Aceh, Christians protest over burned church and authorities inertia
by Mathias Hariyadi
The fire dates to July 18 in Singkil regency. Pews and musical instruments destroyed in the fire. Since May last year the local government, under pressure from Islamists, has sealed off 20 Christian places of worship, four of which are Catholics.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Concern is growing among Christians in the province of Aceh, victims of a series of recent attacks by extremist groups or unknown assailants. The violence is worsened by the policy of local authorities, who instead of halting attacks, continues...
Cardinal Gracias: Prayers for new Indian president
by Card. Oswald Gracias
The President of the Bishops' Conference of India greets "with pleasure" the election of Pranab Mukherjee, who has impressive political "leadership qualities" and a great "interest" for the good of the country. The prelate calls for renewed cooperation between the government and the Catholic Church, the mission among the poor and the marginalized.
Asian shares plunge because of a weaker euro and China
The Euro is at its lowest point against the yen. Fears persist that Asian exports to Europe will drop further. China cuts growth forecast. For the Japanese government, the slowdown in the world economy becomes more widespread.
Pranab Mukherjee is the new president of India
The Congress candidate defeated PA Sangma (supported by the opposition) with 69.31% of the votes. Experienced politician and former finance minister, Mukherjee's victory is considered crucial in view of the general elections of 2014.
Beijing residents' wrath at flood in city without sewers
Heaviest rains in 61 years. 37 victims - drowned, electrocuted by collapsed polls or lightning - and seven missing. Sewer system, which dates from the Ming period, focus of anger. Flooded roads, motorists trapped in their vehicles, collapsed houses, 500 flights canceled, 66 thousand people evacuated. Dozens of deaths in Hebei, Shaanxi, Sichuan.
Devil always trying to wreck God's peace
Benedict XVI talks about the meaning of the Good Shepherd theme during the Angelus. He expresses solidarity with the victims in Aurora and Zanzibar. The London Olympics are "an occasion to promote brotherhood and peace."
Maoist militants throw chairs at Nepal prime minister
by Kalpit Parajuli
More than 500 former fighters carry out the attack, accusing the party's leadership of corruption and lack of economic transparency. Both the party's chairman and vice chairman are targeted. In an official press release, the party dismisses the incident as a "simple argument," but top leaders remain silent.
Burmese authorities accused again of violence against Rohingya
Human rights groups say that the Muslim minority is the victim of attacks, killings and property seizures by security forces and Buddhists. Rakhine state spokesperson denies the claims.
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The extraordinary life of a 'supermom'
by Melani Manel Perera
Millrad Monica Wickramaratna Denipitiya celebrated her 75th birthday with her 11 children, 29 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The years spent with the nuns of the Good Shepherd, whose teachings she passed onto her family, were crucial.
UN renews monitoring mission in Syria
Security Council extends Syria observer mission for 30 days. In Damascus, military frees district from rebels who launch attacks in other areas.
For US, tourist attack bore "some of the hallmarks of Hezbollah"
Pentagon joins Israel. The attacker wore a wig, had a Middle Eastern accent, and probably enjoyed logistical support from one or two people. Three kg of TNT were used.