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Red Cross says conditions not right for Rohingyas to return

Nov. 14, 2018 6:17 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says conditions are not right for Rohingya Muslim refugees to return safely to Myanmar from Bangladesh, where over 700,000 have sought refuge since August 2017 following a military crackdown. Robert Mardini is the organization's U.N....

Aid workers reach remote Syrian camp for 1st time

Nov. 4, 2018 1:28 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. officials and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent offered children vaccinations and distributed desperately needed aid on Sunday, the first such assistance since January to reach thousands in a remote camp for the displaced on Syria's border with Jordan. Residents said...

UN aid convoy reaches Syria desert camp near Jordan border

Nov. 3, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A convoy of 78 trucks carrying life-saving assistance reached a remote camp for the displaced on Syria's border with Jordan on Saturday, where tens of thousands of people are stranded in the desert amid dwindling supplies. The United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said their joint...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 2, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ NOT REAL NEWS: Synagogue shooting victim was not a Holocaust survivor THE...

Migrant disappearances mark the journey to Europe

Nov. 1, 2018 5:12 AM EDT

RAS JEBEL, Tunisia (AP) — When Khalid Arfaoui's friends knocked on his door in May 2011 to signal their departure by boat from Tunisia to Europe, it wasn't fear that held him back, but a lack of cash. Everyone needed to chip in to pay for the boat, gas and supplies, and he was short about $100. So he sat...

Thai Red Cross wants bloody-minded donors for Halloween

Oct. 31, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Red Cross Society may not measure its blood supplies by the bucket, but it knows how to throw a Halloween party. Hoping that the annual gusto for gore would inspire donors, the society's National Blood Center had staff and volunteers dress up Wednesday as ghosts, monsters and...

Red Cross: Over 100,000 missing people is a global crisis

Oct. 29, 2018 8:49 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Over 100,000 people around the world are missing, which has created a global "crisis," the International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday. Agnes Coutou, the organization's protection adviser, told the U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee that "this is the highest...

4 Americans among 5 dead in Costa Rica rafting accident

Oct. 21, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Four American tourists and a Costa Rican guide were killed in a weekend rafting accident in the Central American country, authorities said Sunday. Three rafts flipped on the Naranjo river Saturday around 3 p.m. and the five victims were carried away downstream, according to the...

Red Cross assists in key prisoner release in South Sudan

Oct. 19, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has assisted in the release of 24 people detained in relation to South Sudan's civil war, calling it the first release the organization has supervised since the latest peace deal was signed last month. An ICRC spokeswoman says they do...

'I'll walk in my broken shoes': Mom, daughter flee Venezuela

Oct. 18, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

PAMPLONA, Colombia (AP) — As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as "the icebox." Ten-year-old Angelis already had on nearly all of the clothes she'd brought for the 2,700-mile trek through four countries...