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23 September 2014

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09/23/2014 SYRIA-IRAQ-US

US launches air strikes in Syria. Damascus was informed


US launches air strikes in Syria. Damascus was informed
The bombing targets Raqqa area with support of Arab forces. Air raids necessary because of Islamist militias’ hideouts on Syrian territory .



09/23/2014 CHINA

China, world leader in exporting tools of torture


China, world leader in exporting tools of torture
The allegation is contained in a report published by Amnesty International. More than 130 Chinese companies produce and sell "intrinsically cruel" instruments in Asia and Africa. These would include spiked batons, electric batons and rigid restraint chairs.



09/22/2014 YEMEN

Sanaa: government and Shia rebels reach peace deal


Sanaa: government and Shia rebels reach peace deal
A new government is expected shortly, to include Houthi and other separatist groups. The deal ends weeks of violent clashes that left scores dead. Government buildings and state broadcasters are still occupied. Sunni Islamist Islah movement is the loser (for now). UN plays key mediation role.



09/22/2014 USA - IRAN

Islamic State threat pushes United States and Iran to discuss nuclear issue


Islamic State threat pushes United States and Iran to discuss nuclear issue
US Secretary of State Kerry meets with Tehran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. For the Americans, Iran has a role to play. In an effort to broaden the coalition in the fight against the jihadists, Kerry speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.



09/22/2014 AFGHANISTAN

Pashtun Ashraf Ghani is the new president of Afghanistan


Pashtun Ashraf Ghani is the new president of Afghanistan
Rival Abdullah Abdullah to take newly formed post of chief executive. The two candidates have signed an agreement to form a government of national unity, with the mediation of the United States. Washington hopes to extend the presence of its troops beyond 2014.



09/22/2014 IRAQ - FRANCE

As IS spokesman call on supporters to kill all unbelievers, Pax Christi stands with Iraqi Christians


As IS spokesman call on supporters to kill all unbelievers, Pax Christi stands with Iraqi Christians
In a message posted online, Abu Mohammad al Adnani calls against for jihad against unbelievers and infidels. "We will conquer your Rome; break your crosses," he sa. Pax Christi, a French peace movement, calls on people "not to forget Iraq". For Mgr Stenger, it is not enough to defeat the militants, "we need to build" Iraq and its future.



09/22/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Big pro-democracy student strike starts in Hong Kong


Big pro-democracy student strike starts in Hong Kong
The weeklong class boycott began today. "[P]ained and outraged to see the advancement of democracy in Hong Kong stifled and suppressed," about 400 academics and non-teaching staff stand by students, who are "Hong Kong's future". Occupy Central is planning a silent sit-in for 1 October, anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Billionaires from the former colony are set to meet with Xi Jinping to ask him to "stop" the pro-democracy movement.



09/22/2014 INDIA

For Card Gracias, leaders of all religions should work for the Indian people

by Nirmala Carvalho
For Card Gracias, leaders of all religions should work for the Indian people
The archbishop of Mumbai spoke at the 'Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India,' organised by the Dalai Lama. At the event, which was held over the weekend in New Delhi, the Catholic prelate mentioned Pope Francis' visit to Italy's Redipuglia military shrine. For the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, "India is an illustrious example [. . .] religious harmony [. . .] over 1,000 years".



09/22/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE

Moscow Patriarchate tells Vatican that Uniate "problem" should be at the centre of ecumenical dialogue

by Nina Achmatova
Moscow Patriarchate tells Vatican that Uniate
Metropolitan Hilarion again attacks the "project" of the Catholic Church to proselytise in Ukraine, says theological issues should be put aside to address and solve instead the Greek Catholic "problem".



09/22/2014 INDIA

Missionary month in India, PMS director: Every Christian must proclaim the Gospel

by Santosh Digal
Missionary month in India, PMS director: Every Christian must proclaim the Gospel
Fr. Faustine L. Lobo invites the community to live October, "according to the guidelines laid down in Ad Gentes". He calls for a thorough study of the conciliar decree and the development of a "planned strategy" to give new impetus to evangelization. Witness and unity of the universal Church: "We are all part of the same effort".



09/22/2014 NEPAL

Nepal, Hindu radicals target celebrity pop star for converting to Christianity

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal, Hindu radicals target celebrity pop star for converting to Christianity
Anju Panta is one of the biggest stars in the country. After changing religion, she refused to perform at a Hindu festival: "My faith does not allow me to worship gods through song". Following an avalanche of criticism from media and civil society, she responds: "I have nothing to say to those who are criticizing me. May be it’s God’s plan and now I’m under the grace of God".



09/22/2014 TIBET - CHINA

Tibet, a return of self-immolations as 22 year old sets himself on fire


Tibet, a return of self-immolations as 22 year old sets himself on fire
5 months since the last suicide, a Tibetan student burns himself to death in front of the Tsoe Police headquarters. He died in protest against Chinese rule in the region, shouting slogans in support of the Dalai Lama. Thus the victims no number 132 people from 2009 to present



09/22/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA

Turkey closes its border with Syria. Thousands of Kurdish refugees wait behind barbed wire


Turkey closes its border with Syria. Thousands of Kurdish refugees wait behind barbed wire
The crisis sparked by Islamic State conquest of 60 villages and its having laid siege to the city of Kobané. UN warns of humanitarian emergency with hundreds of thousands of refugees. The shut down also blocks the flow of Turkish Kurd fighters against the jihadists. Launch of US air raids in Syria increasingly likely.





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