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78 years on, Jewish Holocaust rescuers want their story told

Jan. 27, 2023 01:13 AM EST

KIBBUTZ HAZOREA, Israel (AP) — Just before Nazi Germany invaded Hungary in March 1944, Jewish youth leaders in the eastern European country jumped into action: They formed an underground network that in the coming months would save tens of thousands of fellow Jews from the gas chambers. ...

Red Crescent: 8 dead, 58 missing after shipwreck off Libya

Jan. 25, 2023 12:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying Europe-bound migrants capsized off Libya, killing at least eight people, while 58 others were still missing, the country's Red Crescent said Wednesday. Tawfik al-Shukri, spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, said the shipwreck took place Tuesday off...

Burning German 'ghost train' stopped near Austria border

Jan. 20, 2023 14:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in southern Germany say efforts to put out a fire on a train turned into a spectacular chase early Friday after the driverless diesel engine began taking off toward Austria of its own accord. Firefighters had been called to put out a train blaze near the...

Ali Center to celebrate King holiday with free admission

Jan. 10, 2023 04:11 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville is offering free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That Monday, January 16, the center will offer hourly viewings of King's “I Have A Dream” speech and host a panel of students who will speak about King and...

Red Cross conducts rare visit with 3,400 Yemen war prisoners

Dec. 21, 2022 08:52 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Red Cross said Wednesday that it had conducted rare visits to thousands of prisoners on both sides of Yemen’s eight-year civil war, a step that could pave the way for an exchange of detainees between the rival parties. Fabrizio Carboni, the...

In war-torn states hurt by climate, scant hope for new funds

Nov. 22, 2022 01:22 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — In conflict-ravaged nations like Yemen and Somalia, devastating floods and droughts kill hundreds of people and uproot tens of thousands from their homes. These countries and many others in the Middle East and Africa have been plunged into turmoil and...

Red Cross: Afghans will struggle for their lives this winter

Nov. 21, 2022 02:14 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More Afghans will be struggling for survival as living conditions deteriorate in the year ahead, a top official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said in an interview, as the country braces for its second winter under Taliban rule. The...

ICRC: Humanitarian convoy arrives in Ethiopia's Tigray

Nov. 15, 2022 10:56 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said a convoy of trucks carrying medicine arrived in Tigray’s regional capital Mekele on Tuesday, the first aid delivery by the group to the embattled region since August. “It is an enormous relief for...

Slovenian president eager to work, gets Melania's congrats

Nov. 14, 2022 15:16 PM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Natasa Pirc Musar loves to ride her motorcycle. She also has worked as a human rights lawyer, a TV presenter, ran Slovenia’s top data protection agency and now is the small European Union nation’s first female president. “Not a single day of my life...

Red Cross seeks 'digital emblem' to protect against hacking

Nov. 03, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday it is seeking support to create a “digital red cross/red crescent emblem” that would make clear to military and other hackers that they have entered the computer systems of medical facilities or Red Cross offices. ...