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04/01/2015 INDIA
Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition
by Nirmala Carvalho
The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – “This is a step in the right direction", said Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ, director of the Jesuit Prashant Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace in Ahmedabad. Fr Prakash spoke to AsiaNews after the Supreme Court of...

04/01/2015 ASIA - CHINA
Beijing closes competition for "Super Bank" founders: 46 States in the running
Sweden and Kyrgyzstan increase the European and Asian presence. Group includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, joining under the name "Chinese Taipei". Japan and the US stay out. Analysts: "a big mistake in underestimating the potential threat of this new financial reality". On April 15, the final list and the allocation of capital.
04/01/2015 NEPAL – BRAZIL – ASIA
South Asia: a committee against child slavery
by Christopher Sharma
Indian Nobel Prize laureate Satyarthi and Brazilian Senator Buarque are behind the initiative. Poverty and traditions explain the extent of the problem in South Asia. The group underscores the importance of a joint struggle and better education. Likewise, "religious teachers are crucial in reducing child slavery”.
04/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: During the Triduum "we enter into the mystery, making our own" Christ’s sentiments
"Over the centuries, there have been men and women who with the testimony of their lives reflect a ray of perfect, full, untouched love," like Don Andrea Santoro, the missionary killed in 2006 in Turkey. "Sometimes the darkness of the night seems to penetrate the soul; sometimes think, 'now there's nothing to be done', and the heart can no longer find the strength to love ... But in that dark Christ lights the fire of God's love: a blaze that breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning".
04/01/2015 VIETNAM
Saigon, thousands of workers on strike against government regulations on social insurance
Protests staged in Chinese-owned Vietnamese shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City. The workers protest law wanted by Hanoi, amending social insurance payments. Executive claims there are "long term benefits”. The workers denounce misuse of funds. Vietnamese lawyer: today there is greater awareness among workers.

04/01/2015 TAIWAN
Taipei: “the scent of the Gospel" in the best restaurant in town
by Xin Yage
Purple is a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Her restaurant has ranked Taipei’s best restaurant for many years. This Easter, she will celebrate the third anniversary of her baptism. "The Catholic faith has improved me as a person and as a businesswoman. When people eat and drink in a refined way, they are happy and open to Jesus and God's love.”
04/01/2015 YEMEN
Raid in Yemen: India, China, Pakistan and Somalia evacuate their citizens
In the last hours New Delhi has managed to rescue 348 compatriots from about 4 thousand living in the Gulf country. Beijing has evacuated 600 people from Aden, Islamabad over 500. Mogadishu asks nationals to contact the consulate: of the nearly 250 thousand refugees living in Yemen, 95% is Somali.
04/01/2015 IRAN-UN
One day extension for nuclear deal. Russia and Iran optimistic
The representatives of Iran and 5 + 1 worked long into the night. Some concern expressed by US and France. Lavrov believes talks should come to a conclusion today. The final agreement in June.
03/31/2015 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: another blogger hacked to death for criticising radical Islam
by Sumon Corraya
Oyasiqur Rahman Babu manage a blog that documented minority rights violations in Bangladesh. A group of at least three attackers killed him for his ideas. The police confirmed the arrest of two suspects.
03/31/2015 MYANMAR
Although government and ethnic groups reach ceasefire deal, it is too soon to celebrate
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Myanmar’s government and representatives from 16 armed groups fighting for some of the country’s ethnic minorities have reached a draft ceasefire agreement. Rebel leaders must give the green light before proceeding. However, the Kokang have not signed on. Myanmar President Thein Sein is satisfied with the deal. For Catholic Kachin activist, it is hard to trust Burmese authorities because the agreement does not include every group and fighting continues in some parts of the country.
03/31/2015 INDIA - TANZANIA
Diocese of Mangalore: school, catechism and solar panels for mission in Africa
Since 2012 the diocese of Karnataka has sent four priests in Kituri, Tanzania. Msgr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza: "It was time to share the faith with those who need it most." Positive response from local population, working with the missionaries. Among the future projects, the opening of a kindergarten.
03/31/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta shuts down 22 pro-Islamic State websites
by Mathias Hariyadi
The targeted sites are no longer accessible via Indonesian servers because they contained "false teachings" of Islam. After years of doing nothing, the government took direct action against online radicalism.
03/31/2015 LEBANON
A standing Islamic-Christian conference in Lebanon to meet the region’s challenges
by Fady Noun 

Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday agreed to establish such a structure in Bkerké. It will hold quarterly meetings. The failure to elect a new president and the Islamist threat are the main issues that require a solution. On the long run, the arrival of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, on top of existing Palestinian refugees, threatens the country’s very existence.
03/31/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: safe but in a ghetto (II)
by Bernardo Cervellera
The small Armenian, Chaldean and Latin communities are free but inside their churches. Muslims seeking baptism have to be turned away to avoid antagonising the government. The prevailing model is one of tolerance, living side by side, but without dialogue. As a new Latin cathedral is under construction, many fear that Rouhani’s openness may not last.
03/31/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Karimov wins fourth term in office with more than 90 per cent of the vote
by Nina Achmatova
The outgoing president wins a landslide. Western observers criticise the “unconstitutional” poll. The former Soviet republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States praise the election. Analysts warn that the fight for succession is already underway and could turn violent.

Altri articoli
03/31/2015 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism by Samir Khalil Samir
03/31/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore: Teenager on trial for "insulting the memory of Lee Kuan Yew". Risks three years
03/31/2015 JAPAN - NORTH KOREA
Tokyo extends sanctions against the Kim regime
03/31/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA - ASIA
Taipei races against time to get into Beijing’s "Super Bank"
03/30/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: with Rouhani there is some movement (I) by Bernardo Cervellera
03/30/2015 SINGAPORE
The mixed legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, a leader who turned Singapore into a model for Asia
03/30/2015 INDIA
For the bishop of Vasai, suicide among farmers is a deep wound for the Church
03/30/2015 CHINA - HONG KONG
Beijing "defends" the Hong Kong Basic Law but warns: It may fail
03/30/2015 BANGLADESH
Death threats cleanse a Hindu village of its inhabitants by Sumon Corraya
03/30/2015 INDONESIA - PHILIPPINES
Indonesian Church prays for a Filipino on death row but believed innocent by Mathias Hariyadi
03/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on alert for Indian terrorists travelling in Europe with fake passport by Christopher Sharma
03/30/2015 INDIA
The conversion of Rupali, a seed that will bear fruit at Easter by Rupali Belose
03/30/2015 ASIA
Australia and Denmark join Beijing’s "Super Bank", the US increasingly isolated
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop by Paul N. Hung
Editor's choices
IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish

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