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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'

Pakistan

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...

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $US100 million to fight Ebola

Good cause: Billionaire Paul Allen will give $US100 million to fight Ebola.

Maria L. La Ganga Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has pledged at least $114 million to fight Ebola.

Cuba flexes medical muscle in fight against Ebola in West Africa

Raul Castro, centre, farewells 35 doctors and 48 nurses as they leave Cuba for Liberia and Guinea to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Rod Mac Johnson Researchers around the world are scrambling to beat the tropical fever as Havana sends more nurses and doctors to Liberia and Guinea to join the fight to stop the deadly virus.

Syria refugees disembark from cruise liner

A photo taken from a cruise ship that rescued the migrants from a small boat stranded off the east Mediterranean island's main Limassol port, Cyprus, shows hundreds on the boat.

Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean have disembarked in Cyprus, after hours of refusing to budge and demanding to be taken to Italy.

Oktoberfest welcomes one million people

Top brass: A traditional Bavarian brass band takes part in a parade at the Oktoberfest festival in Munich.

About a million people have visited Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, on its first weekend despite bad weather.

14 Pakistanis freed from US custody in Afghanistan's Bagram prison

Fourteen Pakistani detainees were released from US custody in Bagram Prison in Afghanistan and repatriated to Pakistan on Saturday, a Pakistani legal firm representing some of the prisoners said.

Tempers flare as mass flood evacuations begin in Kashmir after 450 people killed

A Kashmiri man wades through a flooded street as he moves towards higher ground in Srinagar September 10, 2014.

Rupam Jain Nair Floods that have killed 450 people in India and Pakistan began to recede on Wednesday giving rescue teams a chance to evacuate thousands of villagers stranded by the heaviest rainfall in 50 years in...

Tony Abbott plans visit to Ukraine and promises to send military equipment: Poroshenko

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced his intention to visit Ukraine as well as send 'non-lethal' military equipment.

Nick Miller, London Prime Minister Tony Abbot is planning to visit Ukraine, according to the country's president.

Floods in India, Pakistan claim hundreds of lives

A tractor evacuating Kashmiri flood victims to higher ground travels through a flooded street in Srinagar.

Abu Arqam Naqash and Adnan Abidi The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to more than 400 on Tuesday, with thousands still trapped on rooftops and residents criticising Indian and Pakistani...

Mining the legacy of Genghis Khan

Dave Tacon Mongolia was once a land of nomads but a cache of lucrative minerals lies beneath its steppes. Dave Tacon reports on a nation in flux.

Paranoia keeps Ebola health workers safe: Queensland doctor

A medical worker of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital of Monrovia wears a protective suit before going to the high-risk area of the hospital where Ebola patients are being treated.

Cameron Atfield A Queensland doctor, who joined a Red Cross effort to help battle west Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, has spoken of the paranoia gripping health workers in the virus zone.

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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.

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.