Top of the Morning: Red Cross/Red Crescent Workers Abducted in Syria

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Seven Aid Workers Abducted in Syria

The ICRC and Syrian Red Crescent was the target in Idlib province. “Gunmen waylaid a humanitarian convoy in northern Syria on Sunday and abducted seven people working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the aid group said…The seven aid workers abducted Sunday included six staffers of the International Committee of the Red Cross and a volunteer from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. The nationalities of the six ICRC personnel were not made public.” (LAT

Massive Cyclone Slams India

Loss of life was relatively limited given the sheer size of the storm. “Phailin was the strongest storm to hit India in 14 years. Torn branches littered a road running past destroyed huts and twisted electricity poles along a large stretch of the east coast. At least five people were killed – four people by falling trees and one when the walls of her mud house collapsed as the storm roared in off the Bay of Bengal, authorities said. The cyclone was one of three major storms over Asia on Sunday. The smaller Typhoon Nari was approaching Vietnam and Typhoon Wipha loomed over the Pacific.” (NBC