10/13/2015CHINA September imports drop to under 20.4% Imports and exports drop for 11t h consecutive month. Fears for equity markets and Chinese markets. Analysts predict a massive government intervention to stem unemployment and declining purchasing power. Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the 11th consecutive month China’s import and export data has dropped. Incoming goods fell by 20.4% in September 2015, while outgoing lost 3.7 percentage points...
10/13/2015MYANMAR Floods in Kayah State: 17 dead, dozens of families evacuated Heavy rains triggered a landslide that hit dozens of houses in the villages of Mawchi Taung Paw and Lokhalo. The victims were 10 men and seven women, but the toll is still provisional. Food, shelter, clothing are becoming scarce. Mawchi was once an important mining center.
10/12/2015VATICAN Synod: accompanying families as Jesus did with the disciples in Emmaus Today, the work groups discussed the second part of the Instrumentum laboris. Some proposed a day of prayer and adoration for marriage and the family. Others suggested a "catechumenate as part of marriage preparation with witnesses, and not only experts. Participants mentioned Asia Bibi and Coptic martyrs. Questions about the final report and a letter by 13 cardinals to the pope were mentioned at the briefing.
10/12/2015IRAQ Iraqi air strikes kill Islamic State officials but not al-Baghdadi Rumours that the IS leader was killed have been met with denials. Eight senior IS leaders are thought however to have been killed. An IS-linked twitter account slams death reports as false. Another says that if dies, thousands like him would continue the war.
10/12/2015RUSSIA - SYRIA Not only raids, Russia strikes on diplomatic front to find a solution in Syria by Nina Achmatova Putin meets with leaders from Saudi Arabia and Emirates which has ensured that the Russian objective is "to create the conditions for finding a political compromise". Waiting for the meeting between Lavrov and UN envoy Staffan de Mistura. Experts urge the West to look to new openings with Moscow.
10/12/2015NEPAL Nepal elects Communist Sharma Oli as prime minister by Christopher Sharma He stood against outgoing Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. During his campaign, he pledged to lead the country’s reconstruction following its recent earthquake and resolve the diplomatic and economic crisis with India. India and China sent congratulations.
10/12/2015INDONESIA Papua: release of Franciscans and Augustinians arrested during a peaceful protest by Mathias Hariyadi About ten religious were detained by police in front of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church. They were demanding justice for a young student murder victim. Their action “was designed to give a voice to our heart and conscience,” a clergyman said. “The Franciscans came to Papua in 1936 out of love for the people, not the state." A few hours after their arrest, they were released.
10/12/2015CHINA Myanmar detains activist’s 16-year-old son on behalf of China Working with Myanmar authorities, China gets Bao Zhuoxuan as he tries to flee the country. His "fault" is that he is the son of Wang Yu, one of China’s foremost human rights lawyers. Meanwhile, the crackdown against China’s legal profession continues, but some members are still holding their head high, demanding justice in an open letter.
10/12/2015INDIA Mumbai: special blessing for pets reflects “Laudato sì” by Nirmala Carvalho For 15 years, Fr. Joseph D'Souza presided over the ceremony in memory of St. Francis of Assisi. Laudato sì "invites us to an safeguard ecology, to reflect on the relationship between humans and animals." The blessing appreciated even by non-Catholics. A special prayer for sick animals.
10/12/2015INDONESIA Central Java, surprise gay marriage not legal by Mathias Hariyadi Ratu Airin Karla and Dumani, two men, invited relatives and friends to a party to celebrate their long friendship. Participants found themselves instead at a real wedding, celebrated according to the Javanese tradition. The union was not recognized by the government, because it lacks the necessary blessing of religious authority.
10/12/2015TAIWAN Taipei’s National Museum celebrates Jesuit artist Giuseppe Castiglione by Xin Yage To celebrate the 90 years since the founding of the museum, one of the world's most important, exhibit of Jesuit artist who served three emperors living 51 years in the Forbidden City. Ceramic work, based on his paintings, was given to Pope Francis for the start of his pontificate.
10/12/2015TURKEY Turkey sliding towards civil war by NAT da Polis Confusion reigns in Ankara over number of victims from twin suicide bombing and perpetrators. Erdogan's party blames the PKK, leftist movements and Isis. The Kurdish party accuses the government of exploiting tensions to win the elections on November 1st
10/11/2015VATICAN – TURKEY Pope: Great sorrow over the "terrible massacre that occurred in Ankara, Turkey" During the Angelus, Pope Francis asks for a silent prayer in memory of the victims of the twin bombing in the Turkish capital that killed at least 95 deaths. Speaking about “Jesus’ three gazes with regards to ‘The Rich Man’ and the disciples, the pontiff said, “Money, pleasure, and success dazzle, but then let down”. Addressing “young people, young women and young men who are in the streets,” he asks, “Have you felt Jesus' gaze on you? What do you say to that?” He noted that this Tuesday, 13 October, is International Day for Disaster Reduction. Yesterday, he sent a telegram to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.