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Five Red Cross aid workers seized in western Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday that five of its Afghan staff were kidnapped by a local armed group two days ago in the western province of Herat.

Chaos in Libya as gunmen kill Red Cross official and fire grenade at PM's office

Where the grenade attack struck the Libyan government's head offices.

Ahmed Elumami and Ayman al-Warfalli Separate groups of gunmen in Libya shoot dead a Swiss national working for the Red Cross, fire a grenade at the prime minister's office and attempt to kill a renegade general.

Atrocity claims as Syrians bar Red Cross

A woman holds a machine gun during an anti government slogans in a town in north Syria, Friday, March 2, 2012. Syria has faced mounting international criticism over its bloody crackdown on the uprising, which started with peaceful protests but has become increasingly militarized.

Peter Beaumont, Mona Mahmoud Syrian authorities have blocked the Red Cross from entering the Baba Amr district of Homs, where civilians have endured days of fierce fighting, amid reports that soldiers and armed gangs have been...

Captive Red Cross worker killed in 'barbaric act'


The body of a British Red Cross worker held captive in Pakistan since January has been found in an orchard, his throat slit and a note attached to his body saying he was killed because no ransom was...

Ukraine says it destroyed Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk.

Russia calls claims 'some kind of fantasy' but NATO agrees there was an incursion into Ukraine, while avoiding the term invasion.

Ebola may take six months to control

A mother and child in a classroom now used as an Ebola isolation ward in Monrovia, Liberia.

Jonathan Fowler The Ebola epidemic is moving faster than authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said.

US condemns 'provocative' Russian activity

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a checkpoint outside Donetsk.

The White House has urged Moscow to stop its "extremely dangerous and provocative" attempts to destabilise Ukraine, where tensions have soared again in the past 24 hours.

Ukraine rebels getting tanks and reinforcements, says separatist leader

Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Alexander Zakharchenko.

Thomas Grove Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said.

Ukraine fighter jet shot down as Kiev accuses Moscow of arming rebels

Ukrainian servicemen guard a checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve.

Ukraine on Sunday accused Russia of sending more equipment, including rocket launchers, across the border into the restive east of the country.

Ukraine claims breakthrough in rebel stronghold Luhansk

Friends and relatives in Kiev say goodbye to volunteers before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine.

Natalia Zinets and Thomas Grove Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said on Sunday, in what could be a breakthrough in...

Russia's aid convoy to Ukraine feared to be 'invasion pretext'

Ukrainian government soldiers from battalion

Adrian Croft and Sergei Karpukhin President Vladimir Putin said on Monday Russia is sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine despite urgent Western warnings against using humanitarian help as a pretext for an invasion.

Russian aid convoy heads for eastern Ukraine amid fears of military intervention

Humanitarian aid trucks leave Moscow for eastern Ukraine.

Neil MacFarquhar An enormous convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid leaves Moscow as NATO chief says there's a 'high probability' Russia will intervene militarily and Ukraine says there are even more troops than...

Confrontation looms as Ukraine vows to block Russian 'aid convoy'

A convoy of Russian trucks passes along Don highway towards Ukraine.

A convoy of 262 Russian trucks is rolling toward the Ukrainian border as Kiev vowed to block the aid mission from its territory over fears it was a ploy to bolster pro-Kremlin rebels.

Russian aid convoy vanishes on road to Ukraine

A convoy of Russian trucks passes along Don highway towards Ukraine.

Roland Oliphant Ukraine accused Moscow of mounting a cynical attempt to incite a pro-Russian rebellion on Wednesday, as uncertainty surrounded a 262-truck "aid convoy" that appeared to grind to a halt before...

Armoured vehicles cross from Russia into Ukraine

A convoy of Russian trucks passes along Don highway towards Ukraine.

Roland Oliphant A column of armoured vehicles and military trucks crossed the border from Russia into Ukraine on Thursday, in the first confirmed sighting of such an incident by Western journalists.

Israel pounds Gaza after militants break truce with rocket fire

Israeli troops prepare outside the Gaza Strip before the ceasefire broke down.

Nidal al-Mughrabi The Israeli military has responded with air strikes across the Gaza Strip after militants launched rockets from the Palestinian enclave at the end of a 72-hour ceasefire.

Claims Israeli soldiers shot fleeing civilians

The remains of a mosque in Khuza'a, Gaza.

Ruth Pollard Some men held a child in each arm, those who could raised their hands in the air in surrender. Others had white flags, while four of the strongest carried elderly relatives on their shoulders.

Guo Meimei, China's most brazen 'professional mistress', confesses on TV

Guo Meimei

Philip Wen In the end, the downfall of Guo Meimei, widely considered China’s most brazen “professional mistress”, came through the same means she achieved fame and notoriety – an...

'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza, says UN, as child death toll reaches 149

A Palestinian family watches as rescuers search in the rubble of homes destroyed by an Israeli missile strike, in Gaza City.

Stephanie Nebehay Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel's military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said.

Bomb explosions in Nigeria's Kaduna kill at least 82, ex-leader Buhari targeted

Earlier Boko Haram attack ... Red Cross personnel search for remains at the site of twin bomb explosions in Jos, Nigeria, which killed 100 on May 21.

Garba Muhammed At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari at a busy market and a moderate...