RED CROSS

  • Ebola travel bans 'irrational', says Red Cross 3 days ago

    Beijing: Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever thought to have originated...
  • Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead September 25, 2014

    Conakry: A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak. One Red Cross worker is recovering after being wounded in in the neck in...
  • Gambia on high alert for Ebola outbreak August 22, 2014

    Banjul: Gambia's ministry of health and social welfare said on Thursday that it is on high alert for a possible Ebola outbreak in the country and are taking preventive measures to tackle the disease. Modou Njai, director of health promotion and education at the ministry, said that so far there has...
  • International Red Cross: Hundred more families fled their home July 24, 2014

    The international Red Cross said that fighting was briefly suspended in parts of Gaza, to allow ambulances to evacuate the wounded. Hundred more families fled their homes on Thursday. Many left on foot extremely desperate to find shelter. ...
  • Israel accuses Hamas of violating ceasefire July 20, 2014

    Unrest mounts in Gaza, as Israel has now accused Hamas of violating the ceasefire. Fighting between the two sides is now centered in the town of Shajaia. The ceasefire was requested by Red Cross to allow Palestinian emergency medical workers to tend to the wounded and dead in Shaja'ia. Officials...
  • Bitter cold grips US, Red Cross issues warning January 6, 2014

    An arctic air mass is expected to deliver some of the coldest temperatures in decades in the US. Nearly 140 million people will shiver in temperatures of zero or below by Wednesday. The Red cross has issued a warning to the people to be prepared. ...
  • Philippine Red Cross says at least 1000 killed in Typhoon Haiyan November 9, 2013

    The Philippine Red Cross estimated that more than 1,000 people were killed in the coastal city of Tacloban and at least 200 in hardhit Samar province when one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall slammed into the country. Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said the...
  • Nigeria: 24 dead in church stampede over politics November 4, 2013

    Lagos: A stampede at an allnight church vigil disrupted by politicking over a contentious gubernatorial election has killed 24 people and injured 17 in Nigeria's southeast Anambra state, the Red Cross and government officials said Sunday. The stampede occurred before dawn Saturday at an All Saints' Day openair vigil organized by...
  • NGO in Chhattisgarh sends foodgrain to cyclonehit Odisha October 15, 2013

    Raipur: Extending help to the victims of Cyclone Phailin in neighbouring Odisha, Chhattisgarh's Red Cross Society has sent two vans of foodgrains along with medicines and other relief material for those affected. The state unit of the Indian Red Cross Society has extended help to cycloneaffected people in the coastal state...
  • Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria: France June 5, 2013

    Amman: France said on Tuesday it had performed tests that proved President Bashar alAssad's forces had used nerve gas in Syria's civil war, a "red line" that the United States and other countries have repeatedly said would demand a response. Washington separately said it would deploy Patriot missiles and F16 fighter...
  • International Red Cross office attacked in Afghanistan May 29, 2013

    Jalalabad: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad came under attack on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Genevabased organisation said. A large explosion was heard near the ICRC office in Nangarhar province and heavy gunfire was ongoing, a witness said. Black smoke...
  • Ronaldo donating 100,000 euros for Afghans rehabilitation February 13, 2013

    Geneva: Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating 100,000 euros on behalf of UEFA to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday. It is the second time that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward who has featured...
  • Red Cross declares Syrian conflict a civil war July 16, 2012

    Damascus: Syria's 16month bloodbath crossed an important symbolic threshold on Sunday as the international Red Cross formally declared the conflict a civil war, a status with implications for potential war crimes prosecutions. The Red Cross statement came as UN observers gathered new details on what happened in a village where dozens...
  • 15,780 Tamils still missing in SL: Red Cross July 5, 2012

    Chennai: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said in its report for the year 2011 that it had been in search of 15,780 persons reported missing from the waraffected Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Out of the 15,780, 751 were women. The actual number of missing persons...
  • Uganda landslides destroy 3 villages; toll unknown June 25, 2012

    Kampala: Massive landslides induced by torrential rains destroyed three villages in the mountainous district of Bududa in eastern Uganda, killing scores of people but possibly hundreds, officials said on Monday. Disaster Preparedness Minister Stephen Mallinga said it was still too early to say how many had been killed in this...
  • British Red Cross doctor found beheaded in Pak April 30, 2012

    Quetta: The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Cross was found by the roadside on Sunday in the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta, police and Red Cross officials said. Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was abducted by suspected militants on January 5 while...
  • Syria: Red Cross begins evacuation in Homs February 25, 2012

    Over 90 people were killed in Homs on Friday as President Bashar al Assad's forces shelled the city for the 21st day. ...
  • Red Cross, other aid agencies call for ceasefire in Syria February 22, 2012

    With no end to the violence, food and medicine supplies are running alarmingly low in Syria. ...
  • Dozens killed in Syria, Red Cross urges ceasefire February 22, 2012

    Beirut: Food and water are running dangerously low in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, with frantic cries for help from residents amid government shelling that pounded rebel strongholds and killed at least 30 people on Tuesday, activists said. Shells reportedly rained down on rebellious districts at a rate of 10...
  • Philippines: Typhoon kills 650, several missing December 18, 2011

    Cagayan De Oro: Rescuers searched for more than 800 people missing in the southern Philippines on Sunday after flash floods and landslides swept houses into rivers and out to sea, killing more than 650 people in areas illprepared to cope with storms. Cagayan de Oro and nearby Iligan cities on Mindanao...
  • More than 100 dead in Nigeria attacks: Red Cross November 6, 2011

    Lagos: More than 100 died in a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria launched by a radical Muslim sect, a Nigerian Red Cross official said on Sunday, as sect gunmen shot and killed another police officer. Ibrahim Bulama told he expected the number of dead to rise as local clinics and...
  • Libyan forces plan 'final' attack on Sirte October 5, 2011

    Libya: Bulletridden cars carrying terrified, ill and hungry civilians crawled out of Muammar Gaddafi's hometown on Tuesday as antiGaddafi fighters said they were planning a final attack. Government forces who had for three weeks been pinned down by artillery and rocket fire on the eastern edges of Sirte were able to...
  • Red Cross team arrives in rebelheld Misrata April 16, 2011

    Tripoli: A Red Cross team arrived in rebelheld Misrata on Saturday to assess the situation in the besieged western Libyan city. Aid groups have described an increasingly desperate situation for many trapped civilians in Misrata, with few areas safe from the daily bombardment by government forces and growing needs of food...
  • Internet abuzz after Japan quake March 12, 2011

    Washington: News of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that hit northeastern Japan Friday, generating a 10metrehigh tsunami, sent millions of people around the world online in search of information and ways to help. On Twitter and Facebook, millions of people reached out for news on the historic devastation, while others simply sent...
  • Four mn floodhit still homeless in Pakistan January 22, 2011

    Islamabad: Over four million Pakistanis are still homeless, six months after massive floods devastated the country, the Red Cross has said. Many are returning to their homes to discover these are no longer inhabitable. "Six months on from the devastating flooding in Pakistan, more than four million people remain in a...
  • One million affected by Kyrgyz violence: UN June 19, 2010

    Geneva: More than one million people have been affected by the violent conflict in Kyrgyzstan and need food and other aid supplies, UN officials said on Friday. They include some 400,000 people left homeless after fleeing ethnic clashes in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad that erupted a week ago....
  • Obama joins Twitter club, tweets for first time January 19, 2010

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has made digital history as he became the first commanderinchief to "tweet" a message on the social networking site, though with a little bit of help. When Obama stopped at the headquarters of the American Red Cross' to promote aid to Haiti on Monday, a...
  • Advert lands sexologist in trouble with UP Governor May 11, 2008

    Lucknow: He calls himself the world's top sexologist. Lucknowbased Dr A K Jain's advertisements can be seen outside virtually every railway and bus station, but the sexologist, it seems, failed to realise that publishing a photo of the Governor in one of his advertisements could lead to quite a bit...
  • '50 burnt in church' as Kenya violence spreads January 1, 2008

    Nairobi: At least 50 bodies have been found in a burnt church, The Associated Press has reported the Red Cross as saying, as tribal tensions simmered following the contested election of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki. A local reporter told CNN he counted at least 15 charred bodies, including those of children,...
  • RTI activists demand CBI probe into Red Cross scam December 3, 2007

    Chandigarh: Money meant for relief for the widows of Kargil War heroes and victims of earthquakes have been spent buying air conditioners, fivestar dinners and toiletries for infants. The money was all spent by the Patiala Red Cross at the instructions of IAS officers who control the funds. This shocking...