08/01/2014VIETNAM - JAPAN - CHINA Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on "maintaining peace and stability" in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be "perceived as hostility by China". Hanoi (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Japan says it will give Vietnam six
naval ships for patrols in the South China Sea. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio
Kishida made the announcement during a visit by to Hanoi.
Worth US$ 5
million, the six boats come with training and equipment to help...
07/31/2014ASIA Alarm over malaria in Southeast Asia: drug-resistant parasites found This was revealed by a British study, which urges "radical action" to prevent further spread. The parasites do not respond to artemisinins, the most powerful active ingredient used in treatment. The area most at risk is at the border between Cambodia and Thailand.
07/30/2014VIETNAM Vietnam, "educational challenge" at heart of great pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang by JB. Vu 30th Marian Congress will be held at the shrine, one of the most popular in all of Asia, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. The meeting focuses on the Year of Evangelization of Family Life, proclaimed in 2014, and the problems that plague the family in an era of economic development and urbanization.
07/29/2014VIETNAM Fried cat and cold beer, Vietnam's favourite new snack The consumption of cat meat is up exponentially: fried in garlic and served as a snack before meals. A medium-to-large adult cat can fetch up to US$ 70. A veterinarian explains that it is not cruelty. "The country was once very poor, and we had a long war". Eating anything "became a habit".
07/28/2014ISLAM Eid al-Fitr: Ramadan ends today (for Sunnis) For Shia Muslims, the festival of Eid begins tomorrow. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon (Sunnis) announce the end of Ramadan, which commemorates the period during which the Koran was revealed to Muhammad.
07/27/2014VATICAN "Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
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.
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.
07/20/2014VATICAN 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."
07/16/2014VIETNAM - CHINA South China Sea: Beijing removes contentious oil rig The rig, built at the beginning of May off the Paracel Islands, resulted in naval battles and violent anti-China protests in Vietnam. The Chinese energy giant will analyze the data provided, but the results already emerging show "traces of oil and gas". Next steps under consideration; but China has already announced the placement of three more platforms.