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Criminal groups exploit corruption, weak borders and poor controls to increase business.  Trafficking in drugs, medicines and counterfeit goods, people or animal species generate tens of billions in profits.  Casinos and banking institutions used to clean up money.  Myanmar epicenter of methamphetamine production.

 

 

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Sunday will mark the third month since terror attacks killed 258 people. At present, churches have reopened after believers “asked us to start offering Mass again,” he said. The archbishop talks about international aid, the government's failures and the international community’s inability to force oil-producing nations to respect human rights and stop sponsoring terrorism.  For the prelate, “the Catholic community has never had any problems with the Muslim community.

| 18/07/2019
| SRI LANKA

The patriarch is concerned about the escalation between Washington and Tehran. A conflict would precipitate the situation across the Middle East. As Iraqi Christians and Muslims look forward to the apostolic journey, the latter remains uncertain, whilst confusion and suffering affect the country.

 

| 18/07/2019
| IRAQ – VATICAN

Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an action plan to present to the country’s leaders. Hong Kong police will be key to handle protests. Beijing continues to support Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, but she has to clean up “the mess she created.”

| 18/07/2019
| CHINA – HONG KONG

For the first time in a decade experts suggest a contraction of 1.5%.  For the following year, a slight trend reversal, with growth of just over 2%.  Analysts highlight the risk of "recession with double relapse".  Fears for the central bank's independence.

 

| 18/07/2019
| TURKEY
by Mathias Hariyadi

The Indonesian leader, together with his deputy, illustrated the country's development plan for the coming years.  Among the priorities, the fight against corruption and bureaucracy that block development and businesses.  Pancasila and unity in diversity are the values ​​on which to base the recovery.  Zero tolerance against those who foment hatred and divisions.

 

 

| 18/07/2019
| INDONESIA

The "Swedish Committee for Afghanistan" has been operating in the country for over 30 years.  Islamic militants have imposed the interruption of medical services after an attack by Afghan security forces.  Association leader: "5,700 poor patients at risk".

 

| 18/07/2019
| AFGHANISTAN
by NAT da Polis

Pro-Moscow Orthodox accuse the Ecumenical Patriarchate of seeking personal or economic favours in connection with the granting of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The latter is bound to Constantinople by strong and deep roots, which no one can break, according to Bartholomew.

| 17/07/2019
| TURKEY – ORTHODOXY

The Pew Research Center report states that "in the 2007-2017 decade, government restrictions on religion - laws, policies and actions of state officials that limit religious beliefs and practices - have increased dramatically in the world."  Leading the ranking of countries that impose restrictions on religious freedom are the Middle East and North Africa.

| 17/07/2019
| ASIA

Washington bans General Min Aung Hlaing, his deputy and two brigadier generals for failing to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims.

| 17/07/2019
| UNITED STATES – MYANMAR
by Nirmala Carvalho

Norm allows married Indian couples to use a surrogate mother passes in the lower house of parliament.  Thanks to the low costs of artificial insemination techniques, the country has become the world capital of wombs for rent.

 

| 17/07/2019
| INDIA

In a pastoral letter the prelates raised the alarm about the archipelago's environmental future.  Condemning the "continuous destruction of our common home", they call for an "ecological conversion" in a context of "climate emergency".  Among the challenges is the renunciation of coal and intensive mining.

 

 

| 17/07/2019
| PHILIPPINES

The four-story structure was built around 100 years ago and needed urgent maintenance.  The authorities fear that there are other victims still trapped under the rubble.  Two weeks ago, the collapse of a wall in another neighborhood caused another 18 deaths.

| 17/07/2019
| INDIA

At least three rallies are scheduled for 27 July at strategic spots in the city. Police have warned organisers that it can block everything and arrest those present. People are still opposed to the dreaded extradition law and Beijing's influence in the life of the former British colony.

| 17/07/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Alnaufali Habib Jajou*

The country is still "in pieces" due to widespread corruption.  Insufficient government intervention to ensure rights for minorities and revive the nation.  Greater commitment to combat hatred and terrorism.  The presence of Francis is an opportunity for rebirth, but more effort is needed in terms of rights, education, development and citizenship.

 

 

| 17/07/2019
| IRAQ - VATICAN
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