» 07/20/2016, 16.21
S Korean bishops against THAAD anti-missile system, "the centre of a new cold war"
In a statement signed by the presidents of the Commission for Reconciliation and the Commission for Justice and Peace, the Catholic Church rejects military escalation and reiterates that peace is through dialogue and economic development in both Koreas. Pope Francis words at the Blue House are cited.
For Filipino bishop, migrant workers in Saudi Arabia and Iran should be repatriated
Escalating tensions in the Middle East, in particular between Riyadh and Tehran, are raising concerns. For Mgr Santos, chairman of the Bishops’ Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, “We must be ready to welcome back our OFW, and provide them with jobs here, and offer assistance to their families.” He expresses joy and appreciation for Qatar’s pardon for ten jailed Filipinos.”
Nuncio to Syria: war is escalating as UN calls for clarity on chemical attacks
The coming hours will be decisive in Damascus, Archbishop Mario Zenari tells AsiaNews. Franciscan monastery is hit in the capital; Syrian Catholic priest is wounded. UN Security Council continues to monitor the situation closely.
As Pyongyang ends non-belligerence with Seoul, Beijing remains silent
Military tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea warns of immediate attacks if border is violated. Seoul is set to receive a visit from Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao tomorrow, who calls for restraint on both sides.
North preparing the crisis for some time
Sources tell AsiaNews that Kim Jong-il’s government is “on the verge of collapse because of its economic mistakes. It has caused the crisis to rally the population.” In Seoul, Clinton tells North to stop its provocations.
Suicide attacks and car bombs hit 13 cities, 91 dead and 172 wounded
This is the worst string of attacks since the start of the year. The worst-hit areas are north of Baghdad. Kirkuk is also attacked.
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