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30 August 2014

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08/30/2014 SYRIA - PHILIPPINES

Syria, Islamists attack Philippine contingent in Golan Heights: among them a priest


Syria, Islamists attack Philippine contingent in Golan Heights: among them a priest
The group of 75 peacekeepers have been blocked in the hills for few days by the al-Nusra Brigade. The rebels launched a direct attack this morning. The Military Ordinary of Manila says: "There is also a priest among the peacekeepers, sent to take care of the spiritual needs of the troops. Let us pray for all of them".



08/30/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Hong Kong, 7 thousand policemen deployed to counter 1000 Occupy Central protesters


Hong Kong, 7 thousand policemen deployed to counter 1000 Occupy Central protesters
The democratic movement announces a demonstration outside local government offices tomorrow evening to coincide with the announcement on the Beijing draft on universal suffrage. The massive deployment of security forces is a symptom of mainland China’s fear of the democracy in the Territory.



08/30/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN

Archbishop of Saigon: Pope Francis in Korea, a source of joy for mission


Archbishop of Saigon: Pope Francis in Korea, a source of joy for mission
The president of the Vietnamese Bishops' Conference was a delegate at the Pope’s Asian visit. He emphasizes the Pope’s openness, dialogue and attention to reality of the Church in Vietnam. The bishop praises the dynamism of the Church in Korea and the strong presence of the laity and young people in missionary work.



08/30/2014 BANGLADESH

Bangladesh, no let up in floods: millions of people at risk

by Sumon Corraya
Bangladesh, no let up in floods: millions of people at risk
The torrential rains that are hitting the country have devastated 19 of 64 national districts. Over 20 thousand houses under water, the authorities close schools: if the situation does not change, all of these buildings will have to be demolished. The victims helpless, while the government admits: "We are not able to help everyone."



08/29/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE

Military escalation in eastern Ukraine and the dollar-ruble oil war


Military escalation in eastern Ukraine and the dollar-ruble oil war
The United States, France and Germany slam "incursions" by Russian soldiers, threaten new sanctions. Some Baltic countries speak of a real Russian "invasion" of the Ukraine. Gazprom sells first oil shipments in rubles, even in Europe, plans to sell in yuan as well.



08/29/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Hundreds of people on hunger strike in Seoul over Sewol disaster


Hundreds of people on hunger strike in Seoul over Sewol disaster
After 46 days, Kim Young-oh ends his protest in hospital, asks for "help". The response was immediate: in a few hours, 250 people went on a hunger strike in his place. Meanwhile, political leaders seem unable to act. A meeting between political parties and victims' families produced nothing. Card Yeom is criticised for his appeal to stop wasting energy.



08/29/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA

From Syria to Iraq, new horrors (and beheadings) by Islamic State militias


From Syria to Iraq, new horrors (and beheadings) by Islamic State militias
After seizing the Raqqa air base, Islamists killed dozens of Syrian government soldiers. The UN calls for the immediate release of UN peacekeepers captured on the Golan Heights. In Iraq, jihadists behead a Kurdish fighter, threaten the leaders of the autonomous region.



08/29/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG

As Beijing gets its draft for Hong Kong "democracy" ready, democrats pledge to boycott it

by Wang Zhicheng
As Beijing gets its draft for Hong Kong
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress praises the draft rejected by the Occupy Central movement. Even the most flexible democrats will not vote for it. There are fears of social unrest.



08/29/2014 PAKISTAN

Quetta, three journalists murdered as attacks on Pakistani press mount

by Jibran Khan
Quetta, three journalists murdered as attacks on Pakistani press mount
Last night two armed men raided the journalists offices shooting them in cold blood. The assailants fled, police searches so far prove vain. President of Catholic journalists: intimidation against those who seek to "tell the truth". The country is 158th out of 180 for freedom of the press.



08/29/2014 NEPAL

NGOs "force" Nepali Muslims to use contraceptives and abortion

by Christopher Sharma
NGOs
Several Islamic leaders from the poorest areas of the country speak out against non-governmental organizations, which will only provide humanitarian aid if households adopt their methods of family planning: "This is despicable, it goes against our faith and exploits our poverty".



08/29/2014 TAIWAN

Taipei's largest Taoist temple bans incense: it pollutes too much


Taipei's largest Taoist temple bans incense: it pollutes too much
Hsing Tian Kong welcomes around 6 million faithful per year. Some studies show that, in the place of worship, the partical levels are too high and threaten the health of residents. Many believe that the real fault lies with the contrary winds, which carry industrial smog over temple. Bronze braziers also removed.



08/29/2014 CHINA

Guangdong, Buddhist sect branded as "evil cult": 21 arrests


Guangdong, Buddhist sect branded as
The members are also accused of rape and fraud. Their teacher is a human rights activist, who has been sentenced to 11 years for calling for political reform.



08/29/2014 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS

UN warns of 3 million Syrian refugees, "the world's largest humanitarian emergency"


UN warns of 3 million Syrian refugees,
Almost half of the people forced to leave their homes since the conflict began in March 201. Lebanon is hosting the largest number of refugees, more than 1.1 million; other 6.5 million are internally displaced. The Islamic State has brought violence against civilians "to a new level" and hinders the distribution of aid.





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