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The trial of Jennifer Wenisch, 27, a former IS morality policewoman, opened yesterday in Munich. Together with her husband, a Caliphate fighter, she bought a child and her mother. Chained under the sun, the girl died "in scorching heat". The accused could get life in prison. The case highlights the problem of foreign fighters returning to their countries of origin.

| 10/04/2019
| GERMANY – IRAQ – ISLAM
by Melani Manel Perera

In the village of Siyambalanduwa, the church has been closed for years due to the opposition of Buddhist monks. The protests have also prevented catechism lessons. Alocious, 94, the first Catholic in the settlement, prays every day: “Please Lord, bring back our church to us."

| 10/04/2019
| SRI LANKA

The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won 65 seats out of a total of 87. The agreements signed with China are under careful scrutiny.

| 10/04/2019
| MALDIVES

"The Christian who prays asks God, first of all, to forgive his trespasses, namely, his sins, the bad things he does. This is the first truth of every prayer: even if we were perfect persons, even if we were crystalline saints who never deflect from a life of goodness, we always remain children who owe all to the Father”.

| 10/04/2019
| VATICAN
by Paul Wang

Rev Chu Yiu-ming is one of the founders of Hong Kong’s umbrella movement. Yesterday he read his mitigation letter, moving those present, hoping “consciences may wake up”. Two other movement co-founders, Benny Tai and Chan Kin-man, have asked that the 75-year-old pastor be spared prison.

| 10/04/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

The election on 17 April is critical for the future of the young democracy. Many Indonesians fear actions by fundamentalist movements. The military stands for national unity. For Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, there is “zero tolerance” for those who undermine unity.

| 10/04/2019
| INDONESIA

Amnesty International reports a 31% drop in 2018 over the previous year. Last year, executioners took the lives of 690 people compared to 993 in 2017. The five major executioners are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iraq. In Iran, the number of executions dropped by 50 per cent.

| 10/04/2019
| ASIA

The Bishops' Conference announces an inquiry into all 16 dioceses in the country. The Archbishop of Tokyo: "To demonstrate our seriousness and respond to the Pope's request for zero tolerance". Already in 2003, the Japanese bishops established the Department for the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children.

| 10/04/2019
| JAPAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

Since yesterday evening the faithful have been holding a sit-in to protect the sanctuary, located in the district of Taibai, a very poor mountainous area. The authorities want the whole diocese to join the Patriotic Association. The faithful ask all Christians to pray for the preservation of the sanctuary and the salvation of the population.

| 10/04/2019
| CHINA-VATICAN

Substantial parity (35 seats each) between the outgoing Likud of the premier and the blue and white coalition of challenger Benny Gantz. However, the game of alliances and the affirmation of the right-wing parties should reward "King Bibi", with a longer political life than Ben Gurion. Before the end of the vote count, Netanyahu declares: "Huge victory".

 

| 10/04/2019
| ISRAEL - PALESTINE

The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism will remain in care at the Max Super Specialty Hospital in South Delhi for a few days. His personal doctor reassures that "there is no reason to worry". Beijing has always considered him a "wolf in sheep's clothing", even though the Dalai Lama has renounced his political office.

| 10/04/2019
| INDIA – TIBET – CHINA
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by Bernardo Cervellera
The green light for the national security law, has saddened a large part of the Territory's population while the social networks on the mainland celebrate. The "war" between China and the USA, regardless of the rights of the local population. ...
| 29/05/2020
| CHINA - HONG KONG
 
The Chinese president had pledged to erase poverty by the end of 2020. Since the start of the year, 380,000 more Chinese are on the edge of poverty. Officially, 5.5 million are poor. Tens of millions of migrant workers have become uneployed because of ...
| 26/05/2020
| CHINA
 
The theme of the rite, which will be broadcast worldwide from the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican gardens, at 5.30 pm, will be "Devoted and with one accord to prayer, together with Mary (cf. Acts 1:14)". The Virgin will be asked for help and assistance ...
| 26/05/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 26/05/2020
| IRAQ
 
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| 26/05/2020
| MIDDLE EAST
 
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| 25/05/2020
| RUSSIA
 
by Paul Wang
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| 25/05/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
by Zhang Xuezhong
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| CHINA
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