Red Cross calls for release of nurse kidnapped by ISIS in Syria

Louisa Akavi is a New Zealand Red Cross Nurse who was kidnapped in October 2013.
Louisa Akavi, 62, a nurse and midwife, who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013. Photo: Ross Land/Getty Images

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Monday called for the release of New Zealand nurse Louisa Akavi, kidnapped by the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Syria in 2013.

Quote"She has dedicated her life to those affected by war and violence, and she went to Syria because people needed her. She wanted to use her skills to make a difference."
— New Zealand Red Cross Secretary-General Niamh Lawless

Trump to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorist group

Iranian military commander
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Trump administration officials expect to announce on Monday that the State Department will designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). The Wall Street Journal first reported this expected move — the latest in Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against the Iranian regime.

Why this matters, per the Journal: "The decision ... would mark the first time that an element of a foreign state has been officially designated a terrorist entity." (The IRGC is an important element within Iran's armed forces.)