02/27/2015TAJIKISTAN - CENTRAL ASIA World Bank investment in Tajikistan to lead the country out of isolation The international organisation is helping to develop trade between Central Asian countries. The transformative project includes road links between Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Tajikistan's Transport Ministry plans to improve road management. The World Bank has granted so far US$ 978 million. Dushanbe (AsiaNews) - The Board
of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group (which includes five
organisations) on February 15 approved the allocation of US$ 45 million to fund
the second phase of...
02/27/2015CHINA - LATIN AMERICA China, a record 2014 for loans to Latin America Beijing has lent $ 22 billion a year to the South American continent and is poised to break the of 2010 record, when the figure touched 37 billion. Analysts warn: "China may tacitly require that Chinese companies have a hand in some projects". "Diplomacy of the yuan" continues to spread from Southeast Asia to Africa.
02/27/2015HONG KONG Hong Kong, employer who tortured Indonesia maid jailed for six years The case of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih rocked the former British colony. The immigrant, without friends or relatives, lived as a domestic worker in the home of Law Wan-tung: the woman abused her in every possible way and then tried to smuggle her home. The judge: "A regrettable story ". The victim: "Not completely satisfied"
02/26/2015BANGLADESH Prostitution and forced labour: trafficking in human beings in Bangladesh by Sumon Corraya The Asian country is a source and a transit point for victims. The cases involving women and children are the most documented, but men are victims are well. Boys under ten are more likely to be entangled in this traffic; girls tend to be aged 11 to 16. Some of victims go to the Gulf countries. In Bangladesh, the local Caritas helps the victims.
02/26/2015TAIWAN Lent in Taiwan: proclaiming the Gospel by defending migrants by Xin Yage Migrant workers face a tough situation on the island. Their rights are denied, their contracts are not respected, and some of them have been tortured by their employers. After years of legal and cultural struggles, things are getting better. The Church and its affiliated groups help workers become better integrated in their milieus. Mhike So's story illustrates this fight for justice for those who have none.
02/26/2015INDIA Swine flu, more than 900 deaths in India since the beginning of the year It is the worst epidemic since 2010. More than 16 thousand cases of infection recorded throughout the country. The worst affected States are Rajashtan and Gujarat. In Ahmedabad, the government prohibits gatherings of more than five people, and requires the use of a face mask at weddings and funerals
02/25/2015MACAO - CHINA Beijing's anti-corruption drive sinks Macau casinos Casino revenue in the former Portuguese colony slumped for the eight month in a row, leading casino shares to perform poorly on the benchmark Hang Seng Index. Macau authorities announce restrictions on mainland visitors. Xi Jinping urged the city to change direction.
02/25/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lanka, the government returns Paanama village to its inhabitants by Melani Manel Perera The land had been expropriated by the previous administration for tourist purposes. For years, the local population had launched a campaign to regain their property. Local leader: "Despite threats and abuse, we have had the courage to go on."
02/25/2015BANGLADESH Bangladesh, arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia The president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) did not show up at a hearing for the two cases of corruption. She is charged with having taken more than 600 thousand euro for two charities created on behalf of her husband when she was Prime Minister. Zia: "Political move to eliminate me."
02/23/2015EGYPT-LIBYA Escape from Libyan hell: Egyptian migrants tell of ordeal and Islamic State torture by André Azzam Over 10 thousand Egyptians have returned. Many of them, kidnapped by Muslim gangs, were forced to work without food and water. Several were marked on the scalp with an "S" out of contempt for al-Sisi, the Egyptian president. At least 45 of the returnees need medical and psychological care to help them deal with shock.
02/22/2015VATICAN Pope gifts "Guard your heart" booklet as an aid to conversion in Lent At today's Angelus Pope Francis gave away booklets containing "the wealth of our doctrine," the essentials of the faith: "the seven sacraments, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments, the virtues, works of mercy. .. ". The booklet was distributed by volunteers and homeless people. "Those who are in need are also the ones who give us this great wealth." Lent is a time "for spiritual battle against the spirit of evil", already won by Jesus in the desert. "We go into the desert without fear, because we are not alone, we are with Jesus." This afternoon, the Pope goes to Ariccia on retreat with the Curia: "Pray so that in this desert we can hear the voice of Jesus and correct our many defects".
02/21/2015INDONESIA - BRAZIL Drug trafficking and diplomacy: Jakarta recalls its ambassador to Brazil by Mathias Hariyadi The President Dilma Rousseff has not accepted the credentials of the Indonesian delegate, in protest against the death sentence of a Brazilian citizen for drug dealing. The man is scheduled to be executed next week, but is schizophrenic. Indonesia confirms the executions of seven foreign drug traffickers and a compatriot.