04/18/2015VATICAN Pope: Denounce and combat trafficking in human beings, a hidden evil At an audience with participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis calls for national and international laws to "ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims." The fight against slavery, the work of Christian saints and "many men and women of good will who do not identify with a religion." Vatican City (AsiaNews) – There is an ‘urgent’ need to report and combat "trafficking in human beings" this new evil that the globalized world wants to hide because it is scandalous and politically incorrect". New laws need to be found " ensure the traffickers meet with justice and their unjust gains are reused for the rehabilitation of their victims "; make...
04/18/2015MALAYSIA One-fifth of Malaysia’s animals endangered Tigers and rhinos at risk due to human activity and poaching. According to the World Bank around 70 species of mammals out of 336 in the country are in danger. Activists: "We must act now."
04/18/2015KAZAKHSTAN Astana: elites discuss climate change, while children get sick and faint Seminar on environmental challenges and the use of hydrocarbons in Almaty. Academic and scientific experts discuss economic development of Central Asian nations. But the oil industry is poisoning the land. Dozens of people suffering from fainting because of toxic fumes.
04/17/2015SRI LANKA Colombo Port City causing "unimaginable" environmental harm by Sajeewa Chamikara Expert tells AsiaNews about the consequences of the Chinese-funded project, which violates Environmental Impact Assessment rules. Sand and granite mining are destroying the local coral reef and marine life, as well as the livelihood of 30,000 fishermen. Beachfront erosion will likely cause damages to coastal houses and hotels as well.
04/17/2015MYANMAR Myanmar military clash with Kokang rebels, 16 soldiers killed and over a hundred wounded by Francis Khoo Thwe The fighting took place in north-eastern Myanmar, along the border with China. The military told displaced people to return home. But people are afraid of retaliation and more violence. So far, it is unclear how many people have died or are wounded. Aid workers have been denied access to the area where fighting is taking place.
04/17/2015SINGAPORE Singapore’s exports jump by more 18 per cent in March Last month, the city-state saw its exports increase despite expectations that it would fall due to lower Chinese demand. The drop in oil prices is the main reason. An analyst is unsure whether it will last.
04/17/2015CHINA Beijing, journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years for defending human rights The woman is very famous in the country and in the international community, for her sharp criticism of the political system and Chinese leaders. Convicted of "divulging state secrets", she will appeal. Her brother: "After a year of detention I hardly recognize her. Today she is 71, how can she manage seven years in jail? ". 44 journalists in Chinese prisons.
04/17/2015PHILIPPINES - VIETNAM - CHINA South China Sea: satellite images confirm Beijing’s" imperialist" policies China continues to build an airstrip on a contended atoll. Evidence of dredging to enhance port facilities. On site construction of new strips of land in other atolls. Beijing defends them as legitimate operations, in the context of territorial sovereignty. US State Department: these actions do not bring "peace and stability" in the region.