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03/27/2015 SOUTH KOREA – ASIA
As South Korea joins Asian "Super Bank", Washington wavers
Proposed by Beijing, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is designed to limit US influence in Asia and reduce Asia’s dependence on the International Monetary Fund. As South Korea accepts China’s predominance, the United States has to rethink what to do. Italy, Germany, France and Great Britain have already decided to join.
Seoul (AsiaNews) – After a long period of reflection, South Korea has decided to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), an Asian "Super Bank" proposed by Beijing in May 2014 as a way to limit...

03/27/2015 YEMEN-MIDDLE EAST
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
The military operation "Firmness Storm " has already caused 39 civilian deaths. Saudi Arabia (Sunni) along with Sudan, Turkey and Pakistan against Iranian influence in the Middle East. Objectives include: to ensure Bab-el-Mandel Strait; undermine the agreement on the Iranian nuclear question. Inter-Arabian military force launched to fight Islamic State terrorists.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
Indonesia tops human-elephant run-ins
As farming encroaches on wild areas, elephants are more likely to encounter humans. The authorities are concerned about the economic impact of elephants trespassing onto farmland, and humans’ violent reaction to it.
03/27/2015 CHINA
Elderly Chinese woman dies without treatment, abandoned for days in a field
The still unknown woman was found in Jiangsu province. Pictures of her have sparked outrage and triggered a fierce debate. Medical care, drugs and access to health facilities are too expensive and distant for the rural population.
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
After six months in Syria, three militants have returned home disillusioned: they did not find the riches they expected in Syria. To counter the increasing numbers of citizens who join the Islamic State, the Minister of the Interior plans to revoke the citizenship of those who leave.

03/27/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Expulsion of Russian expert monitoring child labour practices in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry
Uzbek authorities arrested and then expelled the consultant whose presence was part of a deal with the World Bank. The latter’s loans were predicated on the Central Asian nation eliminating child labour from its cotton industry. The expert was in contact with the country’s only human rights NGO. For many years, Uzbekistan has tried to circumvent international rules to counter the boycott by American and European companies.
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
He was responsible for the rebuilding of his Church and overcoming old divisions. Fond of ecumenical dialogue, on 11 November 1994, he signed a Joint Declaration on Christology with John Paul II, which recognized that the Assyrian Church of the East and the Catholic Church confess the same faith in Christ.
03/27/2015 CHINA
Who has confidence in the future of the Chinese Communist Party? No one
by Bao Tong
One of the country’s foremost political dissident looks at Chinese society and politics at a time when the endgame for the ruling regime seems to be fast approaching. No one believes that China’s pyramid model can last. As the rich escape and government oppression continues, faith in the one party system is collapsing. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.
03/27/2015 UNITED NATIONS – MIDDLE EAST
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
The Security Council is meeting in a French-sponsored session dedicated to Christians and persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako hopes to see the international community provide its full support to Iraqi and Kurdish authorities. He also calls for strict laws against terrorism, as well as actions in favour education reform and exegeses of sacred texts that oppose extremism.
03/27/2015 NEPAL
Nepal, religious leaders and civil society against chemical castration for rapists
by Christopher Sharma
3-4 rapes take place every day in Nepal, especially on children under 12 years of age. Religious leaders and human activists oppose the proposal. "No to forced sterility, seek alternative measures".
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
Dozens of workers of a chemical factory took to the streets to demand payment. A rare event in a country that strongly punishes public dissent. According to a worker, Chinese employees are paid on a regular basis, but not the Laotians. Local residents protest environmental pollution.
03/26/2015 ISLAM
IS a violent response to the emptiness young Muslims feel in the West
Jihadists have focused their recruitment efforts among young people. In the past three months, IS has recruited some 400 minors. Alienated in and by their societies, many young Western Muslims seek to even the score. For PIME Islam expert, young people want an inclusive identity and references. Muslim scholar believes that the violent response stems from the Western world’s “emptiness”.
03/26/2015 INDIA
India’ Narendra Modi to speed up adoption of "anti-farmer" law
The Hindu nationalist-led government wants to change existing legislation to make it easier to expropriate land for large companies. To do so, the prime minister plans to employ a legislative measure only used three times since independence. For the opposition, this will promote divisions and social disharmony.
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan
Top Central Asian Muslim clerics meet in Bishkek to condemn IS violence and reaffirm Islam’s true teachings. “We know that destabilisation threatens Central Asia,” one of them said. IS has been banned in Kyrgyzstan and its activities outlawed. Local authorities also detained a group of Tajiks trying to join the Islamist group, including children.
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
During Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis Pope stressed that faith is joy and hope in Christ. Rules and casuistry are "an abstract world" without joy, faith, love, nor God.

Altri articoli
03/26/2015 TAIWAN
Taipei, Sapporo orchestra visits "Blessed Imelda" school: Thanks for help following tsunami by Xin Yage
03/26/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta, hijab for policewomen gets go ahead to joy of extremist opposition by Mathias Hariyadi
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Uzbekistan set to re-elect Karimov in presidential vote by Nina Achmatova
03/26/2015 INDIA
West Bengal, death threats against a Catholic girls' school by Nirmala Carvalho
03/26/2015 YEMEN
Riyadh and the Gulf monarchies launch air raids against Houthi rebels by Paul Dakiki
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES - CHINA
Manila accuses Beijing of wanting to control the entire South China Sea
03/25/2015 INDIA
Mumbai bishop: the Annunciation for unborn children and the needy by Dominic Savio Fernandes*
03/25/2015 CHINA
Zhejiang: Protestant clergyman jailed for opposing cross removal
03/25/2015 ITALY
We all need God's mercy by Piero Gheddo
03/25/2015 NEPAL
Political uncertainty hampers Nepal’s economic growth by Christopher Sharma
03/25/2015 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka, appeal to government: freedom of expression and movement for Ruki Fernando by Melani Manel Perera
03/25/2015 CHINA
Beijing's last coal plant will close in 2016
03/25/2015 VATICAN
Pope: we must all pray for the Synod on the family, "the womb of human life."
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IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
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03/24/2015 INDONESIA
Authorities seize schoolbook that praises Islamic radicalism
03/22/2015 CHINA - VATICAN
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/23/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Where there is no mercy, there is no justice, not even in the Church
03/24/2015 PAKISTAN
Attacks in Lahore, police arrest 200 Christians
by Jibran Khan
03/24/2015 IRAN
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera
03/21/2015 PHILIPPINES
Filipino priest: Youth as online “agents of peace” to counter Islamic State violence
03/22/2015 VATICAN
Pope: Offer to the "many" who want to "see Jesus" the Gospel, the Cross and the witness to our faith
03/24/2015 CHINA
The “endgame of communist rule has begun", a coup cannot be excluded
03/24/2015 VATICAN
Pope: "May Holy Week will help us leave behind the temptation to be ‘Yes, but Christians...'"
03/21/2015 VATICAN-ITALY
Pope in Naples: "Today is the first day of spring. Pray for young people, for their future, for hope."

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