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The restrictions increase prices, block supplies and cause serious shortcomings.  Cancer patients, especially children, are also at risk.  It is also difficult to find a simple paracetamol.  Drug imports from the United States and Europe collapsed with Trump.  The risk is the invasion of counterfeit medicines on the market.

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The new airfield, which comes with a US$ 3.5 billion price tag, would be built 80 km south of the capital. Activists complain the project would drive 500 families out of their homes. Nepal has only one international airport that sometimes shuts down during the monsoon season.

 

| 19/08/2019
| NEPAL

The fire broke out in Mirpur 7, home to about 100,000 people. No casualties were reported because residents were out to celebrate the Eid al-Adha. Some suspect the blaze was deliberate to leave room for the underground metro rail and residential development.

| 19/08/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Mathias Hariyadi

Tensions rise in Sorong, Jayapura and Manokwari. Protesters attack and set fire to some public buildings. Two days ago, 43 Papuan students were arrested for not celebrating Indonesian independence.

| 19/08/2019
| INDONESIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The nuns belong to the Congregation of the Pious disciples of the Divine Master. The Prarthanalaya Chapel was decorated with gold-coloured streamers, symbolising the fire of love for Christ. For their superior, the two sisters “built their house on the Rock".

| 19/08/2019
| INDIA

Myanmar authorities will accept up to 300 people a day in two camps for displaced people. The first attempt at voluntary refugee repatriation failed in November 2018. For the Bishop of Pyay, some "stress that the humanitarian crisis guarantees generous profits”. Repatriation raises fears of possible ethnic tensions.

| 19/08/2019
| MYANMAR – BANGLADESH
by Carlos Cheung

The reflection of Fr.  Carlos Cheung, a Salesian, at the prayer meeting before the big demonstration in Victoria Park.  A heavy judgment against the government:  people "are abused by the government, falsely arrested by the police, unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department, threatened with white terror".  The memory of Tiananmen and the appeal for moderation.

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The Islamic State claims the massacre that killed 63 people.  The Taliban distance themselves from the atrocity committed by the rival group.  Peace talks in crisis.  Fr. Moretti: "The word "God" on the mouth of the attackers is blasphemy".

 

| 19/08/2019
| AFGHANISTAN

The boats left the western province of Canakkale and were intercepted during seven patrol operations.  On board people from Afghanistan, Syria and Palestinians.  The migration flow from Turkey to Europe has increased in recent weeks.  Since August 10th, about 700 people have been intercepted.

 

| 19/08/2019
| TURKEY - EU

Church faithful in Vancouver, who had prayed for Hong Kong, escorted by police because they were besieged by a pro-Beijing group.  Events also in Toronto and Calgary.  In Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne, pressure against students from Hong Kong.  Tensions also in London and Paris.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Paul Wang

Even the day before, there were rallies without clashes or tear gas.  Jimmy Sham: Some protesters resorted to violence because they were frustrated by the government silence .  Before the rally at Victoria Park, a prayer meeting entitled "Hope in the desert", organized by the Hong Kong Office of Justice and Peace.  Another demonstration by the Civil Front for Human Rights is scheduled for 31 August.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains that "the fire" that Jesus came to ignite, pushes disciples "to abandon every attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference".  Christianity has spread "overcoming every division between individuals, social categories, peoples and nations".  It is urgent to live in "adoration of God" and in the "willingness to serve others".  One cannot "combine Christian life and worldliness", "superstitious practices" and "a hostile attitude to one's neighbor".

 

| 18/08/2019
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

A day center in Moscow to assist 15 people contemporarily.  An exception to the ban on all non-profit organizations.  Bishop Panteleimon: Drug addicts, truly needy.  In Russia there are about 500 thousand drug addicts.

 

 

| 17/08/2019
| RUSSIA

For the experts, it is a "unique geological phenomenon" that risks disappearing. Urgent intervention to slow down the lowering of the water and the progressive loss of the coast.  Main culprits are mining companies, particularly on the Israeli side.  The request for an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations.

 

| 17/08/2019
| JORDAN - ISRAEL

The young people  come from 15 countries around the world. They are accompanied by eight missionaries, Benedictine and Salesian.  The initiative has reached its eighth edition.  Card  Yeom: "I hope you can understand how important peace is in our lives".

 

| 17/08/2019
| KOREA
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| 05/08/2019
| IRAQ
 
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| PHILIPPINES
 
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| CAMBODIA
 
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