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UCAN Asia News - Apr 16

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Chinese-state Protestants plan 'socialist' Christianity
Secular version of Bible is planned under five-year blueprint unveiled by church's two main bodies read more
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Two more Christians shot dead in Pakistan's Quetta
Motorcycle gunmen open fire on worshippers leaving a Sunday service in the latest outrage in Balochistan read more
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Cathedral in Philippine city of Marawi to be demolished
Church to focus on rebuilding communities instead of structures, local prelate says read more
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Facebook urged to block Sri Lanka hate speech
Groups write open letter to Mark Zuckerberg calling for community standards on posts denigrating religions and women read more
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Rally remembers slain Pakistan student
Student group marches in honor of Mashal Khan, who was murdered over fake blasphemy allegations in 2017 read more
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Commentary

Vietnam's focus on West raises hopes of improved press freedom
Despite the critics, the communist nation has come a long way while other Southeast Asian countries are failing read more
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Commentary

Letter from Rome
Pope's letter of apology helps resolve church crisis in Chile read more
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Features

Rights body probes anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka
CCTV footage shows mob looting shops as Buddhist monks look on, leading investigator says read more
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Migrants struggle to find jobs in Yangon's outskirts
Most struggle to land contract work despite a series of political and economic reforms having been instituted read more
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Young Filipino Catholics offer time to teach poor children to read
Cornerstone is a tutoring program organized by Couples for Christ, a Catholic movement that aims to strengthen Christian family life read more
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Video

Tep Vanny: Imprisoned for peaceful activism
Cambodian housing rights activist has been jailed for defending her community in Phnom Penh Watch this video
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Gallery

Rohingya rebuild their lives in Bangladesh
Since the 1970s, nearly a million Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine State have fled to Bangladesh View this gallery
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