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  • 24/03/2017 - VATICAN - EU

    Francis spoke to the heads of state and government of the 27 EU member states on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. He told them that the Old Continent is a reality based on the centrality of man, effective solidarity, openness to the world, the pursuit of peace and development, and overture to the future. He also talked about "serious migration crisis" and the populism that is the "fruit of an egotism".




    24/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Women and children are the main victims of North Korea’s humanitarian emergency


    About 27.9 per cent of North Korean children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, 4 per cent from acute malnutrition. About 23.3 per cent of women in reproductive age are also malnourished. About 31.2 per cent of pregnant women are anemic and 5 per cent of children are born underweight. Malnutrition is aggravated by poor health care and the lack of running water, sanitation and hygiene services. “The undernourishment of the people of North Korea is a very serious situation,” expert tells AsiaNews. “A whole generation has stunted growth.”


    24/03/2017 - CHINA

    A "green necklace" of trees against air pollution in Beijing


    Hebei Province plans to use wetlands around the capital. The latter however suffers from water shortages. Beijing’s pollution crisis could be tackled by closing a significant number of steel factories in the region, but powerful interests and state enterprises have opposed such a move.


    24/03/2017 - VATICAN - GREAT BRITAIN - ISLAM

    London attack: The Pope's pain and that of a young Muslim


    Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim  apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is of Pakistani or Afghan origin. The Islamic State claims him as "one of our soldiers."


    23/03/2017 - THAILAND

    Bangkok wants a new “clean” abbot for the Phra Dhammakaya temple


    The current abbot has been accused of embezzlement and illegal construction. The authorities have tried repeatedly to arrest him, but without success. The National Office of Buddhism wants an outsider picked as the temple’s new spiritual guide.


    23/03/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Sewol disaster: ferry recovery begins


    The vessel capsized about 3 years ago because of overcrowding and poor maintenance. 304 people, mostly students who were participating in a trip, were killed. The operations will last eight days; the cost is $ 72 million.


    22/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Seven in ten North Koreans malnourished, UN agency says


    Some 18 million people, including 1.3 million children under five, are affected. Average daily food rations are around 300 grams, lower than UN recommendation of 600. UN agency calls for fresh international action.


    22/03/2017 - INDIA

    The Ganges is a "living being." Raghuvanshi: historic decision, pulls wool from eyes of Hindu nationalists


    The High Court of Uttarakhand equates the waters of the sacred river for Hindus to a human being. The goal is to reduce the pollution caused by industrialization and urbanization. Indian activist: "The Hindu radicals use pollution to come to power." The courts must also take action for Dalits who live on the river banks.


    22/03/2017 - JAPAN

    25% of Japanese people have considered suicide


    The numbers are growing. A sense of hopelessness seems to be spreading across the nation. Last year there were over 21 thousand suicides. The investigation conducted by the Ministry of Health. The questionnaire does not ask the "why" one decides to commit suicide.


    22/03/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepali Catholics call for peaceful participation in local elections

    by Christopher Sharma

    The first local elections in 19 years have raised great expectations but also generated a lot of tension. Madhesi parties are protesting, demanding changes to the constitution before the vote. Encouraged by victories in India, Nepal’s Hindu monarchists want to restore a Hindu monarchy. The government defends the country’s secular nature.


    22/03/2017 - BANGLADESH – MALAYSIA

    Thousands of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Malaysia send remittances home

    by Sumon Corraya

    About half a million migrants from the South Asian country live in Malaysia, many undocumented and working illegally. Those who find honest work are an "economic blessing" for their families. Uzzal Roy and Mohoshin Islam are two such migrants who made it.


    22/03/2017 - MIDDLE EAST - UNITED STATES

    Washington and London prohibit and tablets and pc on flights from Africa and the Middle East


    The measure will enter into force on 25 March and does not have a end date. Threats from the Yemeni al Qaeda cell behind the ban, ready for new attacks. Experts and analysts raise doubts about its real effectiveness.


    22/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang missile test fails


    It was launched from the east coast of the country. The missile exploded seconds after launch. The South Korean military is still trying to confirm details. US: "We continue to closely monitor the actions of North Korea."


    21/03/2017 - HONG KONG

    Election Committee to pick Hong Kong’s next chief executive on 26 March


    An elite group of 1,194 individuals will choose one of three candidates for a city of 7.3 million. Beijing-backed Carrie Lam and pan-democratic John Tsang are leading. Fearing any disorders, police has an evacuation plan for the authorities. The Justice and Peace Commission is opposed to the selection system, calling the electoral law an illusion of democracy. The Chinese government controls the outcome and protects the interests of privileged groups.


    21/03/2017 - ASIA-USA

    Forbes: China second largest number of billionaires, Asian women prevail among the "self-made"


    319 Chinese billionaires. 18th richest in the world an Asian. Among the female billionaires who built their wealth, a Vietnamese. 13% of most billionaires in the world: the most significant increase in 31 years.


    21/03/2017 - ASIA

    The happiest countries in the world: Norway in first place, China ranked 79th despite economic growth


    The ranking takes into account the gross domestic product per person, life expectancy, social welfare, freedom and perception of corruption. Well Australia and New Zealand, Cambodia is the saddest Asian country. Disappointment for India, to 122th place.


    21/03/2017 - NORTH KOREA-RUSSIA

    North Korean migrant slaves in Russia. This is how Pyongyang tackles crisis


    North Korean workers must first study Russian language and history. They are employed on minimum wages (maximum $ 100). 70% paid to the state as "loyalty fee." Slaves also in the Gulf and Europe. The UN report: up to 20 hours of work per day; one or two days off per month.


    20/03/2017 - CHINA – UNITED STATES

    A new course in US-China diplomatic relations


    US Secretary of State exchanges “warm words” with China’s president, avoiding the most sensitive issues for the two countries. The meeting sets the stage for Xi Xinping’s visit to the United States.


    20/03/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN

    Work begins on program for Pope Francis visit to Egypt


    Over the weekend a Vatican delegation meets with the Egyptian president. Al Sisi’s "great esteem" for Pope Francis. The visit to the President, the Coptic Patriarch, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar. An ecumenical meeting and prayer for the martyrs next to St. Mark's Cathedral, where three months ago a bomb attack took place. Meetings with Catholics. The press broke the news, but without comment. The silence of the Salafis.

     


    20/03/2017 - ISRAEL - SYRIA - LEBANON

    Israel at war with Syria: Damascus missile defense system targeted


    Avigdor Lieberman threatens to destroy the Damascus defenses, in response to the launch of the ground-to-air missiles at an Israeli fighter jet. Air raids targeted weapons convoys destined for the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. Israel's army chief: "In the light" of the events in Syria and Lebanon, ready "for any kind of scenario."


    18/03/2017 - CHINA-US

    US Secretary of State arrives in China, after threats of military options against Pyongyang

    by Wang Zhicheng

    Today the meeting with Foreign Minister Wang Yi; tomorrow with Xi Jinping. Patience toward North Korea "is over." Proposed boycott of Chinese banks and companies that trade with Pyongyang.


    17/03/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Impeachment attempt against President Duterte


    For Rep Gary Alejano, Duterte is “unfit to hold the highest office of the land”. The congressman accuses the president of almost 10,000 extrajudicial killings as president and as mayor of Davao. He also accuses him of hiring 11,000 “ghost employees” and embezzling some US$ 44 million.


    17/03/2017 - EGYPT

    After the Arab Spring, Egypt sinks into crisis

    by André M. Azzam

    Tourism is at a standstill, oil supplies are low, prices have skyrocketed. The average family cannot buy basic medicines or necessities. Politically, the situation is more than disappointing: the bosses of the old police state might be gone, but corruption and an outrageous system remain. Yet, there is still some hope for an acceptable life.


    17/03/2017 - INDIA

    Nagaland to get its Christian university open to everyone


    The North East Christian University is an initiative of the Council of Baptist Churches of North East India. American donors will bear most of the costs with courses set to start in 2018. About 90 per cent of the state’s population is Christian.


    17/03/2017 - TAIWAN – CHINA

    Taiwan to deploy missiles against China, where there is talk of reunification by force


    For the first time, Taiwanese Defence Minister Feng Shih-kuan said the island can strike in China targets, up to 1,500 km. Both sides start a military buildup. Trump is set to deliver new sophisticated weapons to Taiwan.


    17/03/2017 - CHINA – S. ARABIA

    Contracts for 65 billion dollars between Beijing and Riyadh

    by Wang Zhicheng

    14 agreements on energy, education, space science, finance signed. From this year the Saudi Arab has once again become the first supplier of oil to China. Riyadh within the "One belt one road project." Fears of Iran and Syria.

     


    17/03/2017 - INDONESIA

    Hasyim Muzadi, defender of pluralism, has died: the condolences of Indonesian Catholics

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    The Church remembers him for his commitment to defend and protect the principle of the nation's unity in diversity. The Muslim cleric has promoted dialogue and tolerance between different confessions in an Indonesia marked by hatred of radical Muslims.


    17/03/2017 - SYRIA

    Aleppo, air raid on a mosque leaves at least 42 dead


    The building was full of worshipers for the evening prayer. It is not clear who is responsible for the attack. The American coalition claims to have targeted jihadists, but not a mosque.

     


    16/03/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE - UN

    UN report attacks "the apartheid regime" of Israel in the Territories. Guterres distances himself


    A CESAO, ESCWA document denounces "racial discrimination" to "dominate" the Palestinian people. Protests of the Jewish state, which speaks of an attempt to "falsify" the only "true democracy." Washington "shocked". UN spokesman: It does not reflect the view of the Secretary-General.

     


    16/03/2017 - MALAYSIA - NORTH KOREA

    The DNA of Kim Jong-nam’s son confirms the murdered man's identity


    The government in Kuala Lumpur did not reveal who gave the DNA samples. It is thought to have been his son Kim Han-sol. The corpse will go to Pyongyang in exchange for the release of Malaysians stranded in North Korea. Some problems at the Asian Cup championship.


     






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    VATICAN
    Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future



    The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.


    AFGHANISTAN
    Fr. Moretti: The Little Sisters of Jesus, for 60 years " Afghan among Afghans"



    They have lived for 60 years at the service of the needy. They remained in Kabul under Soviet occupation, the Taliban control and the NATO bombing. Respected by all, even by the Taliban. This February their experience will end, according to Fr. Moretti "an example for us all."


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