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by Wei Jingsheng | CHINA – UNITED STATES

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.

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In the second quarter, the economy grew by 6.7 per cent compared to a year ago, a slight drop from 6.8 per cent in the first quarter., Chinese exports grew in June, as did the trade surplus with the United States, creating fears that the tariff dispute might escalate.

| 16/07/2018
| CHINA

The reprisal took place after the victim’s funeral. Sugito, 48, died after falling into the enclosure of a crocodile farm whilst looking for grass to feed his cattle. Apologies and compensation were not enough. Hundreds of relatives and local residents overwhelmed police and officials and attacked the farm armed with knives, machetes and shovels.

| 16/07/2018
| INDONESIA

The United States has rebuffed the EU request to grant exemptions to European companies from its sanctions against Iran. For Pompeo, there can be waivers only for “very specific circumstances” and if they benefit US national security. Khamenei urges all state bodies to support the actions of the government and President Rouhani.

| 16/07/2018
| IRAN – UNITED STATES – EUROEPAN UNION

The amnesty will take effect on 1st August. The international community has criticised North Korea for its prisons. For analysist, Kim Jong-un wants to secure his people’s loyalty in wake of a changing environment after the summit with the United States.

| 16/07/2018
| NORTH KOREA

“No Christian proclaims the Gospel 'on his or her own' but only when sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself. It is precisely Baptism that makes us missionaries,” said the pontiff. “The staff and the sandals are the endowments of the pilgrims because so are the messengers of the Kingdom of God, not all-powerful managers, not irremovable officials, not touring stars."

| 15/07/2018
| VATICAN
by Sumon Corraya

The congregation was founded in 1951 by a bishop from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. As the number of elderly nuns increases, a facility that helps them in their daily life has become a must. The younger sisters take care of the older sisters.

| 14/07/2018
| BANGLADESH
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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
 

One hundred families went back to the eastern sector of the northern metropolis. A Chaldean priest talks about reconstruction. In addition to houses, social and economic life must be rebuilt. For Muslim leaders, there is no rebirth without Christians.

| 20/06/2018
| IRAQ – REFUGEES
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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