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03/31/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Karimov wins fourth term in office with more than 90 per cent of the vote
by Nina Achmatova
The outgoing president wins a landslide. Western observers criticise the “unconstitutional” poll. The former Soviet republics of the Commonwealth of Independent States praise the election. Analysts warn that the fight for succession is already underway and could turn violent.
Moscow (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Uzbekistan’s strongman, Islam Karimov, was easily re-elected on Sunday president of the Central Asian country in an election that was criticised by Western observers and denounced by dissidents...

03/31/2015 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism
by Samir Khalil Samir
For the first time in history, a dozen Arab countries have decided to launch a joint military force to fight terrorism. The idea in itself good, in practice is sliding into a sectarian struggle between Sunni and Shia. Instead they could fight the Islamic state, ensure the return of Christians in Iraq and in Syria, push for peace between Israel and Palestine.
03/31/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore: Teenager on trial for "insulting the memory of Lee Kuan Yew". Risks three years
Amos Yee, 16, will be tried as an adult and will also respond to charges of having insulted Christianity. He was released on bail and his father has appealed to the Lee family. He posted a video that has provoked outrage among citizens. A Christian has launched an online petition for the teenagers release.
03/31/2015 JAPAN - NORTH KOREA
Tokyo extends sanctions against the Kim regime
Shinzo Abe’s executive will continue tourist and commercial embargo against Pyongyang for "at least another two years,". At the center of the dispute are Japanese citizens kidnapped in the 70s and 80s, whose fate remains unknown.
03/31/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA - ASIA
Taipei races against time to get into Beijing’s "Super Bank"
The Taiwanese government decides at the last minute useful to apply to be a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. More than 40 nations have already joined, including Egypt. Doubts regarding the island’s legal status: China requires that members are nations, but defines Taiwan as "a rebel province."

03/30/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: with Rouhani there is some movement (I)
by Bernardo Cervellera
As the world’s most powerful nations try to find an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue in Lausanne, in Iran things are changing. Despite known limitations on freedom of conscience and problems, including violence, the country’s 350,000 Christians enjoy a degree of freedom that is certainly greater than in other countries of the region. This is the first part of a report.
03/30/2015 SINGAPORE
The mixed legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, a leader who turned Singapore into a model for Asia
Hundreds of thousands of people paid tribute to the city-state’s historic founder, who died on 23 March at the age 91. Ruling with an iron fist, and isolating opponents, the once pro-union lawyer became a bane of his country’s organised labour movement. Under his rule, religious freedom was subordinate to the “common good,” and for China, he was a model.
03/30/2015 INDIA
For the bishop of Vasai, suicide among farmers is a deep wound for the Church
Mgr Machado led a rally of farmers and their families. "If the family is intact,” he said, “then we can be witness to progress in our communities, society and the nation.”
03/30/2015 CHINA - HONG KONG
Beijing "defends" the Hong Kong Basic Law but warns: It may fail
According to a senior Chinese official, the formula "one country, two systems" could be a mistake. For democracy in the former British colony "no need for Beijing to give additional guarantees." The Territory’s residents "have violated the rules, and this does not bring development but social division".
03/30/2015 BANGLADESH
Death threats cleanse a Hindu village of its inhabitants
by Sumon Corraya
The 14 families who lived in Chandantola are now refugees in a neighbouring town. Police arrested some of the local politicians who forced the Hindus to sell their properties at bargain prices, but the refugees complain of long-term persecution and sexual harassment of their young women.
03/30/2015 INDONESIA - PHILIPPINES
Indonesian Church prays for a Filipino on death row but believed innocent
by Mathias Hariyadi
Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, 30 and mother of two, will be executed in the coming days. In 2010 she was arrested because caught at the airport with 2.6 kg of heroin. The young woman was exploited as a courier and was unaware of the contents of the bag. The Supreme Court recently rejected the last appeal for a pardon.
03/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on alert for Indian terrorists travelling in Europe with fake passport
by Christopher Sharma
An investigation by Nepali and Indian police identified four Indian terrorists who used fake Nepali passports to travel for at least six years. The men were able to get into the Nepal illegally and bribe local officials. The government announced that corrupt officials would be properly punished. For a former Nepali Interior minister, “the terrorists take advantage of the country’s political instability, poverty and rampant corruption."
03/30/2015 INDIA
The conversion of Rupali, a seed that will bear fruit at Easter
by Rupali Belose
Born into a Hindu family, the young woman always had "a lot of questions about God, but no one gave me answers." Her interest in Christianity grew from meeting a Catholic, who spoke of Christ and familiarized her with the Bible. Today they are engaged, and after a journey of catechumenate she is ready to receive baptism and first communion. "I learned that everyone must carry his or her own cross, but should never feel lost, because God gives us the courage and strength to face it."
03/30/2015 ASIA
Australia and Denmark join Beijing’s "Super Bank", the US increasingly isolated
Decisions soon expected in Holland and Hong Kong. The Member States of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank approaching 40 units. Moscow seems to want to stay out, but more for economic and geopolitical reasons. March 31 is the deadline for submitting applications.
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
The leadership of Djak Tô district want to demolish dozens of private premises used for prayers and functions. The area lacks churches and in the past, people would travel up to 100 km to attend mass. Faithful turn to the bishop, who responds with a letter. While calling for calm, the prelate recalls the right to religious freedom recognized by the government.

Altri articoli
03/30/2015 INDIA
Kashmir, Christian leader arrested for "fomenting sectarian clashes" by Nirmala Carvalho
03/29/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Holy Week, God’s way is humility, it is Jesus’ way, and “we will take this path”
03/28/2015 INDIA
Protestant leader demands protection during Holy Week from radical Hindu attacks by Nirmala Carvalho
03/28/2015 EGYPT – MIDDLE EAST
Arab military force to fight Shias and (perhaps) the Islamic state
03/28/2015 THAILAND
Amid conversions, charity and mission, Fr Pelosin tells more stories about the Thai Church by Adriano Pelosin
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
03/28/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: eight Sanjiang Church members convicted, then released, for trying to stop its destruction
03/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA – ASIA
As South Korea joins Asian "Super Bank", Washington wavers
03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia tops human-elephant run-ins
03/27/2015 CHINA
Elderly Chinese woman dies without treatment, abandoned for days in a field
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
03/27/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Expulsion of Russian expert monitoring child labour practices in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
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IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy

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