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ICRC headquarter. ©REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Neutral in a harsh world: the history of the ICRC

Founded to care for victims of war, the International Committee of the Red Cross has faced a tough task, sometimes been found wanting, but has always known how to adapt to shifting challenges.

Neutral in a harsh world: the history of the ICRC
Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed. ©REUTERS
Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled

The Maldives is to hold presidential polls on September 7, the first since the archipelago's first democratically elected leader was toppled in what he called a coup.

Maldives to hold first polls since president toppled
Supporters of Venezuela's Chavez march on coup anniversary
Supporters of Venezuela's Chavez march on coup anniversary

Supporters of ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez marched in Caracas on Monday marking the day 21 years ago that their leader, then a young paratrooper officer, launched a failed military coup.

Supporters of Venezuela's Chavez march on coup anniversary
Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on
Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on

The city of Volgograd was renamed Stalingrad for a day Saturday as Russia marked the 70-year anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II.

Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on
Egyptians to protest on revolution anniversary
Egyptians to protest on revolution anniversary

Huge crowds were expected to demonstrate in Egypt on Friday for the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak and brought in an Islamist government, at a time of political tensions and economic woes.

Egyptians to protest on revolution anniversary
France, Germany forget differences to fete 50 years of landmark pact
France, Germany forget differences to fete 50 years of landmark pact

France and Germany on Tuesday will celebrate 50 years since a landmark treaty sealed their post-war reconciliation aiming to paper over nagging differences between Europe's two powerhouse neighbours.

France, Germany forget differences to fete 50 years of landmark pact
Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution
Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution

Tunisians marked the second anniversary on Monday of veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's flight into exile in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings but insecurity and social tensions persist.

Tensions loom as Tunisia marks its Arab Spring revolution
Italy shipwreck victims' families arrive on island for anniversary
Italy shipwreck victims' families arrive on island for anniversary

Families of Italy's cruise shipwreck victims returned to the site of the disaster on Saturday as preparations got underway for a commemoration ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the fatal crash.

Italy shipwreck victims' families arrive on island for anniversary
Pakistan to mark five years since Bhutto murder
Pakistan to mark five years since Bhutto murder

Pakistan marks the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Thursday, with her son expected to launch his political career with a speech in the family's ancestral home town.

Pakistan to mark five years since Bhutto murder
Hollywood sign unveiled after major makeover
Hollywood sign unveiled after major makeover

The refurbished Hollywood sign was presented in all its freshly painted glory Tuesday after its biggest makeover in 35 years, in time for 90th birthday celebrations next year.

Hollywood sign unveiled after major makeover
The Rolling Stones perform at the O2 Arena in London. ©REUTERS
Satisfaction as Rolling Stones rock London in 50-year show

The Rolling Stones rocked London on Sunday, thrilling a 20,000 crowd with the first of five concerts to mark their 50th anniversary.

Satisfaction as Rolling Stones rock London in 50-year show
Rolling Stones. ©REUTERS
'Grrr!': Rolling Stones release greatest hits

The Rolling Stones on Monday release a greatest hits album titled "Grrr!" featuring two new tracks recorded over the summer in Paris, as fans count down to a string of 50th-anniversary concerts.

'Grrr!': Rolling Stones release greatest hits
Model Naomi Campbell. ©REUTERS
Naomi Campbell hosts huge party for boyfriend in India

A star-studded guestlist including Kate Moss and Bob Geldof gathered in India Wednesday for a lavish 50th birthday party arranged by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her Russian billionaire boyfriend.

Naomi Campbell hosts huge party for boyfriend in India
Libya marks 1st 'liberation' anniversary amid tension
Libya marks 1st 'liberation' anniversary amid tension

Libya on Tuesday celebrated the first anniversary of its "liberation" from the regime of Moamer Kadhafi, even as fighting flared in a former bastion of the slain dictator.

Libya marks 1st 'liberation' anniversary amid tension
Ten years on, Bali remembers bomb dead
Ten years on, Bali remembers bomb dead

Hundreds of survivors and relatives of the dead on Friday paid tearful tributes to the 202 people killed in the Bali bombings 10 years ago, when Islamist extremists unleashed terror on partying tourists.

Ten years on, Bali remembers bomb dead
Bond girls: From Ursula Andress to Eva Green
Bond girls: From Ursula Andress to Eva Green

Over 50 years of cinematic success, James Bond has exercised his masculine charms on a string of women, although the role of the "Bond Girls" has subtly evolved over the years.

Bond girls: From Ursula Andress to Eva Green
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
World bishops gather to counter decline of faith

Catholic bishops from around the world are convening for a synod starting on Sunday to debate how to counter rising secularism on the 50th anniversary of the historic but controversial Second Vatican Council.

World bishops gather to counter decline of faith
Bond fans set to mark 50 years of big-screen style
Bond fans set to mark 50 years of big-screen style

A series of events are to be held on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, the iconic spy saga that helped define half-a-century of cultural, political and technological upheaval.

Bond fans set to mark 50 years of big-screen style
Monstera deliciosa. ©Tengrinews
100-year old plants still grow in Petropavlovsk Botanical Garden

Russian Colonel Nikolay Kurpatov brought exotic plants to Northern Kazakhstan in the beginning of the past century.

100-year old plants still grow in Petropavlovsk Botanical Garden
Anti-Japan protests across China on war anniversary
Anti-Japan protests across China on war anniversary

Thousands of anti-Japan protesters rallied across China over a territorial row on Tuesday, a key historical anniversary, as Japanese firms including car giant Toyota shut or scaled back production.

Anti-Japan protests across China on war anniversary