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The National Democratic Alliance coalition won at least 343 seats, 302 for the prime minister’s party alone. In total, 272 are required for an absolute majority. The Congress is "shocked". Analysts criticise the opposition’s inability to present a credible alternative. The vote is confirmation that "populism is growing".

| 23/05/2019
| INDIA

Ahead of tomorrow’s feast day of Mary Help of Christians, to whom the shrine of Sheshan near Shanghai is dedicated, some faithful and priests make a supplication and express their concerns amid the destruction of crosses and the arrests of priests. Many feel bitter over the scant results from the Sino-Vatican agreement.

| 23/05/2019
| CHINA – VATICAN

The church was to be built in a public park, but 74 per cent of residents do not want it in the chosen site. The protests are the first strong expression of opposition to Patriarch Kirill's plan to build "200 churches a year".

| 23/05/2019
| RUSSIA

The cardinal went to Thailand to mark the 350th anniversary of the apostolic vicariate of Siam. The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples indicated the need for "a new missionary zeal". PIME Missionary: "In Chiang Rai we will start from the people".

| 23/05/2019
| THAILAND

The Turkish Ministry of National Education announced changes to the education system. Mathematics, Philosophy and History will be optional. For the Education Minister, "It is impossible for students to understand 15-16 subjects".

| 23/05/2019
| TURKEY

Japan’s former "sad princess" yesterday acted in her official capacity as empress for the first time, visiting the headquarters of the charity, whose honorary president she has been since her husband Naruhito’s coronation. The stress that affected her life after marriage seems to be over.

| 23/05/2019
| JAPAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

President Widodo promises "zero tolerance" towards the rioters. Hundreds of people have been arrested throughout the capital. The authorities impose restrictions on social media, to prevent the spread of fake news. The bishops: "Concerned about the lack of national unity".

| 23/05/2019
| INDONESIA
by Shafique Khokhar

The meeting of the Inter-religious Movement for Tolerance takes place every year during Ramadan, the holy month of Islam. Activists of all religions have reiterated the need to create a country of peace.

| 23/05/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Wang Zhicheng

The Japanese company is in line with the ban imposed by the US, after Google and ARM, a design firm for chips.  Retail sellers no longer accept Huawei tools: they fear they will remain unsold.

 

 

 

| 23/05/2019
| CHINA - ASIA - USA
by Fady Noun

Protests scheduled across the country.  The government's decision to allocate only 1% of the budget for social affairs is being targeted.  Jobs at risk and assistance to people, especially children, in need.  For the experts, the social stability of Lebanon is at stake.

| 23/05/2019
| LEBANON

The Supreme Court established the release on bail of Gornath Chalanseth.  He re-embraced his family after more than 10 years of detention.  His first thought went to the other six Christians imprisoned with the false accusation of killing a Hindu guru.  Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar: "The firm Christian faith is translated into vocations".

| 22/05/2019
| INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Javed Masih, leaves a wife and a disabled child. His employer had him abducted and tortured. The minimum monthly wage set by the government is US$ 109, whilst the murder victim made only US$ 66.

| 22/05/2019
| PAKISTAN

The relatives of those killed and dissidents are placed under close monitoring and given forced holidays, and are banned from marking the anniversary. On the night of 3 and 4 June 1989, the Chinese army killed between 300 and 2,000 young students and workers.

| 22/05/2019
| CHINA

According to UN sources, 83 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line. Although produce is back on market stalls, people have to be thrifty and cut expenses for Iftar. Caritas Syria is helping out with the evening meal for the poorest families.

| 22/05/2019
| SYRIA
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