07/25/2014ASIA Air disasters: 2014 could beat 2005 in terms of fatalities So far this year, 680 people have died, higher than 12-month totals for the past three years. With 916 deaths, 2005 was the worst year. IATA points out that about 100,000 flights take place every day without incident with passenger trips on airlines exceeding three billion last year. London (AsiaNews/Agencies)
- With three fatal airline crashes in a week 2014 is shaping up
to be the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities.
Yesterday a plane crashed - apparently
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07/24/2014JAPAN - KOREA Tokyo government to make “officially apology” to Korean comfort women Announced by Junichi Ihara, head of Asian Affairs of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the end of a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Sang-deok. The issue of women sexually exploited by Japanese soldiers has divided the two nations since the end of World War II. Today only 54 remain alive: some will meet the Pope during his visit to South Korea
07/23/2014SOUTH KOREA Seoul: Buddhist nuns rap and pray to attract young people The unusual performance took place during a prayer competition organised by the Jogye Order, the largest Buddhist order in the Asian country. We "wanted more young people to take an interest in Buddhism and the message of its prayers," said one of the rapping nuns. A clip of the performance is available online.
07/23/2014CHINA - KOREA China arrests 29 North Korean refugees who face death if repatriated by Joseph Yun Li-sun The arrests were made between Qingdao and Kunming and include 5 Chinese and Koreans who were trying to help them get to South-East Asia. The Beijing government set on sending them back home, where they face concentration camps or execution. Seoul "at work" to resolve issue, experts skeptical: "China does not want refugees from the north, it fears the economic impact."
07/22/2014VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith" by J. B. Vu Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
07/22/2014SOUTH KOREA Korea: lifeless body of the Sewol ferry owner found The authorities have confirmed this morning that the body of a man, found on June 12, but ignored by the police, belongs to Yoo Byung-eun. The man, the owner of the ship that sank in April, was being sought throughout the country. Indignation of the population at investigators failure to identify the corpse because it was considered "a homeless man".
07/21/2014SOUTH KOREA K-Pop idol, Rain, converts to Catholicism: For the faith, not for love The famous South Korean actor and singer, received the sacrament of Christian initiation in recent days in a small parish on the outskirts of Seoul. His girlfriend is a Catholic actress but wanted to emphasize that his choice has nothing to do with a possible future marriage. A growing number of celebrities are converting: the "Queen of Pop", BoA, will be having lunch with Pope Francis during his visit to the peninsula.
07/20/2014VATICAN Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
07/18/2014VATICAN - ISLAM Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person" The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
07/17/2014KOREA - VATICAN Seoul: a documentary on the life and works of Card. Kim On August 7, a few days ahead of Pope Francis’ arrival on the Korean peninsula, "The Cardinal", will be released in cinemas nationwide. It is a documentary on the life of the archbishop of Seoul, champion of human rights and the mission of the Church. The goal, say producers, is "to answer questions about why he lived the way he did and what his witness means for us today".
07/16/2014KOREA - UNITED STATES US-South Korean naval war games start Five-day US-South Korean naval exercises being in South Korean territorial waters. Pyongyang reacts by protesting, calling for the drill's cancellation, whilst continuing to fire projectiles into the sea. Meanwhile, the two Koreas are, asks to cancel the event and continues to fire short-range missiles. Meanwhile, the two Koreas organise joint meet to prepare for Asian Games in Incheon.
07/14/2014 KOREA - CHINA - USA Child labor, Samsung freezes relations with a Chinese factory The Dongguan Shinyang Electronics is suspected of employing children under 16: the Korean giant and the Chinese authorities open an investigation and announce "zero tolerance" of phenomenon. In the meantime, the battle for supremacy in the smartphone market continues: Beijing accuses Apple of using the iPhone to endanger national security.
07/13/2014VATICAN As pope makes "heartfelt appeal" for peace in the Holy Land, he notes that prayer is not "in vain" After the Angelus, Pope Francis called on those present to pray during a minute of silence. He made the same plea to local and international policy makers. Prayer helps us "not allow ourselves be overcome by evil, nor accept that violence and hatred take over from dialogue and reconciliation." The parable of the sower asks, 'How is our heart? To what ground does it look like: a road, rocky ground, or a bush? We must remember that with our words "we too are sowers". Indeed, "Our words can do so much good and so much evil; they can hurt and heal, encourage and depress." And "please, do not forget to pray for me."
07/12/2014ASIA - UNITED NATIONS More than half the world's population lives in cities India will lead the way, as the country's urban population is expected to swell by 404 million people between now and 2050. Tokyo will continue to top the mega-city list followed by Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Beijing, Osaka, and Cairo. This trend will be challenge for health care, schools, food, and housing.