.

Afghan Red Cross halt work after attack

2013-05-30 20:52

The International Committee of the Red Cross has halted all work across Afghanistan, the day after its offices in Jalalabad were hit by a suicide and gun attack.

Kenya floods kill 41, including 2 kids

2013-04-17 21:02

Kenya's Red Cross says two children have been buried in a landslide overnight have died, as the country's death toll from heavy flooding rose to 41.

Scores of bodies in Bangui - Red Cross

2013-03-29 20:17

At least 80 people have died and more than 100 were injured in the takeover of power by rebels in Central African Republic a Red Cross representative says.

Gunmen kidnap Czech tourists in Pakistan

2013-03-14 12:30

Gunmen have abducted two female Czech tourists and their police guard as they were traveling on a bus through a troubled province in Pakistan, a government official says.

UN unable to feed a million Syrians

2013-01-08 16:12

The World Food Programme has said it is unable to help a million Syrians who are going hungry.

Nigeria seasonal floods kill 148

2012-10-02 13:35

Flooding across Nigeria has killed at least 148 people and displaced more than 64 000, the Red Cross says, warning of an increased risk that water-borne diseases like cholera could spread.

Fresh Kenya violence kills at least 32

2012-09-10 12:34

At least 32 people, among them seven police officers, have been killed in ethnic clashes in southeast Kenya, a Red Cross official says.

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