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UCA Asia News - Jul 23

Modi pushes controversial temple to center stage of Indian politics

PM faces criticism for promoting construction of a Ram temple amid a pandemic and falling economy

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Justice served: Khmer Rouge henchman faces death behind bars

Khieu Samphan loses legal battle in a small but important milestone for a UN tribunal

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A shock to the system

Indonesian Church pledges better child protection amid a sex abuse scandal involving 23 altar boys

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Philippine Protestants wade into pastoral letter row

Catholic bishops have every right to speak out against oppression and social ills, they say

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Taiwan president attends Taipei archbishop's installation

Catholics in Taipei contrast Taiwan's religious policy with communist China's policy of Christian persecution

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Rights group slams shooting of two Papuan 'refugees'

Army claims pair were separatists shot dead when confronted at a checkpoint

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Harassment of Bangladeshi blogger's family condemned

Asad Noor charged with hurting Muslims' religious sentiments with Facebook videos

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Call to protect India's migrant workers

Church official urges government to enforce 1979 act as workers start to return to cities

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Malaysia under fire for plan to cane Rohingya asylum seekers

Amnesty claims caning those fleeing persecution is cruel, humiliating and contravenes international laws and norms

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Pakistani journalist freed hours after abduction

Activists celebrate the release of Matiullah Jan, a critic of the military and judicial establishment

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EU more than doubles Covid-19 aid for ASEAN

Funding of $915 million to mitigate economic and social impact of pandemic

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Widodo commits to ending TB in Indonesia by 2030

About 500,000 new cases of the disease are recorded annually, according to health experts

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Corruption plagues battle against pandemic

Graft has emerged in diverse and innovative forms at the expense of human lives

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Pope makes surprise visit to summer camp for kids of Vatican employees

Pope Francis wanted the summer program to support employees with families given the ongoing restrictions

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Virtual symposium explores race in Caribbean context

The legacy of European colonization in this region has left its people valuing "whiteness"

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MULTIMEDIA

Hong Kong protesters mark mob attack

Police arrest a local politician for violating a new security law after he displayed a banner reading 'Free Hong Kong'

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Jakarta Cathedral Church reopens for Sunday Masses

Capacity limited to 20 percent because of coronavirus restrictions

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