12/04/2013HONG KONG One person infected, 17 in isolation, and Hong Kong's avian flu nightmare is back A patient is in critical condition at Hong Kong's Queen Mary Hospital after consuming poultry in Shenzhen, mainland China. The authorities declare a health alert with 200 people under observation. Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Health authorities have reported the first H7N9
avian flu case in Hong Kong, declaring a health alert. As a result, the former
British crown colony placed 17 people in isolation and suspended...
12/04/2013BANGLADESH Catholic Bishop calls on political leaders to talk and stop death and violence by Sumon Corraya Mgr Gervas Rozario, bishop of the Diocese of Rajshahi, told AsiaNews that "the killing of innocent civilians is intolerable" and that "people want peace." For this reason, he has called on the government and the opposition to find ways to communicate. Since January this year, 347 people have died in political unrest.
12/04/2013NEPAL - ASIA EU and Danish Protestant Church for the development of poor farmers in Asia by Christopher Sharma Launched November 29 in Kathmandu, a program for food security that takes in Nepal , India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Nearly 2 million euros for the formation of small farmers and promotion of new farming techniques . Among the beneficiaries , Dalits and indigenous peoples.
12/03/2013NORTH KOREA Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
12/03/2013ASIA Most corrupt countries in the world found in Asia and Middle East Findings are based on the Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Syria are among the top 10 "worst" nations. Political instability and civil war favour corruption. The only Asian countries to be among the most transparent nations are Singapore and Hong Kong.
12/03/2013CHINA Jiangxi, (closed door) trial of anti- corruption activists begins Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping and Li Sihua are members of the "New Citizens Movement", which has asked communist leaders to "tell the truth" about their assets. Lawyers denounce irregularities in the trial that could end with a sentence of five years for "unlawful assembly".
12/03/2013BANGLADESH Bangladesh, three Catholic candidates in general election by Sumon Corraya They are John Gomes ( Nationalist Party ) , lawyer , Raymond Areng ( Socialist Party ) , Professor ; Promod Mankin ( Socialist Party ) , a lawyer . Their goal is to bring the voice of the Christian minority to Parliament.
12/02/2013SYRIA For Gregorios III Laham, "the Christian mission in Syria is reconciliation among Muslims" by Simone Cantarini The Patriarch of Antioch talks about the role of the Church in Syria in light of the pope's Apostolic Exhortation 'Gaudium Evangelii'. Thanks to the suffering of war, Christians have rediscovered their faith and their role, which is to bear witness to Muslims fighting each other of a different way of life. Papers have been submitted to the Vatican for the beatification of the three young martyrs in Ma'aloula.
12/02/2013EGYPT Egypt's new constitution protects religious freedom, but gives too much power to the military
Released yesterday, the draft proposal ostensibly respects human rights, freedom of religion and freedom of worship. Quotas will be set for Christians, women, the disabled and other groups, but no percentage is given. Controversy surrounds the excessive powers given to the army and the interim government. Fr Greich Rafiq, spokesman for the Catholic Church, wonders whether the new constitution was "drafted in order to please everyone, or will it be used as an effective legislative tool that can change the country."
12/02/2013BANGLADESH A 131 hour strike. Catholic activist : People victim of political conflict by Sumon Corraya For Rosaline Costa , coordinator of Hotline Bangladesh, the country " is at the mercy of the ego of politicians." She warns that the "climate has to change, otherwise the situation will get worse". Since January, 347 people have been killed in violent clashes between political factions . Most of them are innocent citizens.
12/01/2013VATICAN Pope: the hope of Advent to end all wars Pope Francis mentions the prophecy of Isaiah, turning "swords" into "ploughshares" and "spears" in "pruning hooks". Humanity must find a shared horizon for its existence. The Church and the world are walking together toward the final goal. The Virgin Mary is the model to emulate. The Pontiff's thoughts also go out to people living with AIDS, grateful to missionaries and health care workers who quietly stand by them.
11/30/2013SINGAPORE - ASIA Singapore ranks second in the world in terms of talent competitiveness The city-state is the only Asian country in the top 20 list based on an index established by a French business school. Japan is 21st whilst China is only 47th, out of 103 countries. A strong and stable political setting attracts students and investors and boosts small and medium-sized businesses.
11/30/2013UNITED STATES - CHINA East China Sea: US tells airlines to comply with Beijing's rules For Washington, respecting Beijing's rules does not mean accepting its unilaterally imposed Air Defence Identification Zone (AZID). To counter China's claims, US sends B52, South Korea deploys military patrol plane whilst Japan tells civilian air carriers not to bow to Beijing's orders.