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07/07/2015 IRAQ
Mosul: Islamic State abducts 111 children
Aged 10-15 years, the kidnapped children are set to be trained as terrorists, a spokesperson for the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party said. IS also took away78 adults, who tried to protect the children.
Baghdad (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Islamic State group militants abduct 111 schoolchildren in Mosul to train as terrorists, Iraq’s Arabic news channel Al Sumaria reported. The...

07/07/2015 YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA - UN
Saudis raid Yemen, more than one hundred dead. The UN calls for a humanitarian truce
Over the last three days attacks also hit markets and public establishments. The United Nations envoy works for a ceasefire to allow the delivery of aid. Doctors Without Borders speak of hundreds of civilians affected. More than 3 thousand victims since the Riyadh coalition attacks began.
07/06/2015 SYRIA – HOLY LAND
For the Custody of the Holy Land, Nusra Front might be holding priest seized in Syria
Fr Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan born in Mosul, Iraq, is missing. No contacts have been possible with him since last Saturday. According to the Custody, “Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jabhat al-Nusra,” took him. His name now goes on the list of missing clergymen, including two bishops and Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio.
07/06/2015 IRAQ – EUROPE
For Baghdad archbishop, the persecution of Christians is the product of fundamentalism and international political calculations
by Jean Benjamin Sleiman*
Some people carry out persecution; others, unseen, order it, guided by political projects that are not just the product of religious intolerance. In a speech the European Parliament, the Archbishop of Baghdad of the Latins, Mgr Sleiman, said that the violence against Christians reflects plans to break up Iraq and the Middle East. The violence must stop; Christians should become full citizens; the state should guarantee coexistence.
07/05/2015 ECUADOR – VATICAN
In Ecuador, pope says that the Gospel holds the key to solving current challenges, excluding no one
Francis began his pastoral visit to Latin America in Quito. After Ecuador, he will travel to Bolivia and Paraguay. At the airport, Ecuadorian President Correa, the country’s bishops and a group of faithful met him. “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America [. . .] the point closest to outer space” is in Ecuador. “No one, save Jesus Christ, possesses his or her own light”. If the Church turns away from Christ, it no longer bears witness.

07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
More than 30,000 people gathered in St Peter's Square for the Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. “Jesus, for all of us you asked the Lord the grace of unity in this Church of yours, not ours. History has divided us,” the pope said. "If the enemy unites us in death who are we not to be united in life."
07/03/2015 INDIA
Maharashtra: Hindu nationalist government cracks down on madrassas
by Nirmala Carvalho
State authorities prepare to inspect 1,889 registered madrassas. Those that do not teach English, maths and science will lose their formal status as educational facilities. Critics slam the decision as "unconstitutional", but the government defends himself by saying that it wants to modernise education. Jesuit theologian and Islam scholar tells AsiaNews that the state should not interfere with schools, that its action “threatens democratic values."
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
Organised by an Indonesian Protestant group for the period of 1-5 July, the gathering was shut down on its second day following a raid by Muslim fundamentalists. For a radical Muslim leader, Christians were not authorised to organise an event that violates the sacredness of the Islamic month of fasting and prayer.
07/03/2015 ASIA
2015, young people celebrate anniversaries of Taize and Brother Roger
by Frère Ghislain*
Over 100 years since birth, 10 years after his death and 75 years after the foundation of the experience of Taizé, Brother Roger's charism is still alive. Gestures of prayer and solidarity across Asia: Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. In Calcutta, prayer around the tomb of Mother Teresa, who Frere Roger visited in 1976 and 1997. In Japan and throughout the continent an experience of the Church united "in God’s heart".
07/03/2015 NIGERIA-ISLAM
Boko Haram militants slaughter 150 people, including Muslims
The jihadists carry out raids during the Muslim evening prayer, killing men and women. The area had recently been taken from the Boko Haram fundamentalists.
07/03/2015 SYRIA
Aleppo, Islamists attack to oust Assad's troops and introduce sharia
An alliance of rebel forces, led by a group affiliated with al Qaeda, wants to take over the second largest city of Syria. Aleppo is an economic and industrial center of huge strategic importance. Islamic State militia’s not involved in attack. So far four dead and 70 wounded among civilians.
07/02/2015 EGYPT
For Catholic Church, the Egyptian people is united in the fight against Jihadist terrorism
For Fr Rafic Greiche, “Rather than fear, what dominates is a feeling of anger” over the state prosecutor’s assassination and the Sinai attack. At least 100 people die in the latter. For the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the prosecutor's death was obviously caused by police letting their guard down. For him external forces are trying to bring "instability" to the country.
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs
by Kamran Chaudhry
The AIDS Awareness Society announces an empowerment programme for Gypsy women. It will involve at least 500 craftswomen and artisans, enabling them to improve their skills and marketing capabilities. Supporters also set up a centre for the display and sale of their products.
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza
In a video addressed to the "tyrants of Hamas," IS announces plans to uproot Israel and Fatah. "Eight years they control the territory, and have yet to enforce one Islamic teaching," it says. "The point of jihad is not to liberate land . . . but jihad as defined by God is fighting for and implementing the law of God”.
07/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Women's rights activists: Change sham law on domestic violence
by Shafique Khokhar
The "Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act 2015" was approved on 20 May by the provincial government. The law does not define domestic violence or prescribe severe penalties for offenders.

Altri articoli
06/30/2015 SYRIA
Syria: In first ever, Islamic state beheads two women accused of "witchcraft"
06/30/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudis hotels want women chefs
06/30/2015 YEMEN - ISLAM
Islamic State attacks Houthi leader in Yemen: 28 dead, including eight women
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Rome’s "affection and gratitude" for witness of Peter and Paul
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope Francis offers his condolences and prayers for the victims of attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France
06/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope to new metropolitan archbishops: The Church wants men of faith, prayer, witness
06/29/2015 KUWAIT - SAUDI ARABIA
Author of Kuwait Shiite mosque attack was Saudi
06/28/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Believe that Jesus can heal us and awaken us from death?
06/27/2015 ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community by Bernardo Cervellera
06/27/2015 INDONESIA - ISLAM
Bowing to ulema, Constitutional Court approves "forced" marriages with minors by Mathias Hariyadi
06/27/2015 TUNISIA - ISLAM
Tunis, stop terrorism by closing fundamentalist mosques
06/26/2015 VATICAN – PALESTINE
Holy See and the State of Palestine sign comprehensive agreement, a “hasty step” according to Israel
06/26/2015 SYRIA – TURKEY
After IS attacks Kobane, Kurds slam Turkey for allowing Jihadis through border
06/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Christians and Muslims slam everyday torture in Pakistan by Kamran Chaudhry
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IRAQ – EUROPE
For Baghdad archbishop, the persecution of Christians is the product of fundamentalism and international political calculations
by Jean Benjamin Sleiman*Some people carry out persecution; others, unseen, order it, guided by political projects that are not just the product of religious intolerance. In a speech the European Parliament, the Archbishop of Baghdad of the Latins, Mgr Sleiman, said that the violence against Christians reflects plans to break up Iraq and the Middle East. The violence must stop; Christians should become full citizens; the state should guarantee coexistence.
ISLAM - MIDDLE EAST
Al Azhar and Vatican against terrorism. The ambiguity of the international community
by Bernardo CervelleraThe influential Sunni university denounces " heinous" violence of the Islamic state and demands the world defeat this group “through every possible means". Vatican: terrorism is a threat to all humanity. France claims to fight terrorism, but then sells weapons, aircraft, helicopter gunships to Saudi Arabia, which supports Islamic fundamentalism. Kuwait tolerates Salafis who support the Nusra Front and the Islamic state. Turkey against the Kurds; the United States against Iran, Russia and China.
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07/03/2015 VATICAN
“It is preferable that every service, even in the Church, come to an end,” says pope
07/03/2015 INDONESIA
Yogyakarta: Islamists expel thousands of Christians from a scout camp because it is Ramadan
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/02/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lankan activists, Tamils ​​and Buddhists together against all forms of torture
by Melani Manel Perera
07/01/2015 VIETNAM
Released from prison, Vietnamese Catholic lawyer to continue human rights fight
07/01/2015 BANGLADESH
Mgr Rozario tells Bangladesh’s Catholic physicians to care for patients’ spiritual needs
by Sumon Corraya
07/01/2015 PALESTINE
IS threatens to uproot Hamas and impose Sharia in Gaza
07/02/2015 PAKISTAN
Lahore: Christian NGO helping Gypsy women entrepreneurs
by Kamran Chaudhry
07/01/2015 Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong Catholics join march to demand genuine universal suffrage
by Victoria Ma
07/04/2015 TIBET
Tibetans around the world mark the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday
07/03/2015 JAPAN
Japan’s population drops to historic lows: a quarter over 65

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