20/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Azianzah Sultan, 22, was putting up the Islamic State symbols in public places when police stopped him. After wounding some agents with a dagger, the terrorist was shot in the legs and arrested. He had caliphate leaflets and Molotov cocktails in his possession. For Defense minister, people must be more alert against the threat of groups linked to the Islamic State.
by Mathias Hariyadi
20/10/2016 - SYRIA
Truce in Aleppo, Moscow extends three-hour "humanitarian pause"
The goal is to secure a corridor in the eastern sector for civilians and militiamen who wish to leave the war. Six "safe" corridors set up to evacuate the civilians, particularly the elderly and injured. Two other corridors reserved for the armed fighters. The standoff between Moscow and the West continues.
19/10/2016 - IRAN - UNITED STATES
Tehran frees Protestant pastor sentenced for crimes against the state
Behnam Irani served a six year sentence in prison. While in jail he suffered abuse and mistreatment. An American entrepreneur of Iranian origin sentenced to 10 years. According to the indictment he "collaborated" with Washington.
19/10/2016 - IRAQ
Anti-Isis Iraqis marked and executed in Mosul
To express their opposition, some Mosul residents wrote word "M" ( "Muqawamah", resistance) on the city’s walls. Those discovered were immediately sentenced to death without trial. The militiamen fleeing the besieged city, are headed to Raqqa and Deir Ez Zor in Syria, thanks to the Turkish army protection. A new map of Turkey encompasses the northern Syria, Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk and part of Armenia. From Saudi Arabia and Qatar a hashtag: "Mosul is annihilated". The hashtag of the Iraqi government: "Mosul is liberated”.
19/10/2016 - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: May Iraq find peace and unity with the liberation of Mosulby Louis Raphael Sako*
The Christians of Qaraqosh, on the Nineveh Plain, celebrate the liberation of their town with Masses of thanksgiving, dancing and singing. Now in its third day, the Iraqi army and Peshmerga continues the offensive towards Mosul. The Islamic State use civilians as human shields. Mar Sako urges Iraqis to work for the birth of a "genuine and civil democracy".
19/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Three financers of the Dhaka Massacre identified
One of the men ran fled to Syria for more than a year with his whole family. The other two killed in clashes with counter-terrorism squads. 233 thousand euro in funds handed over to bankroll the attack.
18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA
The "enemies" of Pope Francisby Bernardo Cervellera
The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."
18/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN
Conflict in Yemen: UN announces a 72 hour ceasefire
Cessation of hostilities begins 23.50 on October 19. Possible "renewal" in following days. The parties involved in the war have ensured compliance with the agreement. The objective is to avoid "further bloodshed" and encourage "the delivery of humanitarian aid."
18/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
Killer of "atheist" blogger seeks forgiveness
Rashidun Nabi Bhuiyan is a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team militant group, banned by the authorities. He was arrested on October 16 , he now unexpectedly says he is “sorry" for the murder. The blogger Nazimuddin Samad was punished for criticizing radical Islam on Facebook.
18/10/2016 - IRAQ
Army and Peshmerga advance towards Mosul. UN fears civilians being used as human shields
Offensive continues to wrest the northern Iraqi metropolis from Islamic State. Kurdish militias have taken control of some villages in the Nineveh plain. Pentagon: conquest of the city" will take time". EU warns: the fleeing jihadists could fall back to the shores of Europe.
18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE
How to stop radical Islam in Franceby Hocine Drouiche
As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.
17/10/2016 - INDIA
Mumbai: Christian, Hindu and Muslim experts discuss Laudato si’by Nirmala Carvalho
An international seminar took place today under the auspices of the Consulate General of Argentina. Leading figures from three major religions spoke at the event, which provided an “opportunity to bring together some of the values” of the Argentinian government “with a social document of Pope Francis” and “the richness of Indian thought and the long tradition of India”.
17/10/2016 - MALAYSIA
Christians, Hindus and Buddhists against enhanced powers for sharia courtsby Joseph Masilamany
Parliament is currently vetting a bill to amend the Sharia Courts law (Act 335), which would remove all limits to hudud punishments under Sharia. The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) calls on lawmakers to reject the law and defend the secular constitution.”
17/10/2016 - BANGLADESH
PIME sisters mark 50 years in Bonpara treating Muslims, Hindus, and Catholicsby Sumon Corraya
The Missionaries of the Immaculate, a female congregation associated with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, run a medical dispensary whose staff provide medical care and a smile to the poor. Some 75 sisters work across the country in schools, health facilities and parishes.
17/10/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY
Syrian rebels and Turkish army wrest Dabiq from the Islamic State
Ground troops and Ankara’s air raids favored the conquest of the town on the Turkish-Syrian border. The enormous symbolic value of Dabiq for jihadists. According to the Sunni tradition it is the site of the final battle between good and evil. Standoff between Moscow and the West continues. United States and Britain threaten new economic sanctions against Moscow and Damascus.
17/10/2016 - IRAQ
Offensive for recapture of Mosul begins
In a speech to the nation, Prime Minister al-Abadi said that "the hour of victory" against Daesh has "arrived." Only government and police forces will enter the city, once freed. At least 25 thousand soldiers participating in the operation. The risk of a new sectarian conflict. The United Nations express "extreme concern" about the fate of the 1.5 million inhabitants.
15/10/2016 - VATICAN
Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes
15/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan, Islamic extremists demand hanging of "blasphemous" Asia Bibiby Kamran Chaudhry
Demonstrations in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and other parts of the country. Chanting the slogan #HangAsia, they demand the Christian woman and mother of five be executed. The anger and frustration of Christians entrusted to social networks. Pakistan "does not guarantee security and justice for minorities".
15/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Jakarta, thousands of Islamic fundamentalists take to streets against Christian governor
Protest organized by the Islamic Defenders Front: "The Koran calls for all the country's leaders to be Muslims." Basuki Tjahaja Purnama,known as "Ahok" is accused of blasphemy for having quoted the sacred text during a rally. Moderate Muslims distance themselves: "We do not agree with this initiative. The governor apologized. "
15/10/2016 - ASIA
"Monumental" international agreement against greenhouse gases
Rich nations - the EU, US, and others - will reduce the use of fluoro-hydrocarbons by 10% by 2019. But China - main producer - will begin the reduction by 2029. India will reduce by 10% only in 2032.
14/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - GREAT BRITAIN
Bangladeshi writer who survived an assassination attempt gets courage award
Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, known by the nickname Tutul, is a writer and editor. He won the Pinter International Writer of Courage Award. The past year he attacked with machetes and guns by fundamentalists. He now lives in exile in Norway with his family. He challenges his critics to "answer me with literature, and not through violence."
14/10/2016 - SYRIA - VATICAN
Msgr. Audo: A momument to Mercy in a devastated Aleppo
The Chaldean archbishop describes the project of a center for the elderly inspired by Pope Francis. A place of meeting and support for the victims of poverty and conflict. The local church provides scholarships for 6 thousand students, to help families in a "concrete and fair" way. The dramatic" consequence if the disappearance of Christians in the Middle East, but the West is indifferent.
14/10/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Israel's wrath at UNESCO resolution on Holy Sites
The approval of two draft resolutions on "occupied Palestine" have angered the Israeli authorities. For Prime Minister Netanyahu "the historical connection between the Jewish people and the Temple Mount” has been denied. Palestinians applaud. The vote for final approval scheduled on October 18. Director General of Unesco: Jerusalem "indivisible" and each community deserves an "explicit recognition."
13/10/2016 - SYRIA
Vicar of Aleppo says rebel rockets against Christian quarter hit school, killing four children
Mgr Georges Abou Khazen describes a hell that touches everyone. Responding to the pope's appeal, he calls for a ceasefire to “bring some aid and comfort”. World powers have to be responsible and give precedence to "the logic of peace". Kerry and Lavrov are set to meet this weekend in Lausanne.
13/10/2016 - PAKISTAN
Asia Bibi’s final appeal postponed once again. The local Church invites us to prayby Kamran Chaudhry
The final appeal was set to be heard today in Islamabad, after having been postponed from 2014. A judge refused to show up, perhaps out of fear. She is accused of blasphemy, but has always denied any wrongdoing. She has been in prison since 2009. Muslims call for a "quick hanging".
12/10/2016 - INDONESIA
Jakarta’s “blasphemous” Christian governor kicks up a stormby Mathias Hariyadi
The politician said that the Qur’an should not be used for non-religious purposes. Indonesia’s main Islamic groups accuse him of defaming Islam. The campaign to discredit him continues ahead of the upcoming election.
12/10/2016 - IRAN
Zeinab Sekaanvand, child-bride victim of violence could hang
After fleeing her poor family, she married at the age of 15. After months of abuse and violence, she tried in vain to get out through divorce. In 2012 she was accused in her husband’s death but police extorted her confession. Her death sentence was postponed when she got pregnant in prison, but her baby was still-born.
12/10/2016 - INDIA
Indian bishops close to Muslim brethren on the day Ashura
Mgr Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary of the Bishops' Conference (CBCI), sent a message to Muslims for the Shia observance in the holy month of Muharram. In India, Christians and Muslims live in peace and harmony.
12/10/2016 - INDIA
India, RSS chief warns Modi : shield "cow protectors" against Dalitsby Nirmala Carvalho
The Indian Prime Minister had distanced himself from Hindu nationalists who set themselves up as cows defenders beating and killing Dalits. Increasingly frequent violence against those who slaughter or eat beef. For more than 80 million inhabitants, mostly Muslims and Christians, the cows are the main means of livelihood.
12/10/2016 - TURKEY - IRAQ
High tension between Ankara and Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister, Erdogan attacking Mosul
The international meeting of Ulemas, warns al-Abadi. The Turkish army at Baashika in Iraqi territory, in violation of international law. Erdogan sees the division between Sunnis and Shiites pretext for "foreign intervention" in the Middle East.
12/10/2016 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jerusalem, Israeli army shoots dead a 20 year-old Palestinian
The young attacker Ali Shiouki, openly challenged soldiers and police officers on patrol. To ward off attacks to coincide with Yom Kippur, Israel has deployed 3 thousand men to defend the city. Palestinians fear a permanent division and access to private prayer only to Jewish worshipers.
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