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  • 28/04/2017 - SOUTH KOREA - USA

    Costs amount to about one billion dollars. Trump: "It would be worthwhile to pay." Seoul: "The South Korean government provides site and facilities, the United States pays for installation and management." Washington: "Renegotiate or terminate" the free trade agreement.




    28/04/2017 - EGYPT - VATICAN

    The modern day plagues of Egypt

    by Guy Djandji*

    The country that Pope Francis will visit is afflicted by a failed economy, overpopulation, corruption, pollution, terrorism and fatalism. But it is home to a much bigger treasure than its millennial history: the joyous heart of its people.


    27/04/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka faces national emergency over tons of stockpiled waste

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The waste crisis emerged following the garbage avalanche that buried an entire slum on the outskirts of Colombo. Card Ranjith appeals to the government. A new disposal area found in Muthurajawela, but the population and Catholic leaders oppose it.


    27/04/2017 - KOREA - USA - CHINA

    The US deploy Thaad. Trump retracts war messages against Pyongyang


    US intelligence: "Pressure on the North through economic sanctions and diplomacy". Admiral Harry Harris: "Make Kim Jong-un reason." US troops in South Korea start deploying the controversial anti-missile system. Clashes between residents and police: 10 injured. Beijing's anger and economic retaliation on the South.


    27/04/2017 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian Nelson Mandela

    by Uri Avnery

    The great Israeli statist presents the Palestinian leader. In prison for 15 years, the latter is behind the hunger strike undertaken by inmates against prison conditions. His charisma can overcome Palestinian divisions between Fatah and Hamas. Perhaps this is why Israel will not release him.


    27/04/2017 - SYRIA

    Damascus, "massive" explosion near the airport. Suspicions of an Israeli airraid


    The blast, also felt in the capital, enveloped a fuel tank and some warehouses near the airport. According to al-Manar it was caused by an Israeli air raid. Hezbollah logistics facilities in in Syria damaged. No victims or injured.


    26/04/2017 - THAILAND

    Date for King Bhumibol’s cremation set for one year after his death


    26 October will be a national holiday. The five-day funeral ritual will start on 25 October followed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation. A huge cremation complex is going up outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace.


    26/04/2017 - IRAN - UNITED STATES

    Vienna, uncertainty shrouds tenability of Iranian nuclear agreement


    Iran and the main international powers met yesterday in the Austrian capital. Focus of "closed door meeting" the "respect" of the terms of the agreement. Tensions between Washington and Tehran are increasing. Iranian Minister: The United States respects neither the spirit or the terms of the agreement. 


    25/04/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnamese protesters demand apology over police mistreatment


    Agents seized No-Formosa T-shirts. Police mistreatment sparks anger among locals. For parish priest Dan Huu Nam, "They have to apologise for their behavior and must return the shirts". One year after the disaster, compensation is slow.


    25/04/2017 - IRAQ

    Despite the danger of attacks, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the Imām Mūsā shrine


    Masses of Shias commemorate the martyrdom of the seventh imam at the Al-Kādhimiya shrine, bringing the Iraqi capital to a standstill. Despite fears, no attacks or serious accidents have taken place. For the Chaldean Patriarch, the government has ensured “safe celebrations". The attempt to "national reconciliation" continues.


    25/04/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES – CHINA

    Pyongyang celebrates military by threatening Washington


    North Korea carried outs its largest military exercise near the eastern city of Wonsan. North Korean says, "we will stage the most brutal punishment of a pre-emptive attack”. South Korea and the United States are monitoring a possible nuclear test or missile launch. A US Navy strike group is sailing to the Korean Peninsula this weekend.


    25/04/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Gaza in the dark "paying” for power struggle between Hamas and Fatah


    The energy crisis is worsening after shutdown of only power station in the Strip. Fuel donated by Turkey and Qatar has run out. Palestinians in Gaza also struggling because of the cuts decided by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. The Gaza and Ramallah authorities blame each other. The UN warns of 'uninhabitable' by 2020


    24/04/2017 - INDONESIA

    Hatred against non-Muslims grows as radical movements expand

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Some 59 per cent Indonesians are intolerant towards minorities. Religious radicalism is on the rise. At least 11.5 million people are "spiritually" ready to change Indonesian society. The last election was poisoned by religious conflict. For Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, " radical groups have their own political agenda,” namely “the Islamic State of Indonesia”. Only 11 per cent of Indonesians are strongly opposed to an Islamic nation.


    24/04/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal quake: Two years on not a single house rebuilt by Kathmandu

    by Christopher Sharma

    In just 24 months, only 50,000 homes reconstructed thanks to the help of charitable associations, 887,353 were destroyed in the earthquake. The Nepali Reconstruction Authority has about four billion dollars available, but bureaucracy and corruption has everything at a standstill. The reality of homelessness.


    24/04/2017 - BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh donates 10.8 billion euros to 560 mosques in Bangladesh: Muslims split

    by Sumon Corraya

    The agreement was signed between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi king last year. The mosques will teach lessons to more than 150,000 children. They will have a daily capacity of more than 450,000 men and 30,000 women. "Imams must be controlled." "These mosques will not teach true Islam. People will learn extremism. "


    24/04/2017 - US-CHINA-JAPAN-NORTH KOREA

    Trump, Xi and Abe discuss Pyongyang's threats


    Japan with the US: All options open, including military. North Korea says it is ready to sink "an American carrier". Another American citizen arrested.


    22/04/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Catholics outraged by bad-mannered Chinese visitors in Nha Trang cathedral

    by Nguyen Hung

    The local Communist Party section told the parish to keep the church open to visitors. Parishioners are opposed to this because Chinese tourists are aggressive towards worshippers, cause degradation and undermine local cultural traditions. For Catholics, protecting the building’s sacredness is a duty.


    22/04/2017 - HOLY LAND

    The ancient tradition of tattoos in the Holy Land


    At first, the tattoo was a sign of oppression that was eventually claimed as a proof of faith. From the crusades to the present day, for pilgrims the tattoo is a permanent testament to their journey.


    22/04/2017 - INDIA

    Missionaries of Charity visit families, the sick and dying on the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    The Sisters of Mother Teresa arrived in the capital of Port Blair in 1994. Four of them currently work on the archipelago, helping the sick and dying at their time of need as well as supporting the poor by funding their children’s education.


    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Voice of America cuts interview with Guo Wengui over rampant corruption in China


    A webcast with the magnate was interrupted under pressure from the Chinese government. Guo wanted to speak about corruption among China’s Communist leaders. Beijing got Interpol to issue an arrest warrant against him. Guo accuses Wang Qishan and his family. Wang is the public face of China’s anti-corruption drive, and Xi’s close friend.


    21/04/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian Catholics meet to discuss the country's development


    Catholic Academics and business leaders met at Atma Jaya Catholic University to focus on what they can do for Indonesian society.


    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Toxic ponds near Tianjin. Contradictory campaign against pollution


    For years, chemical and galvanic companies have been pouring waste into three ponds as large as 42 soccer fields. Those who have exposed the problem are silenced. Meanwhile, the Ministry for Environmental Protection has found that 69% of Beijing-Tainjin-Hebei companies do not observe anti-pollution rules. A prize to those who denounce it.


    21/04/2017 - IRAN

    Rouhani and Raisi to contest presidential elections in Iran, Ahmadinejad excluded


    The Guardians Council approved six names out of a total of 1600 aspiring presidents. The nomination of 130 women rescinded, the 2017 vote men only. Economy and nuclear agreement remain the hot topics. Third-term for the former ultra-conservative president blocked, considered a figure "divisive" by Khamenei.


    20/04/2017 - RUSSIA

    Easter celebrations in Moscow with bells, cakes and cheeses

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Moscow’s Easter gift festival is underway from 12 to 23 April in 24 downtown squares and 19 parks. Typical products from the Russian regions include cakes, honey, cheeses . . . and bells. “If we had a little more time, Sergey Semenovich and I too would gladly take a ride on the carousel," said Kirill.


    20/04/2017 - CHINA

    Tianzhou 1, spacecraft cargo ship, ready for launch


    It is the largest and the lightest existing spacecraft. It can carry up to 6 tons of materials and 2 tons of fuel. It will be used for supplies of a future orbital space station, where up to six astronauts can live.

     


    19/04/2017 - TURKMENISTAN

    In Turkmenistan, the Orthodox community celebrated Easter without eggs


    Food is in short supply and expensive. Price hikes range between 18 and 50 per cent. The country’s worse economic crisis in 25 years continues.


    19/04/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, victims of landfill slide rises to 32

    by Melani Manel Perera

    On April 14, a mountain of waste 91 meters high has hit the slums of Meethotamulla. About 80 houses buried, another 17 damaged. At least 1,500 police officers involved in the search for 30 missing. Residents had complained for some time of the danger of the landfill.


    18/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Erdogan’s victory applauded by Trump, criticized by Europe


    A narrow victory of 51.4%. Congratulations also from Saudi Arabia. The Republican and pro-Kurdish opposition accuse fraud. It promises an Erdogan presidency until 2029 and the introduction of the death penalty.


    15/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkey divided over tomorrow's referendum

    by Luca Galantini

    Erdogan wants to become the new "Caesar" and make his country leader of the Middle East. Emphasis on nationalism and organized "terror" with the control of the media and society. Doubts within the AKP itself. The resistance of the Kurdish minority and the Kemalist party. 


    15/04/2017 - KOREA

    Amid winds of war, the Korean Church prepares the country for elections and peace


    Pyongyang responds with threats "of nuclear strikes" if the US carries out any provocative gestures. The United States aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is deployed to the Korean peninsula. Chinese Minister: Enough provocations and threats. The bishops' conference questions presidential candidates over their policy toward North Korea. Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik sceptical about the possibility of violent acts.






    Editor's choices

    VATICAN-EGYPT
    Pope Francis in a video message: Dear people of Egypt ...

    Papa Francesco

    To mark his upcoming visit to the country (28-29 April), Pope Francis today sent a video message to the Egyptian people. " Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land – needs peace, love and mercy; it needs workers for peace. "


    ISLAM
    The roots of violent Islamism are in Islam, the words of a Muslim

    Kamel Abderrahmani

    After every terrorist attack, there is the tendency to say, "This is not Islam." Yet those criminal acts are justified and inspired by texts that are the reference point for Muslims and Islamic institutions worldwide. There is an urgent need to reform Islam from within, by the Muslims themselves. Coexistence with other religions is the way to remove Islam from sclerosis and stagnation.


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