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by Sumon Corraya

Large numbers attended his funeral. His work among Catholics increased membership in the local Church. Youth leader remembers that “He called the young salt and light of the world. I still feel this and I personally heard his call and I'm trying to follow his advice in my life.”

| 15/07/2020
| BANGLADESH

The protest against the prime minister and his government is growing over their failure to handle the country’s economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister also faces a corruption trial. Police arrest at least 50 people. For Sobhy Makhoul, Israel needs a left-of-centre leader capable of taking up the challenge. After years of lethargy, there is an awakening.

| 15/07/2020
| ISRAEL

Yesterday the US Secretary of State said that Beijing's territorial claims are completely “illegal". Until now, the United States had limited itself to demanding freedom of navigation in the strategic region. For Manila, Beijing must respect international law. Jakarta views support from other countries for its positions is normal.

| 15/07/2020
| ASEAN - CHINA - UNITED STATES

Mountains of methamphetamine crystals were seized this year in Thailand after Myanmar eased its crackdown and pandemic restrictions.

 

| 15/07/2020
| THAILAND – MYANMAR

The crisis triggered by the pandemic devastated the labor market, which in June lost 352 thousand jobs. This is the fourth consecutive month of decline in the sector, the worst streak since October 2009. The government promises liquidity injections, but middle-aged workers are likely to be out of work. The Church's commitment: "We will help them requalify".

| 15/07/2020
| SOUTH KOREA

He had been released on July 13 after six days in prison for "soliciting prostitution". Punished by the university for "moral corruption". Friends and colleagues: The regime fabricated the accusations to destroy his reputation. Intellectual dissidents targeted by authorities.

| 15/07/2020
| CHINA

The last attempt took place yesterday, with a man who threw himself off a bridge and was seriously injured. Previously, a 61-year-old had shot himself in the center of Beirut, in protest at the institutions. On the same day, a 37-year-old family man had hanged himself. Authorities will not reveal the number of suicides for 2020.

| 15/07/2020
| LEBANON
by Paul Wang

The law cancelling Hong Kong's tax privileges and punishing banks and organizations linked to Chinese personalities who erode the freedom of the territory has been signed. Beijing responds by threatening sanctions "to defend China's legitimate interests". Regina Ip: Trump's decision is "barbaric and unreasonable". The New York Times moves the digital office from Hong Kong to Seoul.

| 15/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA - USA
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The blast damaged Caritas headquarters. The charity is “ready to hand out aid,” said Fr Paul Karam, who stresses that “psychological support" to victims’ families is also fundamental. Some 200 employees and volunteers divided ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Pierre Balanian
The toll from yesterday’s blasts now stands at 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, but many people are still missing under collapsed buildings. Some ships in Beirut harbour have dead and injured on board. Hospitals are full, whilst medicine warehouses ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The blackmail of the Jinzhou authorities: you can reopen the churches - after the pandemic - if you ban entry to minors. Mgr. Jia Zhiguo, 83, has been a bishop since 1980 and is responsible for a community of over 150,000 faithful, with a hundred priests ...
| 10/07/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Marian Demir
Since yesterday, pro-Erdogan Turkish media are reporting that the Council of State has already "unanimously" decided to transform the Christian basilica into a mosque. But the legal reasons for the "right of the sword" are not "Islamic". Pro-Kurdish ...
| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
National security law “threatens to undermine freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and academic freedom. Freedom of religion and belief is also under threat. According to many reports, freedom of religion and belief ...
| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
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