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08/02/2014 CHINA
Jiangsu factory explosion leaves at least 65 dead, hundreds injured
The explosion was caused by contact between fine metal powder and naked flame. The Zhongrong Plating Company in Kunshan (50 kilometers from Shanghai) manufactures automotive components: its customers include General Motors. The hospitals are requesting assistance from other health care facilities and appealing to public to donate blood.
Shanghai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - An early morning explosion inside a car components factory in the eastern province of Jiangsu has killed 65 people. At least 150 were wounded, with "dozens" in a serious condition. The causes of the disaster, one of the worst occurred in China this...

08/02/2014 BANGLADESH
Bangladesh, resolving family problems by praying the Rosary together
by Sumon Corraya
An initiative launched by a lay member of the Catholic Diocese of Rajshahi. She also stresses that Catholic families are experiencing a crisis: "Too little time spent together and adolescents too taken up by the new technologies and social networks."
Evacuation of 13,000 Filipinos from Libya almost ready
The Philippines' Foreign Secretary flew to Tunisia to oversee rescue operations and convince Filipinos who want to stay fearing unemployment at home that they should leave. The beheading of a Filipino worker and the gang rape of a nurse triggered the emergency. China too is sending a ship to repatriate its citizens.
08/01/2014 VIETNAM - JAPAN - CHINA
Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on "maintaining peace and stability" in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be "perceived as hostility by China".
Palestinian leader says Gaza war will end only when peace talks start
by Bernardo Cervellera
For Prof Bernard Sabella, this war that has lasted for 25 days is bound to continue indefinitely if leaders do not agree to open talks on "two peoples-two states." Gaza's youth (75 per cent of the population) has no economic and social prospects. Fundamentalism is growing even among Israelis. A ruthless war, in which both Hamas and Israel use civilians as a shield.

08/01/2014 CHINA
Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter's mistakes
by Willy Lam
Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been "abolished" after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader's style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders. Here is an analysis by an expert on China, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
08/01/2014 THAILAND
Bangkok: junta appoints new legislature, half from the military
Many fear the Armed Forces are tightening their grip on power. A new 200-member legislative body will include 100 military and almost a dozen police officers. The new interim constitution gives too much power to the generals, and democratic elections have been set for the end of 2015.
08/01/2014 PHILIPPINES
Fr Willmann, the "gentle warrior", moving towards beatification
A National Executive Committee has been created in the Asian country to show that the American Jesuit, who was naturalised Filipino in 1975, led a life of sanctity. From 1936 until his death, the clergyman dedicated his life to Filipinos, breathing new life into the country's Order of the Knights of Columbus and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.
08/01/2014 BANGLADESH
Tensions high in Boldipukur: Mission threatened
by Nozrul Islam
Unknown assailants warn the parish to withdraw the complaint filed after the attack on the church and the convent. The violence was not over money or an attack "in hatred of the faith." "It is likely - say local sources - that it was an attempt to intimidate nuns and priests and convince them to close a legal dispute over land ownership"
08/01/2014 INDONESIA
Indonesian Muslims slate the "Caliphate" and ISIS: We need peace and coexistence
by Mathias Hariyadi
A video posted on YouTube by an unknown Indonesian Islamic guerrilla calls the "brothers and sisters" of Southeast Asia to join the Islamic State in Iraq and fight for the creation of a Muslim caliphate. In recent days, hundreds of people gathered to invoke “holy war." Moderate Islamic leader: "Only a fool would make such a choice, we strongly condemn these senseless actions."
08/01/2014 NORTH KOREA - CHINA
Pyongyang excommunicates China: a decadent and unprincipled country
An editorial in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper is the latest step in the cooling of bilateral relations. The Kim regime displeased at Xi Jinping’s decision to visit South Korea first. A source on the border: "If things go wrong, so much the better for us. Government will stop trade with China and the plunder of our natural resources .Ordinary people have never benefited from these relations".
08/01/2014 INDONESIA
Moluccas, fresh fears of Muslim-Christian clashes: 4 dead, dozens of homes ablaze
by Mathias Hariyadi
In Ambon, security forces intervene in riot gear. The fear is that this is a flashback of the violence that, until 2002, divided Islamists and Protestant Christians, causing thousands of innocent deaths.
08/01/2014 TAIWAN
Gas explosion in Kaohsiung: 24 dead
by Xin Yage
There are also 270 wounded. Streets ripped apart, with huge craters, cars and people thrown into the air by the explosion. The dead include four firefighters. An eyewitness account.
07/31/2014 TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL
Thousands of people attend 14th Shamar Rinpoche's cremation in Nepal
Despite pressure from Beijing, the Nepali government allows the funeral to take place, granting the deceased his last wishes. Kathmandu's initial refusal was due to fear of possible anti-China protests from the Tibetan community in exile, which however did not occur.
For Orthodox Church, Moscow can do what it wants in state-religion relations
Speaking about the US State Department report on international religious freedom, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said "We have the right to create our model."

Altri articoli
With nearly 1,400 dead in Gaza, Netanyahu pledges to destroy every tunnel
07/31/2014 INDIA
Andhra Pradesh: a new church in memory of Sister Ida, the "golden mother" of Vegavaram by Benigna Menezes*
Tripoli priest calls for the repatriation of Filipino workers whose lives are risk
Only cultural resistance can oppose brute force at work in Gaza and Mosul by Fady Noun
07/31/2014 SOUTH KOREA
Korea, discovered corpse "not the Sewol owner"
07/31/2014 INDIA
Madhya Pradesh: government "encourages" radical Hindus to persecute Christians by Nirmala Carvalho
Two Chinese activists and Pakistani Foundation among “Asian Nobel” winners
07/31/2014 CHINA
Xinjiang in lock down following riots
07/31/2014 ASIA
Alarm over malaria in Southeast Asia: drug-resistant parasites found
07/30/2014 JAPAN
Japan's factory output falls to lowest point since 2011 tsunami
After another UN school hit, UNRWA spokesman says "no place is safe in Gaza"
07/30/2014 NEPAL
Nepal, Christians alone rush to aid of flood victims by Christopher Sharma
07/30/2014 SYRIA - ISLAM
Gregory III: "Christians and Muslims, we are each other's best guarantors"
07/30/2014 VIETNAM
Vietnam, "educational challenge" at heart of great pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang by JB. Vu
Editor's choices
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
Top 10
07/27/2014 VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine
07/26/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza"
07/28/2014 TAIWAN
Filming begins’ on Martin Scorsese epic on Christian mission in Japan
by Xin Yage
Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines to be a "typhoon of spiritual renewal"
07/28/2014 TIBET - CHINA - NEPAL
Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche
by Christopher Sharma
Filipino priest warns that the lives of 13,000 Filipinos in Libya are in danger
07/28/2014 JAPAN
Shock in Nagasaki after 15-year-old student kills and dismembers best friend
07/26/2014 CHINA
American Benedictine nuns help women's religious congregations in Jiangsu and Beijing
07/26/2014 VATICAN - ITALY
For pope in Caserta, we must "have the courage to say no to evil" to "attain" the Kingdom of God
07/30/2014 SYRIA - ISLAM
Gregory III: "Christians and Muslims, we are each other's best guarantors"


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