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Some 25 people have died and more than 800 have been injured in the Turkish province of Izmir. Two people have died on the Greek island of Samos. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake was centred off the coast of Turkey. Rescuers continue to dig for survivors. Athens and Ankara put aside geopolitical tensions and pledge collaboration to deal with the emergency.

| 31/10/2020
| TURKEY – GREECE
by Peter Tran

Pompeo, on his last trip abroad before the US presidential elections, also visited India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. According to Vietnamese media, the United States must remain a great superpower, to counter China. In 2019, trade between Vietnam and the US reached US$ 77 billion, up by 32 per cent over the previous year.

| 31/10/2020
| VIETNAM – UNITED STATES
by Silvina Premat

Both government and opposition approve membership. Argentina is the third Latin American country to join the institution after Ecuador and Uruguay. Buenos Aires is under pressure to settle its debts with the International Monetary Fund. For a former lawmaker, Argentina is choosing to go along with dictatorships, like Perón did with Hitler.

| 31/10/2020
| ARGENTINA - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Moldovans will vote for president next Sunday. Backed by Putin, the incumbent, Dodon, warns of opposition "protests". His rivals, Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase, accuse him of rigging the vote. Final results will be announced on Monday, or 16 November in case of a runoff. Lying on the border between East and West, Moldova is split between pro-Russia and pro-Europe camps.

| 31/10/2020
| MOLDOVA – RUSSIA

In Pakistan, tens of thousands of people protest after Friday prayers. In Beirut, hundreds tried to storm the French ambassador’s residence. ​​Similar scenes were reported in Islamabad. Egypt’s Religious Affairs Minister is one of the few conciliatory voices.

| 31/10/2020
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
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by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop Machado: Violence against women and girls has become a chronic disease and a spiritual failure. Two days ago, two other 8 and 12-year-old girls were found dead with rape marks and eye injuries.
| 18/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Lukashenko stated this in an interview on the Tut.by website yesterday. Protests against fraud in presidential elections exceede 100 consecutive days. Police continue arrests even in private homes. New economic sanctions are on the way against Belarusian ...
| 18/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
| 17/11/2020
| BRUNEI-VATICAN
 
by Fady Noun
Despite its limitations, Lebanon’s example provides a model for divided societies, like France torn between new secularism and Islamic religious extremism, and warring Armenia and Azerbaijan and the flight of a population in tears, forced to abandon ...
| 17/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – FRANCE
 
by Ati Nurbaiti
Alert levels are up for Mount Merapi in Central Java and Sinabung in North Sumatra. Many towns and villages around the volcanoes have been evacuated, but some residents resist and continue to farm and tend to their livestock. For children, distance learning ...
| 16/11/2020
| INDONESIA
 
The "Report on the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 to 2017) is published. Card. Parolin: "We publish the Report with sorrow for the wounds that this has caused to ...
| 11/11/2020
| VATICAN
 
The center hosts 76,000 refugees who have fled Syria due to the war. The international NGO has opened a center for the treatment of mild or moderate cases, with 30 beds available. Physical distancing and compliance with hygiene standards difficult. The ...
| 07/11/2020
| JORDAN - SYRIA
 
Fr. Lu Genjun, former vicar general of the diocese, also forcibly removed. The incident occurred only a short time after the renewal of the provisional agreement between China and the Vatican. The bishop of Baoding, Msgr. Giacomo Su Zhimin has been missing ...
| 06/11/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
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