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by Paul Wang | HONG KONG-CHINA

Young and old, workers and business executives filled the streets of central Hong Kong to demand the cancellation of the extradition law. Justice and Peace delegation also present. Parents brought their children because they want "a better future" for them. The profound excuses of the chief executive. The "kindness" of the police.

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by Sumon Corraya

Joseph Kamal Rodrigues, 67, is well known within the Christian community. He has composed pieces of liturgical worship for the Catholic Church. Kazi Nazrul Islam's musical genre fuses spiritual and philosophical elements, romantic and revolutionary themes.

| 17/06/2019
| BANGLADESH

Yesterday the Israeli prime minister unveiled a (future) settlement on the heights that will bear the name of the US president. For critics it is a propaganda move ahead of the September vote. And the funds are lacking. Sabella: the choices of America and Israel "dictated by their political agenda" but "unwise". Critical long-term prospects.

| 17/06/2019
| ISRAEL-PALESTINE-USA
by Tran Hung

Since last February, at least 2.47 million pigs have died. There is no vaccine or cure for the disease, which is not transmitted to humans. On 11 June, the outbreak reached Hồ Chi Minh City. So far, the country has lost US$ 154 million. Vietnam has the seventh largest pig population in the world (30 million animals) and is the sixth producer of pork. Pork constitutes 70 per cent of the local diet.

| 17/06/2019
| VIETNAM
by Wang Zhicheng

Last week, the head of the UN anti-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, was given a "guided" tour of the Xinjiang detention camps, but made no statements. I Michele Bachelet, head of the UN Commission for Human Rights also invited to visit. Bachelet will accepts if Beijing does not place any conditions. China fears international criticism at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council, scheduled from 24 June to 12 July.

| 17/06/2019
| CHINA-UN

The tarriffs went into effect yesterday. The volume of trade between the two countries was 142 billion dollars in 2018. Blocked products include almonds, apples and nuts.

| 17/06/2019
| INDIA - USA

Crude oil futures grow by 26 cents (+ 0.4%), setting at $ 62.27 a barrel. The WTI up by 17 cents (+ 0.3%) reaching 52.68 dollars. On June 13 prices were up by 4.5% after attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf. Singapore expert: concern over an escalation that leads to "military confrontation".

| 17/06/2019
| MIDDLE EAST

Visiting the areas in the Archdiocese of Camerino-San Severino Marche hit by a quake, Pope Francis comforted the faithful so that they can rebuild, starting from the fact that "God remembers us". He noted that that “Three years have gone by and the risk is that, after the first emotional and media involvement, attention will fall and promises will be forgotten, increasing the frustration of those who see the area become increasingly depopulated. The Lord instead pushes us to remember, repair, rebuild, and to do so together, without ever forgetting those who suffer.” “Everyone can do some good, without waiting for others to start.” The Pope also spoke about a new Blessed and made an appeal for the Persian Gulf.

| 16/06/2019
| VATICAN – ITALY
by Paul Wang

Chief Executive Carrie Lam admits communication "inadequacies", wants to restore "peace and order", and will listen to everyone, the opposition included. Still, the Civil Human Rights Front will continue to demonstrate. Trade unions plan strike with business backing. The mainland has been silent so far.

| 15/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

General Xu Yuan, who teaches at the Defence University of the People's Liberation Army, says that the Chinese government fears what might happen in the former British colony. The freedoms granted in 1997 "must be revoked before it is too late". The key to indoctrination of the population is “education".

| 15/06/2019
| CHINA – HONG KONG
by Giovanni Pang

Giovanni Pang also would like the Pope to pray for Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, also a Catholic, who "turns a blind eye to the outcry of Hong Kong citizens". Priests from Hong Kong, "especially those who are supportive and are close to the underground Church community in China”, are at risk.

| 15/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN

The conservation work now gives access to new areas of the complex, which includes a church and a monastery. For local Muslim authorities, the site is a source of pride and confirms the importance of interfaith dialogue. The site is considered a symbol of tolerance that “favours the relationship between the religions,” said For Vicar of Arabia, in the wake of Pope Francis’s visit.

| 15/06/2019
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Japan’s Interstellar Technologies wants to try an “unprecedented mission”. The MOMO-4 observation rocket will carry three paper planes and release them at an altitude of more than a hundred kilometres. Once released, they will glide down to Earth.

| 15/06/2019
| JAPAN

The Newman Educational Society, the educational arm of the diocese, organised the competition. Some 17,000 pupils, mostly non-Christians, study in 46 schools. For a spokesman of the Northeast Church, "Books help to pass an exam. Games, praying, doing group activities, playing music, eating together, sharing and taking care of one another help instead to pass the exam called life."

| 15/06/2019
| INDIA

The defeated presidential candidate claims the president’s victory was marred by irregularities. To avoid further violence, 32,000 soldiers and police officers have been deployed in the capital. Hundreds of Prabowo supporters have gathered at the National Monument. The Court will issue its ruling on 28 June.

| 14/06/2019
| INDONESIA
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