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World news in brief

20 June 2014


Criticised: members of an ultra right-wing group demonstrate in Osaka, in March 2013. The full name of the group, known in short as Zaitokukai, can be translated as "a group of citizens who do not tolerate giving privileges to Korean residents"

Criticised: members of an ultra right-wing group demonstrate in Osaka, in March 2013. The full name of the group, known in short ...

Japanese Church condemns racism

A STATEMENT from the Synod of the Anglican Communion inJapan has condemned hate-speech against minorities in the country. Describing racist language against ethnic Koreans and foreigners in general as "rampant", the Synod vowed to work to create a multiracial society, and not to tolerate racism on the grounds of freedom of expression. The statement specifically criticises the far-right group Zaitokukai, which campaigns against what it refers to as "special privileges" given to ethnic-Korean Japanese citizens. 

Christian politician killed in Pakistan

A PAKISTANI Christian provincial MP has been killed by his own bodyguard, after a brawl outside his home. Handery Masih, from Quetta, was reportedly trying to stop the bodyguard shooting his nephew on Saturday, when he was shot in the neck. Abddul Razzaq Cheema, the city's police chief, said that the bodyguard had not intended to attack Mr Masih. 

Two Christians abducted in Egypt

ISLAMIST militants are suspected to be behind the kidnapping of two Coptic Christian men from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, the AP news agency has reported. Wadie Ramses, a prominent surgeon, was snatched from el-Arish, in northern Sinai, on Monday, a few hours after Gamal Shenouda was taken from the same town. A ransom of more than £800,000 has been demanded for Mr Ramses, who was shot in the leg during the abduction. 

Israel considers force-feeding of hunger-strikers

A PROPOSED new law, which would require doctors to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, is being debated by the Knesset, the parliament of Israel. The plans have been condemned by an activist group, Physicians for Human Rights Israel, which said last week that the law would violate prisoners' human rights and doctors' ethical guidelines. More than 100 Palestinians who have been detained without charge have been on hunger strike for more than 50 days. 

Iranian opposition conference set for next week

THE annual conference of the Iranian opposition movement will be heldin Paris next Friday. The Conference for Democratic Change in Iran will welcome hundreds of dignitaries and politicians from around the world. The fate of Iranian refugees - who are largely from the opposition group the People's Mujahedin of Iran - in Camp Liberty, in Iraq, is among the items on the agenda (News, 21 February).

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