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  1. Church v state on population policy

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com The Philippines is the most populous Catholic country in Asia. China is the most populous country in the world. It's interesting to observe ... and greater access to free contraceptives. The country has the highest birth rate in Southeast Asia and 40 per cent of its population lives in poverty. A packet of condoms can cost a family what ...

  2. Letters

    Posted Aug 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... New group's skewed view of populism I do not know why we need yet another pro-business political body in Hong Kong ('New bloc shifts power in Legco', August 22). I think Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung and his new alliance are being naive when they attribute social instability to populist politics. I would like Mr Lam to explain how the populists have managed to get ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - RELIGION

    Mosques needed in New Territories, says Islamic expert

    Posted Jan 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com HK's Islamic population has quadrupled in five decades, but no new mosques have been built For Muslims, a lack of room to worship Hong Kong should build more mosques and community centres for its growing Muslim population, an Islamic organisation said yesterday. Khan Muhammad Malik, chairman of the Federation of Muslim Association in Hong Kong, noted ...

  4. News - World - BRITAIN

    Christians could be a minority in England and Wales by 2018

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... The Guardian in London The 2011 census shows an increasing number of people in England and Wales professing no faith, though the Muslim population is growing Christians on course ... and that canon law, which bans same-sex weddings, will continue to apply. Christianity remains the largest religion in England and Wales, with 33.2 million people, or 59 per cent of the population ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Could a non-European be a future pope?

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Catholics now live in Africa, as the continent's Catholic population grew nearly 21 per cent between 2005 and 2010, the fastest in any part in the world. While the number of priests in North America and Europe has declined, they grew by 16 per cent in Africa. Though China today only has about 12 million Roman Catholics, with many operating underground, its population of 1.3 billion ...

  6. News - Asia - SOUTH ASIA

    Chinese project manager accused of abusing Koran in Kashmir

    Posted May 19th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... in Pakistan, where 97 per cent of the 180 million population are Muslims, and even unproved allegations can spark violence. Rights campaigners argue that the blasphemy laws, for which the maximum ...

  7. News - China - OBITUARY

    Shanghai Catholic bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian dies at 96

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... relations in recent years as the mainland's Catholic population has grown, they remain at odds over which side can ordain priests. News of Jin's death spread quickly among Shanghai ...

  8. Fast facts

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Head of State Queen Beatrix Prime Minister Mark Rutte Population: 16.61 million (2010) Capital The Hague Official language Dutch Ethnic groups (2008) Dutch (80.7%), EU varieties (5%), others (14.3%) Religions (2006) Roman Catholic (30%), Protestant (20%), Muslim (5.8%), other (2.2%), none (42%) Currency euro GDP US$858.3 billion (2011) Climate Temperate maritime Natural ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, February 12, 2013

    Posted Feb 12th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... of tourists and this would benefit our economy. Singapore has a smaller population than Hong Kong and yet it already plans to convert a military runway into a third airport runway. While there may ... are persuaded to stay instead of going abroad. Cherry Yau Wing-yan, Sha Tin   Beijing cannot risk scrapping one-child rule Population growth has been brought under control in China since the one-child ...

  10. News - Asia - INDIA

    Tens of millions of Hindus bathe in Ganges for Kumbh Mela festival

    Posted Feb 10th 2013, 01:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Allahabad

    ... site in Allahabad in northern India. The population of the city has swollen from its normal 1.2 million to about 40 million on Sunday morning, with about 20 million packed inside the vast ...




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