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by Dario Salvi

Felix Dawood al-Shabi will lead the eparchy, today distinct from that of Amadiyah on the proposal of Patriarch Sako. A strategic area for trade with Syria and Turkey, as well as being "the heart of the Chaldean world". He asks the faithful to "have courage and hope"; appeals to Western Catholics to "support their suffering brothers".

| 03/07/2020
| IRAQ - VATICAN

A landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains buried the miners. Only the floating bodies have been recovered, many are still under the sea of mud and dirt. At the moment there are also 54 injured, hospitalized in the area. The Burmese mining industry is worth billions of dollars, but the proceeds remain in the hands of the military and the former rulers.

| 03/07/2020
| MYANMAR

His destination is unknown. A few hours earlier he had testified by videoconference before the US Congress. City authorities: Slogans in favor of democracy or independence violate the law. The fears of democracy groups.

| 03/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Secretary of State Card Pietro Parolin met with the US and Israeli ambassadors yesterday. Israel and Palestine have the right to exist and live in peace and security within internationally recognised borders.

 

| 02/07/2020
| VATICAN

The State Council has completed the documentation process. The sentence, scheduled for this morning, postponed by two weeks. Rumors of "pressure" on the Ankara government. But Erdogan wants to hold the official ceremony on July 15th, on the fourth anniversary of the failed coup.

 

| 02/07/2020
| TURKEY
by Fady Noun

The aim is to keep the flame of the 17 October protests alive. Patriarch al-Rahi urges young people to be free from sectarian and confessional restrictions. In times of crisis, people must make a common commitment to build a better home. The patriarch proposes an educational pact based on respect for diversity, fraternity and service.

| 02/07/2020
| LEBANON

Chinese warships and coastguard vessels are in the waters around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. For some analysts, Beijing wants to demonstrate its strength by showing they can land and seize islands in the area. Two US aircraft carriers are currently in the Philippine Sea. Australia is boosting its military budget to meet China’s challenge.

| 02/07/2020
| CHINA
by Biju Veticad

A boiler exploded at a state-owned NLC India power plant. “Unfortunately, in our country, many companies underplay the importance of health and safety,” said a fire and safety trainee.

| 02/07/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

70% turnout, Putin victory of 80%. The results published before the closing of all of the ballot boxes in the Federation. Miracles in Optina where "The Russian Pilgrim's Tales" was born: the construction of a new church; exorcisms; medical cures.

| 02/07/2020
| RUSSIA
by Paul Wang

At least 370 people arrested in Hong Kong yesterday; several of them are victims of the new law. The US House of Representatives unanimously votes for a law that provides for sanctions on people, companies and banks that undermine Hong Kong's freedom. The criticism of the EU, Australia, Great Britain, Japan. Concerns about the "universal" sovereignty expressed by law.

| 02/07/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The country has been ruled by the military for decades. A victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her League for Democracy is expected, but not the triumph of 2015. The Lady has lost the approval of ethnic minorities and is criticized by the international community for the army's violence against the Rohingya.

| 02/07/2020
| MYANMAR

The Iranian Foreign Minister intervenes in the "virtual" Security Council meeting.  A response to the US attacks and pressure for "indefinite" duration of sale ban. Tehran's head of diplomacy lists "numerous acts of US aggression". And hopes for a strong Middle East, capable of ensuring "territorial stability".

| 02/07/2020
| IRAN - UN

Card Sako issued a message for the Chaldean community in the Iranian capital, which is confidently waiting for a bishop. Its most urgent issues are emigration, embargo and the coronavirus emergency. The strength of the community lies in hope and "their faith”. For the prelate, “we need a local clergy who know the local people, culture and language.”

| 01/07/2020
| IRAN – IRAQ
by NAT da Polis

The holiness of Hagia Sophia constitutes a vital centre where west and east can meet; its conversion into a mosque will a drive a wedge between these two worlds.

| 01/07/2020
| TURKEY
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| 23/06/2020
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| 23/06/2020
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| 22/06/2020
| VIETNAM
 
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| 12/06/2020
| CHINA
 
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| 12/06/2020
| ASIA
 
by Biju Veticad
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| 12/06/2020
| INDIA
 
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| 12/06/2020
| TURKEY
 
by Fady Noun
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| 11/06/2020
| LEBANON
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