09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: tolerance towards migrants is not enough, they need welcome and solidarity Titled "Church without frontiers, mother to all" the message for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees is released. " Often, however, such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities". "Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Migratory movements
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09/23/2014INDIA Modi-Xi deals to provide a "lesson in democracy" The director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights views positively the new Beijing-Delhi relationship. Xi Jinping pledged investments worth US$ 20 billion over five years.
09/23/2014UNITED NATIONS - ASIA China and India snub climate summit at the United Nations Carbon emissions in China eclipse those of the United States and European Union combined, increasing by 4.5 per cent this year to reach 10.4 billion tonnes. In 2013, China burnt 3.7 billion tonnes of coal, and will burn even more in the future. The United Nations wants countries to offer "promises" of "specific action" on climate.
09/23/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Thousands of Hong Kong students in the streets "for democracy and freedom" Over 13,000 people join peaceful strike that starts a weeklong protest action against Beijing's restrictions on universal suffrage. Participants include students from mainland China who are impressed by protesters' passion. "It's great for Hong Kong students to have their say. We do not have it on the mainland. Even if we have thoughts, we dare not say them out loud," said one student.
09/23/2014VATICAN Pope: Christian life is "simple": Listen to the Word of God and put it into practice "Maybe we've made things a little too 'difficult, with too many explanations that nobody understands." Listen to the Word of God, read a passage from the Gospel and ask "Does God speak to me in this, is He saying something to me?". "God doesn’t just talk to us all: yes, He talks to everyone, but at the same time He speaks to each one of us. The Gospel was written for each of us."
09/23/2014CHINA Xinjiang: Ilham Tohti sentenced to life imprisonment The intellectual, an ethnic Uyghur, has long called on Beijing to open a channel of dialogue for peace in Xinjiang. The Intermediate People's Court of Urumqi convicted him for "separatism." One of his lawyers announces that he would appeal. The sentence causes outrage among activists for human rights in China.
09/23/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: If we want peace, let us follow the teachings of Christ, says Muslim leader by Shafique Khokhar On World Peace Day, a seminar on inter-religious unity and harmony among different faiths saw about a hundred Christian and Muslim leader meet. Muslim leaders says we should follow the "teachings of Jesus" and "turn the other cheek". Governments have an important role to play in protecting minorities and fighting violence.
09/23/2014CHINA China, world leader in exporting tools of torture The allegation is contained in a report published by Amnesty International. More than 130 Chinese companies produce and sell "intrinsically cruel" instruments in Asia and Africa. These would include spiked batons, electric batons and rigid restraint chairs.
09/23/2014MYANMAR Myanmar grants citizenship to 209 Muslim refugees, even Rohingya They are part of a group of internally displaced persons fleeing sectarian violence in Rakhine State. Over a thousand Muslims have joined a government pilot program to check the status of refugees. In the past, Burmese authorities repeatedly rejected the persecuted Muslim minority’s request for citizenship.
09/22/2014YEMEN Sanaa: government and Shia rebels reach peace deal A new government is expected shortly, to include Houthi and other separatist groups. The deal ends weeks of violent clashes that left scores dead. Government buildings and state broadcasters are still occupied. Sunni Islamist Islah movement is the loser (for now). UN plays key mediation role.
09/22/2014AFGHANISTAN Pashtun Ashraf Ghani is the new president of Afghanistan Rival Abdullah Abdullah to take newly formed post of chief executive. The two candidates have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, with the mediation of the United States. Washington hopes to extend the presence of its troops beyond 2014.