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07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
In a joint online campaign, Catholics and Protestants call on the faithful to make crosses at home and carry them everywhere. This is a "peaceful and non-violent" response to the authorities’ campaign against the religious symbol. For Catholic priest, "Tomorrow you will see crosses everywhere in Zhejiang."
Beijing (AsiaNews) – Catholics and Protestants in the eastern province of Zhejiang have launched an ‘ecumenical’ campaign to make crosses – the Christian symbol par excellence – and carry them everywhere. Launched on social...

07/28/2015 CHINA-HONG KONG
China shares continue to fall, despite the assurances of the government
After the big crash yesterday (-8.5%), the Shanghai stock market lost 1% today; Shenzhen 1.3%. At least 900 companies have withdrawn from trading after losing 10%. The central bank of China promised to inject 50 billion yuan in the money market, but the production figures do not favour optimism.
07/27/2015 CHINA
China shares fall more than 8% on growth concerns
The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5% at 3,725.56 after more weak economic data raised concerns about the health of world's second largest economy.
07/27/2015 JAPAN
Battle over peace “reopens old wounds that never healed”
Fr Domenico Vitali, a Jesuit, has been in Japan for more than half a century. He spoke to AsiaNews about Japan’s ongoing debate over constitutional reform. For him,” It is not about being in favour or against war, but about arguments heard before the Second World War” based on nationalist rhetoric and honour. Even within the Church, “various groups have split to take different positions”.
07/27/2015 CHINA
Heilongjiang, six miners rescued after a week; five still underground; four dead
The incident occurred at the Xuxiang mine, which produces 150 thousand tons of coal per year. In 2014 there were only 931 deaths in coal mine accidents. Many are the result of private and state representatives’ corruption.

07/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA
South Korea removes last person from quarantine over MERS
Since the first case of MERS infection was confirmed May 20 in the country, 186 people were found to be infected, 36 of them died and a total of about 16,000 people had been subject to quarantine.
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
At the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the Jesuit priest, the two Orthodox bishops and all those who have been kidnapped, calling on all present to join him in the recitation of a Hail Mary. Joined by the presence of two young people, he opens registration for WYD in Krakow and registers himself as teh first pilgrim online with a tablet. Commenting on today's Gospel: "Who among us does not have his" five loaves and two fish "? If we are willing to put them in the hands of the Lord, they will be a bit more love in the world to go around".
07/25/2015 CHINA
Chinese acitivists appeal to Olympic Committee not to award 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing
Dozens sign letter to the International Olympic Committee, including Hu Jia, Teng biao, Chen Guangcheng, Du Yanlin. On July 31, in Kuala Lumpur, the IOC has to choose between Beijing and Almaty.
07/24/2015 CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph Yuan
This is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
07/24/2015 CHINA
Beijing: industrial output in July is the worst in 15 months
Despite June’s limited rebound, the manufacturing index has dropped again this month. For the fifth consecutive month, the figure is below the threshold of contraction. Beijing had set growth for April-June at 7 per cent but analysts estimate that it will be around 5 per cent.
07/24/2015 VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN
For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”
In his message to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for this year’s Day for Life, centred on the theme of ‘Cherishing Life and Accepting Death,’ Pope Francis said that “There is nothing progressive about solving problems by eliminating a human life." For him, “considering having a baby as a right is not a scientific achievement when the child should instead be welcomed as a gift; nor is it right to use humans as laboratory rats in order to save ostensibly others.”
07/24/2015 TAIWAN
Thirty students arrested in Taipei for protesting China-centric education
Those arrested apparently raided the Ministry of Education overnight. They want changes in the school curriculum with regards to the island’s history and its relationship to the mainland dropped.
07/24/2015 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan political prisoner dies after 14 months in custody
He was held in prison for his role in protests against a Chinese gold mine. Local sources said he had been tortured since his detention. Two other village men were sentenced to two years in jail for their roles in protests. None of the relatives and friends of Lobsang Yeshi was allowed to see his body.
07/23/2015 ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri Avnery
This is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
07/23/2015 CHINA
Stock Market Crash: Communist Party shielding the country’s “red aristocracy”, not its people
by Willy Lam
China’s recent stock market crisis has exposed the flaws in President Xi Jinping’s economic policies. Party-controlled media have praised government leaders, but analysts and experts view large-scale government interventions as a “step backward”. The crisis needs urgent political reform, which the party has rejected so far. What follows is an analysis by a great China expert, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

Altri articoli
07/23/2015 ASIA
Card. Tagle: Pope Francis told me that the future of the Church is in Asia
07/23/2015 JAPAN - CHINA
East China Sea: Tokyo publishes photos of Chinese platforms in disputed waters
07/23/2015 ASIA
PIME in China: new men in new facilities by Piero Gheddo
07/23/2015 MYANMAR - CHINA
Myanmar sentences 153 Chinese illegal loggers to life imprisonment
07/23/2015 CHINA
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei gets his passport back, can travel to Germany and Great Britain by Wang Zhicheng
07/22/2015 KYRGYZSTAN – UNITED STATES
Bishkek ends agreement with Washington, inching its way closer to Beijing and Moscow
07/22/2015 CHINA
A “record number” of transplants in China, (possibly) despite a ban on harvesting organs from executed prisoners
07/22/2015 JAPAN
Sixty per cent of Japanese do not want Abe’s “bellicose” constitution
07/21/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
07/21/2015 CHINA
Ling Jihua, aide to retired President Hu Jintao, faces prosecution on corruption charges
07/21/2015 CHINA – BRICS
Emerging BRICS nations establish New Development Bank
07/20/2015 CHINA – TIBET
For Beijing, Tenzin Rinpoche refused his treatment and died of a heart attack; his sister and niece jailed
07/20/2015 TAIWAN
Taiwan Youth Day centred on "Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God" by Xin Yage
07/20/2015 NORTH KOREA
North Korea elections: Party candidates elected with 99.97 per cent of the vote
Editor's choices
ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
ASIA
PIME in China: new men in new facilities
by Piero GheddoThe mission in China is possible. It should focus more on educational facilities. Old and new martyrs offer a role model. Here is a commented review of a letter the PIME superior general sent out to his confreres after a trip to China.
Dossier
Top 10
07/23/2015 RUSSIA
Cossacks attack, throw stones at Jehovah's Witnesses
by Nina Achmatova
07/23/2015 ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri Avnery
07/22/2015 PAKISTAN
After Supreme Court stays Asia Bibi’s execution and orders new hearing, Paul Bhatti hopes to see her free
07/24/2015 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – ISLAM
A new anti-discrimination law is a step forward in terms of religious freedom
by Samir Khalil Samir
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/22/2015 INDONESIA – ISLAM
Possible attacks on churches trigger high security alert in Indonesia
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/21/2015 INDONESIA
Two Protestant churches torched, possibly in retaliation for the burning of mosque in Papua
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/21/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Two Christians arrested for blasphemy could get the death penalty
07/21/2015 VATICAN
For the pope, caring for the environment is caring for humanity and its future
07/22/2015 UAE
UAE: a law against religious discrimination

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