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For human rights lawyer Teng Biao, the gathering brings violence to dissidents and activists. At least a thousand are under house arrest or in police custody. A million-strong security force has been deployed to control the event and keep delegates from ordinary people. One Congress member has voted for everything the Party has proposed over the decades: for and later against the Great leap forward, the Cultural Revolution, reforms, Deng Xiaoping, like a “hand-raising automaton”.

| 13/03/2019
| CHINA

In his latest pastoral letter, the archbishop warns Catholics against art that offends and divides. An artist’s vocation involves social responsibilities. The letter follows government censorship of a Satanist musical group.

| 13/03/2019
| SINGAPORE
by Thanh Thuy

The trial of the young Catholic woman will resume tomorrow. “All the relatives are gathered in prayer,” her mother said. The other defendant has been released. Both have the same defence argument: They were duped by North Korean agents.

| 13/03/2019
| VIETNAM – MALAYSIA

The Iranian president's three-day meeting in the neighboring country ends today. A memorandum of understanding was signed to relaunch trade, oil, health and infrastructure. A railway line from Basra to Shalamcheh is being studied. The goal is to go from 12 to 20 billion dollars in bilateral trade. And bypass US sanctions.

| 13/03/2019
| IRAQ - IRAN

The bishop of Balanga issued a circular that will come into force on Easter Sunday. The goal is to eliminate fixed fees for liturgical services across the country by 2021, 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christian missionaries.

| 13/03/2019
| PHILIPPINES
by Mathias Hariyadi

She triggered the detonator as bomb squad and special agents surrounded house. Hours of negotiation came to nought. The standoff lasted about 12 hours, during which she threw an explosive device. The husband was arrested following revelations by another terror suspect.

| 13/03/2019
| INDONESIA
by Wang Zhicheng

For the first time a government official admits that the camps are "temporary measures". But claims the inmates are "less than a million". Kazakh activist arrested in his country: he will be tried because he revealed the existence of concentration camps.

| 13/03/2019
| CHINA

Over 50 ambassadors and senior army officers (retired) critical of the president's choices. For the signatories, the pact has a strategic value for the US and strengthens security in the Middle East. It is essential to re-establish relations with Europe. We need a "multilateral" initiative to contain Tehran.

| 13/03/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
by Nirmala Carvalho

The vote will take place over seven days, from 11 April to 19 May. Several Catholic schools will be polling stations. The bishops of Tamil Nadu write to the electoral commission to change the date of the elections that take place on that April 18, Holy Thursday.

| 13/03/2019
| INDIA

Spokesman for the Arab-Kurdish forces: in addition to the militants, you also save "three women and four children". The use of civillians as human shields has slowed the advance. In response, the Caliphate calls on jihadists worldwide to "stand up against the crusaders" and "avenge" Islam. Since December, at least 59,000 people have left the area of ​​the offensive.

| 13/03/2019
| SYRIA
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