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Maronite bishops call for a safe and dignified return of refugees. But the bases for peace and security are still missing. Lebanon risks economic and social collapse. For the UN, a repatriation plan is still premature. Fr Karam wants the international community to promote a peace process in Syria that respects everyone involved.

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"The dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communication in the hands of an unscrupulous person, of a government without scruples". "Communicating scandals is hugely seductive, a great seduction. You can seduce by scandal. Good news is not seductive".

| 18/06/2018
| VATICAN
by Matthew Coutinho*

The ceremony was presided over by Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Jerusalem "focal point from which the disciples leave to go to the ends of the earth to bring Jesus". The deacons come from Asia, America and Europe; they studied theology at the Salesian campus.

| 18/06/2018
| ISRAEL - INDIA

The Saudi coalition offensive to conquer the port of Hudaydah continues. Dozens of victims, and aid at risk. Msgr. Hinder: the pontiff calls to dialogue "important". But the situation is worrying, the danger of an "even greater catastrophe". Pessimism shrouds dialogue.

| 18/06/2018
| YEMEN
by Bernardo Cervellera

He was 94 years old. He was bishop of Qingdao since 2000, with the Holy See approval. But according to several people, he was too subjugated to the Patriotic Association and to Antonio Liu Bainian, president of the organization and originally from Shandong. The diocese is silent on the period from 1953 to 1978. It is probable that the bishop was dragged to prison or forced labor camps during the Maoist period and the Cultural Revolution.

| 18/06/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN

He was traveling from Kampot to Preah Sihanouk for election engagements. A taxi travelling in the opposite direction crashed head on with the royal motorcade. Prime Minister from 1993 to 1997, the prince was overthrown by a coup led by forces loyal to Hun Sen. In recent years he has reconciled with his former enemy, now a political ally.

| 18/06/2018
| CAMBODIA

The earthquake struck the city at 8 am, in full rush hour. The quake reached a magnitude of 6.1 and level six out of seven of the Japanese intensity scale. The epicenter at 13 km depth. Strong aftershocks are expected.

| 18/06/2018
| JAPAN
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With today's signature, the two leaders commit to a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The deal calls for the recovering the remains of prisoners of war. Kim makes an "Unwavering commitment" to denuclearise the peninsula. Trump offers security guarantees to North Korea. China approves; France has doubts. South Koreans “hope” for peace. North Korean refugees are concerned.

| 12/06/2018
| KOREA – UNITED STATES – ASIA
 
by Lawrence Jangma Gam

The civil war in the northern state has entered its seventh year. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has exceeded 150,000. Some tell of their flight from their homes and of their life in the reception facilities.

| 12/06/2018
| MYANMAR
 
by Liao Yiwu

Writer Liao Yiwu spoke with Liu Xia, wife of the late dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was left to die in prison from cancer. Under house arrest, Liu Xia was promised by the government that she could leave China for treatment. But nothing has happened so far. Despite her request, Angela Merkel could not meet her. Liao pleads with politicians and ordinary people.

| 01/06/2018
| CHINA
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
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