08/27/2014VATICAN Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil At the General audience, Francis recalls Jesus' prayer for the unity of Christians, who are still divided today. “How much we gossip in parishes". "But, this is not the Church! We must not do this! We should not do this! I will not tell you to cut out your tongues, no, no... But, ask the Lord for the grace not to [gossip]”. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "The
division in a Christian community, be it in a school, a parish or in
an association, wherever, is a grave sin, because it is the devil's
work", said Pope Francis today during his catechesis for the
08/27/2014ISRAEL - PALESTINE Gaza's fragile truce holding against an uncertain future peace Hamas hails the Egyptian-brokered truce as a "victory of the resistance". Indirect talks are set in Cairo for next month to address "fundamental" issues like the disarmament of militias. Prof Sabella speaks calls the agreement an "excellent step forward" for "Two peoples, two states". For Israeli political scientist, the fragile truce is the harbinger of an uncertain future.
08/27/2014CHINA - HONG KONG Beijing prepared to crack down on Hong Kong's democracy movement by Wang Zhicheng Local representatives to the National People's Congress defend Beijing's position. Hong Kong's chief executive threatens to strip foreign residents of their voting rights, insisting that Beijing does not have to follow "international standards" for democracy.
08/27/2014CHINA China's corruption probe leads to two more arrest: a tycoon, and the director of China Resources Power Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption, seen by many as a cover to eliminate internal enemies, continues to claim illustrious victims. This time it is Wang Yujun and Zhang Xinming, who allegedly made money by buying and selling overpriced coalmines. For the head of China's Supreme People's Court, Zhou Yongkang's fall "fully illustrates that in socialist China no power exists outside the cage of the system".
08/27/2014INDIA Pilar Missionary: Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari, amid poverty and malnutrition by Nirmala Carvalho Fr. Lino Fernandes presides at the funeral of two young men, belonging to the same family, who died from "poverty". Conditions of the tribal community worsened by lack of access to medical facilities. The Indian president praises the work of the Church, but state institutions do not help the priests in their mission. Like Mother Teresa, serving "the poorest of the poor."
08/27/2014RUSSIA - UKRAINE No breakthrough in the first Putin-Poroshenko meeting by Nina Achmatova According to experts, the Kremlin did not really want to deal with the"political component" of the crisis, putting all the responsibility on Kyiv. Moscow is willing to deal only with Washington.
08/27/2014VIETNAM To please Beijing, Hanoi jails three activists on false charges The blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang, leader of the protests against China's imperialist policies, is sentenced to three years prison. Police arrest dozens of activists outside the courtroom, then they beat them up in the barracks. The convictions coincide with a senior government officials visit to Beijing.
08/26/2014CHINA China developing submarine to reach San Francisco in 100 minutes Scientists at the Harbin Institute of Technology announced a solution for problems related to "supercavitation", a technology developed by the Soviets that allows an object to reach the speed of sound underwater. The solution would be a special liquid membrane to reduce water drag.
08/26/2014CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi Next month, a senior Chinese government official and a childhood friend of Xi Jinping, will visit Japan. Her goal is to mend relations ahead of the November APEC summit. Beijing wants to overcome disagreements in the name of "common interests." Senior Vietnamese official visits Chinese capital at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party.
08/26/2014IRAQ - SYRIA - UNITED STATES Damascus ready to collaborate with US and UN to stop Islamic State The United Nations reports that after seizing Mosul militants killed hundreds of Shia inmates from Badoush prison. In addition, they carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, kidnappings, human trafficking, enslavement and sexual violence.