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International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

International Red Cross to reduce presence in Afghanistan

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross said Monday that it will "drastically" reduce its operations in Afghanistan, including closing some offices, after seven members were killed in attacks this year."Since December 2016, the ICRC has been directly targeted in northern Afghanistan three times, including in what we considered one of our safest facilities, the rehabilitation center in Mazar-i-Sharif," said Monica Zanarelli, head of delegation for the ICRC in Afghanistan said in a statement. "These incidents have affected not only the ICRC in Afghanistan, but the organization as a whole."ICRC, in a news release, said "there is no other choice but to drastically reduce its presence and activities in Afghanistan, in particular in the north of the country."ICRC's offices i...
Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

Turkish troops prepare to enter Idlib province, Syria

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Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey deployed commando units along its border with Syria and aided Free Syrian Army rebels as they crossed into Syria's Idlib province, the Turkish government announced.The troop movement is part of a joint mission between Turkey, Russia and Iran to monitor a de-escalation zone in Syria and remove a stronghold of former al-Qaida militants from the area. The three countries agreed in May to be guarantors of a cease-fire to help end the six-year civil war in Syria.Although there is no U.S. involvement in the mission, and the U.S. government is watching the combined involvement of the three countries armies. A Pentagon spokesman said the United States supports the action.Rebels of the FSA rode on trucks through Turkey and crossed the Syrian border on Saturday, while Turkish ...
UK police free driver in museum car crash; inquiry continues

UK police free driver in museum car crash; inquiry continues

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London police on Sunday released a 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a car crash outside the Natural History Museum injured 11 people. Police said the man was released "under investigation." He has not been charged or identified. London's "museum row" was open for business as usual Sunday, with the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum operating as usual one day after pandemonium broke out after a car struck pedestrians. The crash Saturday afternoon on Exhibition Road in London's busy museum district was initially feared to be a possible attack similar to incidents earlier this year when extremists in vehicles struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and on London Bridge. The March attack on Westminster Bridge and Parliament a...
Investigators believe Las Vegas gunman had severe undiagnosed mental illness: Sources

Investigators believe Las Vegas gunman had severe undiagnosed mental illness: Sources

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The picture that is emerging of Steven Paddock, who has been identified as the gunman in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, is of a man that some law enforcement officials increasingly believe had severe mental illness that was likely undiagnosed, sources tell ABC News. The portrait, gleaned from interviews with hundreds of people interviewed over the past week, is that while Paddock might have been financially successful, he had real difficulty interacting with people. He is described as standoff-ish, disconnected, a man who had difficulty establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships. Paddock opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring 489 others before taking his own l...
Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

Thousands protest Putin on 65th birthday

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Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Protests organized by a jailed political opponent of Vladimir Putin jeered the Russian president on the occasion of his 65th birthday.Putin's primary political foe, Aleksei Navalny, who was jailed earlier this week for 20 days after allegedly organizing unsanctioned protests, called on followers to gather in towns and cities across the country to protest Putin, who is widely expected to win another six-year term with tacit opposition in elections scheduled for later this year.Protesters shouted the refrain "happy birthday Putin, and goodbye," a reference to the fact the former KGB agent will be 70 when his next term ends.Police across Russia arrested protesters, though official numbers were not available. A watchdog group estimated the number at 271 arrests in 12 different ...