05/30/2015CHINA China, maxi arrest in theft of archaeological artefacts dating back to 3,000 BC Police in the province of Liaoning have recovered 1,168 artifacts, including a priceless jade dragon. Those arrested are accused of theft and illegal sale of antiquities. Four archaeologists and many business people involved. A thousand police agents involved in seizure. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Chinese authorities have arrested 175 people in the Chinese province of Liaoning, accused of having stolen archaeological artefacts worth over 80 million dollars (500 million yuan).
The Ministry of Public Security said it had recovered a "treasure trove" of 1,168 ancient...
05/30/2015ASIA More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014 The data from the International Institute of Strategic Studies show a 60%increase of victims of world conflicts over the past two years. The bloodiest war in Syria. In 2013 wars displaced 50 million people in the world: this figure had not been reached since WWII.
05/29/2015SOUTH KOREA – UZBEKISTAN Tashkent and Seoul agree to boost bilateral economic ties The two countries will closely cooperate in various economic fields, including technology, health care and security. Uzbekistan will create a favorable environment for South Korean companies. The latter will combine their expertise with Uzbek natural resources. Uzbekistan is ready to support Seoul’s peace plans vis-à-vis North Korea and back its railway project to Europe.
05/29/2015THAILAND – MYANMAR Myanmar against UN at ASEAN summit on migrants ASEAN summit opens in Bangkok to address migrant emergency. Myanmar’s chief delegate slams UNHRC, which called on his country to grant citizenship to the Rohingya. UN sources say that at least 2,600 migrants are still out at sea. There is little hope that the summit will find a solution.
05/29/2015INDIA Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/29/2015IRAQ – IRAN Mar Sako: transcending war for a future of reconciliation and dialogue between Christians and Muslims The patriarch of Baghdad looks at the future of Christians in the Middle East, which will be "even better" when conflict ends. Through AsiaNews, he called for "patience and prayer,” highlighting the role Christians play as a "bridge" between faiths and cultures. During his pastoral visit to Iran, he met a strong community "that can grow. He also proposed a joint Christian-Islamic committee.
05/29/2015NEPAL Nepal’s government blocks "all unauthorized movement" in bid to stop child trafficking by Christopher Sharma The authorities in Kathmandu decide that minors can travel only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The trips must be approved by the District Councils. The police report the death of over 5 thousand children, probably kidnapped or exploited by human traffickers. Catholic organizations at the forefront of the protection of children earthquake victims.
05/29/2015MALAYSIA - HONG KONG Kuala Lumpur: No entry visas for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists
Malaysian authorities arrested Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at Penang International Airport to prevent him from taking part in a forum on the Tiananmen crackdown. After a brief detention, he was repatriated. Joshua Wong, a major figure in the Occupy Central movement, suffered the same fate a few days earlier. “We do not want him to jeopardise our ties with China,” said Malaysian police chief.
05/28/2015SRI LANKA Rising rates of liver disease and cancer among Sri Lankan farmers by Melani Manel Perera Pesticides could be the main culprit, especially glyphosate, an herbicide known for its high level of toxicity. The government has banned the compound, but expert opinion warns that more controls are needed. Even young farmers are getting sick.