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The largest inland body of water will be neither sea nor lake but will benefit from "special" status. The leaders of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed the deal. Some 50 billion barrels of oil and 300 trillion cubic metres of natural gas are at stake. The sea is famous for its caviar, the roe of wild sturgeons.

| 14/08/2018
| IRAN - ASIA
by Melani Manel Perera

The area is a popular destination with tourists. The settlement was created in the 1950s. Most residents are Buddhists involved in inland fishing and farming. Residents have proposed different solutions to the authorities, without getting an answer.

| 14/08/2018
| SRI LANKA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Brethren Church is located in the village of Depura. Its members have been threatened with "dire consequences". Today a young man was abducted from his home, dragged to a Hindu temple, had his head shaved, and was subjected against his will to a ceremony of reconversion to Hinduism.

| 14/08/2018
| INDIA

The Japanese Minister of Education will also be present. The initiative involves a thousand students. Tokyo wants to confirm a summit with Xi in October. China and Japan mark 40 years since the signing of their peace and friendship treaty. Both want to counter US protectionism as the trade war escalates.

| 14/08/2018
| CHINA - JAPAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

Two new priests were ordained in the parish of the Holy Cross in Beduai. Msgr. Mencuccini: "To become priests means to consecrate all of your life to God and to the Church so that you may 'die' for the good of your flock". Local Catholics perform traditional dances and ceremonies before the consecration.

| 14/08/2018
| INDONESIA

“If true, this has disturbing national security implications”, MP wrote on twitter. Many want the government to clarify the matter, worried that financial sovereignty is shared with China, with which India almost clashed over the Doklam plateau.

| 14/08/2018
| INDIA - CHINA
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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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