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  • An Indian bishop’s crusade against love jihad0

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    • September 16, 2021

    Many bishops are prone to act without proper thinking in tune with the human family Paul Thelakat, Kochi September 14, 2021 A civil rights activist holds a placard during a demonstration condemning the government’s moves to enact a law against “love jihad” in Bangalore, India, in December 2020. (Photo: AFP)   It was on Jan.

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  • Japan’s silence on Rohingya hinders Asia’s peace and stability0

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    • September 16, 2021

    Japan’s cold-blooded policy on Rohingya crisis has not yielded any fruit so far Parvej Siddique Bhuiyan September 14, 2021 A general view of the makeshift tent in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 31, 2021. Seventy-year-old Aysar Rahman is one of the more than 750,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar in August 2017 when its military launched a

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  • Myanmar’s Suu Kyi back in court after health no-show0

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    • September 14, 2021

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her elected government were ousted in a military coup AFP, Yangon In this file photo taken on September 19, 2017, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a national address in Naypyidaw. (Photo: AFP)   Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi returned to court Tuesday to

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  • Two decades on from 9/11, the Taliban crave recognition0

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    • September 6, 2021

    The Afghan civil war is not over and to relent on recognition would constitute a savage betrayal of lost lives A Taliban fighter stands guard at a market with currency exchange shops in Kabul on Sept. 5. (Photo: AFP)   Just three weeks after the Taliban seized Kabul, the militia has shown no signs of

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  • Kandhamal riots seared in memory of India’s Christians0

    Exactly 13 years since brutal violence scarred an eastern state, victims are still waiting for justice John Dayal, Delhi  August 25, 2021 The ruins of a Christian church in Sikoketa in Kandhamal district after the riots of August 2008.   Feb. 24, 1784, was the day the Christian community in India shed its innocence, discovering its

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  • Moral depravity runs deep in Pakistani society0

    The latest incident of an assault on TikTok star Ayesha Akram is a worrying sign of social decay Azeem Alphonce August 25, 2021 A women’s rights activist holds a placard during a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 24. (Photo: AFP)   Moral decadence is the absence of dedication to the strict moral framework presented

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  • India denies deaths due to manual scavenging0

    Activist demands an apology for the “irresponsible and cruel” statement made by a federal minister in parliament Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi  August 02, 2021 1 Lakshmi, a manual scavenger from Uttar Pradesh in northern India, says they are exposed to serious health hazards. (Photo: UCA News)   India has denied any death due to manual

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  • Remember six brave heroes of Myanmar’s democracy struggle0

    Six months on from the military coup, let us pray for true freedom, genuine peace and real justice August 02, 2021 It is perhaps by serendipity that on the eve of the six-month landmark of Myanmar’s coup yesterday, I started reading economist Amartya Sen’s new memoir, “Home in the World”. He begins by recounting his

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  • Celebrating Eid in Pakistan as Taliban terror threat rises0

    Increasing risk of attacks will force churches to make security plans and increase coordination with law enforcement agencies Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore July 21, 2021 A Pakistani paramilitary soldier stands guard as Muslim devotees offer prayers on a street during Eid al-Adha, or the Festival of Sacrifice, in Karachi on July 21. (Photo: AFP)   Pakistan suffered

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  • Slave labor shames India’s claims of progressive development0

    Despite numerous labor-friendly laws passed since independence, slavery is rife in the caste-obsessed country   Saji Thomas uly 21, 2021 Migrant workers and families in Chennai wait to board a special train to Bihar state in May 2020 after India’s government eased a nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Many migrants are victims of unscrupulous employers. (Photo: AFP) Maniram

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  • Religious conversion in India: More smoke than fire now?0

    The age-old debate on conversion continues with the same passion, tone and argument even today Anosh Malekar Published: July 16 Hindu priests and devotees carry an idol of Lord Jagannath as a symbolic gesture after a Rath Yatra procession was canceled amid Covid-19 restrictions in Kolkata, India, on July 12. (Photo: AFP)   An upper-caste Hindu

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  • Hindu leader in Bangladesh under fire for ‘Satanic Jesus’ comments0

    Christian group demands an apology and warns that such ‘blasphemous’ remarks threaten religious harmony UCA News reporter, Dhaka July 15, 2021 Govinda Chandra Pramanik has sparked uproar among Bangladeshi Christians with his comments about Jesus and Christian groups. (Photo supplied)   Christian leaders in Bangladesh have demanded an apology from a Hindu leader accused of

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  • INDIA: Indian PM’s firing of health minister reflects pandemic failure0

    Narendra Modi’s cabinet reshuffle was more out of compulsion than a meticulously planned strategy Nirendra Dev, New Delhi  July 09, 2021 Farmers burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest against an increase in petrol, diesel and cooking gas prices at the Golden Gate in Amritsar on July 8. (Photo: AFP)  

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  • INDIA: Is Stan Swamy’s death a turning point for Indian Church?0

    The late Jesuit priest was aware of the implications of his work among Jharkhand’s downtrodden Myron Pereira, Mumbai July 09, 2021 Students take part in a protest in New Delhi on July 6 after Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who was detained for nine months without trial under Indian anti-terrorism laws, died on July 5.

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