03/10/2014SYRIA-LEBANON Ma'aloula nuns freed in exchange for 150 rebels held prisoner by Paul Dakiki The release took place around midnight, hours after the news first broke. The Lebanese and Qatari security chiefs Abbas Ibrahim and Ghanim al- Kubaisi were key mediators. The nuns were held on the second and third floor of a house controlled by the Al Nusra Front rebels for two months. Great publicity and media alerted ahead of release. Beirut ( AsiaNews) - The group of Orthodox nuns kidnapped last December
in Maaloula were released last night around midnight. In return, the Syrian
regime released 153 rebels held prisoners.
The 13 nuns and three...
03/10/2014INDIA - TIBET - CHINA Dalai Lama representative: Tibetan spirit still strong, Beijing must listen On the anniversary of the 1959 anti-Chinese riots in Tempa Tsering , the representative of the Buddhist leader in Delhi tells AsiaNews: "China's policies are still very oppressive however the population continues on the path of non-violence". A memorandum to China with five demands to halt the bloodshed in the region.
03/09/2014VATICAN Pope: Do not argue with Satan, defend yourself with the Word of God Pope Francis dedicates his Sunday Angelus to the Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent on Christ’s temptation in the desert, "Jesus does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden . Jesus knows that there is no dialogue with Satan, because he is too cunning. This is why Jesus, instead of entering into a dialogue like Eve, chooses to take refuge in God's Word and responds with the power of this Word. We should remember this when we are tempted".
03/08/2014SOUTH KOREA Daejeon Diocese celebrates "fruits of love " born thanks to Benedict XVI by Pietro Kim Jaedeok After the publication of "Deus Caritas Est ," Msgr. Lazzaro You Heung- sik promised the Pope Emeritus that he would launch a major campaign for the poor in Korea and Mongolia. Six years later, the project "100 won for a meal" has produced a home for the poor, a regular distribution of meals and support for students.
03/07/2014LAOS - CAMBODIA In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year.
03/07/2014UKRAINE - RUSSIA Crimea: Church and pro-Ukraine Crimeans demonstrate for peace The Orthodox Metropolitan of Simferopol prays for Ukraine's territorial integrity. Crimean Muslims also demonstrate. Tensions persist between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine Crimeans. As US and EU threaten Putin with financial sanctions if he does not accept negotiations with Ukraine, fears rise in the Baltic republics.
03/07/2014PAKISTAN Faisalabad: hundreds of "white ribbons" to protest against violence against women by Shafique Kholkar On the eve of International Women's Day, hundreds of people march to demand an end to abuse in all its forms. They appeal to the government for "new laws" to protect women, who are discriminated in the family and the workplace. This battle is "cultural" as well as societal in a country that does not fully recognise equal rights for women.