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The Indian Jesuit says that mass lynching is "India’s greatest shame". Since 2012, 130 incidents have occurred, involving 311 people, 47 who were murdered. Federal ministers have "anointed and garlanded” murderers. The situation has become so explosive that a law is needed.

| 11/07/2019
| INDIA

Ano Jawhar Abdulmasih Abdoka is the head of the Department of Transport and Communications.  For Christians and other minorities the challenge is to remain "in the land of our fathers".  As a symbolic gesture he has sworn on a centuries old manuscript damaged by jihadists.  The new Kurdish premier Masrour Barzani archives independence and aims for a renewed bond with Baghdad.

 

| 11/07/2019
| IRAQ
by Peter Tran

Between 2012 and 2017, Vietnamese authorities rescued some 7,500 people. Móng Cái, a border town, has now become the main hub for human trafficking. Criminal organisations use "intermediaries" to trick women from tribal mountain communities. Phạm Thị Minh T., forced into prostitution at 17, tells her story.

| 11/07/2019
| VIETNAM - CHINA

More than 20 countries of the Human Rights Council have signed a joint document, devoid of any obligation for Beijing.  Over one million Muslims detained in the Chinese province.  The UN calls for free access to the camps and respect for human rights.

 

 

| 11/07/2019
| CHINA

In a tweet yesterday Pope Francis called for respect of life. For the Pontifical Academy for life, Lambert’s death is "a defeat for our humanity".

| 11/07/2019
| VATICAN

For the Hayabusa-2 space probe, this is the second landing on the asteroid Ryugu, after touching down last February. Now it is back to collect rock samples that could contain clues dating back to 4.5 billion years ago. If successful, the mission, which began in 2014, could be the first of its kind in the history of space exploration.

| 11/07/2019
| JAPAN

For the first time the Syrian government announces progress in the formation of a committee called to write the new Charter.  It should consist of 150 people, representing the government, the opposition and the UN. Fighting continues in Idlib , Turkish support for jihadists and rebels blocks the advance of the government army.

 

 

| 11/07/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY - UN

The prisoners would have died during the transfer to the prison police cell phones.  Relatives of the victims report signs of burns, broken bones, unrecognizable faces.  The country is at the bottom of the world rankings due to respect for freedoms and rights.

 

| 11/07/2019
| TAJIKISTAN

Brother of the military leader of the Arakan Army (Aa) among detained.  The armed group is fighting for greater autonomy in the Rakhine and Chin states.  Also known as Arakan, the territory is at the center of world attention for the Rohingya crisis.  But the clashes between Aa and government troops this year have already caused 35,000 displaced people.

 

| 11/07/2019
| SINGAPORE-MYANMAR
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by Sergio Ticozzi
For the PIME missionary, the document released yesterday answers some of the perplexities of conscience of many Chinese priests. But it fails to realise the deep restrictions, which undermine the Catholic faith, to which the Church in China is subjected. ...
| 29/06/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A document released by the Fujian authorities requires parish priests and religious personnel to ban minors from church and education; to refuse relations with foreign Catholics; to curb any momentum of evangelization. Meanwhile, the "Global Times" celebrates ...
| 25/06/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
The diplomatic and commercial war between Tehran and Washington is bringing the population to its knees. Inflation has multiplied the price of consumer goods. People point the finger at the inefficiency and incompetence of government officials. But US ...
| 25/06/2019
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
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