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21 October 2014

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10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Hong Kong: first round of talks end in stalemate


Hong Kong: first round of talks end in stalemate
The government delegation, led by Carrie Lam, "hopes" to be able to hold another meeting with student representatives but rejects their demands. Protest leaders are set to remain in the streets to show that the battle is a long one.



10/21/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM

Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice

by Shafique Khokhar
Pakistan: Forced to marry and convert to Islam by force, a young Christian girl’s struggle for justice
In August, the 19-year old Maria Bibi was abducted and forced to marry Mohammad Zohaib, a neighbor and classmate. Now the matter is in the hands of a court. Meanwhile, the Church of Pakistan celebrates a day of fasting and prayer for Asia Bibi. Muslim leader: no innocent person should be made a victim "in the name of religion."



10/21/2014 MALAYSIA

Islamic authorities slam "I want to touch a dog"


Islamic authorities slam
Hundreds of people participated in an event which, according to the organizers, wanted to help people overcome their fear of the animals considered "unclean" by Muslims. For those who touched the dogs, volunteers explained how to perform purifying ritual.



10/21/2014 VATICAN

Pope: "The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to wait for Jesus and this is a man or woman of hope"


Pope:
"Without Christ we have no identity." From "street people" he makes us "fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God". "Instead, the pagan - and we Christians often behave like pagans - forget Jesus, thinks of himself, of his things, not waiting for Jesus. The selfish pagan acts as if he were a god: 'I can manage on my own'. And this ends badly, it ends without a name, without closeness, without citizenship".



10/21/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty

by Paul Wang
As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty
A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.



10/21/2014 INDIA

India, Catholics and Hindus "working together against the globalization of indifference"

by Nirmala Carvalho
India, Catholics and Hindus
The President of the Office for Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism of the Indian Catholic Bishops Conference, Msgr. Felix Machado, speaks to AsiaNews about the Vatican’s message for the Hindu festival of Diwali: "We must not ignore the differences that separate us, but understand them and accept them. In the footsteps of Pope Francis, we must strive for the common good".



10/21/2014 IRAN - IRAQ

United Nations admits Tehran "meeting its commitment" on nuclear programme


United Nations admits Tehran
A report by the UN atomic energy agency confirms that the Iranian government is meeting its commitments under a 2013 interim agreement. The document could be a prelude to an historic deal ahead of the deadline of 24 November. Iraqi Prime Minister is in Tehran on an official visit to find ways to fight the Islamic State. The Vatican calls for greater involvement of Iran on the international stage.



10/21/2014 ASIA

Stock market 'volatility', a worrying sign about the health of the global economy

by Maurizio d'Orlando
Stock market 'volatility', a worrying sign about the health of the global economy
Thanks to central banks action, another "Black Monday" crash was averted. However, in doing so, markets have become drug addicts. Now, if central banks stop pumping liquidity in increasingly massive quantities, another crash is likely.



10/21/2014 PHILIPPINES - AFRICA

Filipino Comboni: Ebola is a call to mission for Africa


Filipino Comboni: Ebola is a call to mission for Africa
Miguel P. Llamanzares relaunches his commitment to "the poorest people in the poorest continent" affected by the virus. He cites the example of a nun, who sacrificed her life in order to remain next to the sick. WHO sources speak of at least 10 thousand cases and approximately 4550 deaths in seven countries. Senegal and Nigeria declared "Ebola Free".



10/21/2014 RUSSIA - FRANCE

Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies

by Nina Achmatova
Private jet crashes in Moscow, the head of Total dies
Christophe de Margerie at the helm of the French oil giant since 2007. Always contrary to Western sanctions against Moscow, he was in Russia on an official visit. Yesterday he met with Prime Minister Medvedev.



10/21/2014 CHINA

China's economy slows down, the lowest rate in the last five years


China's economy slows down, the lowest rate in the last five years
The GDP in the third quarter grew by 7.3%. More stimulus packages needed to maintain growth at 7.5. The Bank of China programs injections of loans of up to 200 billion and 500 billion yuan.



10/20/2014 TURKEY - SYRIA - UNITED STATES

Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state


Ankara to allow Iraqi Kurds to cross to fight Islamic state
The Turkish government backtracks on blocking Kurds. The latter will now be able to fight with Syrian Kurds in Kobane. The United States carries out airdrops of military and medical supplies to fighters resisting Islamic fundamentalists.



10/20/2014 VATICAN

Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians


Pope: We cannot resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians
Many of our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and have had to leave their homes in a brutal way" and "in the general indifference of so many". Cardinal Pietro Parolin: international community must respond to the terrorism of the Islamic State with a negotiated solution to all the problems in the Middle East, starting from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



10/20/2014 BANGLADESH

Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families

by Sumon Corraya
Diocesan assembly in Sylhet centred on the Gospel, strength and support for families
Over a hundred priests, nuns and faithful, led by the bishop, took part in the diocesan assembly on 15-18 October. Mgr D'Cruze emphasised God's word as a mysterious force that can help families meet their challenges. The family must be protected from dangers and threats. Micro-credit tools should be used to help households in need.



10/20/2014 NEPAL

Nepal, an "audio-Bible" to bring Christ’s message to villages

by Christopher Sharma
Nepal, an
The World Mission, a Protestant Christian organization, is engaged in recent weeks in an extensive tour of the country in order to distribute "to those who are interested," a digitally recorded copy of the sacred book. "We reach out to those who ask - says the president - and then they are the ones who spread the Gospel message to family and friends".



10/20/2014 VATICAN

Christians and Hindus to nurture a "culture of inclusion" against the "globalisation of indifference"


Christians and Hindus to nurture a
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has addressed a message to the world's Hindu community for the festival of Diwali, a celebration that marks the victory of truth over falsehood, light over darkness, life over death, and good over evil. Globalisation has made people more self-absorbed and "accustomed" to the suffering of others.



10/20/2014 INDIA

Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias

by Nirmala Carvalho
Mumbai: threats to life undermine God in society, says Card Gracias
In conjunction with the Synod on the Family, the Church in Mumbai organised a conference on 'Protecting, Preserving and Promoting the Gift of Human Life: Emerging Challenges'. "It is sad to see that many people today think they do not need God in their lives," says Mumbai archbishop. "The traditional family has deep roots" in India, but "the country's rapid industrialisation" creates challenges that must be met right away, says a professor of moral theology.



10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong

by Mary Yuen Mee-yin*
Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong
Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.



10/20/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM

Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi

by Shafique Khokhar
Lahore: Christian activists ask Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice for Asia Bibi
Christian Solidarity Worldwide calls on Pakistan's highest court to guarantee her safety as well as a speedy trial to secure her release. Her conviction is evidence of the poor status of the country's justice system, plagued by bias and corruption in blasphemy cases. Michelle Chaudhry is hopeful and optimistic about an acquittal.



10/20/2014 MIDDLE EAST

The Arab League, "defend all countries against the advance of ISIS"


The Arab League,
The Secretary General of the Organization announces that the Arab countries are joining efforts to stop the flow of ISIS supporters crossing the region to join the group and called for a wide-ranging campaign against them.



10/20/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA

Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy

by Paul Wang
Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy
The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.



10/20/2014 INDONESIA

Jakarta, Jokowi takes office: peace, unity and development key steps of mandate

by Mathias Hariyadi

Jakarta, Jokowi takes office: peace, unity and development key steps of mandate
The 53 year old carpenter's son, a former governor of the capital, is now the 7th President of Indonesia. He intends to revive sea trade and preserve the principle of "neutrality" in foreign policy. Thousands of people celebrate the swearing in ceremony. For the first lady he remains a "simple and hardworking man."





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