03/05/2015PHILIPPINES Manila Auxiliary: dialogue between the government and Muslim rebels "only path for peace in the Philippines" For Msgr. Pabillo a military offensive would only be a source of further problems. He urges the parties involved to "seriously consider" negotiations. The peace agreement with the MILF can be a litmus test for a deal with the Islamists. But essential to shed light on the causes and responsibilities for the Mamasapano massacre. Manila (AsiaNews / CBCP) - Negotiations and peaceful
dialogue is the only solution to reach an agreement with the Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff); in contrast, any military offensive
against the Islamist rebel group would create more problems than...
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.
03/04/2015CHINA Beijing prepares for NPC with increase of military budget by Chen Weijun March 6 the annual session of the National People's Congress begins. It is the "Chinese Parliament" which brings together more than 3 thousand delegates from around the country. Members are banned from checking social networks, smoking in public or falling asleep during meetings. The first move will be to ratify an additional 10% in military spending.
03/04/2015VATICAN Pope: A society that "discards" the elderly, "depository of a people’s wisdom", carries a virus of death "A culture of profit insists on painting the elderly as a burden, a 'dead weight'. It thinks that the elderly don’t produce anything and therefore are a burden". "There is something vile in this addiction we have to this throw away culture. We have become used to discarding people." "The Church cannot and does not want to comply with a mentality of impatience, and even less that of indifference and contempt towards old age".
03/04/2015INDONESIA Civil society groups in protest against new anti-corruption commission leaders by Mathias Hariyadi The appointment of former General Gunawan as national police chief is at the centre of the dispute. The commission's former leaders were forced out. The general's file has been moved to the Office of the Attorney General and to the police. Many fear that the investigation will be a whitewash, undermining the fight against graft.
03/04/2015INDIA Maharashtra bans beef: 5 years in prison for those who eat it The law on the slaughter, consumption and sale of cows, bulls and steers approved after 19 years. 80% of the country's population is Hindu, a religion that worships the cow. Major consequences for the Muslim community, responsible for beef trade. Christian Association: "Religion is something personal, and the government should not mix it with their norms".
03/04/2015VIETNAM 155 Catholic students denied school access over land dispute For six months hundreds of families have been unable to send their children - between 4 and 15 years of age - to school. The authorities have imposed a transfer to a school 30 km away. For three years there has been a clash between Catholics and authorities over the forced displacement of a thousand families. But some of them resisted.
03/04/2015RUSSIA Russia’s only gulag museum closed due to "too much pressure" Perm-36, the only museum to be built in a former Stalinist labor camp and dedicated to the memory of Soviet political repression, must cease its activities. Since 2012 there have been growing problems, not least the worsening of government rhetoric against the "fifth column" in the country.
03/04/2015KAZAKHSTAN Kazakhstan, 120 cases of strange “sleeping epidemic " The first case of the phenomenon dates back to March 2013. Since then, 120 people have been affected by a strange disease that makes them sleep for days. The village concerned is located near the former Soviet era uranium mines. According to a professor at Tomsk University, the cause of the epidemic is a carcinogenic gas that is released from the decomposition of uranium.
03/03/2015ISRAEL - UNIETD STATES - IRAN Netanyahu worried more about elections back home that about Iran's nuclear programme by Joshua Lapide The Israeli prime minister wants to stop the "bad deal" with Iran that could "threaten the survival of Israel." Obama retorts that Netanyahu's dark predictions never came true. At home, some believe Netanyahu sought this visit to boost his chances at re-election. For ordinary Israelis, there is too much talk about Iran and nothing about domestic issues and peace with the Palestinians.