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by Mathias Hariyadi

The winner in last month’s presidential race between incumbent President Joko Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto will be announced on 22 May. So far, 82.35 per cent of the votes have been counted with the moderate Widodo leading by 15 million votes. Supported by right-wingers and extremists, Prabowo said he would not accept "deceptive results". Meanwhile, the authorities have deployed the military across the capital.

| 15/05/2019
| INDONESIA
by Marian Demir

The mother says “my son did not convert to Islam. We are Armenians and Christians.” The boy had been invited to a live TV event. The theologian Nihat Hatipoğlu, who led him to make the Islamic profession of faith, also changed his name. For the Armenian community, this is a genocidal act because it involves the forced conversion of a minor without the presence and permission of the parents.

| 15/05/2019
| TURKEY

The hearse bearing the coffin travelled along a road lined with people holding flags, banners, and pictures of the late patriarch. The ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, and the UAE expressed their condolences. In a telegram, the Pope calls Sfeir "a great figure in the history of Lebanon".

| 15/05/2019
| LEBANON – VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Those confirmed come from very poor rural areas, "but rich in spirit". The preparation they undertook was aimed at inspiring “them to cooperate with the grace of God in all the circumstances of life".

| 15/05/2019
| INDIA

With the invocation "deliver us from evil" which is in the Our Father, "Jesus teaches his friends to put the invocation of the Father before everything, even and especially at times when the evil one makes his threatening presence felt".

| 15/05/2019
| VATICAN

A study by Peace Now shows that some 630,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. According to the NGO, the Israeli government is digging “a pit" for the country. In 2017, the government spent NIS 1.650 billion on settlements.

| 15/05/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
by Melani Manel Perera

The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama group speaks. Leader Moulavi Farood Farook says the bombers of April 21 "have neither religion nor faith"; this is why their bodies were not cremated in the Islamic cemetery. Christian leaders call for peace and non-violence.

| 15/05/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Wang Zhicheng

There are only a few brief quotes in Chinese newspapers abroad. China is too absorbed by the trade war with the US. Catholics stress the cardinal's "silences": he does not talk about the persecutions and oppression of the Patriotic Association. "Sinicization is only the beginning: afterwards comes elimination [of the Church]".

| 15/05/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN

The South Korean government takes up UN agencies appeal The Unification Ministry: "Food aid is an obligation, both from a humanitarian perspective and as a compatriot". Last year, North Korean agricultural production reached its lowest level since 2008. 40% of the population is in urgent need of food.

| 15/05/2019
| KOREA

Speaking in Russia, where he met Lavrov, the US secretary of state tries to dampen the winds of war in the Middle East. The goal is to force Tehran to behave like "a normal nation". Khamenei: "We are not looking for a war, nor are they". Iran has suspended part of its commitments provided for in the nuclear agreement.

| 15/05/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES

The judges released Khadim Hussain Rizvi and his deputy Pir Afzal Qadri, both for health reasons. Rizvi is the head of the radical Islamic group Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan that last year paralyzed Pakistan after the acquittal of the Christian mother. A video posted online of a man who travelled to Canada to kill Asia.

| 15/05/2019
| PAKISTAN
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