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“A sad incident that claimed the life of one of the rescuers is being used to show off Thai greatness." The authorities have now imposed a gag order on the incident so that no one can ask questions or criticise the boys’ behaviour inside the cave. For many the story has become an “emotional drug”, which the country’s ruling military junta is using to move attention away from “hot topics”

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Another scandal has hit China’s healthcare system. Anti-rabies vaccines produced by Changchun Changsheng Biotech were found to be substandard. The authorities had to recall the product from the market. “The incident is very severe in nature because it has dealt another blow to the public’s confidence in domestically produced vaccines,” said a specialist.

| 17/07/2018
| CHINA

The Missionaries of Charity are suspected of being part of a racket for illegal adoptions. Every year 100,000 children disappear in India. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference suspects that "some people" who want to frame the nuns. The West Bengal Chief Minister directly accuses the BJP, the Hindu nationalist party.

| 17/07/2018
| INDIA

This is the biggest deal ever reached between the two parties, sending a signal against US protectionism. Under the deal, tariffs are lifted on 99 per cent of Japanese goods and 94 per cent of European goods (rice excluded).

| 17/07/2018
| JAPAN - EUROPEAN UNION

Officers will gain ministerial privileges and immunity for any crimes, including when they travel abroad. More than a thousand protesters are believed to have been killed during one of the bloodiest episodes in Egypt's modern history. Activists complain that Egyptian authorities are using the legal system and the courts to unjustly prosecute journalists, activists, and critics. 

| 17/07/2018
| EGYPT
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Two centuries after Napoleon’s defeat, the French finally take Moscow. But the glory goes especially to the players who hail from France’s former colonies. In the final match, only three out of 14 players were white. FIFA is happy about the US$ 6 billion in revenues. Russia’s good organisation overshadowed the "scandal" of its annexation of Crimea. Final price tag for stadiums and infrastructure: US$ 50 billion.

| 16/07/2018
| RUSSIA
by Wei Jingsheng

Despite his many friends in the White House and on Wall Street, the vice president has shied away from the trade war between the United States and China. Perhaps he is preparing a comeback after China loses the "war". China’s crooks, those who gained from the country’s legal vacuum and are against economic and legislative reforms, are pushing Xi towards a showdown.

| 16/07/2018
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
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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
 
by Shafique Khokhar

Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.

| 29/06/2018
| PAKISTAN - VATICAN
 

On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?

| 29/06/2018
| VATICAN
 

Pope Francis is hopeful about relations with China, which are not just based on diplomatic talks but also on cultural exchanges and friendship. For him, Card Zen is "a little scared".

| 20/06/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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