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International Red Cross to “drastically” cut Afghan operations after attacks

KABUL: The International Committee of the Red Cross will “drastically” cut back its operations in Afghanistan following attacks that have killed seven of its staff this year, the aid group said on Monday. The announcement underlines the deteriorating security for aid groups in Afghanistan, where the ICRC has been operating for more than 30 years and has been running its fourth biggest humanitarian program. “Exposure to risk has become our greatest challenge and concern,” Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC in Afghanistan,…

Nigeria confirms release of 21 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Boko Haram

ABUJA: Boko Haram have released 21 of more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 in the northern town of Chibok, the Nigerian government said on Thursday. "The release of the girls...is the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government," a presidency statement said. "The negotiations will continue." Around 270 girls were taken from their school in Chibok in April 2014. Dozens escaped in the initial melee, but more than 200 are…