23/07/2017 - VATICAN
At the Angelus Francis, concerned about the violence in the Holy City, asks all to pray "so that the Lord may inspire intentions of reconciliation and peace in all." Evil and good are "intertwined" in each of us, and it is not for man to distinguish or judge.
22/07/2017 - INDIA
Bishops: August 10 a 'black day' for discriminated Dalit Christiansby Purushottam Nayak
The initiative of Indian Bishops' Conference Office for Dalits and Disadvantaged Classes. The constitutional order of 1950 excludes all non-Hindus from the advantages reserved to the former "untouchables". In the following years, the changes included Sikhs and Buddhists. Christian and Muslim Dalits are marginalized
22/07/2017 - IRAQ
Karamles, welcomes home first Christian family, after Isis: "Like letting go of a heavy weight".
Labib Rammo, along with his wife and children, left Ankawa's exile to return home. After three years, "we really feel we are in the right place." Hope to find coexistence with Muslims; Reconstruction a "duty"; Sufferings have "strengthened our faith".
22/07/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Protests in Jerusalem: Hundreds of Palestinians injured and three dead
Tensions high since early morning. The clashes exploded after prayers, triggered by the stun grenade launched by the police to separate demonstrators. The victims between 18 and 20. In the evening, a Palestinian stabbed tand killed three settlers because "there is no life after what I have seen at al-Aqsa".
22/07/2017 - USA - NORTH KOREA
White House to issue travel ban to North Korea
The ban is the direct consequence of the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died after more than a year in North Korean prisons. The restriction will be published next week in the Federal Register and will come into effect within 30 days. The interim period needed to regularize the situation of those who are already in Pyongyang.
22/07/2017 - CHINA
No one knows where Liu Xia is, but police guard her empty apartment
No response to foreign journalists ' request for news. Friends say they have no information about Liu Xiaobo's wife and believe sh is being kept under police control in the southern Yunnan province
21/07/2017 - RUSSIA
Tsar Nicholas II's martyrdom celebrated as Russia seeks its soulby Vladimir Rozanskij
At least 60,000 pilgrims from around the world participated in the pilgrimage and divine liturgy in honour of the Romanov family slain by the Bolsheviks. The tsar was the last to hold sacred power in Europe. Communism included a new from "Antichrist" sacredness. Russian Orthodox exalt the "passive martyrdom", devotion to the suffering Christ.
21/07/2017 - SYRIA
Disabled and orphaned by war, boy calls for a spring of peace in Syria
Rabee Zarife is a 15-year-old Muslim. In November 2016, he lost his father and both legs when a shell exploded. Today, Caritas Syria is caring for him materially and psychologically. His greatest desire is to complete his studies but he still cannot go to school. Sometimes, he feels “like when I was a baby of one-year old”.
21/07/2017 - INDIA
Indian bishops urge new president to uphold the constitution and the law
The Indian Bishops' Conference congratulates Ram Nath Kovind for his election yesterday. A former governor of Bihar, he is a member of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. CIBC general secretary urges him to “devote himself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India.”
21/07/2017 - MALAYSIA – ISLAM
Record-breaking ‘Despacito’ banned in Malaysia as "obscene"
The global his is deemed contrary to the morals and principles of the Muslim majority nation. State Tv and state radio cannot broadcast it. Private outlets are urged not to play it. For Communications Minister, entertainment should spoil people but make them better.
21/07/2017 - CHINA
Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious
The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party's faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”.
21/07/2017 - ASIA
AIDS-related deaths drop, except in Central Asia and the Middle East, UN agency reports
UNAIDS found an "alarming" trend in the two Asian regions. Cases and deaths are up, with many people going without treatment.
21/07/2017 - TURKEY – GREECE
Quake hits Turkish coast: two dead, hundreds injured
The 6.3 quake struck overnight at 1:31 am, just 10 kilometres below the seabed.
21/07/2017 - IRAN
Lawmakers to scrap citizenship law that discriminates against women
Only men can pass their citizenship to their children and spouse. This way, thousands of children remain stateless. The most vulnerable are the children of Afghan refugees.
21/07/2017 - INDIA
In 2016, 11,400 farmers committed suicide in India over debt
The figures are from the Agriculture Ministry. In 2015, another 12,602 farmers took their own lives. Among the states, Maharshtra is ranked first with 4,291 cases.
20/07/2017 - EGYPT – CHINA
China is suspected in the arrest of hundreds of Uyghur students
China appears to be behind the round-up to get students home where they face long prison sentences on terrorism and extremism charges. Activists and international NGOs slam the "ridiculous" charges and the lack of legal protection for those in custody.
20/07/2017 - LEBANON
“Surrender or die”: Countdown for Al-Nusra in Jaroud Arsal and Qalamounby Pierre Balanian
20/07/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA
Miniskirt-wearing Saudi woman released
Officially the police accepted the version of the aspiring model who said that the video was private and posted without her knowledge. The case sparked opposite reactions on Saudi social media.
20/07/2017 - SYRIA – UNITED NATIONS
FAO: Wheat harvest in Syria improving, but still less than half of prewar production
This year's harvest is 1.8 million tonnes, up 12 per cent over last. Some 6.9 million people are food insecure, another 5.6 million are at risk without monthly aid. Deir-ez-Zor and Ar-Raqqa are the most at risk.
20/07/2017 - INDIA
Nationalists are jubilant, Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is India’s 14th president
The former governor of Bihar won with 66 per cent of the votes with the support of the Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A foregone conclusion, the outcome confirms the prime minister’s political acumen. The next Union elections are set for 2019. Once marginalised, Dalits are courted today given their size (16 per cent) in the electorate.
20/07/2017 - ASIA
Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai among most sought-after destinations in 2017 City Index
New York is still first, but Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong are second and third for business. The top ten includes Tokyo (fifth), Beijing (seventh), and Shanghai (tenth). The younger generation prefer Abu Dhabi and Tokyo. The data comes from the Ipsos Global survey of the best cities in which to live, work and visit.
20/07/2017 - INDONESIA
With support in civil society, Corruption Eradication Committee investigates lawmakersby Mathias Hariyadi
The parliament is trying to hinder investigations by resorting to its Right to query. People's Representative Council Speaker Setya Novanto is among the suspects. Some legislators are thought to have received money over the electronic ID cards plan.
20/07/2017 - CHINA
Liu Xia on forced "vacation". Activists remember her husband seven days after his death
According to the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in China, she it is being held in isolation by police in Yunnan province. Ceremonies are being held everywhere to remember the Nobel Prize laureate one week after his death, but Beijing is closely monitoring and censoring any reference to the dissident.
20/07/2017 - CHINA - INDIA
Modi’s Hindu nationalism could trigger another war, the Global Times says
A belligerent editorial in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper clarifies Beijing's position. Tensions have reignited between China and India near the border with Bhutan, on the Doklam plateau claimed by China. The armies have been facing off for about a month. India feels still surrounded.
19/07/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Clashes break out in Jerusalem between Israeli police and Muslims
Violence started at the end of the evening prayer. Worshippers prayed outside the mosques in protest against the presence of metal detectors. Fatah called for the "Day of rage".
19/07/2017 - IRAN – UNITED STATES
New US sanctions angers Iran, which pledges its own sanctions
New sanctions against the Islamic Republic are due to its support for “terrorist” groups and the Syrian regime as well as its missile programme. Some 18 entities or individuals are targeted. Washington is “deeply concerned" about Iran's "malign activities". Tehran slams the sanctions as illegal, pledges sanctions of its own against the US.
19/07/2017 - BANGLADESH
Authorities suspect 17 Islamist NGOs of funding to terrorismby Sumon Corraya
Most of these NGOs are controlled by Jamaat-e-Islam, and are based in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. The main ones are the Bangladesh Krishi Kalyan Samity, Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Rabeta Al-Alam al-Islami, Qatar Charitable Society, Islamic Relief Agency, International Islamic Relief Organisation (IRO), Hayatul Ighachha, Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, Tawhidi Noor, and al-Muntada al-Islami.
19/07/2017 - PAKISTAN
Punjab, 16-year-old Christian boy accused of blasphemy, police denies access to parents
Shahzad Masih worked as a sweeper at the Shahmim Riaz Hospital, Gujrat District. His accuser, Ishtiaq Qadri, is a member of Tehreek-e-Tuhafaz, an Islamist extremist party. Death threats have forced his family to flee. Now the boy could die.
19/07/2017 - KOREA
North Korea’s public executions mapped
Executions take place on riverbanks, school grounds and in marketplaces by shooting, and in some cases, by beating to save bullets. Stealing rice, corn, copper or circulating South Korean news are the main crimes. The report is based on interviews with 375 North Korean defectors over two years.
19/07/2017 - THAILAND
Court hands out 21 guilty verdicts in Rohingya crisis
Sentences were expected this morning. A general is among the 103 defendants. Charges include human trafficking, kidnapping, and murder.
19/07/2017 - PHILIPPINES
Marawi bishop against Duterte: no to the extension of martial law
Bishop Edwin de la Peña comes out against the government, which wants to extend the state of emergency and martial law. For the bishop, the latter was needed at the beginning, but now it is no longer necessary. In all, more than 465,000 people have been evacuated. The Church is playing a leading role in providing humanitarian aid. Caritas set aside another 200,000 dollars.
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