05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Euthanasia, abortion, the migrant boat tragedies, death from malnutrition or at work, terrorism, war and violence are all "attacks on the sanctity of human life" over which a civilized society should...
05/29/2015THAILAND – MYANMAR Myanmar against UN at ASEAN summit on migrants ASEAN summit opens in Bangkok to address migrant emergency. Myanmar’s chief delegate slams UNHRC, which called on his country to grant citizenship to the Rohingya. UN sources say that at least 2,600 migrants are still out at sea. There is little hope that the summit will find a solution.
05/29/2015MALAYSIA - HONG KONG Kuala Lumpur: No entry visas for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists
Malaysian authorities arrested Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at Penang International Airport to prevent him from taking part in a forum on the Tiananmen crackdown. After a brief detention, he was repatriated. Joshua Wong, a major figure in the Occupy Central movement, suffered the same fate a few days earlier. “We do not want him to jeopardise our ties with China,” said Malaysian police chief.
05/28/2015SINGAPORE Singapore to build five mega childcare facilities on undeveloped land by 2016 The new day care centres will be built on under-utilised land for the benefit of young couples. They are part of a large government scheme to create up to 20,000 childcare spaces. For minister, the new facilities “will further build on our ongoing efforts to better meet the needs of parents”.
05/28/2015VATICAN Pope: selfish, worldly or rigorous Christians, draw people away from Jesus There are three groups of Christians: those who instead of responding to the cry of the people asking for salvation distance them from Jesus because they only think about their "selfish" relationship with God, or because they worldly people or rigorists. And then there are Christians who really listen to the cry and live in accordance with their faith and help draw people closer to Jesus.
05/27/2015THAILAND - MYANMAR - ASIA Thai army to the rescue of the Rohingya migrants with emergency operation on the seas by Weena Kowitwanij Army and Air Force launch a two-week operation patrolling the waters and offering emergency services. Food, water, medicine and fuel to reach their final goal will be given to the desperate migrants. Prime Minister calls for a common solution in the Asean summit, on the 29. In Yangon nationalists and Buddhists take to the streets against the repatriation of the Rohingya.
05/27/2015VIETNAM Human rights blogger is freed and promises renewed battle Hanoi authorities have released the 51 year old Truong Duy Nhat, who was sentenced in March 2014 to two years in prison. He was charged under Article 258 of the penal code, applied to target dissidents. He promises to continue his fight for rights and civil liberties in Vietnam.
05/26/2015INDONESIA Widowo relaxes security measures in Papua, announces pardon for political prisoners by Mathias Hariyadi Journalists, especially foreign ones, will be able to visit Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, a decision initially opposed by the country’s military and police. The Indonesian president also expressed his intention to pardon political prisoners. However, most are refusing, calling instead for an amnesty.