Red Cross

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...

Ukraine accuses Russia of 'invasion' as truck convoy moves in

A local resident holds a Russian national flag as the trucks cross the Ukrainian border.

Dmitry Madorsky Ukraine calls it a 'direct invasion' and NATO a 'blatant breach' of Russia's international commitments, but Kiev will let trucks pass to avoid 'provocation'.

Aid workers Greta Ramelli and Vanessa Marzullo among 20 Western hostages of the Islamic State

IS hostages

Gordon Rayner, Ruth Sherlock and David Chazan Antonella Ramelli tried to talk her daughter out of travelling to Syria. But had no riposte to her reasons for doing so. Now Greta is feared captured by IS.

Anger in West as Russian aid convoy enters Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels meet in a field near the village of Khryaschevatoye, in eastern Ukraine.

Sergei Venyavsky in Izvaryne, Ukraine The West has rebuked Russia for sending scores of trucks from a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Luhansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion."

Russia vows to send another aid convoy as Ukraine claims tanks crossed border

Armed pro-Russian separatists (right) escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war across central Donetsk.

Annie Gowen and Karoun Demirjian Kiev charges that Russian tanks crossed the border aiming to open a new front in the war, while Moscow announces it will send a second aid convoy into the east.

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.

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...

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.