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The Iranian president’s chief of staff reaches out to the Saudis, noting that Iranian-Saudi relations should not be influenced by tensions with the United States. For Mahmoud Vaezi, the two countries “should work together to resolve their problems”.

| 22/01/2020
| IRAN – SAUDI ARABIA

The 28-year-old culprit said he wanted to adopt the animal. Although he expressed remorse, for the court, the act was a cruel crime. Animal welfare awareness is rising in the country, but eating dog meat is still widespread. Some 8,500 abandoned dogs are found in the capital every year. The transport and transformation facilities for waste are limited.

| 22/01/2020
| KOREA

Beijing’s 21 million residents generate 26,00 tonnes of domestic waste per day. It is the second city in the country after Shanghai to start waste sorting. Offenders can expect stiff fines.

 

| 22/01/2020
| CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

The Abbey of Our Lady of Phước Sơn is home to 220 monks, including 80 novices and postulants. In Vietnam, there are about 1,002 Cistercian monks and 244 Cistercian nuns.

| 22/01/2020
| VIETNAM

At the World Economic Forum, the Ecumenical Patriarch speaks out on ecological crisis, warning that "we know what needs to be done and we know how it must be done". "But it is becoming abundantly clear that so little is unfortunately being done." "In order to restore the balance of our planet, we need a spiritual worldview, which promotes humility, respect and solidarity"

| 22/01/2020
| TURKEY
by Melani Manel Perera

Prabahath Gamage, 62, came close to losing his life as a child. He was healed by invoking the forgiveness of the Christian martyr, whom he had offended in a gesture he took lightly.

| 22/01/2020
| SRI LANKA

Sometimes “they are exploited by criminal traffickers; they are treated like numbers and as a threat by some authorities"," many times they do not let them land in ports ". Best wishes to those "in the Far East" who on January 25th celebrate the Lunar New Year.

| 22/01/2020
| VATICAN

The reason for the protests is the new citizenship law which excludes Muslims. A peaceful sit-in, started by women has attracted demonstrators of all ages, enlivened every day with songs and poetry readings. The Supreme Court postpones the discussion of petitions against the legislation.

| 22/01/2020
| INDIA

The announcement came late yesterday evening after a meeting between the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic. Since the night, protesters have blocked numerous streets across the country and tried to break through the cordon to protect Parliament. The executive is not comprised of external technicians but "experts" linked to the various political movements.

| 22/01/2020
| LEBANON
by Wang Zhicheng

Mandatory quarantine measures to contain infections. The Wuhan city council gave indications not to leave the city except in really necessary cases. The Catholic churches of Wuhan, Hankow, Wuchang closed. All daily masses and New Year masses cancelled. New cases of infection in Macau, in the USA, in Taiwan. Criticism of Chinese health system.

| 22/01/2020
| CHINA
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| 03/03/2021
| PAKISTAN
 
Hong Kong authorities want to strike a blow at pro-democracy moderates, says Ernest Ng, expert in public policy. The 47 are back in court tomorrow. Freedom of association and the right to organise under International Labour Convention have been violated. ...
| 03/03/2021
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
The Papal visit bears three messages: hope, peace and coexistence and it is a “dream come true". A thank you to the Yazidis for their support over the years. Sunni Muslim: "We want to pray together with Christians", a stimulus from the Pope "to ...
| 03/03/2021
| IRAQ - VATICAN
 
To participate in the major pilgrimage, it will be "mandatory" to demonstrate immunization. Doubts about the presence of faithful from abroad. Riyadh started the vaccination campaign on December 17. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost 380 thousand ...
| 02/03/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA
 
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
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