News People take part in a simulation entitled 'A Day in the Life of a Refugee: Exploring Solutions for Syria'

The most agonising choice many attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos face is whether to go for a Martini or a smooth Riesling at the countless lavish parties that take place after hours.

Murdered aid worker's wife flies home

The wife of murdered aid worker Michael Pollard is to fly home from Hungary today. Jo Pollard, of Baildon, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, has been recovering in Nyiregyhaza hospital after a savage roadside attack last week in which her 62-year-old husband Michael, a church pastor, was beaten to death.

Fears for aid workers kidnapped in Chechnya

Concern was growing last night for two British aid workers kidnapped four days ago in the breakaway Russian province of Chechnya. The Foreign Office said there had been no contact from the armed gang which seized Jon James and his girlfriend, Camilla Carr, last Wednesday.

Letter: Survival guide for aid workers

Survival guide for aid workers

Hostage Briton is set free

A British aid worker and his French colleague taken hostage in Chechnya 26 days ago have been released, the Foreign Office said last night, writes Helen Noxicka.

Aid workers killed

Aid workers killed

More massacres in Burundi

More massacres in Burundi

Civil war fear as Somali chief seizes town

Mogadishu (AFP) - The Somali warlord Mohamed Farah Aideed has vastly extended his power base with the capture of Baidoa at the weekend, and observers predicted yesterday he would move on to the southern port city of Kismayo, raising the prospect of renewed civil war.

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Dr James Thompson, senior lecturer in psychology at University College London Medical School, says aid workers can suffer disillusionment when they arrive at the scene and readjustment problems when they come home. As co-director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at the Middlesex Hospital, he has treated aid workers and journalists who have been in war zones.

Newsbrief: Hostel closing

The closure of four hostels in Lewisham could leave battered women with nowhere suitable to live, say refuge workers in the borough. Lewisham withdrew funding after a dispute over policy in which aid workers locked-out management.

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Khmer Rouge kidnap aid worker

Khmer Rouge rebels abducted an American woman, Melissa Himes, 25, of the relief organisation Food for the Hungry International, and have held her hostage for three days while demanding that the aid group digs them wells, its director said yesterday, AFP reports from Phnom Penh.

Hope on kidnapped aid worker

The International Committee of the Red Cross said yesterday that Alfred Petters, an American aid worker kidnapped in Mogadishu, was in good health and it was hoped he would be freed soon, AP reports from Geneva.

Somali workers besiege Britons

About 200 Somalis, some armed, blockaded British mine- clearance experts of the Rimfire company at a compound in the north-western city of Hargeisa yesterday and demanded money to let them leave, aid workers said, Reuter reports from Mogadishu.

Rebels flee

Sudanese rebels abandoned an important southern village to advancing government troops and were making a stand on the banks of a river, aid workers said yesterday, Reuter reports from Nairobi.
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