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by Joshua Lapide | ISRAEL-UAE-USA

The Emirates are the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The agreement should "advance peace in the Middle East". For Abu Dhabi, it will stop Israeli annexation of the occupied territories; for Tel Aviv the annexations will be partial and only "postponed". For Hamas, the agreement is a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Bahrain and Oman could follow Abu Dhabi's example. But the axis of the Resistance, led by Iran, would be strengthened.

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by Sumon Corraya

Revealed in an International Organization for Migration report. About 10 million Bangladeshi work abroad, especially in the Persian Gulf, generating remittances of over 15 billion euros. One migrant worker supports on average three members of his family. Without work, they go into debt to buy food and pay for coronavirus treatment. Many returnees hope to leave soon.

| 13/08/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Pierre Balanian

A quarter of the victims at Beirut port were Syrian. Many of them decided to stay in the country to work on rebuilding homes. Damascus' contribution to the care of the wounded. After years of occupation and war, there are small signs of friendship. The stories of Nadir and Rafiq.

| 13/08/2020
| LEBANON
by Nirmala Carvalho

It is yet another anti-Christian attack in the country. Rajesh Gupta's wife is in hospital with a fractured hand and leg. In June, an educational center run by a Christian organization was attacked. Two weeks ago, extremists killed a pastor in Punjab. Sajan K George: The faithful live in terror.

| 13/08/2020
| INDIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Catholic bishops are calling for an end to the violence and negotiations between the government and the opposition. Kirill says Lukashenko's victory "exalts attention to the spiritual and moral issues of people's lives". For some Orthodox priests, their bishops’ applause is a "humiliation of human dignity". Demonstrations and clashes continue.

| 13/08/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA

About 20 per cent of Cambodian exports to the EU are affected. The latter is imposing sanctions on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government for its repeated human rights violations. This is a severe blow to the local garment industry, already badly affected by the pandemic. A free-trade agreement with China will not make up for the losses.

| 12/08/2020
| CAMBODIA – EUROPEAN UNION

The death toll continues to grow: 171, with 30 people considered missing. Over 6 thousand injured; hundreds of thousands are left homeless, housed in private homes or convents or mosques. Yesterday in the Martyrs Square, a commemoration of the victims and "hanging" of those responsible. Already four years ago, US security personnel warned of the danger associated with stored ammonium nitrate.

| 12/08/2020
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

Human rights activists hold a national convention to affirm democratic values. The Punjab Legislative Assembly approves a resolution to include Ali Jinnah's famous speech in school curricula. Last month, however, the same Assembly passed a law that protects the Islamic religion. The pluralist vision of the Father of the Nation has yet to materialise.

| 12/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The nephew of a local politician posted an offensive comment on Facebook. A mob attacked the politician’s home and a police station, injuring some 60 policemen. About 110 protesters and the post’s author have been arrested. For the Archbishop of Bangalore, violence is never a solution; intercommunal dialogue is needed.

| 12/08/2020
| INDIA

“At times,” noted Francis, “we look at others as objects, to be used and discarded. In reality this type of perspective blinds and fosters an individualistic and aggressive throw-away culture, which transforms the human being into a consumer good”. By contrast, “the believer, contemplating his or her neighbour as a brother or sister, and not as a stranger, looks at him or her compassionately and empathetically, not contemptuously or with hostility. Contemplating the world in the light of faith, with the help of grace, we strive to develop our creativity and enthusiasm in order to resolve the ordeals of the past.”

| 12/08/2020
| VATICAN
by Paul Wang

Shares of the Apple Daily climb by 1300%. Demonstrations against the arrests in Mong Kok and Shatin. Police increasingly violent. Denunciation of the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

| 12/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Belarusian authorities allegedly forced her to leave as a condition to free some of her staff members from prison. According to the KGB, she suffered threats and an attempted attack, in search of a "sacrificial victim". Lukashenko blessed by Patriarch Kirill. But Orthodox and Catholic priests are together with the demonstrators. Risk of another Majdan.

| 12/08/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA

The third such discovery after those in Beijing and Dalian. Spread of infection has resumed in several provinces. Chinese authorities: The batch of fish comes from abroad. For experts, the risk of contracting the virus from frozen fish is very low.

| 12/08/2020
| CHINA
by Shafique Khokhar

On the eve of Pakistan’s Minorities Day, the leaders of religious and civil society groups expressed concern over the government’s position towards minorities. Quotas are useless if enforcement rules are not implemented. An impartial education can foster social cohesion and harmony. Great efforts are needed to turn minority representation into participation.

| 11/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Biju Veticad

At least 15,000 families have chosen this method of education because of lower costs for large families and greater interest and involvement in children’s education. With parents and tutors as educators, greater attention is paid to children’s own aptitudes and their families’ specific religious or cultural visions. The Santvana community offers one example.

| 11/08/2020
| INDIA
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“At times,” noted Francis, “we look at others as objects, to be used and discarded. In reality this type of perspective blinds and fosters an individualistic and aggressive throw-away culture, which transforms the human being into a ...
| 12/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Pierre Balanian
Within days, Dr. Rida Zeineddine gathered around him nurses and doctors to treat people who were injured by the port explosions for free. Many of them are elderly, ill with cancer, diabetes, Covid-19 infected and cannot move from home. Join our "In aid ...
| 11/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
For the US, China has deprived the city of its traditional freedoms. London views the security law as a pretext to silence the democratic opposition. Criticism comes from the EU and the UN. Bipartisan condemnation greets the arrests in Taiwan, whilst ...
| 11/08/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
by Shafique Khokhar
Younas Masih caught the virus in hospital where his father had to undergo an operation. For this reason, he remained isolated at home as hospitals had no places available. Instead of reading books and watching movies, he prayed all the time. Now that ...
| 10/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The tabloid linked to the People's Daily cites Archbishop Sachez Sorondo, Mgr Zhan Silu and Francesco Sisci who back the renewal of the provisional agreement, but fails to mention any supporter in the Party. For a Vatican official, this agreement ...
| 07/08/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Pierre Balanian
Ali Msheik's wife has been waiting for three days in front of the place where he worked as a longshoreman to have news about his fate. Eliane, an artist, asks Christians and Muslims to pray for her son, a dentist, who is in intensive care. Young ...
| 07/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rectifies some ambiguous formulas, seemingly more democratic and less clerical. Sacramental action takes place in the name of Christ “who acts in his Church”. The ministry is not the “exercise ...
| 06/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
The blast damaged Caritas headquarters. The charity is “ready to hand out aid,” said Fr Paul Karam, who stresses that “psychological support" to victims’ families is also fundamental. Some 200 employees and volunteers divided ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
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