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  • 25/04/2017 - KOREA – UNITED STATES – CHINA

    North Korea carried outs its largest military exercise near the eastern city of Wonsan. North Korean says, "we will stage the most brutal punishment of a pre-emptive attack”. South Korea and the United States are monitoring a possible nuclear test or missile launch. A US Navy strike group is sailing to the Korean Peninsula this weekend.

    25/04/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Gaza in the dark "paying” for power struggle between Hamas and Fatah

    The energy crisis is worsening after shutdown of only power station in the Strip. Fuel donated by Turkey and Qatar has run out. Palestinians in Gaza also struggling because of the cuts decided by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. The Gaza and Ramallah authorities blame each other. The UN warns of 'uninhabitable' by 2020

    24/04/2017 - INDONESIA

    Hatred against non-Muslims grows as radical movements expand

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Some 59 per cent Indonesians are intolerant towards minorities. Religious radicalism is on the rise. At least 11.5 million people are "spiritually" ready to change Indonesian society. The last election was poisoned by religious conflict. For Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, " radical groups have their own political agenda,” namely “the Islamic State of Indonesia”. Only 11 per cent of Indonesians are strongly opposed to an Islamic nation.

    24/04/2017 - NEPAL

    Nepal quake: Two years on not a single house rebuilt by Kathmandu

    by Christopher Sharma

    In just 24 months, only 50,000 homes reconstructed thanks to the help of charitable associations, 887,353 were destroyed in the earthquake. The Nepali Reconstruction Authority has about four billion dollars available, but bureaucracy and corruption has everything at a standstill. The reality of homelessness.

    24/04/2017 - BANGLADESH - SAUDI ARABIA

    Riyadh donates 10.8 billion euros to 560 mosques in Bangladesh: Muslims split

    by Sumon Corraya

    The agreement was signed between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi king last year. The mosques will teach lessons to more than 150,000 children. They will have a daily capacity of more than 450,000 men and 30,000 women. "Imams must be controlled." "These mosques will not teach true Islam. People will learn extremism. "


    Trump, Xi and Abe discuss Pyongyang's threats

    Japan with the US: All options open, including military. North Korea says it is ready to sink "an American carrier". Another American citizen arrested.

    22/04/2017 - NORTH KOREA – CHINA

    Pyongyang against everybody, threatening “catastrophic consequences” against China

    Without naming it, a commentary published today slams China accusing it of " dancing to the tune of someone” else. As China scales back coal imports from North Korea, fears grow. Pyongyang responds to US threats by warning that it is not afraid of war.

    22/04/2017 - VIETNAM – CHINA

    Catholics outraged by bad-mannered Chinese visitors in Nha Trang cathedral

    by Nguyen Hung

    The local Communist Party section told the parish to keep the church open to visitors. Parishioners are opposed to this because Chinese tourists are aggressive towards worshippers, cause degradation and undermine local cultural traditions. For Catholics, protecting the building’s sacredness is a duty.

    22/04/2017 - HOLY LAND

    The ancient tradition of tattoos in the Holy Land

    At first, the tattoo was a sign of oppression that was eventually claimed as a proof of faith. From the crusades to the present day, for pilgrims the tattoo is a permanent testament to their journey.

    22/04/2017 - INDIA

    Missionaries of Charity visit families, the sick and dying on the Andaman Islands

    by Santosh Digal

    The Sisters of Mother Teresa arrived in the capital of Port Blair in 1994. Four of them currently work on the archipelago, helping the sick and dying at their time of need as well as supporting the poor by funding their children’s education.

    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Voice of America cuts interview with Guo Wengui over rampant corruption in China

    A webcast with the magnate was interrupted under pressure from the Chinese government. Guo wanted to speak about corruption among China’s Communist leaders. Beijing got Interpol to issue an arrest warrant against him. Guo accuses Wang Qishan and his family. Wang is the public face of China’s anti-corruption drive, and Xi’s close friend.

    21/04/2017 - INDONESIA

    Indonesian Catholics meet to discuss the country's development

    Catholic Academics and business leaders met at Atma Jaya Catholic University to focus on what they can do for Indonesian society.

    21/04/2017 - CHINA

    Toxic ponds near Tianjin. Contradictory campaign against pollution

    For years, chemical and galvanic companies have been pouring waste into three ponds as large as 42 soccer fields. Those who have exposed the problem are silenced. Meanwhile, the Ministry for Environmental Protection has found that 69% of Beijing-Tainjin-Hebei companies do not observe anti-pollution rules. A prize to those who denounce it.

    21/04/2017 - IRAN

    Rouhani and Raisi to contest presidential elections in Iran, Ahmadinejad excluded

    The Guardians Council approved six names out of a total of 1600 aspiring presidents. The nomination of 130 women rescinded, the 2017 vote men only. Economy and nuclear agreement remain the hot topics. Third-term for the former ultra-conservative president blocked, considered a figure "divisive" by Khamenei.

    20/04/2017 - RUSSIA

    Easter celebrations in Moscow with bells, cakes and cheeses

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Moscow’s Easter gift festival is underway from 12 to 23 April in 24 downtown squares and 19 parks. Typical products from the Russian regions include cakes, honey, cheeses . . . and bells. “If we had a little more time, Sergey Semenovich and I too would gladly take a ride on the carousel," said Kirill.

    20/04/2017 - CHINA

    Tianzhou 1, spacecraft cargo ship, ready for launch

    It is the largest and the lightest existing spacecraft. It can carry up to 6 tons of materials and 2 tons of fuel. It will be used for supplies of a future orbital space station, where up to six astronauts can live.


    19/04/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Colombo, victims of landfill slide rises to 32

    by Melani Manel Perera

    On April 14, a mountain of waste 91 meters high has hit the slums of Meethotamulla. About 80 houses buried, another 17 damaged. At least 1,500 police officers involved in the search for 30 missing. Residents had complained for some time of the danger of the landfill.

    18/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Erdogan’s victory applauded by Trump, criticized by Europe

    A narrow victory of 51.4%. Congratulations also from Saudi Arabia. The Republican and pro-Kurdish opposition accuse fraud. It promises an Erdogan presidency until 2029 and the introduction of the death penalty.

    15/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Turkey divided over tomorrow's referendum

    by Luca Galantini

    Erdogan wants to become the new "Caesar" and make his country leader of the Middle East. Emphasis on nationalism and organized "terror" with the control of the media and society. Doubts within the AKP itself. The resistance of the Kurdish minority and the Kemalist party. 

    15/04/2017 - KOREA

    Amid winds of war, the Korean Church prepares the country for elections and peace

    Pyongyang responds with threats "of nuclear strikes" if the US carries out any provocative gestures. The United States aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is deployed to the Korean peninsula. Chinese Minister: Enough provocations and threats. The bishops' conference questions presidential candidates over their policy toward North Korea. Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung-sik sceptical about the possibility of violent acts.

    15/04/2017 - IRAN

    Tehran launches first cruise ship since Islamic Revolution

    The vessel, named Sunny and of Swedish manufacturing is the first to fly the Iranian flag since 1979. It will cover the route that separates Kish to Qeshm, but in the future may go up to Dubai. Inside 130 cabins for 417 beds, two cinemas, restaurants and a swimming pool. The goal is to strengthen the tourism sector, one of the resources to boost the economy.

    15/04/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA

    An Easter for the Young

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    In Mark’s Gospel a young man announces the resurrection of Jesus. The crisis of youth: "distrust, indifference, indignation towards institutions", even toward the Church. They learn to live without God and the Church. The importance of next Synod and the testimony of those who are kept "young" through mission.


    The “Mother of all bombs" kills scores of IS fighters. Karzai slams US for using Afghanistan as a testing ground

    The MOAB, which has a blast yield of 11 tonnes of TNT, killed 36 fighters. For the Pentagon, it is not a tool of indiscriminate killing. Originally s planned for use against Saddam Hussein, it might be useful against Iran.

    14/04/2017 - CHINA – ITALY

    Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux buys AC Milan for 740 million euros

    AC Milan team is the second largest Chinese-owned Serie A club. The Suning Commerce Group of Chinese billionaire Zhang Jindong bought Inter Milan in June last year.

    13/04/2017 - UN-RUSSIA-USA

    Moscow vetoes a UN resolution on the chemical attack in Syria. Lavrov: Remember Iraq

    China abstains with Kazakhstan and Ethiopia. Bolivia votes with Russia. Trump calls Assad "a butcher" and "animal". Lavrov recalls US failures in Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Journalist Rober Perry, chemical attack launched from Saudi-Israeli base in Jordan. Pat Buchanan: The 400 thousand deaths in Syria are everyone’s responsibility.

    12/04/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Way of the Cross in northern Sri Lanka to mark the final massacre of Tamils ​​

    by Melani Manel Perera

    About a hundred Catholics from Colombo and Negombo went to Mullivaikal where up to 40,000 civilians died in 2009 caught in the crossfire between government forces and Tamil Tigers.

    12/04/2017 - TAIWAN

    Taipei bans slaughtering cats and dogs for human consumption

    Under Asia’s first law of this kind, people who eat cat or dog meat could be fined up to US$ 8,000. Anyone harming or killing cats and dogs could get two years in jail and more than US$ 60,000 in fines. A dog meat festival in Yulin, mainland China, continues to cause outrage.

    12/04/2017 - USA - CHINA - VIETNAM

    United Airlines passengers forcibly removed and injured. Anger in China and Vietnam (Video)

    The Chicago-Louisville flight was overbooked. An elderly man removed from his seat and dragged along the corridor. Beijing harshly criticizes the airline. The People's Daily: "Who dares to fly with this airline?". CEO: "horrible accident."


    12/04/2017 - TURKEY

    Kurdish leader jailed for a year. Suspicious deaths in Turkish prisons

    The court sentenced HDP co-leader, Figen Yüksekdağ, for crimes related to terrorism. Now she can no longer be elected to a political party. The prosecutor asks for life imprisonment for 30 journalists and employees of the Zaman publishing group, which publishes the main opposition newspaper. At least 28 people have died in jail, from suspected torture.


    12/04/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Moon, Catholic candidate for president: Protagonists not spectators in dialogue with Kim Jong-un

    Direct talks  with Kim Jong-un and a review of the deployment of Thaad anti-missile system. Meanwhile, the US sends Carl Vinson aircraft carrier to Sea of ​​Japan for a showdown. Xi Jinping: Use peaceful means.


    Editor's choices

    Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin, bishop of Wenzhou (underground) seized by police

    Bernardo Cervellera

    Public security will not reveal where he was taken, but allow the faithful to deliver some clothes for their pastor. The bishop will celebrate Easter with his faithful. Pressures on the prelate to adhere to the Patriotic Association. A similar fate to that of Msgr. Guo Xijin. It is also pressure on the Holy See.

    Underground Mindong Bishop Guo Xijin missing for four days

    Wang Zhicheng

    After being detained at the Religious Affairs Office in Fuan, he was taken to an undisclosed location "to study and learn." Catholics believe that he will be pressured into joining the Patriotic Association. His refusal will likely mean that he won’t be allowed back to his diocese.


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