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...
03/05/2015MYANMAR Police beat and arrest protesters in Yangon by Francis Khoo Thwe Security forces and plainclothes agents target students and activists protesting in favour of changes to a proposed education reform bill. Witnesses say that some demonstrators were slightly injured. Sources told AsiaNews that some leading dissidents were among the people arrested. Some 200 people were protesting when the crackdown took place.
03/05/2015VATICAN Pope: "the abandonment is the most serious 'illness' of the elderly", who must be helped at the end of their life When life becomes very fragile and is approaching its earthly end, "we feel the responsibility to assist and accompany the person in the best way" to relieve the suffering. This is what families and palliative care provide. For the pontiff, "all medical knowledge is truly science, in its most noble sense, only if it finds its place as a help in view of the good of man, a good that is never achieved by going 'against' his life and dignity."
03/05/2015CHINA Li Keqiang calls 7 per cent growth the "new normal," pledges fight against pollution and corruption by Wang Zhicheng Speaking before the National People's Congress, the prime minister promised to create 10 million new jobs and undertake painful reforms to stabilise an economy too dependent on exports and government investments. China's economy suffers from excess capacity, little innovation, and a weak agriculture. The "war on corruption" and "zero tolerance" will continue, as will support for clean technology.
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.