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21/07/2014 INDIA - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Emirates: Hike in suicides among Indian migrants
Among the leading factors, economic problems and the fear of humiliation because of social debts to loan sharks. In the first half of 2014 at least 37 people killed themselves. They are usually members of the middle class who live above their means.
21/07/2014 INDONESIA
Jakarta: high tensions a day before the results of the presidential election are announced
Tens of thousands of police and military have been deployed on the streets of the capital. Sino-Indonesians fear uncertainty, remembering the 1998 riots. Outgoing president calls on contenders to respect the verdict the Electoral Commission will announce tomorrow morning. Otherwise, "we will have a huge price to pay."
21/07/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh: Catholic appointed personal secretary to the Prime Minister
Her name is Namita Halder and she is a native of the diocese of Khulna. This is the first time a government official belonging to the Christian community has held such a role.
21/07/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
Patriarch Rahi: "What do moderate Muslims say" about what is happening to Christians in Mosul?
"We hear no one cry out" against the brutal behavior that contradicts 1,400 years of history of the Islamic world. The Syriac-Catholic patriarch calls on the Vatican to organise a meeting to deal with the situation with the apostolic nuncios from the countries involved, and consider joining forces with the diplomatic efforts of the Patriarch of Moscow.
21/07/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Ban Ki-moon: Israel in Gaza, "an atrocious action". So far 502 Palestinians and 18 Israeli soldiers killed
Yesterday, the most violent day: 140 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers killed. Half of the Palestinian victims are women, children and the elderly. Two Israeli civilians killed as a result of rockets fired from Gaza. The UN Security Council has called for respect of international law and the protection of civilians. Netanyahu: no other choice against "terror"; Abbas: "crimes against humanity".
20/07/2014 VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East
"May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".
19/07/2014 SRI LANKA
Jaffna: government erodes freedom and dignity of Tamil people
A thousand people of all ethnicities and religions participate in a meeting to denounce the conditions in which the North’s Tamils are forced to live. Police desperately try to prevent the rally, even threatening some refugees.
19/07/2014 ITALY - ASIA
2013 sees jump in death penalty, with China, Iran and Iraq in the lead
This is what emerges from the 2014 Report "The death penalty in the world" Hands Off Cain. At least 4,106 executions in the world, up from the 3,967 in 2012. Official data lacking from many countries. In China, more than 3 thousand people died at the Executioner’s hands, Iran 687 and Iraq 172.
18/07/2014 INDIA
Bangalore, 17 year old novice gang raped
Local Church reports attack to AsiaNews. The Archbishop, Msgr. Bernard Moras, expresses "deep sorrow for the inhumane act suffered by this young girl. This act is a shameful blot on the dignity of our women, society and the nation." Three men broke into the convent and raped the girl, who has been hospitalized.
18/07/2014 THAILAND - CHINA - HONG KONG
Chinese couples flock to Bangkok to choose unborn child’s sex: a multi-million dollar business
Thailand is the only country in Asia where IVF treatment offers this possibility. And at a much lower cost than in the United States and South Africa. A turnover of over 150 million dollars and a 20% increase in demand per year. Catholic sources tell AsiaNews they hope the Church will speak out clearly on this matter.
18/07/2014 MALAYSIA - RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Ukraine: Malaysia Airlines flight shot down, 298 deaths. Moscow and Kiev trade blame
The tragedy has "deeply shocked" Malaysians still reeling from the disappearance of flight MH370. Prime Minister Najib calls for thorough investigations to clarify the dynamics. Interceptions reveal involvement of Russian separatists; Putin rejects the charges and blames the Ukrainian government which has taken over the military actions in the area. Emergency meeting of the UN.
18/07/2014 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: Christians, Muslims and Hindus together against the attack on Boldipukur church
About 60 people attend event organized by two human rights associations. There were also some Missionaries of the Immaculate, who suffered an attempted rape in the assault. The Provincial Superior: "We want a peaceful solution and justice."
18/07/2014 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
As Israeli tanks enter Gaza, Netanyahu says he is prepared to "significantly widen" the operations
Initial death toll includes 24 Palestinians and an Israeli. Hamas says Israel will "pay a high price" for the invasion. However, diplomatic sources note that the parties continue to meet, even if they deny it. Pope Francis expressed "serious concerns" over what is happening.
18/07/2014 VATICAN - ISLAM
Christians and Muslims should work fraternally for "justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person"
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issues a message for the Muslims of the world to mark the end of Ramadan. "Despite being aware of our differences, [. . .] We perceive the importance of promoting a fruitful dialogue built upon mutual respect and friendship. Inspired by our shared values and strengthened by our sentiments of genuine fraternity, we are called to work together for justice, peace and respect for the rights and dignity of every person."
17/07/2014 PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Rammasun leaves 38 dead and more than 500 thousand displaced in the Philippines
Millions of people in the capital and in other areas of the province of Luzon are without electricity and water. At least eight people are still missing; Initial toll is about $ 15 million in damages. 7 thousand houses destroyed and another 19 thousand damaged. Quezon ready to declare a state of calamity.