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The accused assisted the illegal immigration of 67 people to the UK and Europe. On 23 October, British authorities found the bodies of 39 people in a refrigerated lorry.

| 21/02/2020
| VIETNAM – UNITED KINGDOM

The measure follows the news of the first two victims registered in the Islamic Republic. It is an elderly couple from Qom with past immune problems. Iraqi Airways has also suspended all air connections with the country. The entry ban in force "until further notice".

 

| 21/02/2020
| IRAQ - IRAN

The ban is based on scientific considerations, says the island government. Taiwan opposed by Rome's decision to suspend flights between the two countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The presence of African swine fever in Sardinia at the basis of the import ban.

 

| 21/02/2020
| TAIWAN - ITALY

It is the second day in a row that the province records fewer than 1,000 new cases, after nearly a month of daily four-digit increases. In China, the total number of total infections is 75,567. So far, 18,264 people have recovered. Critical day in South Korea: 52 infections confirmed, 29 of which related to a sect.

| 21/02/2020
| CHINA

The US President's state visit will also touch Agra, where the marshy area surrounding the Taj Mahal has been cleared. About $ 4.2 million used to clean up the area around the new cricket stadium, which Trump will inaugurate. Economic agreements are not expected to be signed.

| 21/02/2020
| INDIA - USA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The problem of demolitions and house confiscations is very acute in the country, where many people do not live in normal housing conditions, and has already led to numerous protests, to the point of deliberate fires and self-immolation.

| 21/02/2020
| UZBEKISTAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The kidnapper belongs to a powerful family, the Nizamani, suspected of drug trafficking with police protection. Most authorities refused to register the complaint by the young woman’s mother. The victim found the courage to speak out, describing how she was treated like a commodity, an object to satisfy someone’s sexual desire, and a servant at home.

| 20/02/2020
| PAKISTAN

The Blessed Sacrament Church in Kuching held a seminar on the topic. The Church’s social doctrine and its implication in the Malaysian context were the main topics. “We need a new narrative,” says Fr Clarence Devadass, not the one by politicians.

| 20/02/2020
| MALAYSIA

The Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India ended yesterday. Its final statement  focuses on issues dear to the Catholic Church, like dialogue with nature, rights of the unborn, acceptance of different cultures and religions. “The different aspects of dialogue in the Bible are rooted in our faith in God as Trinity”.

| 20/02/2020
| INDIA

"When we see many good Christians, with goodwill, but who confuse religion with a social concept of kindness, of friendship, when we see many clerics who say they follow Jesus, but seek honors, sumptuous lifestyles, ways of worldliness, they do not seek Jesus: they seek themselves ”.


 

| 20/02/2020
| VATICAN

Badly affected by the epidemic, Beijing wants to restore normal economic relations with its southern neighbours. China is the bloc's top trading partner and a major investor. Almost all Southeast Asian countries have reduced exchanges with mainland China. Bad relations between China and Vietnam could impact on anti-coronavirus cooperation.

| 20/02/2020
| CHINA – ASEAN

“What if the poor look for other poor people to marry? There will be more poor families. This is a problem in Indonesia,” said Muhadjir Effendy. Poor households number around 5 million, 9.4 per cent of 57.1 million. About 115 million Indonesians, 45 per cent of the population, have not yet achieved economic security and middle class status.

| 20/02/2020
| INDONESIA

The complaint contained in an Amnesty International investigation launched in 2011. Cases of 95 people analysed revealing violence and even the use of the death penalty. A "systematic" use to silence dissent.  Shiite minority among targets.

| 20/02/2020
| SAUDI ARABIA

The religious guide calls for electorate to vote "to strengthen the nation" in the "battle against enemies". Opposition and civil society, excluded from the race, call for a boycott . In the background, the unsolved problems, from the economy to conflict with the United States.

| 20/02/2020
| IRAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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