08/28/2015VATICAN - IRAQ Fr. Samir of Amadiya: The Pope is the voice of Iraqi refugees by Bernardo Cervellera The Chaldean priest met Pope Francis, asking him to keep the world’s focus on Christian refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. His diocese is home to 3500 Christian families and almost half a million Yazidis who fled Islamic State violence. ISIS is not all Islam and there are Muslims who want an Iraq of coexistence. Christians might not emigrate, but remain in their own land. Aid projects for refugees: school for children, work for adults, a home for every family. An appeal to AsiaNews. Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Still deeply moved and emotional at having been able to meet and speak with Pope Francis for at least three minutes, at the end of the general audience two days ago, Fr. Samir says "it was a...
08/28/2015KAZAKHSTAN Agreement on a new international nuclear bank signed in Kazakhstan The bank will curb nuclear proliferation by countries like Iran. It will be built in the Ulba metallurgical plant (eastern Kazakhstan) with a transit agreement with the Russian Federation. Kazakh President Nazarbayev first made the proposal in 2009. The member countries must meet strict IAEA rules. Programmes towards food sustainability using nuclear and related biotechnologies are in the works.
08/28/2015CHINA Christian lawyer arrested over his involvement against cross removals in Zhejiang Zhang Kai has been in police custody since Tuesday. He has led the legal fight to defend Christian rights in the province. His law firm of Beijing issued a note of protest against his detention. In recent days, scores of clergymen have been detained and interrogated. Government censorship against activists and religions is tightening.
08/27/2015YEMEN – SAUDI ARABIA Human Rights Watch slams Saudi-led coalition for using cluster bombs in Yemen Between April and July, the Saudis carried out at least seven attacks in which they employed such weapons with devastating effect. HRW calls for a stop to their use, urging the parties to the conflict to sign the treaty banning them. Meanwhile, joint Arab League regional force has been postponed under Saudi pressure.
08/27/2015SRI LANKA Defence seminar to focus on global threats by Melani Manel Perera Titled ‘National Security in the Context of Emerging Global Threats,’ the event will be held in Colombo on 1-2 September. Some 350 delegates are expected from 66 countries. The ambassadors of China and Pakistan will address the seminar. The Army chief claims the military has achieved high levels of professionalism since the end of the civil war.
08/27/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong government’s vendetta against students and Occupy Central founders by Paul Wang Three student leaders - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow – have been accused of unlawful assembly and inciting others to take part in. Benny Tai, Robert Chung, and Daniel Chua have been accused of receiving anonymous donations to promote pro-democracy referendum, and conducting public opinion studies on the matter.
08/27/2015MYANMAR Jailed Burmese students in isolation for going a hunger strike by Francis Khoo Thwe The students are protesting the refusal by the authorities to let them out on bail to take exams scheduled for September. The four students, who are from a Mandalay university, were arrested on July 1 for demonstrating against education reform. For Myanmar activists, the four have been abused and denied their basic rights.