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Some 40 bodies recovered in C. Africa after clashes

Some 40 bodies have been recovered in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui in just one day, following clashes there, the International Committee of the Red Cross told AFP in Geneva on Thursday. "Around 40 bodies have been recovered for the moment, and first aid has been given to around 60 people wounded," ICRC spokesman David Pierre Marquet said. The bodies were recovered since Wednesday in Bangui by the Central African branch of the Red Cross, he said. He said another 60 or so bodies were recovered last Monday.

Half a million wounded in Syria's war

Half a million people across war-hit Syria have been wounded, many of them lacking access to basic healthcare and treatment, the International Committee for the Red Cross said on Sunday. Millions have also been displaced inside Syria and tens of thousands detained, ICRC chief Magne Barth said in a statement. "At least half a million people have been wounded across the country and millions remain displaced and tens of thousands detained," he said.

Red Cross calls for record $1.3 bn to cover 2014 aid

The Red Cross said Thursday it will need a record $1.3 billion (one billion euros) to cover its humanitarian activities next year, amid the soaring need for aid in places such as Syria. "We consider that this is a realistic estimate of the resources required," International Committee of the Red Cross president Peter Maurer told reporters in Geneva.

Syria top priority for Red Cross in 2014 despite limited access

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Desperate civilians in a swathe of Syria from Aleppo in the north to the southern border are largely out of reach of aid workers, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday. Throughout the country, the wounded are often denied medical treatment by either government officials or rebels, while hospitals and ambulances remain targets of unlawful attacks, ICRC President Peter Maurer said.

A million Syrians lack food: Red Cross

A least a million Syrians are going hungry, as fighting and checkpoints prevent aid deliveries, the international Red Cross warned on Monday. "A conservative estimate is a million people without food," said Simon Eccleshall, crisis management chief at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The IFRC's local member, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), is the key player in international operations in Syria, where around one third of the pre-war population of 21 million now relies on aid to survive.

Konoe reelected president of IFRC

Tadateru Konoe of Japan was on Wednesday reelected for his second four-year term as president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. A self-proclaimed "born and career Red Crosser," Konoe, 74, defeated former president Mario Villarroel Lander of Venezuela at a General Assembly meeting in Sydney. Konoe was first elected to lead the IFRC in 2009, becoming the first Asian to lead the world's largest humanitarian organization.

Colombian rebels free 3 oil contractors

Bogota, Nov 4 (EFE).- Colombia's ELN rebel group on Monday released three oil contractors the guerrillas grabbed in September, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The three captives were handed over in a rural area of the northeastern province of Arauca, bordering on Venezuela, and after being given a medical exam, they were taken to Arauca city, the regional capital, "where they could be reunited with their families," according to a communique from the ICRC.

Syria a 'stain' on global conscience

The suffering of millions of Syrians caught up in their homeland's civil war is a "stain" on the world's conscience, European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Monday. "The pain and suffering of the Syrian people is beyond what we can tolerate. It is a stain on the world's conscience," Barroso told reporters after talks with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). His comments came as the European Commission said it would provide 85 million euros ($120 million) in humanitarian aid for people affected by Syria's civil war.

Colombia's FARC frees kidnapped ex-U.S. marine: Red Cross

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC guerrillas have freed a former U.S. marine who was kidnapped in June while he trekked through the jungle in a known guerrilla area, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday. Kevin Scott Sutay, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, had been backpacking through several Central and South American countries before he was captured by the FARC. He had ignored police warnings against hiking through a "red zone" for rebel activity.

Int'l Red Cross aid to N. Korea to rise 7.8 pct in 2014

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Wednesday that it plans to give US$7.15 million worth of aid to North Korea in 2014, up 7.8 percent from this year. The organization also said in its updated 2012-15 long-term report that it will allocate $7.96 million for 2015 to help the communist country. The report showed that the IFRC set aside $6.63 million to help the impoverished country this year, up from $4.40 million spent in 2012.
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