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UCAN Asia News - Apr 17

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Rape and murder of 8-year-old challenges India's secularism
Crime that has shocked the nation has been politicized by pro-Hindu groups read more
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Protestant plan for Chinese Christianity 'serves politics'
Critics say state organizations promoting five-year blueprint have never opposed China's clampdown on religious freedom read more
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Philippine authorities arrest 71-year-old Australian nun
Sister Patricia Fox is declared an 'undesirable alien' after being accused of participating in illegal political activities read more
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Pastor suspects arson in Pakistan church fire
Police investigate mysterious blaze in Christian area where blasphemy protests broke out two months ago read more
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Abortion is murder, says Sri Lankan cardinal
Despite terminating pregnancy being illegal in the country, about 650 procedures take place every day read more
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Indonesian Muslim leader accused of inciting religious hatred
Senior politician in strife for saying some political parties were aligned with God while others were Satanic read more
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Fire guts Rohingya camp in India amid deportation calls
Muslim refugees from Myanmar suspect blaze that destroyed 55 homes in New Delhi was started deliberately read more
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Features

Caste plays vital role in southern Indian election
As Karnataka heads to polls on May 12, Congress party banks on populist schemes to help restore its former glory read more
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Indonesian nun a shining light for victims of violence
Sister Yosephina raises awareness of HIV and takes on patriarchal society while restoring hope for battered women read more
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Commentary

Human trafficking in Manila: The resurrection of Jessica
The love of Christ can save even a 'lost child' corrupted by traffickers and abused as a play thing by foreign sex tourists 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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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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