04/25/2015INDONESIA After another Sumatran elephant is found dead in Aceh, experts issue warnings about the endangered species by Mathias Hariyadi The pachyderm, a 15-year-old bull, had a deep wound to the leg. Unable to move, it was left behind and died from an infection when its pack moved on. Environmentalists warn that if they are not protected, "Sumatran elephants will become extinct." Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A few days ago, an extremely rare Sumatran elephant died from the wounds he sustained to a leg, in all likelihood, caused by a poacher.
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04/24/2015THAILAND Thai Prime Minister asks Indonesia for help against illegal fishing by Weena Kowitwanij The European Union has threatened to suspend fish imports from Southeast Asia unless Thailand does not move against banned fishing practices. Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha met the Indonesian president to discuss a common strategy against illegal fishing. Thai admiral says, “We shall do it.”
04/24/2015PHILIPPINES - CHINA South China Sea: Manila accuses Beijing of "armed robbery" More clashes between Filipino fishing boats and Chinese vessels in disputed waters. The Chinese Coast Guard reportedly used water cannon against a group of Filipino fishermen; previously some Chinese vessels boarded, threatened with guns and robbed two Philippine ships of their load. Manila to lodge formal protest.
04/22/2015VATICAN Christian-Muslim dialogue: most Muslims are against killing in the name of God In a statement, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue warns against the" risks of increasing hatred, violence, terrorism and the growing and commonplace stigmatisation of Muslims and their religion." For this reason, we "are called upon to strengthen fraternity and dialogue” because “To kill in the name of religion is not only an offence to God, but it is also a defeat for humanity.”
04/22/2015INDONESIA – ASIA – AFRICA Asia Africa Summit: leaders of Asia and Africa for a new world order by Mathias Hariyadi The heads of state and government from the two continents want to scrap the "outdated ideas" that underscore the Bretton Woods system and existing international financial institutions. Indonesian President Widodo calls on leaders to "work together" for a "global leadership". Observers wait to see if Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe meet. Iran’s president calls for more efforts to fight terrorism.
04/22/2015VIETNAM - PHILIPPINES Asian Catholics (and non) mourn Msgr. Nguyễn Văn Tà, longtime director of Radio Veritas by Nguyen Vu Condolences and emotion accompanied the news of the death of the Vietnamese priest, for 38 years at the helm of the only Catholic voice in Asia. He always called his work in the communications industry an "honor”. To the faithful of the remote areas he was "a source of happiness and spirituality." Buddhist in Manila: he infused "peace and inner calm."
04/21/2015THAILAND Thailand’s ruling junta to focus on the economy and social peace by Weena Kowitwanij Retired general and current Prime Minister Prayuth outlined government’s priorities: economic growth, security and the fight against corruption. He called on all Thais to work for peace and the good of the country. Tourism grows by 23 per cent. The government plans to promote social policies and boost international relations against a background of authoritarianism.
04/21/2015UN-EU UN: 800 dead in the worst Mediterranean migrant tragedy The ship that sank came from Egypt and made a stop in Tripoli (Libya) to load new passengers. The refugees were from Mali, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Syria. A boat sinks near the coast of Rhodes, with 80 survivors. The EU seeks solution to stop human trafficking. In 2014 more than 170 thousand people reached Italy.