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04/01/2015 IRAN
Young Iranians affected by the embargo, tired of political Islam
by Bernardo Cervellera
Sanctions have been largely responsible for Iran’s 20 per cent youth unemployment rate. The crisis is such that many young Iranians have to live with their parents, unable to marry and start their own family. For them, jobs remain “more important than missiles and the nuclear programme.” Mullahs have come under criticism for their corruption and for the intrusiveness of religion in public life. "Only 16-17 per cent practice Islam."
Tehran (AsiaNews) – As Iranian officials continue to negotiate with representatives of the 5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear programme in Lausanne (Switzerland), most young Iranians are working hard to find a job, increasingly disillusioned by official Islam. The growing gap...

04/01/2015 PAKISTAN
Sindh adds Jinnah’s speech on freedom of religion and equality of citizens in school curriculum
by Shafique Khokhar
The decision by provincial authorities is backed by many human rights organisations. In his address to Pakistan’s first Constituent Assembly, the founder said, “Minorities, to whichever community they may belong, will be safeguarded. Their religion or faith or belief will be secure. There will be no interference of any kind with their freedom of worship. They will have their protection with regard to their religion, faith, their life, their culture. They will be, in all respects, the citizens of Pakistan without any distinction of caste or creed.”
Palestinian ICC membership means Israel and Palestinians will be accountable
Palestine becomes the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague. Now the court will be able to investigate (alleged) war crimes in Gaza. Israeli leaders could end up on trial. The move has been criticised in Israel as "counterproductive." For a Palestinian Catholic leader, it is an "important step" against "those who committed human rights violations”. Now everyone can be accountable for his or her acts.
04/01/2015 INDIA
Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition
by Nirmala Carvalho
The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".
04/01/2015 ASIA - CHINA
Beijing closes competition for "Super Bank" founders: 46 States in the running
Sweden and Kyrgyzstan increase the European and Asian presence. Group includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, joining under the name "Chinese Taipei". Japan and the US stay out. Analysts: "a big mistake in underestimating the potential threat of this new financial reality". On April 15, the final list and the allocation of capital.

04/01/2015 NEPAL – BRAZIL – ASIA
South Asia: a committee against child slavery
by Christopher Sharma
Indian Nobel Prize laureate Satyarthi and Brazilian Senator Buarque are behind the initiative. Poverty and traditions explain the extent of the problem in South Asia. The group underscores the importance of a joint struggle and better education. Likewise, "religious teachers are crucial in reducing child slavery”.
04/01/2015 VATICAN
Pope: During the Triduum "we enter into the mystery, making our own" Christ’s sentiments
"Over the centuries, there have been men and women who with the testimony of their lives reflect a ray of perfect, full, untouched love," like Don Andrea Santoro, the missionary killed in 2006 in Turkey. "Sometimes the darkness of the night seems to penetrate the soul; sometimes think, 'now there's nothing to be done', and the heart can no longer find the strength to love ... But in that dark Christ lights the fire of God's love: a blaze that breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning".
04/01/2015 VIETNAM
Saigon, thousands of workers on strike against government regulations on social insurance
Protests staged in Chinese-owned Vietnamese shoe factory in Ho Chi Minh City. The workers protest law wanted by Hanoi, amending social insurance payments. Executive claims there are "long term benefits”. The workers denounce misuse of funds. Vietnamese lawyer: today there is greater awareness among workers.
04/01/2015 TAIWAN
Taipei: “the scent of the Gospel" in the best restaurant in town
by Xin Yage
Purple is a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Her restaurant has ranked Taipei’s best restaurant for many years. This Easter, she will celebrate the third anniversary of her baptism. "The Catholic faith has improved me as a person and as a businesswoman. When people eat and drink in a refined way, they are happy and open to Jesus and God's love.”
04/01/2015 YEMEN
Raid in Yemen: India, China, Pakistan and Somalia evacuate their citizens
In the last hours New Delhi has managed to rescue 348 compatriots from about 4 thousand living in the Gulf country. Beijing has evacuated 600 people from Aden, Islamabad over 500. Mogadishu asks nationals to contact the consulate: of the nearly 250 thousand refugees living in Yemen, 95% is Somali.
04/01/2015 IRAN-UN
One day extension for nuclear deal. Russia and Iran optimistic
The representatives of Iran and 5 + 1 worked long into the night. Some concern expressed by US and France. Lavrov believes talks should come to a conclusion today. The final agreement in June.
03/31/2015 BANGLADESH
Dhaka: another blogger hacked to death for criticising radical Islam
by Sumon Corraya
Oyasiqur Rahman Babu manage a blog that documented minority rights violations in Bangladesh. A group of at least three attackers killed him for his ideas. The police confirmed the arrest of two suspects.
03/31/2015 MYANMAR
Although government and ethnic groups reach ceasefire deal, it is too soon to celebrate
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Myanmar’s government and representatives from 16 armed groups fighting for some of the country’s ethnic minorities have reached a draft ceasefire agreement. Rebel leaders must give the green light before proceeding. However, the Kokang have not signed on. Myanmar President Thein Sein is satisfied with the deal. For Catholic Kachin activist, it is hard to trust Burmese authorities because the agreement does not include every group and fighting continues in some parts of the country.
03/31/2015 INDIA - TANZANIA
Diocese of Mangalore: school, catechism and solar panels for mission in Africa
Since 2012 the diocese of Karnataka has sent four priests in Kituri, Tanzania. Msgr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza: "It was time to share the faith with those who need it most." Positive response from local population, working with the missionaries. Among the future projects, the opening of a kindergarten.
03/31/2015 INDONESIA
Jakarta shuts down 22 pro-Islamic State websites
by Mathias Hariyadi
The targeted sites are no longer accessible via Indonesian servers because they contained "false teachings" of Islam. After years of doing nothing, the government took direct action against online radicalism.

Altri articoli
03/31/2015 LEBANON
A standing Islamic-Christian conference in Lebanon to meet the region’s challenges by Fady Noun 

03/31/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: safe but in a ghetto (II) by Bernardo Cervellera
03/31/2015 UZBEKISTAN
Karimov wins fourth term in office with more than 90 per cent of the vote by Nina Achmatova
03/31/2015 MIDDLE EAST - ISLAM
Fr. Samir: Arab military coalition possible peacekeeping force to guarantee pluralism by Samir Khalil Samir
03/31/2015 SINGAPORE
Singapore: Teenager on trial for "insulting the memory of Lee Kuan Yew". Risks three years
03/31/2015 JAPAN - NORTH KOREA
Tokyo extends sanctions against the Kim regime
03/31/2015 TAIWAN - CHINA - ASIA
Taipei races against time to get into Beijing’s "Super Bank"
03/30/2015 IRAN
Christians in Iran: with Rouhani there is some movement (I) by Bernardo Cervellera
03/30/2015 SINGAPORE
The mixed legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, a leader who turned Singapore into a model for Asia
03/30/2015 INDIA
For the bishop of Vasai, suicide among farmers is a deep wound for the Church
03/30/2015 CHINA - HONG KONG
Beijing "defends" the Hong Kong Basic Law but warns: It may fail
03/30/2015 BANGLADESH
Death threats cleanse a Hindu village of its inhabitants by Sumon Corraya
Indonesian Church prays for a Filipino on death row but believed innocent by Mathias Hariyadi
03/30/2015 NEPAL
Nepal on alert for Indian terrorists travelling in Europe with fake passport by Christopher Sharma
Editor's choices
Time for a deal with Tehran, a reliable partner against the Islamic State group
by Bernardo Cervellera A framework agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue has to be inked by 31 March. US Republicans, Israel and Saudi Arabia are fiercely opposed to it for ulterior motives. Hassan Rouhani wants Iran to come back into the international fold. Tehran is playing a mediating role in the Middle East. For Vatican nuncio, “there is no evidence that Iran is preparing a nuclear bomb.”
BREAKING NEWS: Chinese police seize two priests in Mutanjiang
by Bernardo Cervellera
Top 10
Patriarch of Baghdad addresses UN, calling for new laws against states or individuals who support terrorists
by Louis Raphael I Sako*
03/27/2015 LAOS - CHINA
Laos, workers march against a Chinese company that does not pay wages
03/27/2015 IRAQ
Mar Dinkha IV, Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, has died
03/26/2015 PHILIPPINES
Muslim and Christian leaders against prejudices, for “still possible” peace in Mindanao
03/26/2015 VATICAN
Pope: people can be "doctors of the law" without faith, without hope, without joy
Saudis continue raids against Shiite rebels. A religious war, but also a question of power
by Paul Dakiki
03/27/2015 INDONESIA
East Java: three militants arrested on returning from Syria. They were "disappointed by the Islamic State"
03/30/2015 VIETNAM
Kontum, communist authorities threaten to tear down 22 chapels. Appeal from Bishop
by Paul N. Hung
03/28/2015 VIETNAM
Vinh: government uses violence to drive out Catholics from their parish
03/26/2015 KYRGYZSTAN
Ulema "excommunicate" Islamic State group in Kyrgyzstan


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