11/25/2015SYRIA Islamic State frees 10 Assyrian Christian from Hassaké community They belong to a group of over 200 faithful abducted last February in the northeast of Syria. Five women among the released hostages. Their release came after "lengthy negotiations" conducted by the Eastern Assyrian Church. An estimated 140 people still in the hands of the militia. Damascus (AsiaNews) - The Islamic State (IS) has released a group of 10 Assyrian Christians, kidnapped in February in north-eastern Syria. They are part of a group of over 200 Christians, dragged away from their...
11/25/2015BANGLADESH Bangladeshi inter-faith forum leader attacked Alok Sen is the secretary of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Parishad, a forum that brings together Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. He was attacked as he left home. The reasons for this remain unknown but some fear it might be in retaliation to the hanging of two opposition political leaders.
11/25/2015INDIA "Mother Teresa" award to the widow of Pastor Graham Staines by Nirmala Carvalho Mrs. Gladys Staines has worked for years in favor of lepers in Orissa. She transformed her home into a specialized hospital. She also founded a hostel and school for children. The Harmony Foundation, part of the legacy of Mother Teresa rewards "people who encourage the values of peace, tolerance and social justice."
11/25/2015MYANMAR More violence in Kachin: Burmese army kidnaps and tortures two civilians by Francis Khoo Thwe The two men arrested on suspicion of links with the Kia rebel militias. Left in the hands of the soldiers , who brutally mistreated them. Hospitals refused to treat them and now under intelligence surveillance. The victory of the Democrats to the polls is not enough to pacify the conflict zones in areas where minorities live.
11/25/2015CHINA Xinjiang government claims some Party members support Uyghur terrorists Charge laid by Xu Hairong, regional anti-corruption chief, certain that some high ranking members "promote violent terrorist attacks" in the region with special status, to maintain economic benefits. "Some Party officials do not believe in Marxism but in ghosts." Over the last two months clashes have increased between Beijing and the Muslim minority. Police killed more than 40 "terrorists" in one week.
11/25/2015NEPAL 54 foreign couples leave Nepal with surrogate children by Christopher Sharma Surrogacy was legalized in September 2014, but without an effective regulation. In September 2015, the Supreme Court banned the practice of renting wombs. Nepal had become a hub of "reproductive tourism", like India and Thailand. Immigration Department director: "Only parents who have already paid for their children, can return home."
11/24/2015SRI LANKA Sri Lankan Christians organise food and clothing fair to help needy seniors by Melani Manel Perera The Ceylon Bible Society organised the charity event in Moratuwa. This is its 13th edition. Elderly former seamstresses provided hand-made clothing and cooks brought homemade food. For the Bible Society’s secretary general, seniors “are a huge resource for young people who can learn a lot from them”.
11/24/2015VIETNAM Church marks the anniversary of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs by Paul N. Hung Today is the anniversary of Saint Anrê (Andrew) Trần An Dũng Lạc and his 116 fellow martyrs, killed in the 19th century. Saint John Paul II canonised them in 1988. For Vicar in Ho Chi Minh City, they are an example to follow. “Through love, we can eliminate violence.” A group of Catholics visit the shrine built on the site where Saint Mátthêu (Matthew) Lê Văn Gẫm was beheaded in 1847 for carrying bishops and priests on his ship.
11/24/2015TURKEY - RUSSIA For Moscow, Turkey’s downing of Russian plane "is a serious incident" Turkey claims Russian plane violated its airspace. Russia denies it left Syrian airspace. A Kremlin spokesman says he has no idea if Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Turkey, tomorrow, will be cancelled. At the same time, it would be wrong to “make any conclusions” from the incident.
11/24/2015ASIA-UN UN report: the United States, China and India, the countries most affected by climate disasters Data from UN study for reducing the risk of disasters. Between 1995 and 2015 there were 6,547 natural disasters; the greatest damage caused by floods, storms, heat waves and droughts; floods are frequent weather events; 606 thousand people have died and 4.1 billion others have been injured, made homeless or left living in need. UNICEF study indicates that there are 690 million children at risk, of which 530 million in Asia.
11/24/2015TURKEY "Together for the common home", Focolari meet with Patriarch Bartholomew The meeting starts tomorrow in Halki, the monastery that one was the seat of the Greek Orthodox Theological School. The patriarch and Maria Voce will present the main reports, but bishops from various Churches are expected to address the gathering as well, including Card Kurt Koch, who is in Istanbul as the head of the Holy See delegation to the Patriarchate for the feast day of Saint Andrew.