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The International Committee of the Red Cross is asking for the most it ever has from its donors, a record one-point-seven billion dollars for 2015. Red Cross officials say the reason is the soaring need for aid in countries that remain mired in conflict like Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. Those conflicts are becoming more volatile and creating a situation where millions are in need of protection and humanitarian assistance.

War-ravaged Syria will get the biggest piece of the Red Cross budget in 2015, about ten percent. Other countries needing tens of millions in aid dollars next year are South Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Aid requirements also will be great in west Africa where a few countries continue to be ravaged by a deadly Ebola outbreak.

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