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27 August 2014

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08/27/2014 VATICAN

Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil


Pope: Division among Christians is not just schism, but result of idle gossip and the work of the devil
At the General audience, Francis recalls Jesus' prayer for the unity of Christians, who are still divided today. “How much we gossip in parishes". "But, this is not the Church! We must not do this! We should not do this! I will not tell you to cut out your tongues, no, no... But, ask the Lord for the grace not to [gossip]”.



08/27/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE

Gaza's fragile truce holding against an uncertain future peace


Gaza's fragile truce holding against an uncertain future peace
Hamas hails the Egyptian-brokered truce as a "victory of the resistance". Indirect talks are set in Cairo for next month to address "fundamental" issues like the disarmament of militias. Prof Sabella speaks calls the agreement an "excellent step forward" for "Two peoples, two states". For Israeli political scientist, the fragile truce is the harbinger of an uncertain future.



08/27/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG

Beijing prepared to crack down on Hong Kong's democracy movement

by Wang Zhicheng
Beijing prepared to crack down on Hong Kong's democracy movement
Local representatives to the National People's Congress defend Beijing's position. Hong Kong's chief executive threatens to strip foreign residents of their voting rights, insisting that Beijing does not have to follow "international standards" for democracy.



08/27/2014 CHINA

China's corruption probe leads to two more arrest: a tycoon, and the director of China Resources Power


China's corruption probe leads to two more arrest: a tycoon, and the director of China Resources Power
Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption, seen by many as a cover to eliminate internal enemies, continues to claim illustrious victims. This time it is Wang Yujun and Zhang Xinming, who allegedly made money by buying and selling overpriced coalmines. For the head of China's Supreme People's Court, Zhou Yongkang's fall "fully illustrates that in socialist China no power exists outside the cage of the system".



08/27/2014 INDIA

Pilar Missionary: Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari, amid poverty and malnutrition

by Nirmala Carvalho
Pilar Missionary: Witnessing the Gospel to tribal Mundari, amid poverty and malnutrition
Fr. Lino Fernandes presides at the funeral of two young men, belonging to the same family, who died from "poverty". Conditions of the tribal community worsened by lack of access to medical facilities. The Indian president praises the work of the Church, but state institutions do not help the priests in their mission. Like Mother Teresa, serving "the poorest of the poor."



08/27/2014 CHINA - TAIWAN

Two Chinese jets invade Taiwanese airspace in latest provocation


Two Chinese jets invade Taiwanese airspace in latest provocation
The latest incident follows narrow miss with an American fighter jet. The Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol planes were escorted out of the Taiwanese airspace, but according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense "no unusual occurrences".



08/27/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE

No breakthrough in the first Putin-Poroshenko meeting

by Nina Achmatova
No breakthrough in the first Putin-Poroshenko meeting
According to experts, the Kremlin did not really want to deal with the"political component" of the crisis, putting all the responsibility on Kyiv. Moscow is willing to deal only with Washington.



08/27/2014 ISLAM - THE WEST

The West should come back to Christ if it wants to defeat the terror of the Caliphate

by Piero Gheddo
The West should come back to Christ if it wants to defeat the terror of the Caliphate
The society we have created dissatisfies everyone. It is a civilisation without a soul, without hope, without children and without joy. All these failures belong to a society without God that now wonders what to do to deal with Islamic fundamentalism.



08/27/2014 VIETNAM

To please Beijing, Hanoi jails three activists on false charges


To please Beijing, Hanoi jails three activists on false charges
The blogger Bui Thi Minh Hang, leader of the protests against China's imperialist policies, is sentenced to three years prison. Police arrest dozens of activists outside the courtroom, then they beat them up in the barracks. The convictions coincide with a senior government officials visit to Beijing.



08/27/2014 LEBANON- MIDDLE EAST

Patriarchs meet with ambassadors in Bkerke to save the East and its Christians


Patriarchs meet with ambassadors in Bkerke to save the East and its Christians
A letter to the Heads of State of the Western and the Arab worlds in preparation calling on them to put a stop the massacre of Christians and minorities in Iraq and Syria. The delay in the election of the President in Lebanon also of grave concern.



08/26/2014 CHINA

China developing submarine to reach San Francisco in 100 minutes


China developing submarine to reach San Francisco in 100 minutes
Scientists at the Harbin Institute of Technology announced a solution for problems related to "supercavitation", a technology developed by the Soviets that allows an object to reach the speed of sound underwater. The solution would be a special liquid membrane to reduce water drag.



08/26/2014 CHINA - JAPAN - VIETNAM

Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi


Beijing's diplomacy to ease maritime tensions with Tokyo and Hanoi
Next month, a senior Chinese government official and a childhood friend of Xi Jinping, will visit Japan. Her goal is to mend relations ahead of the November APEC summit. Beijing wants to overcome disagreements in the name of "common interests." Senior Vietnamese official visits Chinese capital at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party.



08/26/2014 PHILIPPINES - IRAQ

Filipino Church calls for an end to violence and silent guilt, urges Manila to help fellow Christians in Iraq


Filipino Church calls for an end to violence and silent guilt, urges Manila to help fellow Christians in Iraq
Catholic leaders criticise government for its weak and uncommitted attitude. "The time to use religion in the name of religious hegemony is long past;" now it is time for "dialogue in the name of peace," said Card Quevedo, who also slammed "the Iraq situation as created by this fundamentalist radical group".



08/26/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA - UNITED STATES

Damascus ready to collaborate with US and UN to stop Islamic State


Damascus ready to collaborate with US and UN to stop Islamic State
The United Nations reports that after seizing Mosul militants killed hundreds of Shia inmates from Badoush prison. In addition, they carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, kidnappings, human trafficking, enslavement and sexual violence.



08/26/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Seoul, if cots continue to remain empty, Korean race "will be the first to face extinction"


Seoul, if cots continue to remain empty, Korean race
According to one forecast, in a little more than a century, the total population will be 10 million people. By 2256 it will drop to one million: Busan will be the first city to empty. The efforts of the Catholic Church and other religions in favor of life.



08/26/2014 RUSSIA-UKRAINE

Putin and Poroshenko meet in Minsk


Putin and Poroshenko meet in Minsk
No one expresses hopes for an end to growing tensions. Russia wants to send a new aid convoy to the rebel regions and calls for the cooperation of the Red Cross and the Kiev government. Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine. Date for next elections set for October 26.



08/26/2014 VIETNAM

Hanoi resorts to traffic charges to jail dissidents


Hanoi resorts to traffic charges to jail dissidents
Three activists on trial on charges of having "incited" public disorder and causing a “serious obstruction to traffic". Those on trial include a popular blogger, critic of China, and a Buddhist faithful. They face up to seven years in jail. Pro human rights groups accuse Vietnam of not respecting its international obligations.



08/26/2014 INDIA

Mumbai's Jewish center re-opens after 2008 terrorist attack

by Nirmala Carvalho
Mumbai's Jewish center re-opens after 2008 terrorist attack
Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, his wife Rivky and 4 other people died in the attack: the small Moshe, their son, survived thanks to his Indian nanny. Today the structure has been restored: "This project is a seed of light and hope, reminding us how we can survive even in the most terrible of the challenges. Evil will not prevail".



08/26/2014 PAKISTAN

Karachi: Population in revolt over water shortages


Karachi: Population in revolt over water shortages
Population growth and aging water system has led to a serious crisis. Some neighborhoods have had no water for over three months. Women and children have to walk miles to nearest water source. Population demand water "at least once a week". Profit to be made from water attracts criminal underworld.





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