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    21/10/2016 - NEPAL - AFGHANISTAN

    Permits withdrawn following an attack in Kabul, in which 13 Nepalese died. The workers can only be employed in diplomatic missions or international companies. The ban remains in force for war zones. The migrants send money home contributing to 30% of the national GDP.  

    21/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Economy, infrastructure, and human rights dominate Widodo’s first two years in office

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Sworn in on 20 October 2014, Indonesia’s president has been praised for his economic policy, tax amnesty, and infrastructure development in remote areas. However, he has been criticised for human rights violations, capital punishment, and castration of paedophiles.

    21/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri to back Michel Aoun for presidency

    This is a last resort “to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people” on the condition of dissociating Lebanon “from the Syrian crisis”. Some Sunni lawmakers are against the deal, but Nabih Berri (Amal) is the most critical. Still, chances are good for an election on 31 October.

    21/10/2016 - PHILIPPINES – CHINA

    Duterte in Beijing announces separation: “America has lost"

    During his visit to Beijing, the Filipino president told Chinese business executives in the Great Hall of the People, “I will be dependent on you for all time.” Manila and Beijing sign US$ 13.5 billion worth of deals, including 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding. US official describes the US as “baffled” by Duterte’s comments, whilst Filipino trade secretary says “we are not stopping trade, investment with America”.

    19/10/2016 - INDONESIA

    Joko Widodo to end disparities with fuel prices the same in Papua as in Jakarta

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The president announces same prices in two remote, hard-to-reach provinces on the island of New Guinea where, in some regencies, petrol can cost up to 14 times than in the rest of the country. Locals welcome the decision but the state oil company slams it because of its hefty price tag of US$ 61 million.

    18/10/2016 - SRI LANKA

    Activists distributed seeds start farming on seized land in Paanama

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Two organisations donated seeds to grow peanuts, red beans and corn. The government of former President Rajapaksa had seized the lands of coastal villages to develop tourism. Many residents are still living in tents.

    18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    by 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 - RUSSIA

    Ultra-conservativism chosen path of Russia’s elite

    by Aleksei Levinson

    Europe  alarmed by the Third World War tones in mainstream media in Russia describing the current escalation of tension between Moscow and Washington on Syria. The militarist propaganda is not new in Putin's Russia and is part of the new ultra-conservative ideology, adopted by the leadership of the country to maintain the status quo. Below, an article which appeared in the Moscow Times signed by Aleksei Levinson, a sociologist with the independent polling Levada institute.


    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 - BANGLADESH

    PIME sisters mark 50 years in Bonpara treating Muslims, Hindus, and Catholics

    by 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 - CHINA

    Shenzhou 11, prepares space mission to the moon and to Mars

    Two astronauts, Jing and Chen, will stay in space for 33 days. They will conduct studies and pharmaceutical, physical and biological tests. Congratulations from President Xi Jinping: "A new contribution to building China as a space power."


    15/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope to elderly: Society needs your smile and the beautiful brightness of your eyes

    Pope Francis meets with members of the National Older Workers Union and the Italian Seniors Federation, in the context of the national  Day of the Elderly. "Maturity and wisdom accumulated over the years" are vital to the Church and to society. Elderly should not be marginalized or considered “unproductive". "In countries that have suffered a severe religious persecution, the grandparents passed on the faith to new generations." Pray to "the grandmother of Jesus, Saint Anne" to be "good and wise grandparents."

    15/10/2016 - BANGLADESH - CHINA

    Xi Jinping in Bangladesh: An essential partner for the new Silk Road

    The Chinese president was welcomed yesterday with great fanfare. He is the first leader from Beijing to visit the country after 30 years. 27 commercial agreements signed for a total of nearly $ 24 billion. The renewed agreement will allow Dhaka to reach middle-income countries by 2021. It will also permit China to develop the strategy of "One Belt One Road".

    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 - CHINA

    China's exports down 10 per cent in September

    Imports decline slightly. Exports decline more than forecast. As the global economy remains sluggish, foreign and domestic demand remain low.

    13/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Reception, protection and integration for migrant children

    Francis message for the next World Day of Migrants is titled "Child migrants, vulnerable and voiceless". The phenomenon of migration "is not divorced from the history of salvation, in fact, is part of it." Children "who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves.".


    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 - RUSSIA-FRANCE-SYRIA

    The Kremlin "postpones" Putin's visit to Paris

    by Nina Achmatova

    Moscow could not accept the Elysee conditions, which had downgraded the visit of the Russian president with the worsening situation in Aleppo. The opening of the Orthodox cultural and spiritual center in Paris also postponed. Its inauguration "will depend on political decisions". Analysts: Putin risks losing his closest ally in Europe. A "new Cold War."


    11/10/2016 - CHINA

    Zhejiang, 4 buildings collapse: 22 dead. Little girl saved

    Authorities believe the collapse was provoked by persistent rain. The buildings were built in the 1970s. They were rented to migrant poor. The rooms divided by wooden panels to increase the number of guests. Three year old girl, saved under the lifeless body of her father.


    11/10/2016 - TURKEY - RUSSIA

    Russia and Turkey reinforce energy and military partnership in opposition to US

    In Istanbul the two governments give the green light to TurkStream project. Two pipelines, for a total flow of 30 bcma. The first will serve domestic needs, the second will arrive at the coasts of southern Europe. Planned military-intelligence agreements on the agenda. Two fronts (still) distant, but united by their opposition to the United States.


    10/10/2016 - ASIA – UNITED STATES

    Asians on the Trump-Clinton debate

    Yesterday’s presidential debate marginally touched Asian matters, focusing instead on domestic and crude level (especially sexual) issues. The Japanese favour Clinton. South Koreans appear undecided. Singapore is concerned about the lack of a position on the issues like the South China Sea. China remains officially neutral, but Chinese immigrants favour Trump. Indian immigrants support Clinton.

    10/10/2016 - CHINA-FRANCE

    Chinese sommeliers beats the French in a taste contest

    They won first place by identifying six red and six white wines, the area of ​​origin, grape variety, vintage, etc.. China steps up grape cultivation, with European experts that help improve the quality.


    08/10/2016 - NEPAL

    Kathmandu: Hindus and Buddhists against ‘black festivals", i.e. the animal slaughter at Dashain

    by Christopher Sharma

    Hundreds of people protest in front of the temples where Hindus sacrifice oxen, sheep, goats, and birds to the gods. The Dashain festival commemorates the gods’ great victory over wicked demons. For vegetarians, only “Pope Francis [. . .] is very serious in making appeals on behalf of the environment and animals”.

    08/10/2016 - UZBEKISTAN

    Mirziyaev’s first tentative steps towards reform and change

    by Umida Hashimova

    Shavkat Mirziyaev became interim president after the death of Islam Karimov, father of the nation. He will remain in office at least until next December’s election, in which he is the odds-on favourite to win. Expert writes a profile for the Jamestown Foundation that helps to understand the direction Uzbekistan might take after waiting for so long for reforms.

    06/10/2016 - ASIA – CHINA

    Beijing talks tough about a "new Cold War"

    by Willy Lam

    A new geopolitical order seems to be taking shape in the Asia-Pacific region. On one side is China, Russia, and North Korea; on the other, the United States, South Korea, Japan and the nations of Southeast Asia. Beijing is trying to impose alliances on its neighbors using also the weapon of economic benefits. However, many countries in the region precisely fear China’s growing power. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.

    06/10/2016 - YEMEN - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudis cut funding to allies in Yemen

    Drop in funds allocated to former President Hadi and armed militias fighting against the Houthis. Members of the "Conference of Riyadh" abandoned or arrested. The warlords withdraw proceeds from the sale of gas and oil from Central Bank (transferred to Aden). The situation favors the Shiite rebels, the lead on the various war fronts.


    04/10/2016 - CHINA

    Online donation scams of false priests and Christians thrive in internet boom

    by Hui Taiyang

    There are priests and lay people who collect funds online and give transparent account of the projects, receipts and expenditure. But there are also many who steal the digital identity of priests and nuns to raise money, telling of illnesses, problems or the desire to study abroad. The story of Mr. Jing. Among the easiest victims: rich and middle-aged women. The Church needs to be careful and cautious.

    04/10/2016 - CAMBODIA – VIETNAM

    Hanoi suspends investments in Cambodia further pushing Phnom Penh into Beijing’s arms

    Border disputes and divergent views over the South China Sea have cooled relations between the two countries. Vietnam is Cambodia’s fifth trading partner. However, “losses in investments will [not] have major consequences in Cambodia, because China will be happy to step in and feel the vacuum," source told AsiaNews. In return, the Chinese “will want to decide Cambodia’s foreign policy.”

    04/10/2016 - JAPAN

    Scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2016

    He studied autophagy, the process by which cells are renewed. A decrease of this process leads to diseases such as Parkinson's, diabetes, cancer. He is the fourth Japanese to receive the Nobel Prize for medicine.


    03/10/2016 - INDIA

    Tired of burying dead cows, Dalits go on strike in Gujarat

    The beating of four Dalit youths sparked the peaceful protest. They were accused of killing a cow, but the authorities show their innocence. In India, Dalits represent 16.6 per cent of the population, or almost 200 million. They perform the most menial jobs, and are denied access to culture and temples.

    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    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."


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