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31 July 2014

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07/31/2014 INDIA

Madhya Pradesh: government "encourages" radical Hindus to persecute Christians

by Nirmala Carvalho
Madhya Pradesh: government
Reported to AsiaNews by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). In June and July there have been numerous attacks against the minority. In all cases the extremists are using the weapon of the "anti-conversion law" to threaten the faithful and Christian religious leaders.



07/31/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea, discovered corpse "not the Sewol owner"


Korea, discovered corpse
Announced by a group of parliamentarians who visited the forensic laboratory for the autopsy and identification of the body (found in June) and recognized (in July) as belonging to Yoo Byung-eun. Doubts about fingerprints and the stature of the body. Experts: "Science cannot explain everything, but of course the authorities have handled the case badly." 57% of Koreans "do not trust" the government.



07/31/2014 PHILIPPINES - ASIA

Two Chinese activists and Pakistani Foundation among “Asian Nobel” winners


Two Chinese activists and Pakistani Foundation among “Asian Nobel” winners
The Foundation, which assigns the Magsaysay Award, the most famous of the continent, has announced the 2014 winners: a Chinese journalist who challenges abuse of power, an environmental activist and a group of industrialists who promote women’s education in Pakistan. An Indonesian anthropologist, the director of the National Museum of Afghanistan and a Filipino teacher who works with the tribals also awarded.



07/31/2014 CHINA

Xinjiang in lock down following riots


Xinjiang in lock down following riots
The catalyst that sparked the violence in the province, which killed dozens of people, is still unknown. Military patrol streets and authorities shut down communications with the outside world. Formal charges of "separatism" against Ilham Tohti, a scholar who defends the Uyghur minority.



07/31/2014 ASIA

Alarm over malaria in Southeast Asia: drug-resistant parasites found


Alarm over malaria in Southeast Asia: drug-resistant parasites found
This was revealed by a British study, which urges "radical action" to prevent further spread. The parasites do not respond to artemisinins, the most powerful active ingredient used in treatment. The area most at risk is at the border between Cambodia and Thailand.



07/30/2014 JAPAN

Japan's factory output falls to lowest point since 2011 tsunami


Japan's factory output falls to lowest point since 2011 tsunami
After Abe government raised sales tax from 5 to 8 per cent, factory output dropped by 3.3 per cent between May and June. Although "pent-up demand ahead of the sales tax hike was bigger than expected," consumers will come back, analyst expects.



07/30/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

After another UN school hit, UNRWA spokesman says "no place is safe in Gaza"


After another UN school hit, UNRWA spokesman says
For Peres, the military operation in Gaza had "exhausted itself". He hopes that "at the end of the day, the other side will also reach the conclusion that the biggest victory is to end the war." Hamas official hopes for Hizbollah intervention. Vatican getting involved diplomatically.



07/30/2014 NEPAL

Nepal, Christians alone rush to aid of flood victims

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal, Christians alone rush to aid of flood victims
The population denounce government's inaction and praise help from Church and NGOs. The authorities speak of "limited resources". 100 thousand displaced people, dozens of deaths and 10 thousand houses damaged.



07/30/2014 SYRIA - ISLAM

Gregory III: "Christians and Muslims, we are each other's best guarantors"


Gregory III:
In his message for the end of Ramadan, the Greek-Melkite Catholic patriarch of Antioch notes that Christians and Muslims built the Arab civilisation together and pleads with "our Arab brothers to come together to save Islam" from the extremist currents that are invading it. "We must, can and want to stay together, Muslims and Christians, to build together a better world for our future generations and our common future."



07/30/2014 VIETNAM

Vietnam, "educational challenge" at heart of great pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang

by JB. Vu
Vietnam,
30th Marian Congress will be held at the shrine, one of the most popular in all of Asia, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims from all over the country. The meeting focuses on the Year of Evangelization of Family Life, proclaimed in 2014, and the problems that plague the family in an era of economic development and urbanization.



07/30/2014 CAMBODIA

Cambodia's last living Khmer Rouge start second trial


Cambodia's last living Khmer Rouge start second trial
In order to speed up procedures, the UN Special Court has decided to split proceedings against Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, the last two leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime still alive. The crimes date back to the period 1975-1979. The verdict for the trial of crimes against humanity is expected next 7 August.



07/30/2014 CHINA

Official probe of former security chief Zhou Yongkang underway

by Wang Zhicheng
Official probe of former security chief Zhou Yongkang underway
The investigation is in the hands of the Party Disciplinary Committee. For the first time since the days of Mao a member of the Politburo is being charged. Aids, secretaries and Zhou family members also under investigation. When he was minister of security, he strengthened police powers and fast-tracked arrests of dissidents, religious personalities, farmers, workers. If Xi Jinping’s fight against corruption aims to establish "rule of law", he should release those who been denouncing corruption for years and deliver justice to those who have been victims of Zhou’s violence and corruption.



07/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN

Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a "typhoon of spiritual renewal"


Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a
Manila Archbishop Card Tagle and Apostolic Nuncio Pinto talk about the confirmation of the Pope's trip to the country, 20 years after the historic World Youth Day in Manila. "Mercy and compassion" are the visit's themes. Let us show Pope Francis who we really are as Filipinos; let us get ready for God's word."



07/30/2014 INDIA

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a "treasure" for Indian society

by Nirmala Carvalho
St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a
The Mumbai diocese Human Life Committee headed by Msgr. Agnelo Gracias, organized a seminar to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II. The testimony of a Catholic couple, for whom this theology "is an encouragement to live according to God's plan for the human body, which has a purpose and dignity".



07/30/2014 INDIA - USA

John Kerry in India, to "plan" first meeting between Obama and Modi


John Kerry in India, to
The U.S. Secretary of State visit is the first high-level summit between his administration and the new Indian government. Narendra Modi's visit to Washington will be in September. Until three months ago he could not enter the United States for "severe violations of religious freedom."



07/30/2014 CHINA

More violence in Xinjiang: police shoot and kill "dozens of terrorists"


More violence in Xinjiang: police shoot and kill
The clash took place in Shache county, but the details are unclear. According to the government, a group of "terrorists" attacked local government offices and police station; another reported to have attacked the inhabitants of Huangdi. Authorities respond immediatly: dozens of dead, wounded and arrested.





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