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by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Patriarch of Moscow led a pilgrimage to the sites where the tsar and his family were murdered. The revolution is rooted in western ideas of progress and well-being. Like Dostoevsky, Kirill calls for the rejection of “temptations coming from abroad".

| 18/07/2018
| RUSSIA
by Pierre Balanian

People face water and power shortages as well as high unemployment with temperatures topping 45 degrees. Abadi, who had to get out of Basra through the backdoor, is under threat. Given power shortages, he has turned to Saudi Arabia after Iran turned off the switch because of Iraq’s failure to pay its bills. Meanwhile, Grand Ayatollah Al Sistani has given his blessing to the protest movement.

| 18/07/2018
| IRAQ

The players took part in a press conference, which Chiang Rai's provincial governor, Prachon Pratsukan, said would be the boys' "only official media interview". The boys’ coach said “We took turns digging at the cave walls”. The team’s youngest member, Titan, added, “I had no strength. I tried not to think about food so I didn’t get hungrier.”

| 18/07/2018
| THAILAND
by Melani Manel Perera

In Sri Lanka, the death penalty has been under a moratorium for more than 40 years. Big traffickers escape justice. The Anglican Church, the Human Rights Commission and the European Union have condemned the decision. Card Ranjith supports the president.

| 18/07/2018
| SRI LANKA

At least 70 policemen and workers tore down the chapel that had been registered in 2006. Altars, benches and liturgical furnishings are destroyed. The church had no place in city’s new zoning plan.

| 18/07/2018
| CHINA

The archbishop of Manila calls on the faithful to stay away from fights to settle scores. “In following Christ, there are many crosses that you will carry while … following ‘fake god’ erases the cross and promises [a] false path,” he said.

| 18/07/2018
| PHILIPPINES

Another blow strikes at the credibility of Chinese pharmaceutical companies. The authorities issue recall of medication with active ingredient Valsartan, produced by Huahai Pharmaceutical. The substance is linked to cancer. Medicines are also on sale in Europe, North America and South America.

| 18/07/2018
| CHINA

Most of the money will be used for family reunions. The remaining will go to open a joint liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong. This will implement the agreement reached during inter-Korean summit in April.

| 18/07/2018
| KOREA

Washington’s decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries. A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court. Despite a European request, Washington will not budge on its decision to impose fresh sanctions on corporations operating in Iran. 

| 18/07/2018
| IRAN – UNITED STATES – EUROPEAN UNION
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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