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07/28/2015 CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s new NGO law is an opportunity to “promote clarity”
The country’s Senate passed a Law on Associations and Non-Government Organisations that imposes restrictions on the activity of 5,000 NGOs. Activists fear the government will gag them during the 2018 parliamentary elections. Associations have come to play an important role in the country’s life following the end of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge dictatorship. Today, the challenge is to monitor results and plans.
  Phnom Penh (AsiaNews) – A Catholic expert on NGOs spoke to AsiaNews anonymously for security reasons about a law passed last week by the Cambodian Senate, the Law on Associations and Non-Government Organisations (LANGO). For the...

07/28/2015 SRI LANKA
Injustice is still the lot of many Sri Lanka’s war widows
by Melani Manel Perera
Although the country’s civil war ended many years ago, the legacy of the bloody conflict between the government and Tamil rebels is still felt. Refugees are still forced to move as the government seizes their lands. The latest trend has been to use farmland for tourist development. The net effect of the situation is that refugee children have easy access to drugs but no access to education. After 100 days in power, “we expected something better” from President Sirisena.
07/28/2015 INDONESIA
Christians and Buddhists celebrate the end of Ramadan to fight violence with peace
Religious leaders from various faith groups take part in halal bilhalal celebrations, which are traditionally held across the country with the participation of religious leaders from different faiths. This year, such meetings come at a time of rising confessional tensions and violence.
07/28/2015 INDIA
India mourns Abdul Kalam, the "people's president" who opposed the death penalty
The former president died yesterday in Shillong. A defence scientist and a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, he served as India’s 11 president. During his tenure of office, he received almost 50 mercy petitions by death row inmates. A Muslim, he has often spoken in favour of Christians.
07/28/2015 PHILIPPINES
Climate advocates hit Aquino for ‘dirty’ energy dependence
During Aquino’s term, his administration approved the operation of 27 coal plant projects, and 118 coal mining permits, with 15 more coal plant projects still in pipeline. Based on this, it is projected that the Philippines will be 70 percent dependent on coal by 2030.

07/28/2015 SAUDI ARABIA
Second Saudi execution after Ramadan
The man executed was a hashish trafficker. No executions took place during the holy month. In the first seven months of 2015, the Saudi kingdom carried out 104 executions. In 2014, 84 took place.
07/28/2015 PAKISTAN
Court convicts five in attack against vigil honouring Taseer, killed because he had defended Asia Bibi
Five men have been convicted for attacking people taking part in a vigil last January to mark the anniversary of the death of the governor of Punjab. For Christian activist, this is “a good start,” but the main culprit “is still at large”.
07/28/2015 INDIA
The cold-blooded killing of a Christian “Maoist” couple brings back fears of pogrom in Kandhamal
by Nirmala Carvalho
The bodies have not been found. Bloodstains and pieces of clothing were found at the site where they were last seen. Two members of the country’s largest paramilitary group are suspected. The victims come from the same village as seven Christians sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, which sparked the anti-Christian pogrom of 2008.
07/28/2015 LIBYA
Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam sentenced to death in absentia
A court in Tripoli sentenced the son of the former dictator. The latter was not present because he is held by a militia group in the city of Zintan that does not recognize the authorities in Tripoli and has refused to hand him over. With Saif al-Islam, the death penalty was also imposed on the former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senousi, and former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi.
07/28/2015 CHINA
Christians respond to demolitions in Zhejiang with a ‘Make and carry the cross" campaign
In a joint online campaign, Catholics and Protestants call on the faithful to make crosses at home and carry them everywhere. This is a "peaceful and non-violent" response to the authorities’ campaign against the religious symbol. For Catholic priest, "Tomorrow you will see crosses everywhere in Zhejiang."
07/28/2015 CHINA-HONG KONG
China shares continue to fall, despite the assurances of the government
After the big crash yesterday (-8.5%), the Shanghai stock market lost 1% today; Shenzhen 1.3%. At least 900 companies have withdrawn from trading after losing 10%. The central bank of China promised to inject 50 billion yuan in the money market, but the production figures do not favour optimism.
07/27/2015 INDIA - PAKISTAN
Punjab terrorist attack: 12-hour siege claims nine lives
Three terrorists, perhaps trained in Pakistan, attacked a police station and opened fire. New Delhi deployed army and Special Forces to stop the siege. For its part, Pakistan condemns the attack.
07/27/2015 CHINA
China shares fall more than 8% on growth concerns
The Shanghai Composite closed down 8.5% at 3,725.56 after more weak economic data raised concerns about the health of world's second largest economy.
07/27/2015 JAPAN
Battle over peace “reopens old wounds that never healed”
Fr Domenico Vitali, a Jesuit, has been in Japan for more than half a century. He spoke to AsiaNews about Japan’s ongoing debate over constitutional reform. For him,” It is not about being in favour or against war, but about arguments heard before the Second World War” based on nationalist rhetoric and honour. Even within the Church, “various groups have split to take different positions”.
07/27/2015 TURKEY – SYRIA – IRAQ
Ankara changing strategy vis-à-vis the Islamic state and the Kurds at NATO meeting
by Sami Osman
Tomorrow’ "emergency meeting" is set for Ankara with all NATO representatives. Yesterday Turkish jets carried out air strikes against PKK bases north of Dohuk and Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkey wants to ensure that no autonomous Kurdish region emerges in Syria. Clashes occur in Istanbul and Diyarbakir.

Altri articoli
07/27/2015 INDONESIA
Crops destroyed by fires in Indonesia’s worst drought in five years
07/27/2015 RUSSIA
For Patriarch Kirill, the Church can help the state fight corruption by Nina Achmatova
07/27/2015 INDIA
Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis’ ‘Green crusade" by Nirmala Carvalho
07/27/2015 NEPAL
Four arrests in a case involving a 10-year-old child killed in a witchcraft sacrifice by Christopher Sharma
After yesterday's clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian dies today trying to escape arrest
07/27/2015 CHINA
Heilongjiang, six miners rescued after a week; five still underground; four dead
07/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA
South Korea removes last person from quarantine over MERS
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/25/2015 CHINA
Chinese acitivists appeal to Olympic Committee not to award 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing
07/25/2015 BANGLADESH
Mymensingh: Christian and Muslim students mourn Fr. Bakul, a missionary and "life master" by Sumon Corraya
07/25/2015 THAILAND
Thai surrogate mother refuses to entrust newborn to homosexual couple
07/25/2015 TURKEY
Ankara unleashes air raids and arrests against Islamic jihadists and Kurdish militants by Sami Osman
07/25/2015 INDIA
Vijayawada, rediscovering the beauty of the liturgy in the Year of Consecrated Life by Benigna Menezes*
07/25/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino bishops: Formation and seminars ahead of Paris climate conference
Editor's choices
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.
PIME in China: new men in new facilities
by Piero GheddoThe mission in China is possible. It should focus more on educational facilities. Old and new martyrs offer a role model. Here is a commented review of a letter the PIME superior general sent out to his confreres after a trip to China.
Top 10
07/23/2015 RUSSIA
Cossacks attack, throw stones at Jehovah's Witnesses
by Nina Achmatova
07/23/2015 ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri Avnery
07/22/2015 PAKISTAN
After Supreme Court stays Asia Bibi’s execution and orders new hearing, Paul Bhatti hopes to see her free
A new anti-discrimination law is a step forward in terms of religious freedom
by Samir Khalil Samir
07/26/2015 VATICAN-SYRIA
Pope: urgent appeal for the release of Fr. Dall'Oglio, kidnapped two years ago in Syria
07/22/2015 INDONESIA – ISLAM
Possible attacks on churches trigger high security alert in Indonesia
by Mathias Hariyadi
07/23/2015 ASIA
PIME in China: new men in new facilities
by Piero Gheddo
07/22/2015 UAE
UAE: a law against religious discrimination
07/25/2015 THAILAND
Thai surrogate mother refuses to entrust newborn to homosexual couple
For the pope, euthanasia is what “mafiosi do. There is a problem: we get rid of this guy . . .”


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