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The Associated Press has managed to get the original reports of the complaints. Officials under anonymity denounce pressure from the Pakistani government to block investigations that would ruin the "profitable" link with Beijing. Intermediaries earn up to 58 thousand euros for each bride sold, but families are given only about 1,160.

| 06/12/2019
| PAKISTAN - CHINA

The 73-year-old doctor and health worker died in an ambush two days ago in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Armed men opened fire on his car, killing five others. The Taliban deny any responsibility in the attack.

| 06/12/2019
| JAPAN-AFGHANISTAN

The head of Tehran's diplomacy against countries that say they support the nuclear deal, but end up following the line of sanctions. For the Islamic Republic it is a "necessary and important" issue. Minister of Health: "very hard" year for medicines, drugs and medical equipment.

| 06/12/2019
| IRAN -UNITED STATES

The Holy Land has "never before seen" such a political situation, which generates "instability". Rebuilding from ruins is strengthening a sense of community. Economic migrants to the Holy Land are "an integral part" of the life of the Church. Bethlehem is not only a place but an "invitation" to a different lifestyle.

| 05/12/2019
| HOLY LAND

The Venerable Wonhaeng, leader of South Korea’s Buddhist Jogye Order, visited Pakistan for a week. The founder of Korean Buddhism came from what is now Pakistan. The Jogye Order’s chief abbot met Pakistan’s president and prime minister in Islamabad. Peaceful coexistence between religions in Pakistan is possible.

| 05/12/2019
| SOUTH KOREA – PAKISTAN

The proposal is in a message signed by Francis and Al-Tayeb delivered yesterday to the UN General Secretary who expressed his appreciation and support for the initiative.

 

| 05/12/2019
| VATICAN

"We cannot build our lives on passing things, on appearances, on pretending that all is well. Let's go to the rock, where there is our salvation. And we will all be happy there. All".

| 05/12/2019
| VATICAN
by Pierre Balanian

Paralysed by 50 days of strikes, the country watches powerless as one suicide follows the other. Support initiatives for the unemployed and the desperate by those who can still help are multiplying. So is looting. Some stories are made up to get money via social media.

| 05/12/2019
| LEBANON

The storm made landfall four times, leaving several areas in the North in a state of calamity. Some 413,833 people were affected in 1,788 localities. Caritas is still helping Mindanao earthquake victims. “This time we are afraid that we will not be able to offer adequate financial aid to the population,” says Caritas official.

| 05/12/2019
| PHILIPPINES

China’s Communist Party instructs participants that “Being a lawyer in China means that your livelihood depends on the Party, so you must obey the Party. The basic conditions for being a lawyer are to love the Party and socialism.” Some 600 lawyers, government officials and representatives from financial circles have been invited.

| 05/12/2019
| CHINA

The Iranian president hopes for the release of those who have demonstrated peacefully and unarmed. He invokes the "religious and Islamic clemency". Activists speak of 208 victims, but according to some deaths would be about 400. At least 200 thousand people involved, 7 thousand arrested but there are no independent confirmations.

| 05/12/2019
| IRAN

The man had worked in Afghanistan for over a decade and carried out water projects in rural areas. Last April, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani granted him honorary citizenship. Hundreds of Afghans publish photographs of Nakamura, condemning the killing and stressing how respected the Japanese doctor was.

| 05/12/2019
| JAPAN - AFGHANISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

A couple from Mumbai fears the hospital swapped the infant. Indian doctor: "The moral, social and cultural aspects of surrogacy create uncertainty in relationships, especially in a couple who are desperately looking for a child".

| 05/12/2019
| INDIA
by Emanuele Scimia

The new US legislation is aimed at safeguarding Hong Kong’s autonomy, but many believe the Trump administration will not put the territory’s special trade status at risk. Hong Kong is the eighth largest market for US exports according to the International Monetary Fund, and 1,344 US companies operate in the autonomous territory. Nonetheless, the Act is a blow to Xi Jinping and the CCP, according to a former top Pentagon official.

| 05/12/2019
| USA-HONG KONG-CHINA
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 3of3
Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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