Kenyan troops headed to Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Kenyan troops are preparing to launch a major offensive in 10 regions of Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab militants, a Kenyan military spokesman said.

Snowstorm delivers pre-Halloween trick

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The mid-Atlantic and New England states dug out of a snowstorm that killed at least 13 people and left millions without power and Halloween activities in doubt.

U.S. denies it knew of Afghan prison abuse

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The United States denies it knew of abuse at Afghan prisons before a United Nations report was released in August, The Washington Post reported.
Judge revokes Lohan's probation

Judge revokes Lohan's probation

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan was handcuffed and held briefly on $100,000 bail Wednesday after a Los Angeles judge revoked the former child star's probation.
Palestinians welcome returning prisoners

Palestinians welcome returning prisoners

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands rallied in Ramallah, West Bank, and Gaza Tuesday to celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners freed by Israel.

Flooding threatens Bangkok

BANGKOK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Heavy flooding that has killed hundreds and deluged vast areas of Thailand for months headed toward Bangkok where evacuation planning was under way Thursday.

Gay men to protest blood donation ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Gay rights advocates say they want gay men to have the right to donate blood, something currently prohibited under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration policy.

Water emergency declared in Tuvalu

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, faced with a severe shortage of fresh water, has declared a state of emergency, officials said.
Afghanistan troubles ICRC

Afghanistan troubles ICRC

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The International Red Cross said people in rural parts of Afghanistan are paying the price for the conflict that has afflicted the country for the last decade.

Red Cross: Aid needed in Libya

SIRTE, Libya, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Humanitarians say aid is still needed in Sirte, Libya, where Moammar Gadhafi loyalists are exchanging fire with members of the National Transitional Council.

Italy ratifies cluster bombs convention

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Italian government at the United Nations filed an instrument of ratification of the convention on cluster bombs, the Italian secretary of state announced.

Irene creates East Coast blood shortage

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Severe weather -- especially that caused by Hurricane Irene -- has resulted in blood shortages on the U.S. East Coast, the American Red Cross said.

Red Crescent worker killed in Syria

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Violence against volunteer medical workers in Syria is completely unacceptable, the international Red Cross said after a volunteer died from gunshot wounds.
Pro-Gadhafi forces repel rebels in 2 towns

Pro-Gadhafi forces repel rebels in 2 towns

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Forces loyal to deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi repelled takeover attacks by reformist rebels in two towns and vowed to fight for months.
ICRC notes progress on cluster bombs

ICRC notes progress on cluster bombs

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Though there are encouraging political signs in treaties regarding cluster bombs, it's time for more practical action, the ICRC said at a conference in Lebanon.

Human Rights Watch: Nobody safe in Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Nobody is safe from Syrian security forces if members of the Red Crescent are exposed to gunfire, Human Rights Watch said.
Red Cross helping identify dead in Libya

Red Cross helping identify dead in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is overseeing efforts to identify human remains found in mass graves in and around Tripoli, Libya.

Kabul ratifies cluster bomb treaty

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The ratification on the convention on cluster munitions by Afghanistan strengthens the notion that those weapons are undesirable, the ICRC said.

Worries increase in flooded U.S. states

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett warned residents to stay away from flood waters as worries of toxic water supplies followed storms that deluged the East Coast.
Red Crescent workers shot in Syria

Red Crescent workers shot in Syria

HOMS, Syria, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Three volunteers with the Syrian Red Crescent Society were wounded when their ambulance was fired upon in Homs, the Red Cross said.
Israel softens stance on prisoner swap

Israel softens stance on prisoner swap

LONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Israel has reportedly agreed to release all female Palestinian prisoners in return for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, sources in London said.

Flooding tops wall in Binghamton, N.Y.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Susquehanna River spilled over retaining walls in downtown Binghamton, N.Y., Thursday prompting officials to urge residents to get out now.
New weapons raise concerns for ICRC

New weapons raise concerns for ICRC

SAN REMO, Italy, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The International Red Cross said from Italy that it had legal concerns about the use of new weapons technology like robotic and cybersystems.

Syria delays Arab League visit

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Syria announced that it asked the secretary-general of the Arab League to delay his scheduled visit to the country.

Assad welcomes ICRC delegation to Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Damascus welcomes the work of the International Red Cross in the country as long as the organization remains independent, the Syrian president said.
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