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Relatives of POWs call on Red Cross to help find loved ones

Aug. 05, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Relatives of prisoners of war captured by the Russians following the fall of Mariupol gathered in central Kyiv Thursday demanding information about their husbands, fathers and sons following a strike on a prison housing POWs in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine last week...

Ukrainian officials press for information on prison attack

Aug. 02, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian officials say they are struggling to establish the truth surrounding an explosion in a prison that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war captured by the Russians following the fall of Mariupol. Ukraine’s human rights chief, Dmytro Lubinets,...

Red Cross: 10 killed in flooding in hilly eastern Uganda

Jul. 31, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Heavy rains in hilly eastern Uganda triggered flooding that burst river banks and submerged homes and roads, killing at least 10 people, the Red Cross said Sunday. The victims of the Saturday night downpour lived in the neighboring districts of Kapchorwa and...

Red Cross struggles to see prison where Ukrainian POWs died

Jul. 30, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Russian officials blamed each other Saturday for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in an attack on a prison in a separatist-controlled area. The International Red Cross asked to visit the prison to make sure the scores of wounded POWs had proper...

UK aid worker held by Ukraine separatists reported dead

Jul. 15, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British aid worker detained by pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine has died in captivity, a separatist official and a U.K. charity involved with his case said Friday. The British government summoned the Russian ambassador in London to demand an explanation. ...

Aid group says Yemeni children still dying of hunger

Jul. 15, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A truce that went into effect in April in war-torn Yemen has not improved humanitarian conditions in the country and the Russia-Ukraine war is causing children to die of hunger, the regional director of a prominent aid group said Friday. In an interview with The...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...

Boat capsizes off Senegal coastline, 13 migrants killed

Jun. 29, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A boat carrying migrants trying to get to Europe capsized off the coast of Senegal, killing at least 13 people, according to local Red Cross officials. The incident happened near Kafountine in the southern Casamance area Monday night, said Djadja Sambou, an...

Worker for Dutch Red Cross and driver are killed in Mali

Jun. 02, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A vehicle transporting a Red Cross team came under a hail of gunfire in western Mali, killing a worker for the Dutch branch and the car's driver, the Malian and Dutch Red Cross organizations said Thursday. Witnesses said the gunmen were riding motorcycles when...

Boat with 842 Haitians headed for US winds up in Cuba

May. 25, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

VILLA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up instead on the coast of central Cuba, in what appeared to be the largest group seen yet in a swelling exodus from crisis-stricken Haiti. Red Cross officials in the province...