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12/18/2014 CHINA - KENYA
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, elephants could disappear
During a news conference in Nairobi, Iain Hamilton, founder of the organization Save The Elephants, estimated that 100,000 wild elephants had been killed in Africa over the past three years for their ivory. China remains the "key" to the future of elephants.
Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) - A Kenya-based animal protection group said wild elephants could disappear within the next generation unless the Chinese government takes immediate steps to crack down on the illegal ivory trade. In a report, Save The...

12/17/2014 CHINA
China's anti-corruption campaign claims more victims
China Resources' vice-president Jiang Wei is in the spotlight for lending US$ 320 million to a businessman "friend". In Jiangxi, a former senior official gets life imprisonment for getting banks to lend him money to buy 248 properties. Hu Jintao aide pledges loyalty to Xi Jinping, as does the military.
12/16/2014 CHINA
China loses US$ 1.25 trillion to tax evasion and corruption
According to a report by Global Financial Integrity, illicit outflows from the mainland grew exponentially over a ten-year period. Tax evasion and corruption are the main reason. This makes China the biggest loser among 151 developing nations.
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
Persecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
12/16/2014 HONG KONG
Christmas in Hong Kong: discovering Jesus Christ "increases the desire for a real life"
Fr Luigi Bonalumi, a missionary at the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, heads the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the New Territories. "Here it is all lights and celebrations, but not many people know what it all means. That is why, amid the Christmas carols and charity work in hospices and hospitals, we try as much as possible to bring attention to the birth of the Saviour." After the holiday, some 90 new catechumens will enrol in the parish. "Occupy has shown that values ​​are changing, and people are looking for the truth."

12/15/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, no more occupied site. Catholics "will keep the fight for democracy"
by Victoria Ma
The Occupy Movement's last occupied site of Causeway Bay, a business and shopping district, was cleared by police today. Yesterday PIME fr. Franco Mella presided the Mass: "Don't be upset. We should have hope, like John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus Christ".
12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
After the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis gave the crowd a pocketbook of prayers "for the various times of the day and for different situations in life". Earlier, he had blessed the "Baby Jesus" figurines for Nativity scenes brought by the children from Roman oratories. He also said, "With Jesus, joy dwells in us". He also shared the Christmas candle in solidarity with Polish faithful.
12/13/2014 CHINA - JAPAN
Xi Jinping solemnly commemorates Nanjing massacre
About 10,000 people attended the state ceremony, which marked three new holidays associated with Japan's invasion and the end of World War Two. For Xi, the commemoration will serve peace, not hatred, between the two peoples. However, governments foster patriotism as a weapon.
12/12/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang want to ban burqa: Could spark unrest
The burqa, a garment worn by Muslim woman to cover themselves from head-to-toe, is considered a symbol of religious extremism by the local authorities. Authorities already said they would ban the practice of religion in government workplaces, public schools and state-owned enterprises from next year.
12/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police arrest and later release 247 Occupy protesters who pledge to continue the struggle
by Victoria Ma
After a night in jail, pan-democrat legislators and Student Federation secretary are released. Although they refused to post bail, they were freed unconditionally. A few diehard remain in in Causeway Bay; for them, "The clearance of occupied areas cannot extinguish the fire of democracy."
12/12/2014 ASIA - OPEC
Oil falls below 60 US dollar a barrel
Since last June, the price per barrel has almost halved. The price war caused by high US production and the crisis in Europe, Japan and China.
12/11/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Police clear the Occupy Movement sit-in. Students: "We will return"
by Victoria Ma
Cardinal Tong's appeal to police and students to renounce violence and return to dialogue on democratic reforms. Student leaders, parliamentarians, sit-in supporters in the area prepare to undergo arrest. University professors oversee the use of force by police. Some students cry. Others say that they will find new ways to fight for democracy.
12/11/2014 CHINA
In Shandong, people arrested for having a child outside of State control
Provincial family planning officials arrested and illegally detained three people, and a 10-month-old baby, for failing to pay a fine imposed on those who have children without government permission. The group was released by local police. Although Beijing talks about a “more flexible” one-child policy, abuses continue.
12/10/2014 KOREA - VATICAN - PEACE 2015
Korean priest rescues N Korean women sold as slaves in China
In his 2015 Message for Peace, Pope Francis mentions women "forced into marriage" and "sold for arranged marriages". About 90 per cent of North Korean women who flee to China are sold to brothels or Chinese husbands for US$ 2,000. A Korean priest, together with humanitarian organisations, buys them and brings them to South Korea.
12/10/2014 RUSSIA - INDIA
Putin, between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping
by Nina Achmatova
The Russian leader arrives in India, but the potential development of bilateral relations remains untapped. Analysts say Russia wants to mediate between China and India in Asia, as Gorbachev tried to do in the past. However, the plan does not appear feasible.

Altri articoli
12/10/2014 CHINA
China, top economist Liu Tienan jailed for life over bribery
12/09/2014 CHINA
China, flurry of convictions - death and jail - for "separatism" in Xinjiang
12/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: Be witnesses of God's love, to rekindle the hope of the world
12/06/2014 TIBET - CHINA
Tibetan political prisoner dies from torture inflicted by Chinese police by Nirmala Carvalho
12/06/2014 CHINA
Corruption "tiger" Zhou Yongkang expelled from party and arrested by Wang Zhicheng
12/05/2014 CHINA
Party newspaper sends reporters to catch university lecturers 'scorning China'
12/05/2014 VIETNAM - CHINA
Gagging law and jail: China, Vietnam among ‘Worst Abusers’ of Internet Freedom
12/04/2014 CHINA
For the umpteenth time, Beijing announces the end of organ harvesting from prisoners
12/03/2014 CHINA - TAIWAN
A group of mainlanders travels to Taiwan to study democracy
12/03/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen and Occupy Central leaders released by police by Paul Wang
12/02/2014 TAIWAN
Political earthquake hits Taiwan, forcing KMT leaders to quit
12/02/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central leaders to surrender to police, Card Zen to join them by Paul Wang
12/01/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy: clashes between police and demonstrators near government offices by Paul Wang
12/01/2014 TAIWAN
Elections in Taiwan, the Kuomintang collapses: Too close to the powers that be (and China) by Xin Yage
Editor's choices
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
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12/14/2014 VATICAN
On the "Sunday of Joy", pope gives a prayer booklet, telling the faithful to "always carry it"
12/17/2014 INDIA
Radical Hindus attack Christians singing Christmas carols
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/13/2014 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch calls for fasting on Christmas Eve for refugees' return to Mosul
by Joseph Mahmoud
12/11/2014 INDONESIA
East Java: three students caught drunk caned at (moderate) Muslim school
by Mathias Hariyadi
12/11/2014 RUSSIA - VATICAN
For Moscow, it is time to respond to Pope Francis' ecumenical openings
by Hieromonaco Ioann (Guaita)
12/16/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel Nona
12/11/2014 VATICAN
For Pope, God loves us with the "tenderness of a mother," but "many times we want to control grace"
12/11/2014 MALAYSIA - ISLAM
Malaysian Christians furious over hundreds of desecrated Bibles
12/12/2014 VATICAN
Pope: close to the Catholics "of Iraq and Syria, who are living moments of great suffering and fear in the face of violence"
12/11/2014 INDIA
Conversion in exchange for food and money: that's how Hindu radicals "re-convert" 300 Muslims

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