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First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Apr. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to...

New Zealand, Red Cross at odds over naming captive nurse

Apr. 16, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government did not approve an aid agency's decision to release the name of a New Zealand nurse held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Winston Peters said an International Committee of the...

45 bodies found in clandestine graves in Mexico

Apr. 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Officials confirmed the discovery of up to 45 bodies at clandestine burial sites in Mexico, with an estimated 30 cadavers found in one spot in the northern state of Sonora and 15 buried under the patio of a multifamily house on the outskirts of Guadalajara in Jalisco state. The Sonora...

Clandestine burial sites found as violence surges in Mexico

Apr. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials confirmed the discovery of up to 30 bodies in clandestine burial sites over the same weekend that they said some Red Cross ambulances will get armed escorts for the most risky calls. On Saturday, the Sonora state prosecutor's office said in a statement it had sent...

Iran's top leader releases special funds for flood damages

Apr. 15, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Monday approved the use of special emergency funds to deal with damage from major flooding that has killed at least 76 people and injured more than 1,000 over the past several weeks. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the government permission to use the National...

Red Cross, New Zealand hope for info on nurse held in Syria

Apr. 15, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's foreign minister confirmed Monday that a New Zealand nurse has been held captive by the Islamic State group in Syria for almost six years, information long kept secret for fear her life might be at risk. The status of nurse and midwife Louisa Akavi, now 62, is...

Red Cross resumes service after kidnapping in central Mexico

Apr. 14, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Red Cross briefly shuttered operations in the central city of Salamanca after a man wounded by gunfire was pulled from one of its ambulances by gunmen over the weekend. The Guanajuato state chapter of the first-aid group said it resumed ambulance service Sunday in the city of...

UN says Congo's Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

Apr. 12, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency but is of "deep concern," the World Health Organization said Friday. Following a meeting of its expert committee, the U.N. health agency called for efforts to be redoubled to stop the deadly virus,...

Taliban declare start of spring offensive amid talks with US

Apr. 12, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban announced Friday the start of their spring offensive despite talking peace with the United States and ahead of a significant gathering of Afghans meant to discuss resolutions to the protracted war and an eventual withdrawal of American troops from the country. The...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

Apr. 10, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as President Nicolas Maduro seeks to counter mounting criticism of his...