03/05/2015VATICAN Pope: those with a heart "sick of worldliness" cannot understand the need and the neediness of others "With a worldly heart you can go to church, you can pray, you can do so many things. But Jesus, at the Last Supper, in the prayer to the Father, what did He pray? 'But please, Father, keep these disciples from falling into the world". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - With the heart "sick of worldliness," you
can "go to church, you can pray, you can do so many things," but you
do not see and cannot understand the needs of others. A rich man "turns his heart away from God," said the pope at this morning's...
03/05/2015CHINA UN rapporteur on torture receives report on activist Li Biyun Li took part in land rights campaigns and ran as an independent candidate in a local election. She accuses police of assaulting her whilst being handcuffed, depriving her of food and water and denying her medical care. She also accuses police of forcing her to submit to the 'tiger bench'. China is a signatory of the 1998 UN Convention on Torture.
03/05/2015KOREA - UNITED STATES Seoul, US ambassador in Korea in knife attack The assailant, Kim Gi-jong, has a long record of violent activism against Japan and in support of union with the North. Before his attack he shouted slogans in favor of unity and against the joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea. The diplomat was struck in the face, but is not at risk.
03/04/2015ISRAEL - UNITED STATES - IRAN For Obama, Netanyahu "didn't offer any viable alternatives" to solving the Iranian nuclear problem According to the Israeli prime minister, the draft agreement with Tehran paves the way for an Iranian bomb because it relies heavily on international monitoring, when Iran "plays a pretty good game of 'hide and cheat' with UN inspectors". For the White House, the alternative to an agreement is the use of force or new economic sanctions that would not stop the Iranian nuclear programme. The current deal would at least stop it for ten years.
03/04/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan president visits warn-torn Northern Province by Melani Manel Perera Health, agriculture, education, land and fishing were the main issues discussed with provincial authorities. "The task of bringing together the minds of the people cannot be achieved only through physical development," the president said.
03/04/2015CHINA Beijing prepares for NPC with increase of military budget by Chen Weijun March 6 the annual session of the National People's Congress begins. It is the "Chinese Parliament" which brings together more than 3 thousand delegates from around the country. Members are banned from checking social networks, smoking in public or falling asleep during meetings. The first move will be to ratify an additional 10% in military spending.
03/04/2015VATICAN Pope: A society that "discards" the elderly, "depository of a people’s wisdom", carries a virus of death "A culture of profit insists on painting the elderly as a burden, a 'dead weight'. It thinks that the elderly don’t produce anything and therefore are a burden". "There is something vile in this addiction we have to this throw away culture. We have become used to discarding people." "The Church cannot and does not want to comply with a mentality of impatience, and even less that of indifference and contempt towards old age".
03/04/2015INDONESIA Civil society groups in protest against new anti-corruption commission leaders by Mathias Hariyadi The appointment of former General Gunawan as national police chief is at the centre of the dispute. The commission's former leaders were forced out. The general's file has been moved to the Office of the Attorney General and to the police. Many fear that the investigation will be a whitewash, undermining the fight against graft.
03/04/2015INDIA Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".