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Prime Minister Prayuth is a breath away from reaching the crucial threshold of 126 seats in the lower house. The 250 senators were all appointed by the junta and will support its attempt to form a government. In the afternoon the final results.

| 25/03/2019
| THAILAND
by Sumon Corraya

The Catholic served in Caritas Bangladesh for 29 years, including 11 as executive director. One of the first goals is to establish a headquarters in mainland China and increase cooperation to provide immediate responses to environmental disasters.

| 25/03/2019
| ASIA - BANGLADESH

Today is the Day of Missionary Martyrs. “[I]n the course of 2018, throughout the world, numerous bishops, priests, nuns and lay faithful suffered violence, and 40 missionaries were killed, almost double compared to the previous year.”

| 24/03/2019
| VATICAN

The Malaysian capital saw the Solidarity4Peace march unfold this morning during which the Kuala Lumpur Peace Declaration was read. For Minister for Religious Affairs, “Terrorism is not born from any religion, no race was born with hatred.”

| 23/03/2019
| MALAYSIA

Trump’s decision sowed confusion in the media, which thought he referred to those imposed two days ago. White House spokesman says the US president “likes Chairman Kim". The North Korean leader will soon decide whether to continue the talks and maintain the moratorium on nuclear and missile tests.

| 23/03/2019
| UNITED STATES – KOREA

The Ethics Committee of the Iranian Football Association declares war on players with body paintings. In the Islamic Republic, athletes are seen as role models, especially for young people. for the country’s hard-line religious leadership, tattoos are a symbol of "westernisation" and part of a "cultural invasion". Ashkan Dejagah’s story is an example.

| 23/03/2019
| IRAN

In China, men outnumber women by 34 million. This fuels women-trafficking from neighbouring countries with Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos among the most affected by the problem. Over the past five years, about 5,000 Myanmar women have been forced into marriage and 2,800 forced to have children.

| 23/03/2019
| MYANMAR-CHINA

Indonesia’s largest market is the United States, which in 2018 consumed almost half of its catch. Since 2014, tuna exports to the US have increased by 130 per cent. About 3.3 million people work in the industry. Transparency and a modern processing have made the country a point of reference.

| 23/03/2019
| INDONESIA

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, there were 15.23 million births in 2018, two million fewer than in the previous year. In 2029 the population will start to decline. In 2050 the employed will have to pay support 400 million people over the age of 60.

| 23/03/2019
| CHINA

The pontiff sent a message to FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva on World Water Day, which is celebrated today. This year’s theme is ‘Leave no one behind’. The task to value and defend this good falls on the new generations together with all the inhabitants of the planet.

| 22/03/2019
| VATICAN
by Sumon Corraya

In 2013, foreign brands and unions signed an Accord on Fire and Building Safety. Workers now trust more the system to complain. However, women are still harassed, and workers are laid off arbitrarily or pressured to increase production.

| 22/03/2019
| BANGLADESH

South Korea’s Unification Ministry was given no explanations for the move. Twenty-five South Korean officials will remain at the office for the coming days. The regular inter-Korean meeting was not held following the failure of the Trump-Kim summit.

| 22/03/2019
| KOREA

Francis received a delegation of parliamentarians from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, on the 1150th anniversary of the death of Saint Cyril. "Knowing how to live in diversity, through dialogue, sharing, building bridges and breaking down the barriers of mistrust and prejudice".

| 22/03/2019
| VATICAN

With a tweet, the US president states that "the time has come" to recognize Israel's "sovereignty" over the Golan Heights. A gift to Netanyahu ahead of the April 9 elections. Russia and Syria condemn "irresponsible" statement and "contempt" of law. Vicar of Jerusalem: "We respect" the position of the United Nations, we need "broad agreement".

| 22/03/2019
| ISRAEL - USA - SYRIA
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