» 08/06/2012, 00.00
IRAN - SYRIA
Iran calls on Turkey and Qatar to help release 48 pilgrims captured by Syrian rebels
For Tehran, the group of 48 are pilgrims, and include women and children. For rebels, they are revolutionary guards sent by Iran on a reconnaissance mission. A rebel-made video shows only men. The incident could increase tensions between Sunnis and Shias. Syria's prime minister flees to Jordan.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Iran has asked Turkey and Qatar for help in the release
of 48 Iranians captured by rebels in Syria. Iran claims they are pilgrims; the
rebels say they are revolutionary guards.
about the incident were broadcast on Iranian TV, which said that a bus with
Shia pilgrims was a stopped a few kilometres from their destination, the Shia
shrine of Sayyida Zeinab. For Syrian rebels, the bus was carrying revolutionary
guards on a reconnaissance mission in Damascus.
(pictured) posted a video on line,
accusing Tehran of supporting Bashar al-Assad's regime. However, Colonel Malik
al Kurdi, a deputy commander of the Free Syrian Army, said the group taking
responsibility for the kidnapping acted on its own.
Iranian Embassy in Damascus said that the group of pilgrims was travelling on
its own in a private tour, and that it included women and children. Yesterday's
videos showed only men and Iranian documents.
incident could further poison Sunni-Shia relations, and widen the gulf between
pro- and anti-Assad countries.
has accused Turkey and Qatar of supporting the Free Syrian Army and the
anti-Assad opposition in order to bring about his downfall.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari counterpart Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim
Bin Jabr Al-Thani agreed to seek the Iranians' release, Iran's IRNA news agency said on Sunday.
as Syrian forces mass 20,000 troops for the final assault against Aleppo's rebel
strongholds, there have been reports that Syrian Prime Minister Riad Hijab and
his family have fled to Jordan. Syrian television announced his resignation.
a top Baa'th party official and a Sunni, was appointed by Assad on 23 June. He said
he joined the opposition because of the regime's crimes and "genocide"
against its own people.
Iran's new head of the judiciary says he will prosecute those who torture prisoners
Appointed by the supreme leader, Sadeq Lariani, brother of parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani, is considered a close Khamenei ally and a possible conservative alternative to the president. A top revolutionary guard official wants Mousavi, Khatami and Karroubi to be put on trial. A cleric calls for Karroubi to be punished with 80 lashes.
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China and Russia appreciate the agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran on enriched uranium. If adopted, US proposal would be the fourth set of sanctions against Iran, targeting especially the Revolutionary Guards. Iran’s opposition movement calls for greater support from the international community. For its members, “The best and safest way to end Iran’s nuclear threat is regime change.”
18 killed as bomb hits Pasdaran bus
The attack took place this morning in a border region in the southeast. The death toll is unclear. The area is notorious for frequent clashes between security forces and gangs of drug traffickers.
Iranian schools to encourage "culture of martyrdom"
The decision was announced by the head of the Basij paramilitary group and was taken in concert with the Ministry of Education which announces ten thousand Quran schools. The Basij also want more involvement in scholastic formation.
After anti-Pasdaran attack Iran fears insurgencies among its minorities
Jundollah, a Baluchi-based Sunni group, claims responsibility for yesterday’s anti-Pasdaran car bomb. Shia clerics quickly appear on TV to explain that “our Sunni brothers are innocent.” The Stratfor group suggests the United States has an interest in supporting anti-government groups to destabilise the Iranian regime.
CHINA – VATICAN
Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the Chinese Church
After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s "three principles of independence" (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People's Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.
INDIA – PHILIPPINES
Archbishop of Guwahati: In Asia religion is not dying, the faithful take strength from the Eucharist
Mgr Menamparampil is among the speakers at the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. He was also a conflict mediator between various ethnic groups. He told AsiaNews about the value of the Congress for the Catholic Church in Asia and how people can bear witness the Gospel today, even amid tensions and violence of those who "hate us." "with the same pain in our hearts that we descend to our depths during a Eucharistic adoration."
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