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Assad has now set his eyes on retaking Idlib province, the largest area still in the hands of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, former al-Qaeda ally. Some 2.5 million people live in the province. The United Nations calls for talks to avert "a civilian bloodbath".

| 11/08/2018
| SYRIA
by Shafique Khokhar

A meeting is held in Lahore to ask for more rights. Participants reiterated their commitment to a "multi-religious" Pakistan. The goal is to obtain specific measures, including the right to study one's faith.

| 11/08/2018
| PAKISTAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Jasic Technology workers claim they are treated “like slaves". At least 14 people are still in custody. Maoists demand their liberation and the right to establish independent trade union. Publicly traded JT sells products all over the world and has plants in Shenzhen, Chongqing and Chengdu. Its Shenzhen plant alone employs about a thousand people.

| 11/08/2018
| CHINA

The work of "sinicisation" of religions continues with the aim of eliminating foreign influences. Ethnic Muslim Hui fear repression like in Xinjiang. “They want to secularise Muslims, to cut off Islam at the roots,” said an imam. “These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in communism and the party.”

| 11/08/2018
| CHINA
by Kamran Chaudhry

Christian and Muslim members of the Progressive Student Collective took to the streets to protest the death last month of an artist whose killers are still unpunished. Young people want the government to repeal the blasphemy law, which has killed many innocent people.

| 10/08/2018
| PAKISTAN
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by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.

| 06/08/2018
| CHINA
 
by Suor Mary Prema

The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.

| 17/07/2018
| INDIA
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Raduno nazionale dei Giovani missionari a Pontianak – Messa conclusiva
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