11/25/2015SYRIA Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia. Damascus (AsiaNews) - The Islamic State (IS) has released a group of 10 Assyrian Christians, kidnapped in February in north-eastern Syria. They are part of a group of over 200 Christians, dragged away from their...
11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015NEPAL 54 foreign couples leave Nepal with surrogate children by Christopher Sharma Surrogacy was legalized in September 2014, but without an effective regulation. In September 2015, the Supreme Court banned the practice of renting wombs. Nepal had become a hub of "reproductive tourism", like India and Thailand. Immigration Department director: "Only parents who have already paid for their children, can return home."
11/24/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Christians organise food and clothing fair to help needy seniors by Melani Manel Perera The Ceylon Bible Society organised the charity event in Moratuwa. This is its 13th edition. Elderly former seamstresses provided hand-made clothing and cooks brought homemade food. For the Bible Society’s secretary general, seniors “are a huge resource for young people who can learn a lot from them”.
11/24/2015VIETNAM Church marks the anniversary of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs by Paul N. Hung Today is the anniversary of Saint Anrê (Andrew) Trần An Dũng Lạc and his 116 fellow martyrs, killed in the 19th century. Saint John Paul II canonised them in 1988. For Vicar in Ho Chi Minh City, they are an example to follow. “Through love, we can eliminate violence.” A group of Catholics visit the shrine built on the site where Saint Mátthêu (Matthew) Lê Văn Gẫm was beheaded in 1847 for carrying bishops and priests on his ship.
11/24/2015TURKEY - RUSSIA For Moscow, Turkey’s downing of Russian plane "is a serious incident" Turkey claims Russian plane violated its airspace. Russia denies it left Syrian airspace. A Kremlin spokesman says he has no idea if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Turkey, tomorrow, will be cancelled. At the same time, it would be wrong to “make any conclusions” from the incident.
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/24/2015TURKEY "Together for the common home", Focolari meet with Patriarch Bartholomew The meeting starts tomorrow in Halki, the monastery that one was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Theological School. The patriarch and Maria Voce will present the main reports, but bishops from various Churches are expected to address the gathering as well, including Card Kurt Koch, who is in Istanbul as the head of the Holy See delegation to the Patriarchate for the feast day of Saint Andrew.
11/24/2015THAILAND Two suspects indicted for Bangkok bombing amid many doubts Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammad are the only persons to be charged for the attack that killed 20 people and wounded 100 last August. 10 charges are laid against the men including conspiracy and premeditated murder. The mastermind of the attack and 15 other suspects are still at large. Police declare the case already closed two months ago.
11/23/2015CHINA Beijing discovers 125 billion dollars in “grey capital” In April, the People's Bank began a crackdown on illegal money transfers abroad. In recent months, the illegal flow has increased, damaging the yuan, reducing the amount available for domestic lending and putting increased pressure on interest rates. To stem the tide, the authorities pledge to impose greater controls and restrict the channels by which money can leave the country.
11/23/2015PAKISTAN Lahore: plant and three Ahmadi places of worship torched for "blasphemy" by Jibran Khan Pakistan’s Ahmadi Muslim community has about four million members, often victimised in “the name of religion". A chipboard factory was destroyed after its owner was falsely accused of having a copy of the Qur‘an burnt. For Catholic priest, “We must pray more to send a message of peace in such sad times."