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In his first meeting in Panama, Francis said that the presence of so many young people who came to celebrate World Youth Day will make Panama a place of hope and commitment to a more humane world. Politicians should lead a “life consonant with the dignity and authority that they possess and that has been entrusted to them”.

| 24/01/2019
| PANAMA – VATICAN

Members of the youth wing of the Shiv Sena attacked the Holy Cross High School for girls in Kolhapur, vandalising classes and offices in front of pupils and teachers. The police arrested two people, whilst the school was closed. For John Dayal, the incident is part of “the run up to the general elections”.

| 24/01/2019
| INDIA

He replaces Muhammad V, the sultan of Kelantan who abdicated on 6 January. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign plays a largely ceremonial function. The throne passes on a five-year rotational basis between the rulers of the country's nine states headed by Islamic royalty.

| 24/01/2019
| MALAYSIA

The number of trips is expected to increase by 0.6 per cent. Lunar New Year sees the biggest mass exodus in the world. This year, facial recognition technology will be in place for the first time.

| 24/01/2019
| CHINA

The shipment of 200,000 doses of anti-flu drug has been held up. Since last September, US humanitarian workers are not allowed to treat North Korean patients. For Fr Gerard Hammond, "The situation is sad and disappointing.” The missionary now has hopes for the second Kim-Trump summit.

| 24/01/2019
| KOREA

Yang, a former Chinese diplomat, is a dual Chinese-Australian national. For China he represents a national security risk. Canberra urged China to handle the matter "transparently and fairly".

| 24/01/2019
| CHINA – AUSTRALIA

The results of an investigation shows for the first time proven links between extreme phenomena and mass displacements. Data on asylum applications were analyzed in 157 countries between 2006 and 2015. The correlation in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia is particularly evident. It is necessary to help people to mitigate and manage the effects of changes.

| 24/01/2019
| MIDDLE EAST

The country is suffering the most serious political and institutional crisis in recent history. The opposition leader proclaims himself interim president with US support. Maduro speaks of "American coup". Russia also sympathizes with Caracas: "international law and sovereignty" ignored.

| 24/01/2019
| TURKEY - VENEZUELA - RUSSIA

The news was released today by the Supreme Court. The judges responsible for assessing the petition are the same as those who considered the Christian woman "innocent". Asia is located in Islamabad, in a place of maximum security.

| 24/01/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Mathias Hariyadi

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama granted early release of three months and 15 days. On May 9, 2017, he was sentenced to two years in prison at the end of a controversial trial. For the moment "will avoid public exposure".

| 24/01/2019
| INDONESIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

In a meeting on religious freedom in China in the Brussels office of the European Parliament, the testimonies of Protestant Christians, Uighurs, Catholics. The voices of Tibetan Buddhists, Taoists and sects. The intervention offered by the editor of AsiaNews.

| 24/01/2019
| EU-CHINA-VATICAN
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The list of people arrested and put "in isolation" over their concern for the coronavirus is getting longer. It includes: journalist and lawyer Chen Qiushi, philosophy professor Zhou Xuanyi, activist Guo Quan, "martyred" Dr Li Wenliang, Xie Linka of ...
| 11/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
His death, announced at 9.30pm yesterday evening, was "delayed" by the authorities until 3am. Li Wenliang had reported the epidemic as early as December, but the police silenced him by denouncing him for "fake news". Online criticism demands "freedom ...
| 07/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The Chinese president needs to introduce new laws to prevent and control epidemics and improve punishment. No self-criticism for the silence on the coronavirus and the delay in leadership decisions. Xu Zhangrun, former law professor at Qinghua University: ...
| 06/02/2020
| CHINA
 
by Paul Wang
The 14-day quarantine applies to Chinese, Hong Kong people, foreigners. The strike continues for medical personnel who want the total closure of the borders with China. A ship with 3600 passengers stranded at the Kai Tak terminal. The diocese advises ...
| 06/02/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
Catholic leaders in the region are critical of the "agreement of the century" sponsored by the White House.  A project that "does not take into account" the rights of Palestinians and "endorses" the claims of only one party, Israel.  The invitation ...
| 30/01/2020
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE
 
by Mathias Hariyadi
Rumours were flying around the country about a possible papal visit in September 2020. An unofficial letter of invitation has been circulating on social media signed by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. Many people want to know as soon as possible ...
| 29/01/2020
| INDONESIA – VATICAN
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