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According to prison doctors, Wang suffers from high blood pressure. His wife, Li Wenzu, fears he might end up like other forcibly medicated lawyers who now show signs of schizophrenia.

| 20/07/2018
| CHINA

A six-years-old child is among the victims. Temperatures hit a peak of 40.7C. In Kyoto, it reached 39.8C. In the hardest-hit areas, 145 people were rushed to the hospital for suspected heatstroke.

| 20/07/2018
| JAPAN
by Paul Wang

The former chief executive was charged with a conflict of interest. The sentence was reduced from 20 to 12 months. Some political rivals express their friendship and esteem.

| 20/07/2018
| HONG KONG

Scientists raise the alarm, pointing the finger at global warming. At present, the dead zone is the size of Scotland. For scientists, this is a worrying trend. Lack of oxygen makes fish survival difficult. The problem also affects coral reefs and tourism.

| 20/07/2018
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - ASIA

Abdel Latif Derian reminded Muslim students of the importance of the Christian presence in the region. Attacks against them are a crime against the entire population. Muslims and Christians share "the same fate". For Mgr Gemayel, the Mufit’s words echo John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation. Supporting and nurturing this voice is a must.

| 19/07/2018
| LEBANON
by Nirmala Carvalho

Rev Thomas George and his wife were released yesterday. The police had arrested them on 13 July on charges of forced conversions. On 15 July, Hindu radicals attacked a church during a service, and beat up the faithful. For Christian leader, "Using conversion to scare people is just an excuse to mobilise Hinduvta groups.”

| 19/07/2018
| INDIA
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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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