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Peace Now activist speaks about the situation. For days, Palestinians have been flying fire kites into Israel. For UNRWA spokesperson, collective punishments will negatively affect an already desperate population.

| 12/07/2018
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the action. The opposition is accused of trying to discredit the government's conciliatory approach to China in the South China Sea dispute. Two years ago, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled that Beijing had no title to the disputed waters.

| 12/07/2018
| PHILIPPINES – CHINA

Delivering humanitarian aid remains a problem. US sanctions are the most restrictive, expert says. Applications for relief on humanitarian grounds are possible but can take months. For the founder of the Eugene Bell Foundation, sanctions “invariably affect the most vulnerable”.

| 12/07/2018
| NORTH KOREA
by Kamran Chaudhry

During sessions, topics that could create tensions are forbidden. The spouses sit side by side, even if the Islamic tradition does not approve of closeness between men and women. Nadia's story: "I was fighting with God because of my daughter's illness, but now I found consolation".

| 12/07/2018
| PAKISTAN

The authorities are stifling protests against mining in Yulshul. Locals complain that the reported road building is actually mining and are afraid that it will pollute and devastate the environment. Protesters also complain about the corruption associated with the operations.

| 12/07/2018
| CHINA

Attempts to coopt older lamas and exploit internal divisions to counteract the influence of the Tibetan government in exile. The United Front could try to apply similar tactics to religions other than Buddhism.

| 12/07/2018
| CHINA

Located in Papua, the mine is one of the largest in the world. Negotiations between the government and the US giant FMCG lasted about three and a half years. According to local sources, the total value of the operation is around US$ 4 billion.

| 12/07/2018
| INDONESIA

The biggest problem is in the south, in Basra. Tanker truck ready to head into town to supply the population. Emergency sparked by Turkish dams and other energy projects on the Tigris and Euphrates. Minister for Water Resources: the problem concerns "all regions of Iraq".

| 12/07/2018
| IRAQ

The friend and dissident Liao Yiwu reports latest news. Unlikely that she will not be present at the ceremony in memory of her husband, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, scheduled for tomorrow. Her path to recovery could be very long.

| 12/07/2018
| GERMANY-CHINA

The data issued by World Bank. In 2017, India's gross domestic product reached 2,597 billion dollars, while France’s stopped at 2,582 billion. The country has reacted well to the negative repercussions of the rupee ban. In 2018, economic growth will be 7.4%.

| 12/07/2018
| INDIA

The Israeli air force hit stations in Damascus, causing extensive damage. Response to Syrian drone crossing into Israeli territory. Navigation on Tiberias lake blocked. Government offensive underway in area against an Islamic State stronghold.

| 12/07/2018
| SYRIA - ISRAEL
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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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