The church of the village of Hutuo has been reduced to a pile of ruins; the tomb of the bishop of Luoyang, not recognized by the government, was desecrated; children are forbidden to enter churches; threats against Catholic parents and seniors: if they continue to believe they will not receive government subsidies or pensions.
Some 84,583 soldiers and 20,000 civilian "village guards" will be deployed. The leader of the main, now disbanded opposition party calls on supporters to boycott the election. The United States and the European Union have withdrawn their financial support for the elections. Prime Minister Hun Sen, in power for 32 years, fears a "colour” revolution.
The number of insects exceed the earth’s human population. Their release into the environment would be a catastrophe. Adult cockroaches are used to make a potion used by millions of Chinese to treat respiratory and gastric problems.
A phone call between Moon and Kim Jong-un will anticipate the 27 April summit. Preparation for the "historic" meeting continues. Some key events will be broadcast live on television. Moon is confident: North Korea is willing to denuclearize "completely" and will not ask for the withdrawal of US troops from the South.
25 thousand displaced people live on the slopes of the district; another 175,000 are in danger in the towns of Ukhiya and Teknaf. One third of the camps could be flooded by rains, which occur from June to October. There is a risk of the proliferation of epidemics such as cholera, if the aquifers are contaminated.
The activist group protests the decision of some municipalities to expel refugees "because of their nationality or religion". The appeal to national leaders to oppose a "rhetoric" that "encourages or forgives" violations. Harsh criticism of international community for failing to support Lebanon in the emergency.
For EU foreign policy chief Mogherini, “We want to see the full compliance by all”. But no consensus exists on new sanctions among the EU’s 28 members. Iran’s role in Syria remains an issue. Rouhani insists that his country does not have aggressive intentions, that its weapons are defensive, and that it wants negotiations to solve problems.
The South Korean Church is praying for the success of the event, looking forward to "concrete" solutions to the peninsula’s problems. Hope was reborn with the Olympics. People are waiting for a message from Pope Francis.
A harsh exchange between Russia and the United States at the UN. Trump speaks of possible intervention, with the support of London and Paris. Moscow denounces the "campaign of aggression" against a sovereign state. Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen: "there are no certainties" on the Douma attack. The prayers of Christians for peace in the country.
About 158 refugee families live in the parish of Amadiya and surrounding villages. They need food, clothes, shoes, school support, kerosene. Many Christian, Yazid and Arab families returned to Mosul only to turn back. The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign is ongoing.
Xi Jinping sent a highly congratulatory message. Japan and Germany issued polite words. The Observatory for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticised restrictions on fundamental freedoms. Tensions with Britain remain over the ex-spy poisoning. For Chinese scholar, as the West continues to attack Russia and China, the two will move closer.