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The group of five women and two men was taken into custody on 18 May campaigning for women's right to drive. Deemed a threat to national security, they could get 20 years in prison. For Saudi activist, the arrests were a message to silence critics. Many doubts dog reform plans by Saudi crown prince and the authorities’ real commitment to change.

| 22/05/2018
| SAUDI ARABIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Gusts of wind reached 70 km/h and could get worse in the coming days. In all, 19 districts and more than 9,000 families have been affected with 1,625 finding shelter in temporary camps.

| 22/05/2018
| SRI LANKA

Some 500 people gathered this morning at Thammasat University for a peaceful march. However, the security forces erected some barriers to prevent them from leaving the campus. Government House and surrounding streets have been declared a no-go zone.

| 22/05/2018
| THAILAND
by Peter Hung

With an investment of almost US$ 5 billion, China is set to build the Sambor dam in Cambodia. According to experts, it will have a very negative impact on the natural environment and on the Cambodians and Vietnamese living in the Mekong Delta. The great river provides food security to about 60 million people living in the settlements along its course.

| 22/05/2018
| VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – CHINA

Korean monks recite a joint prayer. In Seoul, 10,000 people prayed in the city’s most important temple. Top monk appeals to South Koreans to become one in bringing peace. President Moon asks Buddhists to pray for the Korean Peninsula.

| 22/05/2018
| KOREA
by Mathias Hariyadi

Funded by sponsors and ticket sales, the event will be held on 11 September from 9 am to 9 pm. it will start with a solemn Eucharistic celebration and end with a concert, with seminars in-between.

| 22/05/2018
| INDONESIA

In the first official speech, the new US Secretary of State fixed draconian conditions for a new nuclear agreement with Iran. Teheran responds: working with other partners to find a solution. Israel welcomes the words of the head of US diplomacy. But the European Union wants to preserve trade agreements with the Islamic Republic.

| 22/05/2018
| IRAN - UNITED STATES
by Vladimir Rozanskij

New document titled "Principles of the activity of the diocesan missionary office". It is a missionary program that foresees "the creation of conditions for the active participation of the newly baptized in the life of the parish, and for their subsequent insertion".

| 22/05/2018
| RUSSIA

An aggravated penalty regime is foreseen, which provides for imprisonment until death under strict security measures. Erdogan asks to reintroduce the death penalty for the coup leaders. At the bar a total of 280 people, stripped the position of 143. Minor convictions for another 52 defendants for aiding and belonging to terrorist organization.

| 22/05/2018
| TURKEY

The two leaders met yesterday in Sochi, on the Black Sea. The historical bonds of friendship between Russia and India reaffirmed. Importance of bringing peace back to Afghanistan and eliminating the threat of terrorism.

| 22/05/2018
| RUSSIA - INDIA

The sentence pronounced today by a Qinghai Court. Tashi Wangchuk was arrested in 2016 for a New York Times video in which he supported Tibetans right to use their mother tongue. Beijing continues to repress and marginalize the Tibetan culture.

| 22/05/2018
| CHINA-TIBET
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