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    24/09/2016 - SRI LANKA

    About 2,000 women and girls took part in a six-kilometre march to back Pope Francis’s Laudato si’ encyclical, which speaks about social justice. Sri Lanka is among the five countries that pollute oceans the most. Developing best practices in school can be passed on in the family.

    by Melani Manel Perera

    23/09/2016 - CUBA – JAPAN

    Shinzo Abe in Cuba to open new markets and stop Pyongyang’s nuclear plans

    This is the first state visit to Havana by a Japanese head of government. Medical aid, debt relief, and investments dominate talks. In return, Castro will use his good offices to curb North Korea, Cuba’s old ally. China’s Li Keqiang will follow Abe, a sign that East Asia is increasingly interested in the Caribbean.

    23/09/2016 - ASIANEWS SYMPOSIUM

    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    22/09/2016 - HONG KONG

    Eddie Chu attacks town planning, says Hong Kong should stand with the weak

    The youngest lawmaker elected to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has not yet been sworn in, but he has already said that he will stand with the poor, not with the lobbies for the rich. The bone of contention is the Wang Chau housing project, which would come at the expense of three villages. He warns Hong Kongers not to be distracted by the chief executive’s “tears”.

    22/09/2016 - CHINA

    Party slams "stronghold of the one-child law": Procreate now

    For decades Yichang in the central Hubei province was praised for its strict observance of the "one child policy". Today the communist authorities are retracting everything and calling on young comrades to "work on themselves" to have at least a second child. The elderly comrades must "guide them on the socialist road of education of young people".


    22/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Crowded ferry overturns in Barisal: at least 17 victims

    by Sumon Corraya

    The boat was carrying 60 people. Most managed to save themselves by swimming to the shore, but six other people missing. The port official said that the ferry was not registered for passenger transport and had no valid travel permits.


    21/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Maoists place bombs in ten private schools in Kathmandu, two arrested

    by Christopher Sharma

    Those responsible are part of a Communist cell led by a fugitive Maoist leader. For some time, the group has extorted money from private schools. The bombs were placed against those who refuse to pay. Now parents do not want to send their children to school.

    20/09/2016 - CHINA

    Henan, loans for over € 60 billion as bad debts grow

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Provincial authorities want aid for new avenues of growth. The credit-to-GDP gap is three times higher than the danger line, which is 10 per cent. The reading is higher than the levels in East Asia before the 1997 Asia Financial Crisis or in the United States before the outbreak of the 2008 financial crisis. For the International Monetary Fund, at least $ 1.3 billion of loans are at risk of default. At the end of 2015, China's total debt was equal to 249 per cent of the GDP.

    19/09/2016 - NEPAL

    Nepal: population is still divided on first anniversary of Constitution

    by Christopher Sharma

    The new Prime Minister Prachanda has invited everyone to celebrate the event. The parties of the madhese minority have instead launched a "Black Day", a counter-celebration in which they are ready to burn the fundamental text. The Nepalese prime minister in India to mend relations after the embargo. Foreign Minister: "We will no longer be influenced by Indian pressure."

    17/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Nuncios are "three way" missionaries

    Francis celebrates Mass in Santa Marta in the presence of the papal representatives from around the world, in Rome for the Jubilee. Their’s "is a vagabond’s life , constantly on the move. But you must remember three ways of going out: physically, culturally and spiritually. Never forget this ."

    17/09/2016 - NEPAL - INDIA

    Buddhist nuns pedal for 4 thousand kilometers against human trafficking

    The sisters belong to the Drukpa order and are experts in martial arts. This is why they are called "Kung Fu nuns". They crossed the Himalayas cycling and arrived in India. After the earthquake of 2015, the exploitation of women and children has increased. On their journey the nuns distributed food and medical care. 

    17/09/2016 - INDIA

    Msgr. Menamparampil: Dialogue always possible, even with Maoists

    A US research reports 791 attacks in India in 2015. 43% by the Naxalite insurgency, associated with the Maoists: they are fourth in the world rankings for violence. The other major terrorist groups are the Islamic State (931), Boko Haram (491) and the Taliban (1093). The apostolic administrator of Jowai speaks of  rebels motivations and the path to overcoming the difficulties.

    17/09/2016 - IRAN - CHINA - RUSSIA

    Tehran signs billion dollar energy agreements with China and Russia

    The Iranian Oil Ministry and the Chinese giant Sinopec will collaborate in the modernization of the Abadan refinery to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars. Together with Moscow two nuclear power plants planned for the Persian Gulf coast. Experts speak of great long term economic and environmental benefits from projects.

    16/09/2016 - INDIA

    Goa, Christians against tourism plan that "destroys people and resources"

    The local government has approved the "Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy 2016". It will beach resorts for daytime leisure and nighttime entertainment for holidaymakers. "The plan only considers the promotion of trade and profits." Unbridled tourism has already caused river pollution, poisoning fish. "The casino culture has destroyed families".


    15/09/2016 - ISRAEL – UNITED STATES

    Israel gets “the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history”

    by Joshua Lapide

    Netanyahu had asked for US$ 4.5 billion a year, he got 38 over ten in a single package without any further requests that must be spent on US weapons. Hillary Clinton praises the deal. Meanwhile, illegal Israeli settlement activity can continue.

    15/09/2016 - UNITED STATES – MYANMAR

    Obama ready to lift sanctions from Myanmar

    Yesterday the US president held talks with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office. He praised Myanmar’s “remarkable social and political transformation”. He also called for its reinstatement to the generalised system of preferences (GSP). Republican senator is “appalled by her [Suu Kyi’s] dismissive reaction to concerns I raised this morning about the problem of human trafficking”.

    12/09/2016 - KOREA

    Floods and sanctions crush Pyongyang

    Five days of rain kill 133 people in North Korea, with hundreds of thousands displaced. South Korea announces plan to destroy the north’s capital in case of attack. Japan warns that it will not stand idle by and watch Kim’s follies. For its part, North Koera wants the US to recognise its nuclear status. Source tells AsiaNews “they are running out of basic foodstuff, and there is a risk of famine again.”

    12/09/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, Death toll from factory explosion rises to 31

    by Sumon Corraya

    At the time of the explosion, more than 100 people were in the structure. At least 10 are still missing. Tampaco Foils packaged goods. Reported eight people, including the owner reported to police.


    11/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: God has open arms, treats sinners with tenderness and compassion

    Before the Angelus, Francis commented the "Chapter of mercy", the 15th in Luke's Gospel, which presents us with parables with which Christ responds to the whispers of the scribes and the Pharisees: the lost sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son. There is no sin in which we have fallen, the pope said, " from which, by the grace of God, we cannot rise again; there is no individual beyond redemption because God never ceases to want our good, even when we sin!” After the Marian prayer, he dedicates a prayer for Gabon and speaks about the beatification of Ladislaus Bukowinski, in Kazakhstan.

    10/09/2016 - VATICAN

    For Pope, man's freedom is not enough, God’s redemption is needed

    In today’s jubilee audience, Francis looked at the "illusion" of those who think they are free. How many illusions are being sold under the pretext of freedom, and how many new forms of slavery are being created in our time in the name of a false freedom!” Only the liberation that comes from God is needed. After the catechesis, the pontiff turned his thoughts to the members of Italy’s Civil Protection Service, “who were supposed to be present, but cancelled to continue the valuable work of aid and assistance to people affected by the 24 August earthquake. I thank them for their dedication and the generous help offered these days! Thank you, brothers and sisters!”

    10/09/2016 - IRAN – EUROPEAN UNION

    Trade between Iran and EU up by 43 per cent in first half of 2016

    According to Eurostat data, trade volume between Iran and EU hit € 5.107 billion. EU exports to Iran grew by 13 per cent to € 3.565 billion with EU members Greece, France and Spain leading the way.

    09/09/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore mourns nun who preached the Gospel through social media

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Sister Athens Angeles passed away suddenly from a brain haemorrhage. From the Philippines, she moved to Pakistan in 2000 where she helped create Internet sites, train students, and offer free lessons to poor children.

    08/09/2016 - CHINA

    Wukan’s elected leader gets three years in prison

    Lin Zuluan led protests in 2011 against land grabs by the authorities. Violence broke out again in June when local officials arrested him, failing to honour the commitment they made to end demonstrations. Lin has to pay a 200,000 yuan fine. Riot police surround the courthouse where the sentence was pronounced.

    08/09/2016 - PAKISTAN - INDIA

    Nobel Laureate Malala: UN, Pakistan and India find a solution on Kashmir

    The Nobel Peace Laureate has launched an appeal to stop the violence. Yesterday there were another 100 wounded, in addition to 1,500 in the last two months; 60 people were killed. "My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in Kashmir".


    07/09/2016 - ASIA

    Saudis, Russians and Iranians want rise in oil prices. But do not know how

    At G20 energy ministers Khaled Al-Falih and Alexander Novak decided to form "common monitoring group" together with other producers in order to prevent price fluctuations. Even Iran would be willing to work together to increase the price of oil to $ 50-60. But no one seems to want to reduce production.


    06/09/2016 - LAOS - ASEAN - UNITED STATES

    Vientiane summit opens amid diplomatic incidents and controversies

    ASEAN’s annual meeting brings together its ten members plus China, South Korea, Japan and the United States. Trade, South China Sea and human rights are on the table. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte insults Obama a day before the summit. US president cancels meeting with his Filipino counterpart.

    06/09/2016 - ISRAEL – JAPAN

    As oil declines, Israel-Japan economic partnership develops

    Lower oil prices have reduced Arab countries’ clout in Japan. In the first seven months of 2016, bilateral trade reached US$ 1.4 billion. Japan is Israel’s fourth largest market in Asia. Analysts and experts see Tokyo changing its policy in the Middle East.

    06/09/2016 - RUSSIA

    Moscow includes Levada Center polling group among "foreign agents"

    by Nina Achmatova

    The authorities denounce foreign funding of more than 4 million euro in two years. Director of the institute: "We expected it; an act of repressive, it is the end of independent surveys in Russia." The move comes less than two weeks before the general election.

    05/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta, a "pencil that wrote extraordinary poems"

    Card. Pietro Parolin celebrates the Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of Mother Teresa: "She saw in unborn children the 'poorest of the poor', because they depend totally on others. Bravely she defended unborn life, with the frankness of speech and linearity of action which is the bright sign of the presence of the Prophets and the Saints, who do not kneel to anyone except the Almighty."

    04/09/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Mother Teresa, a model of holiness for the world of volunteering

    Francis celebrates Mass for the canonization of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity: "In all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded." The Christian life "is not merely extending a hand in times of need.." An immense crowd in St Peter's Square: "We will continue to call her Mother Teresa."

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    Mother Teresa, Mercy for Asia and for the world (VIDEO)

    We publish the video recordings of the presentations made at the international symposium organised by AsiaNews on 2 September. In order of appearance: Fr Ferruccio Brambillasca, PIME Superior General; Card Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide; Sr Mary Prema, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity; Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of the Cause of Mother Teresa; Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai; Fr John A. Worthley, on the influence of Mother Teresa in China; a witness to the influence of Mother Teresa in the Islamic world; and Mgr Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.

    Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.


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