05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it." Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Euthanasia, abortion, the migrant boat tragedies, death from malnutrition or at work, terrorism, war and violence are all "attacks on the sanctity of human life" over which a civilized society should...
05/30/2015LEBANON Hopes for a miracle as Cardinal Mamberti arrives in Lebanon by Fady Noun After arriving in Beirut yesterday, the prelate is set to speak with civil and religious authorities about election of the President of the Republic and the situation of Christians in general. "In this we have to see the expression of the interest and concern of the Holy Father, who is closely following events in Lebanon and the Middle East. "
05/30/2015ASIA More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014 The data from the International Institute of Strategic Studies show a 60%increase of victims of world conflicts over the past two years. The bloodiest war in Syria. In 2013 wars displaced 50 million people in the world: this figure had not been reached since WWII.
05/29/2015SOUTH KOREA – UZBEKISTAN Tashkent and Seoul agree to boost bilateral economic ties The two countries will closely cooperate in various economic fields, including technology, health care and security. Uzbekistan will create a favorable environment for South Korean companies. The latter will combine their expertise with Uzbek natural resources. Uzbekistan is ready to support Seoul’s peace plans vis-à-vis North Korea and back its railway project to Europe.
05/29/2015THAILAND – MYANMAR Myanmar against UN at ASEAN summit on migrants ASEAN summit opens in Bangkok to address migrant emergency. Myanmar’s chief delegate slams UNHRC, which called on his country to grant citizenship to the Rohingya. UN sources say that at least 2,600 migrants are still out at sea. There is little hope that the summit will find a solution.
05/29/2015INDIA Criticism of Modi forbidden: University expels a student club The Ambedkar Periyar Student Circle (APSC) is accused of "spreading hatred" against the Prime Minister criticizing his policies and the ongoing reconversions to Hinduism. An anonymous complaint from radical Hindus triggered the expulsion. The study group is inspired by the ideas of the Dalit BR Ambedkar, one of the "founding fathers" of India.
05/29/2015IRAQ – IRAN Mar Sako: transcending war for a future of reconciliation and dialogue between Christians and Muslims The patriarch of Baghdad looks at the future of Christians in the Middle East, which will be "even better" when conflict ends. Through AsiaNews, he called for "patience and prayer,” highlighting the role Christians play as a "bridge" between faiths and cultures. During his pastoral visit to Iran, he met a strong community "that can grow. He also proposed a joint Christian-Islamic committee.
05/29/2015NEPAL Nepal’s government blocks "all unauthorized movement" in bid to stop child trafficking by Christopher Sharma The authorities in Kathmandu decide that minors can travel only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The trips must be approved by the District Councils. The police report the death of over 5 thousand children, probably kidnapped or exploited by human traffickers. Catholic organizations at the forefront of the protection of children earthquake victims.
05/29/2015MALAYSIA - HONG KONG Kuala Lumpur: No entry visas for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists
Malaysian authorities arrested Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung at Penang International Airport to prevent him from taking part in a forum on the Tiananmen crackdown. After a brief detention, he was repatriated. Joshua Wong, a major figure in the Occupy Central movement, suffered the same fate a few days earlier. “We do not want him to jeopardise our ties with China,” said Malaysian police chief.