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31 October 2014

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10/31/2014 CHINA

Halloween in Beijing, police warn: Anyone dressing up will be arrested


Halloween in Beijing, police warn: Anyone dressing up will be arrested
The ban on Halloween costumes is limited to the underground and is part of a wider number of restrictions in place for the upcoming APEC summit to be held in the Chinese capital. The authorities justify "Costumes can cause crowds and problems."



10/31/2014 INDIA - SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka, "premeditated" death sentence for five Indian fishermen

by Nirmala Carvalho
Sri Lanka,
According to Jesuit priest Santhanam, the judgment issued by the Sri Lankan court is the result of decades of conflict between Delhi and Colombo over trespassing in territorial waters. The verdict "contradicts Pope Francis’ position against the death penalty".



10/31/2014 MYANMAR

Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms


Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms
On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it's just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit.



10/30/2014 CHINA - AFGHANISTAN

Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid


  Ashraf Ghani offers China cooperation against Islamic terrorism in exchange for aid
The afghan president is in Beijing on his first official trip abroad. To Xi Jinping, he vowed to tackle Islamist-controlled pockets on the border with Pakistan. By 2017, Beijing will provide Kabul with US$ 327 million dollars in aid.



10/30/2014 VATICAN

Pope: in a Europe where there is "thirst for God," Catholics and Old Catholics should bear credible witness to the Gospel


Pope: in a Europe where there is
During an audience with bishops from the Union of Utrecht, Francis recognises "the increasing distance between us on matters of ministry and ethical discernment." Nevertheless, it is "possible to build new bridges of a more profound mutual understanding and practical co-operation". Indeed, "In prayer for and with one another, our differences are taken up and overcome in fidelity to the Lord and his Gospel."



10/30/2014 THAILAND - ITALY

For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the "missionary" pope, embodies the spirit of Assisi, Fr Sala says

by Dario Salvi
For Thai Buddhists, Francis, the
Fr Valerio Sala has been a PIME priest in the Asian country for the past five years. He describes how he came to his vocation and how he developed his missionary zeal after a brief stint in Africa. He explains how globalisation and relativism have deeply penetrated Thai culture, as well as the challenges they represent. For him, Christ is the basis for a true "social and moral change."



10/30/2014 TUNISIA

Secularist party wins Tunisia elections


Secularist party wins Tunisia elections
The Nidaa Tounes party wins 85 seats, defeating Ennahda, the main Islamist party. Tunisia was the first country in the Middle East to experience the Arab Spring and the only one to go through a real democratic transition.



10/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN

Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad


Manila: Card Tagle tells reporters to stop dividing the Church in good and bad
Upon his return home from the Extraordinary Synod on the family, the archbishop of the Filipino capital discussed what was done. He also urged the media to stop generalising. "Conservatives, liberals, or traditionalists are wrong categories that prevent listening." In general, coverage was "dominated by the West." There should be more "Asian and African journalists".



10/30/2014 VATICAN

Pope: "The devil exists" and "we have to fight him”, “girded in truth” “armored with justice”.


Pope:
"This generation - and many others - were led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we have to fight him". "The salvation that Jesus gives us is free", but we are called to defend it.



10/30/2014 JAPAN

Tokyo, the families of Yasukuni war victims: remove criminals from the sanctuary


Tokyo, the families of Yasukuni war victims: remove criminals from the sanctuary
The site is one of the "hot spots" of Asian geopolitics. Among the 2.5 million Japanese war dead honored in the temple is the names of 14 war criminals who have committed atrocities in China and Korea. Prime Minister Abe has always gone there, while the emperor has never gone.



10/30/2014 ISRAEL

Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi


Palestinian killed in Jerusalem suspected of having shot a rabbi
Police say the man suspected of the attack opened fire on counter-terrorism agents that had surrounded his house. The rabbi is the leader of a right-wing movement that wants Jews to be allowed pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.



10/30/2014 SOUTH KOREA

Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace


Korea, Msgr. Kim elected president of Bishops. Bishop You to Justice and Peace
The bishops' conference concludes its plenary assembly convened to elect the new leadership of the episcopate. The Archbishop of Gwangju chosen by a large majority, his deputy will be Msgr. Chang. The Bishop of Daejeon, entrusted the most “sensitive” Commission. For Christ the King, a fundraiser for the Christians of Syria and Iraq.



10/30/2014 PHILIPPINES - AFRICA

Manila orders repatriation of citizens from African nations affected by Ebola


Manila orders repatriation of citizens from African nations affected by Ebola
The overseas workers in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be subject to 21 days quarantine. The government has adopts "voluntary repatriation" for at least 900 people. With 10 million workers abroad the country is considered "highly vulnerable" to deadly epidemics.



10/30/2014 SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud

by Melani Manel Perera
Sri Lanka, rescue operations hampered: more than 300 people buried alive by mud
Bad weather prevents rescuers from freeing the village of Meeriyabedda inhabited by tea growers, swept away by a landslide. Except for the children who had left early to go to school.





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