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.
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The Red Cross
An injured boy is seen with a Red Cross volunteer after a magnitude-7 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 13, 2010. Officials fear that hundreds of thousands may have perished in the quake, but no casualty reports are confirmed. UPI/Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide[1] which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The movement consists of several distinct organizations that are legally independent from each other, but are united within the movement through common basic principles, objectives, symbols, statutes and governing organs. The movement's parts are: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a private humanitarian institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland, by Henry Dunant. Its 25-member committee has a unique authority under international humanitarian law to protect the life and dignity of the victims of international and internal armed conflicts. The ICRC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on three occasions (in 1917, 1944 and 1963).[2] The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was founded in 1919 and today it coordinates activities between the 186 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies within the Movement. On an international level, the Federation leads and organizes, in close cooperation with the National Societies, relief assistance missions responding to large-scale emergencies. The International Federation Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1963, the Federation (then known as the League of Red Cross Societies) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the ICRC.[2] National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies exist in nearly every country in the world. Currently 186 National Societies are recognized by the ICRC and admitted as full members of the Federation. Each entity works in its home country according to the principles of international humanitarian law and the statutes of the international Movement. Depending on their specific circumstances and capacities, National Societies can take on additional humanitarian tasks that are not directly defined by international humanitarian law or the mandates of the international Movement. In many countries, they are tightly linked to the respective national health care system by providing emergency medical services.

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