07/23/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE Moscow Patriarchate on downed plane: Those who know the truth should speak before God by Nina Achmatova Archpriest Chaplin invites those responsible and aware of the facts to "get rid of the burden of this guilt." The bodies of the victims traveling to the Netherlands. Patriarch Kirill calls for prayers to avoid a "great war". Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church
has launched an appeal to the people involved in the crash on July 17, in eastern
Ukraine, to tell "the
whole truth before God and
Meanwhile the tragic odyssey of
recovery of bodies seems to have...
07/23/2014INDONESIA Defeated candidate set to appeal to Indonesia's Constitutional Court Former general Prabowo Subianto is getting ready to challenge the results within three days. According to members of his staff, the vote was rigged in at least 5,000 polling stations. For analysts and experts, the vote will not be overturned because the gap between the two is too wide.
07/23/2014MACAU - CHINA Beijing's censorship and Macau universities Lecturers are fired because they express pro-democracy views or mention the horror of Mao's reign. The politburo and the principle of "one country, two systems" are off-limits on university campuses.
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.
07/23/2014NEPAL Catholic Church is "best" in protecting human rights in Nepal by Christopher Sharma Activists and public figures from various religions praise the commitment of Catholics and their institutions, especially to women and children. For former National Human Rights Commission president, priests "are a model for Nepali society."
07/23/2014JAPAN - MONGOLIA Tokyo and Ulaanbaatar sign deal to cut duties, agree on mediation with Pyongyang Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Elbegdorj ink free trade pact to boost bilateral trade, mostly cars and beef. The deal is also inspired by a desire to get Mongolia to help in North Korean-Japanese relations. Former Communist nation is playing an increasingly important diplomatic role.
07/23/2014CHINA The plague detected in Gansu: 30 thousand people in Yumen under quarantine A resident skinned a groundhog feed it to his dog and contracted pneumonic plague, the only one of the 3 strains of the disease that can be transmitted from human to human. After his hospitalization and death, the authorities have sealed the area off: the quarantine expires tomorrow, but 151 residents will remain under observation. Since 2002, WHO has reported a total of 7 outbreaks of pneumonic plague.
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."
07/23/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Gaza War: U.S. and Europe suspend flights to Tel Aviv The flight ban lasts 24 to 36 hours. Fears of accidents similar to MH17 in Ukraine. For Israel, the suspension is a “prize” for Hamas. Michael Bloomberg on a flight to Tel Aviv. 637 Palestinians killed and more than 4 thousand wounded. Among Israelis, 29 soldiers killed, two civilians.
07/22/2014INDONESIA Jakarta: TV announces Widodo is new Indonesian president Jakarta's popular governor of won 53.15 per cent of the votes. His challenger, retired general Subianto, withdraws from the competition, alleging "fraud", and vows to appeal to the Constitutional Court. Tensions remain high in the capital.