08/22/2014INDONESIA Constitutional Court dismiss appeal, confirm Widodo President. Analysts and civil society satisfied by Mathias Hariyadi The Supreme Court yesterday rejected allegations of vote rigging and fraud, confirming the result of the elections on July 9. A judgment based on law and not politics. Political scientist in Jakarta: the people want Jokowi. "Clear and fair" expression of democracy. Formation of the government next step. Jakarta
(AsiaNews) - The July presidential elections "represent what people really
thought and wanted" for their national leadership and the victory went to
Jokowi because "the people want him"; Now the country must focus on
the "big challenges" waiting...
08/22/2014VIETNAM Half a million Vietnamese Catholics on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of La Vang For the Church in Vietnam, this was a major moment of bearing witness that confirms the devotion of the faithful to the Virgin. The leaders of Vietnam's Bishops Conference and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli were present at the event. The pilgrimage provided an opportunity to revive the missionary commitment based on the theme "Evangelisation of family life."
08/22/2014JAPAN Hiroshima, landslides: Number of missing jumps to 51 39 confirmed deaths in the disaster, but dozens of people still missing. An entire months rainfall in just three hours as government admits having delayed evacuation order. About 3 thousand people engaged in rescue operations, but more landslides feared.
08/22/2014MONGOLIA - CHINA Xi Jinping in Mongolia to boost (China's control of) of local economy China's president will remain until tomorrow. Several agreements have been signed during meetings with Mongolian officials, boosting China's presence in the landlocked nation. Still, "Mongolia is seeking to diversify its export partners to reduce China's overwhelming control of its economy," expert says.
08/22/2014CHINA - USA - JAPAN China's atomic "super-missile" worries the United States and Japan Beijing is testing a system capable of releasing nuclear missiles (at immense speed to evade defence systems) over American and Japanese territory. According to the Land of the Dragon it is a "necessary" technology to counter Washingtons presence, but experts fear a new hike in tensions in the area.
08/22/2014MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur, nation mourns over victims of Flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine Today, the first 20 bodies arrived at the airport in the capital. 43 Malaysians died in the air disaster, 15 of them crew members. Highest authorities present, flags at half-mast and for the first time a national day of mourning declared for civilian casualties. Malaysia Airlines' condolence to family members.
08/22/2014INDIA India, film on assassination of Indira Gandhi barred from release According to the critics the film "glorifies" the murderers of the renowned Indian Prime Minister and could trigger a "law and order situation". The film tells the story of Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards, who apparently killed her in 1984 to avenge the massacre of Sikhs in the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
08/21/2014LEBANON - IRAQ For Eastern Churches, the use of force is legitimate to defend Iraq's Christians The leaders of Eastern Churches call for the ouster of the Islamic state from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains. For Syriac Catholic Patriarch Yousef II Younan, the international community must have the "courage" to live up "to its principles." Mar Sako says Eastern Churches, when together are "big and strong".
08/21/2014INDIA India's infertility clinics, the other side of surrogacy in India In three years, the number of facilities rose 20 per cent. Although infertility has not increased in the country, a high number of people (64 per cent) prefer artificial insemination or surrogate mothers. Surrogacy is thus spreading among Indian couples.
08/21/2014CHINA-VATICAN Chinese experts: cautious openings in relations with Vatican by Wang Zhicheng Zhuo Xinping, of the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing says Pope Francis "will improve" relations being "a Jesuit" and "Latin American". Li Xiangping speaks of a "new atmosphere". But Party press do not report on the Pope’s statements or telegrams. A website recalls the "two mountains" to be overcome: diplomatic relations with Taiwan and "interference" in the internal affairs of China. Generic statements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman.
08/21/2014IRAQ - LEBANON Erbil: patriarch tells refugees fleeing Islamists "Today, we are all the Chaldeans" by Fady Noun Beshara al Rahi visited families living in refugee centres in Iraqi Kurdistan. They are the "mystical body of Christ that renews itself." Even today, they continue to flee under the threat of an Islamic state. The moral anguish is even worse than the physical devastation. Through suffering, the solidarity of the Chaldean Church is winning back the country.