06/20/2013ASIA Hong Kong Stock Exchange plummets on negative signs from Bernanke and China Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai also slide. A further reduction in China's industrial output. The Fed is going to reduce stimulus of the U.S. economy. Hong Kong (AsiaNews)
- The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has fallen to its lowest level in nine months, followed
by other Asian stock markets, on fears that the Fed is set to reduce stimulus
of the economy and signals coming from China where industrial...
06/20/2013PAKISTAN Christian minister in Islamabad: Economics and minority rights, here are my challenges by Jibran Khan From 8 June Kamran Michael is Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping in the PML-N-led government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. For 10 years a member of the provincial assembly of Punjab, he is the second Christian (after Shahbaz Bhatti) to play a leading role in the executive. A plan for development and the goal of peace.
06/20/2013SINGAPORE - INDONESIA Fires in Sumatra, smoke envelops Singapore. Alarm for citizens’ health An emergency summit called between a delegation from the city-state and officials in Jakarta. For days, Singapore has been wrapped in a thick blanket, the prime minister invites people to stay home as pollution worsens. The fires caused by clearing of forests to create agricultural areas.
06/19/2013HONG KONG Economic development wiping out Hong Kong's pink dolphins Only 78 animals were found in 2011, a 70 per cent drop since 2003. Construction and noise pollution are driving pink dolphins away from their normal habitat. "I've been working on dolphin conservation for over a decade, and this is the worst situation I've seen," activist said.
06/19/2013G8 - SYRIA G8 leaders hold back weapons from rebels in favour of dialogue After opening with the announcement of a possible No-Fly Zone in Syria, the G8 in Lough Erne ends with a bland declaration calling on rebels and regime to talk. No reference is made to the fate of Bashar al-Assad in a possible transitional government. The shadow of al-Qaeda and Moscow's subtle threats stop United States and Europe.
06/19/2013IRAQ - VATICAN For Chaldean patriarch, Sunni-Shia divisions and foreign influences are obstacles to peace by Dario Salvi Mar Sako is in Rome for ROACO's 86th Plenary Assembly to talk about the violence in Syria and the Middle East. Calling on Christians to show the positive side of the separation of Church and state that "respects religion", he says it is different from Western secularism. Politics "seeks oil," the Church "seeks people." He renews the invitation to Pope Francis to visit the Christians in the region.
06/19/2013VATICAN Pope: "Think of the hypocrisy in the Church: how much it hurts us all" During Mass this morning, Francis again stigmatizes the behavior of those who do not follow the path shown by Jesus, like the scribes and Pharisees of the Gospel, they are "hypocrites of cases", "intellectuals without talent" who "do not have the intelligence to find God, to explain God with intelligence” who “lead God’s people down a dead end”.
06/19/2013SRI LANKA Sri Lanka's first Catholic radio station to bring God to kids Web-based station will broadcast in Sinhala first, but eventually branch out to Tamil and English. For National Catholic Social Communications Centre director Fr Benedict Joseph, "new media play an increasingly important role in society" to "reach young people and children and put them in contact with each other."
06/19/2013NORTH KOREA Kim Jong-un gives his staff a winning recipe: Mein Kampf According to the young North Korean dictator, the Third Reich's "holy" book shows "how Hitler reconstructed Germany after its defeat in World War I". Both regimes share the same reliance on propaganda and delusional theories about the "chosen race."
06/19/2013KOREA Korea, a new cathedral on the border to reconcile Seoul and Pyongyang by Joseph Yun Li-sun The Church will be inaugurated by Card. Cheong and dedicated to "forgiveness and atonement." Inside mosaics portraying the Christian martyrs, by artists from the north. The Archbishop Emeritus of Seoul: "The building represents the desire for peace, unity and reconciliation that animates the Korean people."
06/19/2013PALESTINE Gaza: Hamas imposes Islamisation on schools, endangering Catholic institutions As of September, mixed classes will be banned for students over the age of ten. Even teachers will be strictly divided according to gender in order not to violate Sharia. The Church currently runs three schools with almost a thousand students, mostly Muslims. For the bishop of Jerusalem, "We have two alternatives: put pressure on the government or close."
06/19/2013NEPAL - INDIA Floods, Nepal and India send army to rescue victims by Kalpit Parajuli At least 130 victims and 100 thousand pilgrims blocked. Houses, roads and bridges swept away by the mud. The most serious damage to the Indian state of Uttarkhand. Kathmandu unlocks 10 million rupees (about 79,500 Euros) for relief operations.
06/18/2013THAILAND Bangkok: Catholic physician calls for organ donations to help medicine by Weena Kowitwanij A neurosurgeon at Mahidol University also pleads with people to leave their bodies for medical research after death. The aim is to improve students' practical skills in surgery and ensure the growth of the medical industry. In Asia, practical and cultural factors prevent significant blood and organ donations.