04/19/2015VATICAN Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness" At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “Remembrance" and "prayer" for the dead and their families and a heartfelt appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly", so that similar "tragedies"...
04/18/2015YEMEN-SAUDI ARABIA Saudi policy: Un aid for Yemen, but no ceasefire by Paul Dakiki Ban Ki-moon has asked for emergency aid and a truce to help the exhausted population, without food, water, medicine, fuel. Riyadh provides $ 274 million in aid, but continues to bomb the cities of Yemen.
04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion."
04/18/2015MALAYSIA One-fifth of Malaysia’s animals endangered Tigers and rhinos at risk due to human activity and poaching. According to the World Bank around 70 species of mammals out of 336 in the country are in danger. Activists: "We must act now."
04/18/2015KAZAKHSTAN Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint Seminar on environmental challenges and the use of hydrocarbons in Almaty. Academic and scientific experts discuss economic development of Central Asian nations. But the oil industry is poisoning the land. Dozens of people suffering from fainting because of toxic fumes.
04/17/2015SRI LANKA Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara Expert tells AsiaNews about the consequences of the Chinese-funded project, which violates Environmental Impact Assessment rules. Sand and granite mining are destroying the local coral reef and marine life, as well as the livelihood of 30,000 fishermen. Beachfront erosion will likely cause damages to coastal houses and hotels as well.
04/17/2015MYANMAR Myanmar military clash with Kokang rebels, 16 soldiers killed and over a hundred wounded by Francis Khoo Thwe The fighting took place in north-eastern Myanmar, along the border with China. The military told displaced people to return home. But people are afraid of retaliation and more violence. So far, it is unclear how many people have died or are wounded. Aid workers have been denied access to the area where fighting is taking place.
04/17/2015SINGAPORE Singapore’s exports jump by more 18 per cent in March Last month, the city-state saw its exports increase despite expectations that it would fall due to lower Chinese demand. The drop in oil prices is the main reason. An analyst is unsure whether it will last.
04/17/2015CHINA Beijing, journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years for defending human rights The woman is very famous in the country and in the international community, for her sharp criticism of the political system and Chinese leaders. Convicted of "divulging state secrets", she will appeal. Her brother: "After a year of detention I hardly recognize her. Today she is 71, how can she manage seven years in jail? ". 44 journalists in Chinese prisons.