03/11/2014CHINA - IRAN - UNITED STATES Beijing overtakes Tehran as America's 'number 1 enemy' Iran topped America's list of hostile nations since 2006. Rising threats elsewhere and Iran's steps towards nuclear disarmament push it into second place. North Korea still ranks among the first. Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies)
- China has overtaken Iran and become America's greatest enemy, this according
to a Gallup Poll released today that ranks the top ten most hostile nations, according
to the American public. China and Iran are followed by North Korea, Russia,
Iraq, Afghanistan and...
03/11/2014VIETNAM Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia find common ground against Beijing's "imperialism" by Paul N. Hung Southeast Asian nations are increasingly concerned over repeated attacks by Chinese (paramilitary) boats against their fishing and commercial vessels. Hanoi stands with Manila as the latter sues China over maritime boundaries in an international court. Malaysia also join the fray, worried over Chinese incursion near James Island.
03/10/2014ASIA - PIME Eighty-five years of grace and joy by Piero Gheddo With, as his passion, the Christian message to proclaim as a missionary and journalist, Fr Gheddo is grateful to his parents and teachers. After 61 years as a priest, it is still great to be a priest. As he marks his birthday, he offers it as an invitation to young people.
03/10/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE The Ukrainian border, where Putin, Europe and the United States risk their demise by Vladimir Rozanskij The Ukrainian territory has always been fought over and occupied by Poles, Mongols, Russians. Tsar Putin’s claims too great, the European Union’s proposals too empty, the United States’ proclamations too confusing. The demise of ideologies and grand schemes and the emergence of people power.
03/07/2014LAOS - CAMBODIA In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year.
03/07/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea: Church and pro-Ukraine Crimeans demonstrate for peace The Orthodox Metropolitan of Simferopol prays for Ukraine's territorial integrity. Crimean Muslims also demonstrate. Tensions persist between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine Crimeans. As US and EU threaten Putin with financial sanctions if he does not accept negotiations with Ukraine, fears rise in the Baltic republics.
03/06/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea's Parliament asks to Join Russia A referendum date has been set for 16 March in violation of Ukraine's constitution, which provides for a pan-Ukrainian referendum. Christian leaders are united to defend the territorial integrity of the country, including Metropolitan Onufry, who has ties with the Moscow Patriarchate.
03/05/2014EGYPT - ISLAM Samir Khalil Samir: Hamas ban also good for Palestinians by Samir Khalil Samir The Islamist movement accuses the Egyptian government of helping "the Israeli occupation". However, by choosing the path of violence, Hamas has created the current unsustainable situation in Gaza. Egypt shows that the diplomatic path is more fruitful. The court's decision is in line with the Arab Spring, against an ideological and religious dictatorship and for democracy.
03/05/2014INDIA India, dates set for general elections. 814 million voters estimated It will be the world’s largest vote in terms of registered voters. The elections will go ahead in nine stages, from April 7 to May 12 . By May 31 there will be the new Parliament and a new Prime Minister will be appointed. The main challenge is between Sonia Gandhi’s Congress and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP ) .