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    27/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    After arriving in Bangaldesh from Canada in 2013, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury disappeared without leaving a trace. Two other unknown terrorists died in this morning’s raid. The planner of the cafe massacre in the capital created a new branch of the Islamist group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.


    by Sumon Corraya

    27/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Archdiocese of Lahore gets a record five new priests

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The ordination ceremony took place yesterday in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the presence of hundreds of people. This year 18 priests have already been ordained in Pakistan. The rise of terrorism, beginning with the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the United States, "increased the local vocations."


    26/08/2016 - UNITED STATES - IRAN

    US bishops and Iranian Ayatollah unite against terrorism, to promote peace and dialogue


    In a joint statement catholics e muslims personalities calls for promoting tolerance, respect for others' religious traditions. The leaders of the two great faiths support the fight against terrorism, fundamentalism and the use of weapons of mass destruction. They are "immoral". Continued dialogue between religions united by "common concern" for life and dignity of the human person.


    26/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Daraya: Deal reached to evacuate besieged town after four years


    Both sides reached an agreement to allow civilians and rebels to leave the area. Since 2012 residents are under siege and face bombings and shortages of food, water and power. Washington and Moscow is due to hold talks focused on targeting Islamic State. In Aleppo 11 children had been killed in a barrel bomb attack. 

     


    26/08/2016 - CHINA-SYRIA

    Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad


    The training will take place in China and will deal with medical and nursing professional care. The division present in the UN Security Council is now evident in the military alliances.


    25/08/2016 - INDONESIA

    Muslims and Christians: education and mutual knowledge to end hatred

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    Suhadi Cholil, a professor with the State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, called on state schools to teach students about religions other their own. For years, others have been working on friendship between Christians and Muslims through curricula and shared life experiences.


    25/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    As journalists get attacked, media workers in Pakistan ask for more protection

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    Pakistan ranks as the fourth most dangerous country for journalists with 115 killings between 1990 and 2015, 28 just last year. Activists and journalists rally in support of Ary News workers whose offices were attacked two days ago.


    25/08/2016 - EGYPT

    Cairo: government and Copts agree on church construction law


    Dispute between government and Christian minority is settled after Copts criticised amendments to draft bill prepared by Egyptian Churches. For Coptic leaders, the new proposal is a step towards religious freedom. An armed man attacks a church in Cairo, wounds guard. Motives are still unknown. Christians back President al-Sisi.


    25/08/2016 - RUSSIA - SYRIA - TURKEY

    'Euphrates Shield ' worries Moscow; relations with Ankara at risk

    by Nina Achmatova

    Russia is not in favor of the Turkish operations in Syria against the IS, which have US backing. Moscow calls for an "extensive coordination." Russian experts: Erdogan has made it clear that the priority remains his relationship with the US.


    25/08/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Rebels and Turkish army wrest Jarablus from Islamic State


    Ankara sends tanks, warplanes and military vehicles to support the rebel offensive. Fundamental also the US air cover. Biden in Ankara to boost the alliance between Turkey and the United States. But still the unresolved issue of extradition of Islamic leader Fetullah Gulen.


    24/08/2016 - SYRIA – TURKEY

    Turkey invades Jarablus: under the pretext of fighting IS, Ankara is going after the Kurds

    by Pierre Balanian

    Tanks have invaded the town across the border, in Syrian territory. Ankara "wants to hit Islamic state militants" but jihadists have already left the area. The Turkish goal is Syria’s Kurds to block the emergence of an autonomous enclave. A game of alliances is being played with the US and Turkey in a tug-of-war.


    24/08/2016 - BANGLADESH

    Instigator in liberal publisher’s murder arrested in Dhaka


    Moinul Islam Shamim is a leading member of a banned Islamic group, Ansarullah Bangla Team. His arrest took place overnight in a neighbourhood in the capital. He had ordered the stabbing of Faisal Arefin Dipan, who published progressive ideas. A new threatening letter promises death to five figures "guilty" of atheism and apostasy.


    24/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Syrian patriarchs call for a lifting of sanctions because they only affect the population


    John X of Antioch, Gregory III Laham and Mar Ignatius Aphrem II call on the international community to end the siege of the Syrian people. Sanctions reinforce Syria’s isolation and affect the poorest. Turkey goes on the offensive against the Islamic State and YGP. In Al-Hasakah, government troops and Kurdish militias agree to a truce.


    24/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope cancels audience: Sorrow for earthquake victims in Italy


    Francis speaks to the pilgrims gathered in the square: "I express my great sorrow and closeness to all the people present in the places struck by the quake, to all the people who have lost loved ones and to those who still feel shock, fear and terror”. The Pope invites those present to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries. The tremors that devastated the Rieti area, were felt worst in Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto. 21 are confirmed dead, but many are still missing.


    24/08/2016 - IRAQ - UN

    Mosul offensive "will have a huge impact, 1.2 million people at risk"


    The United Nations warn: "The humanitarian consequences of the Iraqi army offensive to wrest the metropolis of the north from the Islamic State will be devastating". An estimated 400 thousand people will flee towards the south of the metropolitan area, more 250 thousand to the east and 100 thousand north-west. Only 38% collected of the $ 584 million needed to address the emergency.


    23/08/2016 - SYRIA – CHINA

    For Chinese media, the picture of Syrian child could be a fake in the West’s "propaganda war”


    A Chinese state broadcaster questions authenticity of the Aleppo child video, seeing it as a tool to provide an humanitarian excuse to intervene in the country. The video was shot by a group close to the British military.


    22/08/2016 - IRAN

    Tehran looks to Latin America to boost its economy and Rouhani’s leadership

    by Darius Karimian

    Yesterday, Iran’s foreign minister began a six-nation mission to Latin America centred on trade and diplomacy. Oil, energy, and maritime issues will dominate meetings. The region is vital for Iran’s domestic economy. The nuclear deal has not brought real benefits, helping domestic hard-liners (and Ahmadinejad). Norway opens a US$ 1 billion line of credit.


    22/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Catholic hospital in Sialkot provides free treatment to tuberculosis patients (Video)

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The Bethania Hospital is run by the Archdiocese of Lahore. Physicians also fight stigma associated with the disease through counselling and outreach to locals. Each year, 70,000 people die of TB in Pakistan.


    22/08/2016 - MALAYSIA

    Kuala Lumpur, arrests famous rapper: "He insulted Islam"


    Namewee, stage name of Wee Meng Chee, was stopped at the airport in the capital yesterday after returning from a trip abroad. In the song "Oh My God" he used the word "Allah" and sounds similar to the Islamic call to prayer. The singer: "I did not mean to offend anyone but promote harmony between religions".


    22/08/2016 - IRAQ

    Iraq executes 36 jihadists for Camp Speicher massacre of Shiite recruits


    The execution took place by hanging. The militiamen are members of the Islamic State, who attacked the military training base in 2014. A massacre published online by Daesh which had provoked anger and outrage in the country. Criticism of activists and pro-human rights NGOs that denounce summary trials.


    21/08/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The door of God's mercy is always wide open. For everyone!


    The goal, says Pope Francis before the Angelus prayer, "is Jesus himself. He leads us into fellowship with the Father, where we find love, understanding and protection. But why is this door is narrow? It is a narrow door not because it is oppressive, but because it asks us to restrict and limit our pride and our fear, to open ourselves with a humble and trusting heart to Him, recognizing ourselves as sinners, in need of his forgiveness. " An appeal for peace "in dear Turkey ".

     


    20/08/2016 - RUSSIA

    Russian hotels ready to provide "Halal" rooms for Muslims

    by Nina Achmatova

    The project in conjunction with the Russian Council of Muftis which says the demand for products that comply with Islamic norms is growing. The rooms will have a translated copy of the Quran, a prayer rug and an indication of Mecca.


    20/08/2016 - IRAQ - SYRIA

    Over 33 thousand deaths, 4,900 attacks and 11 thousand kidnappings: the numbers of the Islamic State


    A study examines the terrorist attacks between 2002 and 2015. The data includes the attacks of individuals and groups, inspired by or openly declared to have allegiance to IS. Daesh militiamen have carried out 13% of terrorist activities on a global level causing 26% of all fatalities.


    19/08/2016 - FRANCE – ISLAM

    The burkini affaire, a noose to strangle East and West

    by Kamel Abderrahmani

    The decision by seven French mayors to ban the swimsuit that covers the whole body except the face has been justified in the name of security, state secularism, and women’s dignity. However, the real security issues in France and elsewhere are in mosques, among radical clerics, and on Islamist websites. At the same time, European Muslims must re-examine their faith and adapt it to new times and places, avoiding the schizophrenia of preserving a culture of a 1,000 years ago. A young Muslim gives his opinion.


    19/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Beloved by Muslims, Mother Teresa changed a bishop’s life

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    The bishop of Faisalabad tells AsiaNews about his first meeting with the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. "I was about to be ordained priest, and was thrilled. She told that, that was ‘nice, but not enough. The world needs good priests'." Muslims respect her, an example for the world.


    19/08/2016 - YEMEN

    Six hospitals evacuated in the north after Saudi bombings


    Doctors Without Borders recalls staff of six facilities, situated in the territories controlled by the Houthi rebels. MSF: difficult decision, but it has "lost confidence" in the ability of the Arab coalition to avoid civilian casualties. Since the beginning of the Saudis raids, four structures of the NGO have been hit.


    19/08/2016 - RUSSIA

    Crimean Tatars targeted: activist accused of extremism and forced to undergo psychiatric examination

    by Nina Achmatova

    Ilmi Umerov, vice chairman of the Mejlis, accused of separatism for his statements against the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula to Russia. Daughter denounces the conditions in which her father is hospitalized in Simferopol: forbidden visits and medicines. The man suffers from diabetes and Parkinson's.


    18/08/2016 - SYRIA

    Patriarch Laham: the dead in Syrian prisons, new front in "information war"


    According to Amnesty International, 18 thousand people have died in the Syrian government prisons. The head of the Greek-Melkite Church speaks of manipulated news, because "there is no access to prisons" to carry out reviews. They are revelations, he adds, of "a political nature”. The attempt to stop the new axis of Moscow, Tehran, Beijing. Summer camps and retreats in the pacified areas.


    18/08/2016 - PAKISTAN

    Lahore, Muslims and Hindus celebrate festival of friendship

    by Kamran Chaudhry

    During the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan people tie a sacred thread on their friend's wrist. For the first time the Hindu community was able to celebrate in public, and many Muslims helped in the preparation. Eventually all those present signed a statement against religious hatred: "We must protect our multiculturalism".


    17/08/2016 - IRAQ

    For the archbishop of Erbil, the feast of the Assumption brings hope for the future of Christians in Mosul (Photos)


    More than 2,000 faithful, many of them refugees, attended the solemn Eucharistic celebration. Mgr Warda speaks of a "feast for the whole community", made possible thanks to the work of dozens of young volunteers. The diocese provided free bus transportation from shelters. The situation has improved but aid is still need.






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    CHINA - VATICAN
    In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests

    Zhao Nanxiong

    Later this year, all priests must register to receive a certificate that allows them to exercise their ministry. But the request has to go through the Patriotic Association, whose statutes are "incompatible" with Catholic doctrine. Many priests, official and unofficial, now face an enormous dilemma.


    IRAQ
    Alqosh, despite the Islamic State, the Church celebrates the first communion of one hundred children



    On the feast day of the Assumption the whole community attended the function, celebrated by Mar Sako. For the patriarchal vicar, this is an historic moment for the frontier town long threatened by jihadists. The Chaldean primate calls on children to "contribute to the community." In Kirkuk His Beatitude opened a grotto dedicated to Our Lady.


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