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Maronite bishops call for a safe and dignified return of refugees. But the bases for peace and security are still missing. Lebanon risks economic and social collapse. For the UN, a repatriation plan is still premature. Fr Karam wants the international community to promote a peace process in Syria that respects everyone involved.

| 18/06/2018
| LEBANON – SYRIA

Marchers walked under the scorching sun whilst fasting for Ramadan. Of all ages, they share the pain of the violence they witnessed and a desire for peace. The Taliban refuse to extent the truce and announce new attacks. The Islamic State group never stopped the attacks.

| 18/06/2018
| AFGHANISTAN

Washington wants to extend tariffs to 284 more Chinese product types. Beijing is set to respond with counter duties worth USD 50 billion. Google inks deal to invest US$ 550 million in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com.

| 18/06/2018
| CHINA – UNITED STATES
by Mathias Hariyadi

Yahya Cholil Staquf, a leader in Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), travelled to Tel Aviv on a "private mission". According to extremists, he is undermining Indonesian support for a Palestinian state. Israel’s decision to stop issuing tourist visas to Indonesians remains controversial.

| 18/06/2018
| INDONESIA-ISRAEL
by J.B. An Dang

Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh tells President Trần Đại Quang to respect the popular will in the name of social harmony. People carry Vatican flags and banners saying "No leasing land to Chinese communists for even one day” and “Cybersecurity law kills freedom”. Last week’s demonstrations ended with thousands of arrests across the country. Now the government threatens even greater repression.

| 18/06/2018
| VIETNAM

"The dictatorships, all of them, began like this, by adulterating communication, by putting communication in the hands of an unscrupulous person, of a government without scruples". "Communicating scandals is hugely seductive, a great seduction. You can seduce by scandal. Good news is not seductive".

| 18/06/2018
| VATICAN
by Matthew Coutinho*

The ceremony was presided over by Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Jerusalem "focal point from which the disciples leave to go to the ends of the earth to bring Jesus". The deacons come from Asia, America and Europe; they studied theology at the Salesian campus.

| 18/06/2018
| ISRAEL - INDIA

The Saudi coalition offensive to conquer the port of Hudaydah continues. Dozens of victims, and aid at risk. Msgr. Hinder: the pontiff calls to dialogue "important". But the situation is worrying, the danger of an "even greater catastrophe". Pessimism shrouds dialogue.

| 18/06/2018
| YEMEN
by Bernardo Cervellera

He was 94 years old. He was bishop of Qingdao since 2000, with the Holy See approval. But according to several people, he was too subjugated to the Patriotic Association and to Antonio Liu Bainian, president of the organization and originally from Shandong. The diocese is silent on the period from 1953 to 1978. It is probable that the bishop was dragged to prison or forced labor camps during the Maoist period and the Cultural Revolution.

| 18/06/2018
| CHINA-VATICAN

He was traveling from Kampot to Preah Sihanouk for election engagements. A taxi travelling in the opposite direction crashed head on with the royal motorcade. Prime Minister from 1993 to 1997, the prince was overthrown by a coup led by forces loyal to Hun Sen. In recent years he has reconciled with his former enemy, now a political ally.

| 18/06/2018
| CAMBODIA

The earthquake struck the city at 8 am, in full rush hour. The quake reached a magnitude of 6.1 and level six out of seven of the Japanese intensity scale. The epicenter at 13 km depth. Strong aftershocks are expected.

| 18/06/2018
| JAPAN
by Shafique Khokhar

The case of little Tayyaba became public in 2016. In 2017 a court sentenced the child’s employers to one year in prison. On 11 June, another Court upped their sentence to three years. For activist, “violations of children's rights are not 'news'” in Pakistan.

| 18/06/2018
| PAKISTAN
Vatican, canonization Mass of St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
The Extraordinary Missionary Month in the Archdiocese of Calcutta
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