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China Earthquake: Growing Death Toll

Last edited 22nd April 2013

Rescue teams are making every effort to reach the most remote areas of Sichuan, China, hit by an earthquake two days ago. The death toll has increased: there are 188 dead, 21 missing, 11 thousand injured of which about 1,000 are in serious a condition. The State Council has banned unauthorized groups from travelling to the area for fear of adding to traffic problems.

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Colorado River - America's Most Endangered River 2013

Last edited 17th April 2013

The Colorado River is a lifeline in the desert, its water sustaining tens of millions of people in seven states, as well as endangered fish and wildlife. However, demand on the river's water now exceeds its supply, leaving the river so over-tapped that it no longer flows to the sea. (Video by Pete McBride.)

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Creation to be Major Theme at WYD in Rio

Last edited 17th April 2013

When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in July, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

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ASIA/SYRIA - To die or leave? The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus talks about the unanswered dilemma of Syrian Christians

Last edited 15th April 2013

Damascus - Christians in Syria "must choose between two bitter chalices: to die or leave." A dilemma that involves the whole ecclesial reality in this battered Country, and is told by the Maronite archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar in a vibrant testimony to Fides Agency.

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Interactive Website - Road to Refuge - Great resource for Youth Groups and Teachers to Explain the Stories of Asylum Seekers

Last edited 26th April 2013

Searching for safety and protection, refugees and asylum seekers embark on many different and difficult journeys. The decision to leave behind family and friends, and the life you have built for yourself, is never easy.

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Pope Prays for Argentina Flood Victims, Urges Aid for Survivors

Last edited 4th April 2013

The Pope is praying for the 54 people who have died in flooding that hit two cities in Argentina and is also appealing for aid to those made homeless by the disaster.

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Suicide the Leading Cause of Death for Young Indian Women

Last edited 2nd April 2013

Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young women in India, a recent study has found. The study found that over 78,000 young Indian women had committed suicide in 2010. Adjusted for population, this is six times the equivalent figure in the UK. Experts have pointed to sex-based discrimination in India as key factor in the rates of self-harm. Visit this article to read more.

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The Fight to Stop Population Control in Philippines Continues

Last edited 27th March 2013

Proponents of population control in the Philippines, including the Obama administration, were in a celebratory mood on December 17, 2012 when the so-called “Reproductive Health” (RH) Bill was signed into law. But they may have started partying too soon. The Supreme Court of the Philippines has now suspended the law for 120 days while it considers whether or not it violates the Philippine Constitution.

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World Water Day - You Can Help Change the World

Last edited 21st March 2013

Today is World Water Day! Did you know that you can pledge your next birthday and help change the world? In this video, meet Lory - who raised over $2000 to provide water to families in Rwanda.

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336 Million Abortions in China Since 1971, Says Chinese Govt

Last edited 21st March 2013

There have been over 336 million abortions in China since the since 1971, according to data released by the Chinese Health Department. The number of abortions has remained steady, according to the department, and over 7 million women per year still seek abortions. Visit this article to read more.

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