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Pakistan is set to buy 300,000 tonnes to meet emergency. Between 2018 and 2019, the country exported twice that much, even after a ban was imposed. Bakers go on strike in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to protest lost sales. Flour shortages have pushed up the price of products made with flour.

| 21/01/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Wang Zhicheng

The 66-year-old must also pay a fine of 2 million yuan. He was expelled from the Communist Party in March 2019. His wife Grace has asked Interpol and the French president for help, to no avail.

 

| 21/01/2020
| CHINA

North Koreans have a history of social exclusion and marginalisation among distrustful South Koreans. The death from starvation of a North Korean woman and her 6-year-old daughter in opulent Seoul last July has prompted the government to act.

| 21/01/2020
| KOREA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Overnight hooligans vandalised the altar and destroyed the tabernacle. Hosts were scattered on the ground, dishonouring “Our Blessed Lord and Saviour”. Archbishop Machado proclaimed a day of reparation and prayer for Friday.

| 21/01/2020
| INDIA

Their son, a Chaldean priest in Istanbul, is deeply concerned. He cares for over 7,000 refugees. The last contact dates back to January 7. Neighbors did not report the disappearance for fear of retaliation. A Kurdish activist, who has been in prison and ill for 28 years, commits suicide in protest against abuses and human rights repressions.

| 21/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

For the first time, a thesis on Islamic theology is accepted in a state university. The faithful of Muhammad in the country could reach 30% by 2030. Islam and the Orthodox Church will have to share loyalty of believers, in competition but also in agreement with Erdogan's neo-Ottoman Turkey.

| 21/01/2020
| RUSSIA

Francis' message to the World Economic Forum. "We are all members of one human family", from which derives "the moral obligation to take care of each other", as well as the principle "to place the human person and not the search for power or profit, at the center of politics ".

| 21/01/2020
| VATICAN

About 100,000 people died during the civil war (1983-2009). President’s announcement dashes any hope thousands of families had about their missing relatives. People now can fill out death certificates to have access to the assets of the missing.

| 21/01/2020
| SRI LANKA

The fourth victim is an 89-year-old man who lived in Wuhan, the epicenter of the infection. Another 15 medical workers who treated infected patients are hospitalized with the same symptoms. Worldwide countries have airport checks on flights from China.

| 21/01/2020
| CHINA

At least four civilian deaths in Baghdad and Kerbala, two among security forces in Basra. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and stones, police responded with bullets and tear gas. Three rockets fell near the U.S. embassy in the capital, inside the Green Zone.

| 21/01/2020
| IRAQ
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by Francis Khoo Thwe
Mya Thwate Thwate Kaing died yesterday after being wounded by police in Naypyidaw. The United Kingdom imposes sanctions on three generals; Canada on nine officials. The United States, India, Japan and Australia are demanding a quick return to democracy. ...
| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The church was built in 2000, with all the permits and praise of the local authorities. There are two reasons for the destruction: the land’s commercial value and erasing the "showy" symbolism of the religious building. The policy of "sinicization" ...
| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
Zdeněk Hřib targeted for having twinned with Taipei and supporting Tibetan dissidents. “No cost” for my commitment to Taiwan and Tibet. China is an “unreliable” trading partner. Alarm raised over Chinese lobbying campaigns in ...
| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
by Francis Khoo Thwe
Buddhist monks in Pegu and Pakokku pray and march to protect the people from darkness. In Kengtung, Christians in procession with the statue of Our Lady. In Mandalay, the bishop's evening of prayer with priests and sisters. The religious of Saint ...
| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
Erdoğan appears to have traded them for millions of doses of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine. Protests are taking place in front of the Chinese embassy in Ankara. The ratification of an extradition treaty with China faces an uphill battle. Turkish opposition ...
| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
It will contain all information on religious personnel, including the punishments received and the revocation of their ministry. A document on the management of clergy, monks, priests, bishops, who above all have the obligation to "support the leadership ...
| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
In an audience with the Focolare Movement (Work of Mary), Pope Francis stressed three points: the post-Foundress era, the importance of crises, and living spirituality with coherence and realism. He greeted the movement’s new president, Margaret ...
| 06/02/2021
| VATICAN
 
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Taiwan leads Japan and South Korea. Globally it is 11th. Greater financial transparency in politics and judicial independence are the main factors boosting its ranking. Thanks to hi-tech, the island also ...
| 06/02/2021
| TAIWAN
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