22/02/2017 - HONG KONG
He was accused of getting a HK$ 50 million flat in exchange for a radio license. Some 40 character witnesses came to his defence. The family will appeal.
by Paul Wang
22/02/2017 - BANGLADESH
One million palm trees against lethal lightning
Since 2010, about 1,500 people have died from lightning, 274 in 2015, and 349 (82 in a single day) in the first months of 2016, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department. In view of the situation, the government has decided to reforest rural areas by June. Experts express their opinion.
22/02/2017 - INDIA
Punjab Church launcehs "Sport for young people" against drug abuseby Santosh Digal
Eight hockey coaches give lessons to 540 children and young people, most of which have dropped out of school or are unemployed. The state has the highest rate of crimes linked to drug use. The program was conceived by the Social Service of the Diocese of Jalandhar, in collaboration with Caritas India.
22/02/2017 - MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA
Two North Koreans (including a diplomat) wanted for the murder of Kim Jong-nam
Kwang Hyon-song second secretary at the embassy of North Korea in Malaysia; Kim Uk-il is employed by Air Koryo, the North’s State airline. The two women who poisoned Kim Jong-nam knew that the substance was toxic. No sign of the presence of Kim Han-sol, the son of Kim.
21/02/2017 - INDIA
The passion of Jesus drove Franciscan Sister to build 54 houses for the poor in Keralaby Santosh Digal
Sister Lizzy Chakkalakal heads Our Lady's Convent Girls Higher Secondary School in Kochi. In 2012 she provided the first house to a needy family. For her, “the birth of a culture of sharing and mutual care among local people" is more important than just providing housing.
21/02/2017 - RUSSIA
Thousands in procession for the return of St. Isaac's Church to the Moscow Patriarchate
The building had been seized in 1917 and used as a museum. Spokesman for Patriarch Kirill: The church "should first of all be a place of prayer." Opponents: Giving the management to the Church risks opening the path to "wild provincialism". Putin among the opponents. Kirill: A sign of reconciliation.
21/02/2017 - VATICAN
Pope: it is "our duty" to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants
"The human promotion of migrants and their families begins with their communities of origin. That is where such promotion should be guaranteed, joined to the right of being able to emigrate, as well as the right to not be constrained to emigrate." "In the face of tragedies which take the lives of so many migrants and refugees – conflicts, persecutions, forms of abuse, violence, death – expressions of empathy and compassion cannot help but spontaneously well-up."
21/02/2017 - ASIA
Annual profits of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks down by 62%by Paul Wang
The cause is "volatile financial conditions", including the US and Brexit. The greater part of the profit comes from operations in Asia. Hang Seng in Hong Kong drop by 41%.
20/02/2017 - ASIA – MIDDLE EAST
World arms trade: 43 per cent goes to Asia-Oceania
India was the world's largest importer of major arms in 2012–16, accounting for 13 per cent of global trade with Saudi Arabia ranked second. The United States, Russia, China and some European nations are the main suppliers.
20/02/2017 - INDIA
World Day of Social Justice: for auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, people must come before profits
The United Nations established the day in 2007 to highlight global issues like poverty, exclusion, employment, and gender equality. For Mgr D'Silva, violence is the result of inequalities. Existing economic structures must be revisited out of “compassion for our brothers and sisters”.
18/02/2017 - INDIA
Mumbai, Mary’s Clan 30 years of palliative care for alcoholics and the abandonedby Nirmala Carvalho
The rehabilitation center was opened in 1983. Since then he has welcomed 350 patients, accompanying them to the end of life. Patients often recover relationships with families. "This is because palliative care addresses hope and the basic needs of everyone: humanity."
18/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Ms. Chui Thjai Mie, first Indonesian Chinese woman to become mayorby Mathias Hariyadi
She won in Singkawan (West Kalimantan) defeating three competitors. She follows Confucianism. The city is majority Chinese, where everyone speaks the Hakka language.
18/02/2017 - IRAN
Iran discovers huge oil and gas fields. Target of 50 billion in profits for 2018
According to head of NIOC a dozen new fields with a total reserve of 30 billion barrels has been found. 128 thousand billion cubic meters of natural gas discovered. Oil Minister: daily exports of 2.8 million barrels, equivalent to pre-sanctions period.
17/02/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA
First woman to head Saudi stock exchange
NCB Capital Co. CEO Sarah Al Suhaimi gets to run the Mideast’s largest bourse. For Saudi women, thanks to their foreign education, the financial sector provides greater space for their social and professional development.
17/02/2017 - SOUTH KOREA
Samsung Boss arrested over links to President Park scandal
In January, he had escaped arrest for lack of evidence. Samsung has donated the most money ($ 70 million) to the Choi Soon-sil foundations, the friend who has dragged Park to impeachment. Candidates in new presidential elections react.
16/02/2017 - UNITED KINGDOM – SAUDI ARABIA
Arms sales to Saudi Arabia and victims in Yemen put London on trial
The High Court has started a review of arms sale to Saudi Arabia that allegedly led to civilian casualties in Yemen. A growing number of UK lawmakers are calling for a review of the contract. For 62 per cent of Britons, arms sales to the Saudis is "unacceptable".
16/02/2017 - VIETNAM
Catholics assaulted by police for rallying against nation’s worst environmental disasterby Joseph Nguyen
16/02/2017 - KOREA-MALAYSIA
Women suspected of Kim Jong-nam murder arrested
One has an Indonesian passport; the other Vietnamese. The Malaysian police thinks that four men are also implicated. Visits by Pyongyang embassy representatives to the Kuala Lumpur forensic center. Increase protection for all high-profile North Korean refugees in Seoul.
16/02/2017 - INDONESIA
Elections in Jakarta: Election of governor goes to run offby Mathias Hariyadi
In the first round the outgoing governor "Ahok", a Christian at the center of a story of a blasphemy case, won 43% of the votes. His rival Baswedan, a Muslim, just below the 40% threshold. Decisive 17% of the votes won by the eldest son of former President Yudhoyono. The vote took place without incident. Second round to be held on 19 April.
15/02/2017 - SRI LANKA
Tamil women, protesting with children in front of a military base, want their land back (photos)by Melani Manel Perera
The protest has been going on for more than two weeks. Women have taken action on behalf of 84 families displaced during the country’s civil war. Children are losing days at school. A group of Catholics and activists brings solidarity and reassurance. For one priest, "these women are not like us men. They will not give up until the government meets their demands."
15/02/2017 - LEBANON - VATICAN
Perfect harmony between the Holy See and the Order of Malta, loyalty and fidelity to Pope Francisby Fady Noun
Behind the resignation of the Grand Master, the false invocation of a papal order. A commission of five people named to shed light on the affair. The exception of "sovereignty" raised by former Grand Master inadmissible. The reform promoted by Francis in line with the renewal of the Church.
15/02/2017 - CHINA
Eight die in Xinjiang knife attack.
The three attackers killed by Chinese security forces. Five other people injured in the attack. Suspicion falls on Islamic Uighur separatists.
15/02/2017 - TURKEY
Ankara, continues purges: 600 activists and pro-Kurdish politicians arrested
Several political activists arrested accused of alleged links to the PKK, which Ankara considers a terrorist group. Mayors of towns with a Kurdish majority relieved of their duties. HDP leaders: arrests aim to weaken the opposition ahead of the referendum on the presidential system.
15/02/2017 - KOREA
Seoul confirms murder of Kim Jong-nam
It is not yet clear whether the half-brother of the North Korean leader was killed with an injection or with poison sprayed in his face or with a cleaning cloth. The assassination reason: Kim Jong-un’s "delusional disorder". Pyongyang celebrates the birthday of the late Kim Jong-il, Kim father of the two.
14/02/2017 - KOREA
Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam murdered
Two North Korean female agents apparently poisoned the victim at Kuala Lumpur airport. He was living in exile since 2001. Heir apparent to Kim Jong-il, he hoped to see the fall of Kim Jong-un’s regime with him as successor. The case appears to be another dynastic murder.
14/02/2017 - PHILIPPINES
For Justice and Peace Forum, the cry of the earth is also the cry of the poor
The 10th meeting of the Justice and Peace Workers' Asia-Pacific Forum is underway in Manila to review and boost their response to today’s challenges, in particular climate change, environmental degradation, and their impact on the marginalised.
14/02/2017 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
First self-driving hover-taxi successfully tested in Dubai
The vehicle should become operational by July. Built by the Chinese EHANG company, it can fly for 30 minutes at 100 km per hour at an altitude of 300 metres.
14/02/2017 - UN-NORTH KOREA
UN, China and Russia condemn Pyongyang missile tests
The UN secretary general’s condemnation and an invitation to China and the US to work together. Beijing and Moscow ask to avoid "provocative" moves such as joint military exercises and missile Thaad system. Even the Korean bishops opposed to Thaad.
13/02/2017 - TURKMENISTAN
Tashkent, amid poverty and repression, Berdimuhamedov elected president for a third time
The 59-year old president won 97.69 per cent of the vote for a new, seven-year term. According to the World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders (RSF), Turkmenistan ranks 178th out of 180 countries. Many detained independent journalists are held incommunicado.
13/02/2017 - KOREA
Washington, Tokyo and Seoul call for UN emergency meeting after North Korea missile launch
The missile traveled 500 km before falling into the Sea of Japan. "Great satisfaction" of Kim Jong-un. Shinzo Abe: "Intolerable". Trump: US "100%" close to Japan. China, Pyongyang's only ally, remains silent.
11/02/2017 - KYRGYZSTAN
More and more villages ban the sale and consumption of alcohol
The aim is to preserve a spirit of unity, harmony and peace among villagers. Residents bought alcohol from stores and pour it in a ditch. The move is linked to high rate of alcohol abuse and social problems rather than religion.
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