06/03/2015VIETNAM Bishop of Kontum calls for patience and dialogue to stem attacks on religious freedom by Paul N. Hung Msgr. Hoàng Duc Oanh stresses that for the faithful in Vietnam difficulties are a "constant daily". Among the unresolved issues permits related to places of worship and government approvals for pastoral activity. The prelate calls for the cancellation of procedures that are a source of "problems and red tape." Ho Chi Minh City (AsiaNews) - "In our life, difficulties are a constant daily, everywhere and at all times. There are difficulties that affect individuals, families and the community as a whole. [...] But when you face a number of problems, you need to show patience, become promoters of dialogue...
06/03/2015CHINA Hopes vanish of finding survivors of the sunken cruiser amid mounting protests There are only 14 survivors. The Transport Minister Yang Chuantang says "as long as there's even a little hope, we will give it 100% and will absolutely not give up " search of sunken ship. Relatives of the missing accused the shipping company and the Shanghai authorities of having abandoned them without giving any information.
06/03/2015AFGHANISTAN The war in Afghanistan has already claimed more than 100 thousand deaths A study says that along with Pakistan, almost 149,000 civilians and military have been killed and 162,000 seriously injured. The number of civilian casualties up by 16 percent in the first four months of 2015, with 974 deaths and 1,963 injured. Last night nine people working for a Czech humanitarian organization killed.
06/03/2015UZBEKISTAN Tashkent, noted activist investigating forced labor in cotton fields tortured by police The woman had collected interviews and photos on the exploitation of labor in the cotton fields. The police threatened to post pictures of her naked, taken during detention, online. She was also subjected to threats against her family and colleagues activists. Uzbek-German Forum denounces the death of 17 people forced to pick cotton.
06/02/2015CHINA Passenger ship sinks in the Yangtze with more than 440 people missing The Dongfangzhixing left Nanjing for Chongqing. Near the Jianli section (Hubei Province), it capsized for reasons still unknown, perhaps a tornado. Out of 458 people on board, only 13 have been rescued, including the ship’s captain and chief engineer who were detained by the police for questioning.
06/02/2015SOUTH KOREA – CHINA Seoul and Beijing sign "historic" free trade agreement The Free Trade agreement cuts tariffs by 90 per cent over the coming 20 years. Greater access to China’s markets could create more than 50,000 jobs in South Korea. In a letter to her Chinese counterpart, South Korea’s president calls that the agreement a “historic milestone” in relations between the two countries.
06/01/2015INDIA After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India by Nirmala Carvalho Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation.
06/01/2015KYRGYZSTAN Government plans to test imams on Islam to fight terrorism According to Kyrgyz authorities, 70 per cent of the country’s imams lack a formal and thorough religious education. For imams, such a restrictive policy has political objectives. Clerics not loyal to the president are expected to be removed in a country where 90 per cent of the population is Muslim. The country has 2,362 mosques and 75 madrassas.
06/01/2015CHINA Beijing bans smoking in public places In China about 300 million people smoke, and each year one million die from tobacco-related diseases. Cigarettes can cost less than a dollar a pack, and smoking is considered almost like breathing. Offenders now will be fined, named and shamed on a government website.