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Syria: Arab Parliament calls for the immediate withdrawal of observers
The advisory body of the Arab League says: "The mission of the Arab League has failed in its objective," and thanks to it, the regime continues to carry out inhuman acts. In Syria there are 60 observers, a second group should arrive on January 5. More deaths as the year begins, the first is a child of seven.
Battle in Homs. A more "Islamic" revolution; growing violence against Christians
The Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Serghey: Assad's fate "must be decided by the Syrians." Local sources inform AsiaNews of the growing violence, on the part of the regime's opponents, towards the Alawis, Christians and those alleged to be on the government's side.
Syria “totally rejects ” a call by the Arab League
Foreign ministers of Arab countries meeting in Cairo have called on President Assad to put an “immediate” end to bloodshed. The Arab League has urged Damascus to start dialogue with the people; only then will the League send the fact-finding mission requested by the Syrian government.
An "ambiguous" Arab Spring and a "squalid" West
The upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa give rise to hopes, but also to fears of an military or fundamentalist involution. The Churches of Tunisia and Egypt want to live alongside the entire population. The debate on the "secularism" of the institutions and religious freedom. A tired and "cowardly” West is in need of a new evangelization. The outcome of the Oasis Scientific Committee meeting.
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Middle East wars and unrest lead to lower life expectancy
Syria is particularly affected. War shaved off six years from men’s life expectancy (from 75 in 2010 to 69 in 2013), five from women’s (from 80 to 75). Millions of people have to face the consequences of water shortages and poor hygienic conditions. Non-communicable illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular disease are up as well.
Truth and justice not lies and superficiality on massacre of Copts
The results of the autopsies will be released Oct. 27. But Egyptian army trying to silence the issue by manipulating the truth and accusing the Copts of provoking the violence despite the eyewitness accounts and videos. Shenouda III is opposed to the military’s version. Obama also assumes that the Copts were violent. Not to forget AsiaNews publishes some pictures of the massacre, sent by Coptic organizations.
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