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11/29/2015 VATICAN -CAR
Pope to Bangui, "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope"
Francis is in Bangui where, this afternoon, he will open the Holy Door of the cathedral. "Unity, dignity, work. Three words full of meaning. " "I would like particularly to draw the attention of everyone, citizens and national leaders, international partners and multinational societies, to their grave responsibility in making use of environmental resources". In a country torn apart by violence, the first visit dedicated to a refugee camp: "We must work and pray and do everything for peace, but peace without love, friendship, tolerance and forgiveness is not possible."
Bangui (AsiaNews) - "I come as a pilgrim of peace, and an apostle of hope". This is how Pope Francis greeted the Central African Republic, in a speech centered on the values ​​of " Unity, dignity, labour!  Three very significant words, each of which...

11/28/2015 INDIA
Uttar Pradesh:Coca-cola needs to pack up and go
According to 18 village councils in Mehdiganj plant is cause of water scarcity. The company draws from local sources water needed for production. Environmentalist: "Coca-Cola is not welcome. It portrays itself internationally as a responsible water user, while in India it consumes a vital resource". In a 2012 study the company denies the allegations.
11/27/2015 PAKISTAN
Pro-environment march unites Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs in Lahore
by Kamran Chaudhry
About 300 people of all religions came together in Punjab’s capital in a march organised in cooperation with St Columban Missionaries. Religious leaders and ordinary citizens want world leaders, who will meet in Paris on 30 November, to reach "a just and binding agreement to limit carbon emissions that are changing the Earth's climate.” Muslim environmentalist complains that Pakistan has some of “the most polluted cities in the world” and is “doing nothing about it".
11/26/2015 CHINA – SOUTH KOREA
Phoney “cloning pioneer” plans a cloning animal factory
Once a national hero in South Korea, scientific fraudster Hwang Woo-suk wants to work with China’s Chinese Yingke Boya Gene Technology Ltd to clone prime choice beef. Scepticism prevails among experts on both health and economic grounds.
11/26/2015 INDIA
Bihar to go dry next year
Alcohol ban is Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s first decision since his re-election in early November. Alcohol abuse is rampant among the poor. Last year, the state earned US$ 600 in tax revenues from alcohol.

11/26/2015 RUSSIA - TURKEY
Downed jet: Moscow threatens economic consequences, but has strong interests in Turkey
by Nina Achmatova
Medvedev speaks of possible halt on all bilateral agreements and reduction of market shares of Turkish companies, but Russian interests in Turkey range from gas to nuclear power, banks and internet.
11/25/2015 JAPAN
From tsunami to winemaking, Fukushima starts over
The Fukushima Ouse Winery began operations on 27 October some 70 kilometres from the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Local farmers will provide the grapes. For one farmer, it will “show people how Fukushima has recovered”.
11/25/2015 PHILIPPINES
Palawan, thousands of young people attend day of prayer for peace in the South China Sea
The rally will be held on December 2 in the sports hall of Puerto Princesa. Msgr. Pedro Arigo stresses that "at least 6 thousand" high school and university students will join in praying the Rosary. During the day there will also be presentations on the ongoing tensions in the seas.
11/24/2015 ASIA-UN
UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters
Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/24/2015 THAILAND
Two suspects indicted for Bangkok bombing amid many doubts
Yusufu Mieraili and Bilal Mohammad are the only persons to be charged for the attack that killed 20 people and wounded 100 last August. 10 charges are laid against the men including conspiracy and premeditated murder. The mastermind of the attack and 15 other suspects are still at large. Police declare the case already closed two months ago.
11/23/2015 CHINA
Beijing discovers 125 billion dollars in “grey capital”
In April, the People's Bank began a crackdown on illegal money transfers abroad. In recent months, the illegal flow has increased, damaging the yuan, reducing the amount available for domestic lending and putting increased pressure on interest rates. To stem the tide, the authorities pledge to impose greater controls and restrict the channels by which money can leave the country.
11/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: The logic of the Gospel is expressed in humility and selflessness
For the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the pope said, "The worldly logic rests on ambition and competition, and fights with the weapons of fear, blackmail and the manipulation of minds." Francis entrusts "the many Christians who are, unfortunately, still persecuted today" to the intercession of the new blessed proclaimed in Spain. He calls for a Hail Mary for his trip to Africa.
11/21/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi: Caritas Pakistan helping Christian women’s entrepreneurship
by Shafique Khokhar
The Catholic charity held a one-day workshop in a poor Karachi neighbourhood to empower Catholic women, victims of gender and religious discrimination. This is a concrete way to "open the door" to the labour market and start "small-scale businesses".
11/20/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok: World Youth Summit tackles terrorism, immigration and the environment
by Weena Kowitwanij
One Young World Summit brought together 1,350 representatives from 195 countries, all between 18 and 30 years. Now in its sixth year, the conference was held for the first time in Asia. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and the Catholic priest candidate for the Nobel Peace in 2015 Fr. Mussie Zerai.
11/20/2015 INDONESIA
Central Java: Muslims and Catholics in "long march" to save environment
by Mathias Hariyadi
Hundreds of people walk three days to protest the exploitation of a mountainous area of Kendeng through the construction of cement factories. Religious leaders and intellectuals support the protest. The Court of Semarang has upheld people’s request and blocked permits for further construction.

Altri articoli
Manila, Tokyo and Taipei reinforce anti-Beijing axis in South China Sea
Manila: Anti-globalisation groups, students and trade unions in protest against APEC
South China Sea feuds to overshadow economic issues at APEC summit
Filipino bishops call on APEC to give the economy a human face
11/17/2015 SRI LANKA
“The government betrayed us,” says Vijaya, an angry young Tamil refugee (video) by Melani Manel Perera
11/17/2015 MONGOLIA – CHINA
Mongolia, union leader sets himself on fire to protest sale of coal industry to China
11/17/2015 RUSSIA – FRANCE – ISLAM
As Putin acknowledges terror attack brought down Russian plane in Sinai, Hollande opens to an alliance with Moscow and Washington
11/17/2015 NEPAL
As cooking gas supplies drop in Nepal, people form long queues to buy firewood by Christopher Sharma
11/16/2015 SRI LANKA
Civil society against climate change by Melani Manel Perera
11/16/2015 KOREA
Ban Ki-moon to visit to North Korea, bent by tuberculosis
French warplanes bombard Raqqa amid manhunt in Paris by Paul Dakiki
11/14/2015 TURKEY -G20
Terrorism and refugee crisis top G20 summit which opens today
11/13/2015 IRAN – ITALY
As Rouhani opens up to Europe, his enemies work against him at home by Bernardo Cervellera
11/13/2015 JAPAN
Abe pledges serious action against the looming “demographic winter”
Editor's choices
AsiaNews marks 12 years: Persecution and hope
by Bernardo CervelleraDespite a worldwide increase of ignorance, indifference and superficiality, many signs of love and hope resist even in the most gloomy situations: the Iraqi mother who gives birth to her child in a refugee camp and smiles even though she has nothing; the Indonesian Muslim mother who blesses her son who became a Christian and a priest; the Chinese Christian families that welcome children thrown away because of the one-child law.
Pope: In “extremely difficult social and marital context”, Church called to carry out mission in fidelity, truth and charity.The opening Mass of the Synod on "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world," Pope Francis speaks of the paradoxes of global society: "power" accompanied by loneliness and helplessness." Today's man "ridicules" the family and love, but thirsts for it. The Church bears witness to indissoluble love, but must not forget to care and sustain "the man who falls or who errs." "A Church with closed doors betrays itself and its mission, and instead of being a bridge it becomes a barrier."
Top 10
11/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Karachi, masked men set Christian television station on fire
by Jibran Khan
11/25/2015 INDIA
"Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines
by Nirmala Carvalho
11/26/2015 PAKISTAN
Sialkot, Muslim kidnaps 13 year old Christian girl and forces her to convert to Islam
by Jibran Khan
11/24/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta wants to reform the law on places of worship, fewer restrictions on building permits
by Mathias Hariyadi
11/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked
With Gaza like a huge prison, Caritas Jerusalem is raising funds for Christmas gifts for Christians
11/23/2015 VATICAN – AFRICA
In messages to Kenya, Uganda and Central Africa, pope says he is coming as a “messenger of peace"
11/23/2015 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Fr. Piero is fine but political tension remains high
11/27/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh plans mass execution of 55 people in one day
11/26/2015 VATICAN – KENYA
Pope in Kenya: climate conference would be “catastrophic” if no global “transformational” agreement is reached


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