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  • 23/09/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Saudi women will be able to attend 87th National Day event in stadium seated with their families but separately from single men. Voice and video calling is now available. Rights groups slam the kingdom for arresting dissidents.




    23/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines ranked third in terms of world ocean pollution


    Multinationals contribute to the problem by selling cheap disposable plastic products. Greenpeace points the finger at Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble as some of the worst offenders.


    23/09/2017 - CHINA – NORTH KOREA

    Beijing limits oil exports to North Korea


    Following last week’s UN sanctions, China will restrict oil exports on 1st October and suspend textile imports on 30 September. Meanwhile, petrol prices have gone by 20 per cent. Workers’ Party and military stage rallies in support of Kim Jong-un's statement against the US and Trump.


    22/09/2017 - NEPAL

    As Dashain starts, mass slaughter of animals sparks protest by Buddhists and animal rights activists

    by Christopher Sharma

    The 15-day event is the most important religious celebration in Nepal. Animal rights activists have gone to Hindu temples to raise awareness among believers. The stench of rotting dead animals fills the areas near the places of worship. Police have been deployed to prevent confrontation.


    22/09/2017 - RUSSIA

    Aleksandr Kalinin, the war against 'Matilda' and Putin

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    He is the leader of the organization "Christian State - Holy Russia". He has claimed to have died, gone to hell, and been saved by Jesus Christ in person. He launched a war against the movie "Matilda": burn down the cinemas, "take lives for the faith," impale the director. Behind the apocalyptic patriotism of this "Orthodox Fraternity," there may be “divisive”  secret services that want to bring Putin down.


    22/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Bali: Mount Agung’s “imminent eruption” leads to the evacuation of residents and tourists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Level 3 warning is sounded as volcanic activity grows. On Tuesday alone, 427 tremors were recorded. The last eruption in 1963 killed 1,100 people.  The islands most important Hindu temple, Pura Besakih, is located on the volcano’s slopes.


    22/09/2017 - CHINA

    S&P’s downgrade of China’s sovereign debt angers Beijing


    China’s sovereign credit goes from AA- to A after “a prolonged period of strong credit growth”. The downgrade could make it costlier for Chinese companies and government to borrow money on international markets. China’s Finance Ministry calls it the “wrong decision”.


    22/09/2017 - TURKEY

    Istanbul, 14 lawyers arrested: They defended two imprisoned professors on hunger strike


    Lawyers belong to the People's Rights Department (HHB) and have been charged with terrorism. They would be linked to the Revolutionary Front of Popular Liberation (Dhkp-C), an outlawed Marxist group. The arrest took place on the eve of the trial of the two professors,  "suspicious" timing.


    22/09/2017 - KOREA-US

    Kim Jong-un responds to "deranged" Trump


    For the first time, a Korean leader addresses an international audience. Trump "will pay dearly for his speech" to the UN, " unprecedented rude nonsense." The launch of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean is paramount. China and Russia are pushing for calm and not to get caught up in "military hysteria". Moon Jae-in: We do not want the collapse of North Korea. 


    21/09/2017 - BANGLADESH – VATICAN

    Card D'Rozario says that the Church can be a field hospital for the Rohingya

    by card. Patrick D’Rozario*

    At least 420,000 Muslim refugees fled Myanmar for Bangladesh. They are “without many dreams or hope for the future, except only to save their lives, so human an urge, from sudden inhuman atrocities.” “The love of Bangladesh should put pressure on Myanmar to open the borders, their conscience and their hearts to receive their brothers and sisters”.


    21/09/2017 - IRAQ

    Kurdistan referendum sparks fear in Christians, Yazides and Turkmen

    by Pierre Balanian

    Five meters high and two wide the statue was in the center of the city. Since 2003, 90% of Christians have left the city, 300 families remain. The Chaldean Archbishop offers a monument dedicated to all religions.The campaign for the independence of Kurdistan is mounting to push the population to vote "yes" in the referendum. But several Christians are concerned about the tensions with Baghdad and the rise of Kurdish Islamic parties. Yazid and Turkmen threatened. The US proposal to postone the referendum and open three years of negotiations in view of Kurdistan's independence. At least 50,000 troops packed at the border.


    21/09/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: the mafia is the result of corruption, inequalities, poverty, and deviant politics


    Organised crime is fought at the political and economic levels against a financial system that “is now sovereign over democratic rules”. This requires “the construction of a new civil conscience [. . .] and working towards a new way of being citizens, including care and responsibility for others and for the common good”.


    21/09/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Catholics and Protestants denounce Hindutva targeting of the poor.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A college that hosted tribal students since 1997 closed. The police arrived with five trucks full of Hindu extremists, scaring the children. The college is accused of forced conversions. Sajan K George: "Nationalists are against Catholics because they want to continue to exploit dalit and tribal."


    21/09/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Manila, Duterte tells son: 'If guilty, you're dead'


    Paul Duterte is accused of association with crime and drug trafficking. The young politician denies having smuggled 120 million euros worth of methamphetamine. Opposition deputies say that president and family have long been involved in illicit activities.


    21/09/2017 - VIETNAM

    Hoàng Mai, Catholic activist Nguyễn Văn Oai convicted again


    Nonviolent protests took place in front of the court. This is the second time the activist is imprisoned for his pro-democracy activities. The activist is one of the 14 young Christians arrested by the government in 2011. Local Catholics show their support in Vinh diocese. “People have become braver, more aware to protect the 'righteous',” says local Catholic.


    21/09/2017 - UN - IRAN - UNITED STATES

    UN: Rouhani defends nuclear deal, criticizing "the ignorant and hateful" Trump


    The Iranian leader replies to the "ignorant, absurd, and hateful" speech of the US President, calling it "unsuitable" for the United Nations Assistance. Iran will remain faithful to the covenant, but is ready to respond "resolutely" to external violations. The US will end up "destroying their own credibility".


    20/09/2017 - IRAN – EUROPEAN UNION – UNITED STATES

    Iranians favour globalisation and trade with Europe, but fear Trump


    Survey confirms increasing optimism among Iranians, a majority of whom believe they children will have a better future than them. For 90 per cent, the presence of foreign companies in the country is positive. The possible scrapping of the nuclear agreement is feared. European intellectuals, diplomats and ex military make an appeal in favour of the deal.


    20/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi says she was “firm with the military before” and still is


    Myanmar’s democratic leader rejects the accusation that she’s gone “soft”. World figures have criticised her for her silence over the Rohingya. Her party always sought “national reconciliation”. Relations with the powerful military remain an issue. Under the constitution Aung San Suu Kyi cannot play a role in security matters. She sees a solution to the Rohingya crisis with the international community.


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Heavy rains cause more flooding in Mumbai


    In the past two days, 210 millimetres of rain have fallen, flooding roads and diverting air traffic. One plane skidded down the runway. Schools and universities remain closed. The intensity of weather events is due to climate change.


    20/09/2017 - TAIWAN – MEXICO

    Five Taiwanese under the rubble in Mexico City quake


    Search is underway in collapsed office building in city centre. The 7.1 quake hit several states. The death toll now stands at 248, including 20 children with 30 more missing. Rescue teams and volunteers claw with their shovels and bare hands seeking survivors.


    20/09/2017 - INDIA

    Catholic college closed down in Madhya Pradesh. Bishop of Sagar: They want to drive out Christians

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The college has been hosting the poor tribal students of the area for 20 years. The Church legally bought the property and the documents are in order. Bishop Anthony Chirayath: "False accusation of having converted 200 people". Archbishop Cornelio: "Nationalists want tribals to return to the Hindu religion. But they have not been converted. "


    20/09/2017 - UN - ISRAEL - IRAN

    Netanyahu to the UN: Iranian curtain descends on the Middle East


    Applause for Trump's speech. Criticism of the nuclear agreement. When "the sun sets" on the restrictions, a dark shadow will be cast over the whole Middle East and the world. " He also accused the UN of not being able to distinguish "black and white, right and wrong" when it comes to Israel.


    20/09/2017 - UN - IRAN - USA

    UN, Trump attacks Iranian "rogue" and threatens "the end of the regime"


    Iran, accused on a paar with North Korea of being a "rogue state". He speaks of "murderous regime" that promotes "destabilizing activities". Rouhani: If it reneges on nuclear agreement, the US will lose "credibility". Zarif: Speech from the Middle Ages.


    20/09/2017 - US-KOREA-UN

    Trump threatens the 'total destruction' of North Korea. Silence from Seoul and Tokyo


    Veiled criticism of China, Pyongyang's ally. The irony of Chinese newspapers. An attack on North Korea would hit the South, Japan, and the North Asia region.


    19/09/2017 - INDONESIA

    Anti-Communist protests are designed to create problems for the president

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    "Spreading rumours and falsehoods on social media about the rebirth of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) is nonsense, a fantasy," said historian Asvi Marwan Adam of the Indonesian Science Institute (LIPI). The goal is to make Jokowi less popular and crate frictions with religious leaders, especially those of the Nahdlatul Ulama.


    19/09/2017 - ASIA

    More than 40 million slaves and 152 million forced children labourers in 2016


    The data are found in two reports by the International Labour Organisation, the Walk Free Foundation and the International Organisation of Migration. Forced marriage is one form of modern slavery. Three quarters of all victims are women and girls.


    19/09/2017 - RUSSIA

    Saint Nicholas the Tsar and Matilda, the Polish ballerina

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    Protests, threats, arson attacks on cinemas screening the film "Matilda", about the affair between the future Tsar and a young ballerina of the imperial theatre. Nationalists decry a patriotic and religious scandal (Tsar Nicholas was canonized in 2000). Reparatory pilgrimages announced. The Orthodox Church suggests banning the projection of the film.


    19/09/2017 - IRAQ

    The Supreme Court suspends referendum on Kurdistan


    The supreme court intends to examine the appeals received on the vote. At the heart of the dispute is the "constitutionality" of the referendum. A Kurdish delegation waits in Baghdad for an official meeting. Concern among world news agencies: the vote is likely to weaken the Arab-Kurdish anti-Isis alliance and trigger a new internal conflict.


    19/09/2017 - MYANMAR

    Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar does not fear international inquiries on Rohingya


    In her first public talk on the Rakhine crisis, the Democratic leader promises to pursue "all human rights violations and outlaw violence" and the return of those who fled. From September 5 there are no conflicts.


    18/09/2017 - UNITED NATIONS – IRAQ

    UN and Iran oppose Kurdistan referendum, Israel supports it


    The United Nations Secretary-General comes out against the vote, saying it weakens the fight against the Islamic State. Iran is ready to close the border in case of independence. Rhetoric notwithstanding, Barzani’s move is designed to keep himself in power. Israel backs Kurdistan, sending a message to the United States and Turkey.






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    JAPAN - VATICAN
    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    VATICAN - JAPAN
    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends



    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


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