Defeated candidate set to appeal to Indonesia's Constitutional Court
Former general Prabowo Subianto is getting ready to challenge the results within three days. According to members of his staff, the vote was rigged in at least 5,000 polling stations. For analysts and experts, the vote will not be overturned because the gap between the two is too wide.
07/23/2014 MACAU - CHINA
Beijing's censorship and Macau universities
Lecturers are fired because they express pro-democracy views or mention the horror of Mao's reign. The politburo and the principle of "one country, two systems" are off-limits on university campuses.
07/23/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Seoul: Buddhist nuns rap and pray to attract young people
The unusual performance took place during a prayer competition organised by the Jogye Order, the largest Buddhist order in the Asian country. We "wanted more young people to take an interest in Buddhism and the message of its prayers," said one of the rapping nuns. A clip of the performance is available online.
Catholic Church is "best" in protecting human rights in Nepal
by Christopher Sharma
Activists and public figures from various religions praise the commitment of Catholics and their institutions, especially to women and children. For former National Human Rights Commission president, priests "are a model for Nepali society."
07/23/2014 JAPAN - MONGOLIA
Tokyo and Ulaanbaatar sign deal to cut duties, agree on mediation with Pyongyang
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Elbegdorj ink free trade pact to boost bilateral trade, mostly cars and beef. The deal is also inspired by a desire to get Mongolia to help in North Korean-Japanese relations. Former Communist nation is playing an increasingly important diplomatic role.
The plague detected in Gansu: 30 thousand people in Yumen under quarantine
A resident skinned a groundhog feed it to his dog and contracted pneumonic plague, the only one of the 3 strains of the disease that can be transmitted from human to human. After his hospitalization and death, the authorities have sealed the area off: the quarantine expires tomorrow, but 151 residents will remain under observation. Since 2002, WHO has reported a total of 7 outbreaks of pneumonic plague.
07/23/2014 CHINA - KOREA
China arrests 29 North Korean refugees who face death if repatriated
by Joseph Yun Li-sun
The arrests were made between Qingdao and Kunming and include 5 Chinese and Koreans who were trying to help them get to South-East Asia. The Beijing government set on sending them back home, where they face concentration camps or execution. Seoul "at work" to resolve issue, experts skeptical: "China does not want refugees from the north, it fears the economic impact."
07/23/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Gaza War: U.S. and Europe suspend flights to Tel Aviv
The flight ban lasts 24 to 36 hours. Fears of accidents similar to MH17 in Ukraine. For Israel, the suspension is a “prize” for Hamas. Michael Bloomberg on a flight to Tel Aviv. 637 Palestinians killed and more than 4 thousand wounded. Among Israelis, 29 soldiers killed, two civilians.
Jakarta: TV announces Widodo is new Indonesian president
Jakarta's popular governor of won 53.15 per cent of the votes. His challenger, retired general Subianto, withdraws from the competition, alleging "fraud", and vows to appeal to the Constitutional Court. Tensions remain high in the capital.
Wenzhou: Christian pastor goes on hunger strike to stop church demolition
Zhan Yingsheng, head of the Salvation Church, locked himself inside the tower to prevent the destruction of the cross that stands on the roof of his church. On a hunger strike since 16 July, he does not fear death. "I have changed: I was a coward and found courage. [. . .] I do not seek publicity; I took this decision because I do not have alternatives." Resistance to religious repression is growing as exemplified by the case of seminarians in Beijing and the example of heroic Bishop Ma Daqin. The full text of the clergyman's testament follows.
Peace and religious harmony in India, "the goal" of Christians and Jains
by Nirmala Carvalho
Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai, met for the first time Swasti Shri Bhattaraka Charukeerti Swamiji, leader of the Jain institutions Digambaras tradition in Moodabidri. The city is a place of pilgrimage for Jains, but it is very much appreciated by the other religions because of its historical and architectural importance.
07/22/2014 VIETNAM - KOREA - VATICAN
Young Vietnamese Catholics "in Korea to welcome the Pope, our father in faith"
by J. B. Vu
Msgr. Joseph Thiên Vũ Văn, president of the Commission for Pastoral Youth Care of the national bishops: "Our delegation to the Asian Youth Day will consist of about 30 young people. Like the Church of Vietnam, the Korean also shed blood for the faith. And this blood proves our loyalty, we hope that they are worthy descendants of the martyrs". The challenges of youth ministry and the opportunity to share experiences and issues with peers from across Asia.
Bangladesh, 2,500 Catholics protest attack on Boldipukur church
by Sumon Corraya
The demonstration was held in Mithapukur: Bishop Sebastian Tudu of the Dinajpur Diocese was also present. Meanwhile in Dhaka, 600 Catholics form a human chain to protest against the attack. Christian leader: "We are also members of this nation."
07/22/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea: lifeless body of the Sewol ferry owner found
The authorities have confirmed this morning that the body of a man, found on June 12, but ignored by the police, belongs to Yoo Byung-eun. The man, the owner of the ship that sank in April, was being sought throughout the country. Indignation of the population at investigators failure to identify the corpse because it was considered "a homeless man".