South Asia


Today's news: Maldives’ run-off presidential election is underway pitting pro-Chinese and pro-India candidates. A curfew was imposed again in Manipur due to continued unrest. Food prices reach an all-time high ahead of a Korean Thanksgiving holiday. The Un is sending a mission to Nagorno-Karabakh. Philippine security guards recruit a new feline member.

Today's news: pro-Russian oligarch and 'philanthropist' Ruben Vardanyan arrested, over 50,000 Armenians fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh; Singapore climbs two places and now fifth in the world on the Global Innovation Index; Over 56 thousand schools closed in Pakistan's Punjab due to an escalation of conjunctivitis cases; North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un wants a fleet of submarines.

| 28/09/2023

The Russian embassy in Pakistan reported the delivery, which took place via Iran’s special economic zone in Sarakhs, paid in Chinese currency. Its value is not known or whether a discount was applied. Russian oil was delivered to Pakistan earlier.

| 27/09/2023
by Nirmala Carvalho

The nun, who pioneered the prison ministry in the Indian Catholic Church, passed away at the age of 92. Speaking about prejudices against inmates, she said: “If Christ did not discriminate, why can't we, who claim to be his disciples, do the same?”

| 27/09/2023

Today's news: official Riyadh delegation in the West Bank, an Israeli minister visits Saudi Arabia for the first time. Evergrande president under police control. A suicide attempt and the wounding of a protester during protests in Bangalore over a water dispute. Pyongyang ready to reopen borders to foreigners, closed since first phase of Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese holding company presents project to pump and distribute drinking water from the Kyrgyz-Uzbek basin.

| 27/09/2023

At the approach of the synod, Francis talked online for an hour and a half with 12 university students from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the Indian diaspora in the Persian Gulf. He urged them to fight for their ideas, but always” extending a hand to others”. For him, “education must be free, a right” for everyone.

| 26/09/2023

According to the UN, India is the fourth-largest supplier of weapons to Myanmar’s military junta, but in the north-eastern state of Manipur, it wants to add a fence on the border to prevent the influx of people from its neighbour, which according to the local government is fuelling weapons and drugs smuggling. In fact, the issue has more to do with inter-ethnic tensions in the state. Meanwhile, more airstrikes are reported in Myanmar’s Sagaing Region, forcing thousands to flee.

| 26/09/2023
Editor's choices
by Gianni Criveller
Father Gianni Criveller, a missionary who carried out his ministry for years in Greater China, is the new editor-in-chief of AsiaNews. In greeting readers, he writes that, while taking on a “precious legacy and demanding responsibility”, ...
| 01/10/2023
A Human Rights Watch report highlights the conditions young workers face scrapping ships, one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Scrapping yards employ children as young as 13, violating international standards, polluting the sea, and covering ...
| 28/09/2023
Jailed on 31 December 2020, Lai will go on trial under the national security law on 18 December after repeated postponements. His son Sebastian is concerned about his health. A group of 67 human rights organisations write to Biden asking him to bar Hong ...
| 26/09/2023
by Santosh Digal
According to Philippine government estimates, by 2023 the number of migrants working abroad will reach 2 million. The Church remembers their sacrifices and envisages the creation of a personal prelature for their pastoral care in the world. Along with ...
| 25/09/2023
Bishop Yang Yongqiang of Zhouchun and Yao Shun of Jining are on the list of members released today a couple of weeks before the synod opens. They were picked by the local Church in agreement with the authorities and appointed by Pope Francis. ...
| 21/09/2023
by Dario Salvi
The cardinal relects on the the tumultuous weeks since the withdrawal of the presidential decree under pressure from self-styled leaders (in the pay of Tehran). A  "more subtle" threat hangs over the community, but with the same logic as Isis: drive ...
| 19/09/2023
by Alessandra De Poli
In August, the UN Food and Agriculture Agency reported a 9.8 per cent price hike over July despite an overall drop in food prices. Rice is vulnerable to extreme climate events, like those that devastated Pakistan and China last year, but the recent increase ...
| 12/09/2023
The archbishop of Bologna continues the mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis. If, as some media reports suggest, he will meet Premier Li Qiang, this will be the first high-level meeting between a top Church official and the head of government of ...
| 12/09/2023
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