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Japan and Australia are trying to counter Chinese activism in the Pacific through closer economic and military ties. The Japanese leader pays tribute to the victims of the worst foreign attack against Australia. This was followed by the inauguration of US$ 34 billion pipeline project.

| 16/11/2018
| AUSTRALIA – JAPAN

The campaign plans to destroy crosses, replace crucifixes and images with the photo of Xi and the Chinese flag. The similarities with Mao and with the ancient emperors. By 2030, China will be the country with the largest number of Christians.

| 16/11/2018
| CHINA

Fr. John Lee Tae-seok entered the seminary after his medical studies. Shocked by the war in the African country, he asked to be able to serve as a missionary. He helps all involved, regardless of religion or ethnicity. He died of cancer in 2010 and is the only foreigner to be present in Sudanese school books.

| 16/11/2018
| KOREA - SUDAN

Manama has signed an agreement with Bell Trident Textron Inc. for $ 912 million. Air Force Commander: "the latest and most advanced in the world" means "added value". On the internal front, repression continues: sentences of up to 10 years for six activists.

| 16/11/2018
| BAHRAIN

Among the arrested, also a "key man" of the jihadist group active in the Philippines. The arrests have taken place in recent weeks in the towns of Sabah and Putrajaya. Recruited children were used in clashes with the Philippine army.

| 16/11/2018
| MALAYSIA

They wanted to create an "atheistic and homogeneous" society, eliminating "all ethnic, religious, racial, class and cultural differences". The special court, established in 2006, has only sentenced three people to date. Hun Sen wants it to end.

| 16/11/2018
| CAMBODIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Some MPs were injured, one badly enough to require hospital treatment. The opposition is in the streets of the capital to protest. For many protesters, Rajapaksa is an opportunist. For them, he lost and should pull back, following a no confidence vote in parliament. The situation could degenerate into chaos.

| 15/11/2018
| SRI LANKA

The Pacific Rim summit will cost at least 1.5 billion dollars to a country where 40 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and resources for education and health are scarce. The US-China trade war will dominate the meeting.

| 15/11/2018
| PAPUA NEW GUINEA – ASIA
by Kamran Chaudhry

Pakistan’s Catholic Church is behind a plan to plant a million trees by 2019. Lahore and Karachi are among the most polluted cities in the world. In 2025 Pakistan will be in absolute water scarcity.

| 15/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
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| 09/11/2018
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| 01/11/2018
| PAKISTAN
 
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