06/01/2015INDIA After claiming 1,700 victims deadly heat wave ends in India by Nirmala Carvalho Pre-monsoon rains are expected by the end of this week. Varanasi Priest speaks of "human tragedy", which mainly hit the poorest in the country. Because of the high temperatures, many are too weak to work and also risk of starvation. Mumbai (AsiaNews) - the heat wave that, in the last two weeks, has killed more than 1,700 people in India is beginning to loosen its grip. In Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where the temperature hit over 45 degrees, clouds have begun to gather for the past three...
06/01/2015KYRGYZSTAN Government plans to test imams on Islam to fight terrorism According to Kyrgyz authorities, 70 per cent of the country’s imams lack a formal and thorough religious education. For imams, such a restrictive policy has political objectives. Clerics not loyal to the president are expected to be removed in a country where 90 per cent of the population is Muslim. The country has 2,362 mosques and 75 madrassas.
06/01/2015CHINA Beijing bans smoking in public places In China about 300 million people smoke, and each year one million die from tobacco-related diseases. Cigarettes can cost less than a dollar a pack, and smoking is considered almost like breathing. Offenders now will be fined, named and shamed on a government website.
06/01/2015TURKEY Erdogan’s campaign centred on Islam and nationalism As head of state, he is constitutionally barred from party politics. However, he is holding rally after rally appealing to conservative Muslim voters. A video from the ruling party released to commemorate the conquest culminates with the Muslim call to prayer being recited from a minaret at Saint Sophia, which is now a museum.
06/01/2015HONG KONG – CHINA Hong Kong’s pan-democrats united against Beijing’s reforms After a long meeting with representatives from mainland China, Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers announced they would veto plans for political reform that fails to grant real universal suffrage. The vote is expected in June.
06/01/2015VATICAN Pope: "The path of our redemption is a road of many failures," but in the end love conquers all "The prophets, the men of God who spoke to the people, who have not been heard, who have been discarded, will be his glory." "If each one of us does an examination of conscience, we will see how many times, how many times the prophets have been cast aside. How many times we have said to Jesus: ‘Go away’, how many times we wanted to save ourselves, how many times we thought we were the just ones".
06/01/2015VIETNAM - US - CHINA Washington showers millions on Hanoi to buy military vessels and counter China Ash Carter, head of the Pentagon, announces the dispatch of a first tranche of 18 million euro. It is the second trip to Asia in a few months, confirming Washington’s interest in the Asia-Pacific region. Strategic partnership being considered between the US and Vietnam, once great rivals.
06/01/2015NEPAL School bells ring once again for Nepal’s children The schools have been reopened for the first time after the earthquake. 137 temporary spaces were built in the 16 worst affected districts. However another 4,500 temporary schools need to be built to allow all 985 thousand Nepalese children who still cannot, go back to school.
05/31/2015VATICAN Pope: In the Trinity lies the ultimate goal of our earthly pilgrimage At the Angelus Francis reflects on the mystery of the one God in three Persons: "We renew the mission of living communion with God and with one another on the model of the Trinity." Remember "for what purpose, for what glory we exist, we work, we suffer." Next Thursday the celebration of Corpus Christi: "Participate in this solemn public act of love for Jesus among the people." The Pope calls on those present in the square to make the sign of the cross, all together.
05/30/2015VATICAN Pope: Euthanasia and abortion, attacks on human life equal to war and terrorism Francis receives participants in the meeting sponsored by the Science and Life Association in audience: "I see your association as hands reaching out to other hands to sustain life." A just society "recognizes the primary right to life from conception to its natural end," but "must also go further and reflect on the use we make of it."
05/30/2015LEBANON Hopes for a miracle as Cardinal Mamberti arrives in Lebanon by Fady Noun After arriving in Beirut yesterday, the prelate is set to speak with civil and religious authorities about election of the President of the Republic and the situation of Christians in general. "In this we have to see the expression of the interest and concern of the Holy Father, who is closely following events in Lebanon and the Middle East. "
05/30/2015ASIA More and bloodier wars in world: 180 thousand victims in 2014 The data from the International Institute of Strategic Studies show a 60%increase of victims of world conflicts over the past two years. The bloodiest war in Syria. In 2013 wars displaced 50 million people in the world: this figure had not been reached since WWII.