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Red Cross Scales Back Operations in Pakistan

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The Red Cross is scaling back its operations in Pakistan, following the killing of one of its staff members earlier this year. British doctor Khalil Rasjed Dale was kidnapped and beheaded in Quetta, the capital of the southwestern province of Baluchsitan, in April. Dale had been managing a health program in the city. His death […]

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Afghan Patients Hope for Speedy Red Cross Return

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Patients in southern Afghanistan are hoping Red Cross workers will soon return to a key hospital, after an explosion there prompted the aid agency to withdraw its foreign staff. On June 21, Afghan and Red Cross officials say a small bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded on the grounds of the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar […]

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Red Cross Fights Disease in Vietnam

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 8:25 am (UTC-5)
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The Vietnam Red Cross has launched a public education campaign to fight the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease in Vietnam. The organization issued an emergency appeal Tuesday for nearly $1 million in international donations to help fund a campaign aimed at more than 750,000 people in 13 provinces. The Red Cross says there […]

International Committee of the Red Cross Names New President

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross has appointed Swiss diplomat Peter Mauer as its next president. Mauer is the top civil servant in the Swiss Foreign Ministry and was previously the permanent Swiss representative to the United Nations. He will become ICRC head on July 1, 2012. Mauer will succeed Jakob Kellenberger,also a Swiss, […]

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Red Cross: Afghans’ Access to Health Care Access at Low Point

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Committee of the Red Cross says access to health care is at a low point in conflict-affected areas of Afghanistan. ICRC’s head of operations for South Asia told reporters in Geneva on Monday that many local clinics remain closed because of fighting, attacks on the premises or intimidation of staff. The Red Cross […]

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International Red Cross Appeals for North Korea Storm Aid

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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The International Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies launched an emergency appeal Monday for $4.5 million to provide urgently needed supplies of food and other relief to 30,000 North Koreans made homeless or badly affected by storms that have swept across the impoverished country. A Red Cross press release said that assessments […]

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