Aug 22, 2014

Russian aid convoy starting to enter Ukraine

Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen by the Red Cross. Trucks loaded with water, generators ...

U.K. police identify migrants in container as Afghan Sikhs

Aug 18, 2014

U.K. police identify migrants in container as Afghan Sikhs

The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port over the weekend following a “horrific ordeal” are Sikhs from Afghanistan, police said Sunday. One man was found dead in the container, and 34 men, women and children — all suffering from ...

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy will be stopped at border

Aug 12, 2014

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy will be stopped at border

A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, but Ukraine said it would deny the mission entry because it has not been certified by the Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. The International ...

Red Cross nurse juggles aid with safety in Iraq

Jun 28, 2014

Red Cross nurse juggles aid with safety in Iraq

Japan will extend $6 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq to help the country deal with residents displaced by civil unrest, but the funds aren’t expected to help beleaguered medical groups struggling in the country. A Red Cross nurse who has been helping refugees ...

Mar 13, 2014

Japan-North Korea Red Cross talks slated for next week

The Red Cross societies of Japan and North Korea will hold a two-day meeting starting March 19 in Shenyang, northeastern China, with the government participation from both sides, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Japan also plans to send Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry officials ...

| Mar 4, 2014

Talks with North bring hope

by Ko Hirano

An informal intergovernmental meeting between Japanese and North Korean officials in Shenyang on Monday has rekindled hope for addressing issues of concern between the two countries, including Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s. Details of the talks, which lasted for ...

Japanese, North Korean envoys chat at Red Cross meeting

Mar 3, 2014

Japanese, North Korean envoys chat at Red Cross meeting

Foreign Ministry officials held informal talks with their North Korean counterparts on the sidelines of a meeting Monday between the Red Cross societies of their respective nations in Shenyang, northeastern China. The talks between Keiichi Ono, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asia Division, ...