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08/29/2015 IRAN - CHINA
Tehran and Beijing to develop closer ties, work on Arak nuclear reactor project
China will play a leading role in redesigning the Arak heavy-water reactor to reduce its plutonium output from 10 kg to less than 1kg. It might also help Iran build two small, 100 megawatts nuclear reactors. China, Iran and the US are set to meet in mid-September at the International Atomic Energy Agency's general conference.
Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – In the wake of last July’s historic agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, Iranian Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi on Friday said that China would play "a leading role" in redesigning Iran’s Arak heavy-water reactor. This would reduce significantly its plutonium output from 10kg to less than 1kg, and "remove the concerns" others may have over the issue. He also...

Chinese-funded project gives Kyrgyzstan its first independent power transmission line
Construction on the Datka-Kemin power transmission line began at the Kemin substation in 2012. A Chinese company built the US$ 390 million project. Before, Kyrgyzstan relied on other countries for energy, now it “will not only meet the needs of the country, but it will also export electricity,” the president said.
Migrants found suffocated to death in a lorry in Austria were from Syria
A girl aged between one and two years old was among the victims. Four people – three Bulgarians and an Afghan – have been arrested in connection with the case. Most of those fleeing to Europe are from Syria and Afghanistan. Two boats with 500 people sink off the coast of Libya.
Jakarta and Dili to settle territorial disputes before the end of the year
The two governments have agreed in principle to boost trade and technical cooperation as well. Maritime disputes should be settled by the end of the year. Border posts are opened to facilitate cultural exchanges. Following its agreement with the Holy See, the latest steps will further Timor Leste’s foreign policy.
08/28/2015 KAZAKHSTAN
Agreement on a new international nuclear bank signed in Kazakhstan
The bank will curb nuclear proliferation by countries like Iran. It will be built in the Ulba metallurgical plant (eastern Kazakhstan) with a transit agreement with the Russian Federation. Kazakh President Nazarbayev first made the proposal in 2009. The member countries must meet strict IAEA rules. Programmes towards food sustainability using nuclear and related biotechnologies are in the works.

08/28/2015 VATICAN - IRAQ
Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews.
08/26/2015 SOUTH KOREA
To attract visitors, Busan is set to offer amphibious bus tours
The vehicles will be equipped with propellers that will allow them to travel in the city’s canals and river.
08/26/2015 ISRAEL
Israeli arms sales drop by a billion in 2014, but grow by 40 per cent in Africa
Israel remains among world’s top 10 arms exporters. In 2014, it signed contracts worth US$ 5.6 billion, down 13 per cent. African and Latin American markets are still expanding. A United Nations panel found that Israeli weapons have been used in the civil war in Southern Sudan.
08/26/2015 ASIA – CHINA
China’s former deputy finance minister to head new development bank
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will compete with US-backed World Bank and Japan-backed Asian Development Bank. The new president speaks both English and French.
08/26/2015 THAILAND
Bangkok blast: little progress in the investigation, but life for people is back to normal
A taxi driver says he dropped off the prime suspect near the blast site. Military government confirms the number of tourists in the country is still high. For a source in Bangkok, “One good thing was seeing a feeling of solidarity on the day of the explosion.”
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the value of prayer in family life. Rediscovering our love for God. He is not only "the great Being, the Almighty, who created all things, the judge who controls every action." "There are mothers and fathers who could win the Nobel Prize" because in 24 hours they do things that they would need 48 hours for. "The Gospel read and pondered in the family is like a good bread that nourishes everyone’s heart". Appointment for September 1 at 17 in St. Peter for a Liturgy of the Word on the World Day of Prayer for the care of creation, together with the Orthodox.
08/26/2015 CHINA
Chinese stock markets continue slide despite cut in interest rates. Search on for “who to blame”
by Wang Zhicheng
Shanghai is at minus 1.1. Fears mount over knock on effect on India, Africa, Europe and America. The bursting of China’s speculative bubble was long overdue. It will especially hit Brazil, USA, oil countries, large exporters to China. The global economy is in crisis.
08/25/2015 MYANMAR
With the authorities unable to cope, civil society groups organise flood relief
Scores of organisations join to provide relief to 1.6 million people. By the end of the month, plans should be in place to rehabilitate affected villages so that they will not “depend on government’s resettlement plan”.
08/25/2015 CHINA
Chinese stock markets: fourth day in the red for Shanghai; Hong Kong recovers slightly
The Shanghai Composite closed at noon down 4.3%; Hong Kong gains 1.6%. Bank of China expected to inject more liquidity into market in coming hours. Yesterday’s black day of trading saw Asia’s richest man loose $ 3.6 billion.
08/24/2015 NEPAL
Legislative vacuum leads to surrogacy boom in Nepal
by Christopher Sharma
Nepal is attracting foreign companies and couples because of its existing facilities and low costs. Several local private hospitals are equipped with the necessary technology, although, according to experts, the lack of legislation can create problems, such as many poor women forced by their husbands to become surrogate mothers.

Altri articoli
08/24/2015 RUSSIA - CHINA
As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China
08/24/2015 CHINA
Shanghai Stock Exchange nose dives, dragging down other Asian giants
08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
08/21/2015 CHINA – ASIA
Asian shares down over continent-wide fears
08/21/2015 VIETNAM
Hanoi ignores Caodaists and Catholics who criticise new religious bill for violating human rights by Nguyen Hung - J. Dang
08/21/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremasinghe sworn in as Prime Minister by Melani Manel Perera
08/21/2015 CHINA
China, industrial production falls at the fastest pace in last six years
08/20/2015 JAPAN
Japan’s high rate of youth suicide due to society’s excessive focus on economic performance
08/20/2015 PAKISTAN
Punjab: minorities call for reform to discriminatory electoral system by Shafique Khokhar
08/20/2015 EGYPT
Car bomb on Cairo security building leaves 23 injured
08/19/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Today’s world of work considers families a burden, a weight
08/19/2015 SYRIA
Palmyra: Islamic State beheads Syrian archaeologist
08/18/2015 INDIA
Hindu nationalism and Islamic terrorism cast a shadow on Modi’s visit to the Emirates by Nirmala Carvalho
08/18/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, election defeat ends Rajapaksa era by Melani Manel Perera
Editor's choices
The new Suez Canal is a sign of al-Sisi’s success, and Egyptians’ love for him
by Samir Khalil SamirEgyptians footed the bill for the new canal. As the fight against terrorism continues in the Sinai, electrical power is restored. On the left, some acknowledge positive results. However, ousted President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood find too many defenders in the West, who fail to see that Egypt culturally belongs to the Middle East.
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
Top 10
08/25/2015 PAKISTAN
Faisalabad: Christian family forced to flee from place to place after wife converts from Islam
by Stephen Masih
08/25/2015 LEBANON
Muslims defend Christians’ freedom in Beirut Declaration
08/22/2015 LEBANON
Islamic Makassed launch doctrinal battle against Muslim extremism
by Fady Noun
Catholics in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei use rosary and website against human trafficking
08/22/2015 IRAQ - SYRIA
Unesco: Islamic State most brutal destruction since Second World War
08/24/2015 RUSSIA - CHINA
As price per barrel drops so do Russia’s hopes of signing a second gas deal with China
08/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope on prayer: God is "the caress that keeps us alive"
08/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Who is Jesus for me? Answer in the silence of our heart. Appeal for peace in Ukraine
08/24/2015 MYANMAR
Myanmar passes polygamy and conversion laws that please Buddhist extremists
08/22/2015 VIETNAM
Vĩnh Long diocese gives scholarships to Mekong Delta’s poor children
by Thanh Thuy


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