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Hassan Diab's decision comes after days of violent demonstrations following the explosions in Beirut port. The governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud has updated the toll of the August 4 disaster: 220 dead and 110 missing; 6 thousand wounded. The country risks "economic, social and political collapse".

| 11/08/2020
| LEBANON

Thousands of copies of his newspaper, Apple Daily, sold. On the back of Democratic front appeal, the tabloid's shares grow by a record 344%. Entrepreneur’s two sons also arrested. As a sign of solidarity, at least 100 people queued to buy food in the second son’s restaurant. Democratic activist Agnes Chow and journalist Wilson Li also detained.

| 11/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Official figures declare victory for the leader - already in office for 26 years - with 80% of the votes. The opposition, led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaja, claims 70% of the votes. Clashes in the capital and in other areas of the country. One dead, at least 90 injured: 50 among the population; 40 among the policemen.

 

| 11/08/2020
| BELARUS-RUSSIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

The victims, who were guests of a Sunni family, were taking part in Midodareni prayers. Three people were injured, including a 15-year-old boy. The police failed to prevent the attack. For the extremists, a Shia ritual was taking place. Indonesia’s main Islamic organisation slammed the act of intolerance.

| 10/08/2020
| INDONESIA
by Sumon Corraya

Less than 200 Catholic marriages have been celebrated in 2020, down from an annual average of 1,700 before COVID-19. Only 50 people can attend the wedding ceremony. For young couples this has a positive aspect as they save money and do not go into debt to get married.

| 10/08/2020
| BANGLADESH
by Rafic Greiche*

Since yesterday the churches and places of worship have reopened to the public, albeit still with some limitations. The suffering of the faithful, but also the discovery of the importance of the royal liturgy and sacramental communion.

| 10/08/2020
| EGYPT
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 he's healed, he wants to donate his plasma for coronavirus patients.

| 10/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Silvina Premat

The agreement, signed in 2015, became official along with a currency swap worth US$ 18.5 billion. The facility, which has cost US$ 50 million so far, is run by an agency controlled by the Chinese military. For Western experts, it can be used for military purposes. The concessions are too good for China, sayas Argentine analyst.

| 10/08/2020
| ARGENTINA – CHINA
by Pierre Balanian

Thousands of young people are busy clearing the city of debris and rubble; they help elderly people to survive; they offer water and food paying with their own money or collected from friends and relatives. Young Syrian refugees also join in efforts. A Syrian Protestant pastor, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, offers sandwiches and bottles of water to the displaced.

| 10/08/2020
| LEBANON

The ceremony took place in the Urakami Cathedral, which was almost destroyed by the bombing of 9 August 1945. The city is the heart of Christianity in the country. 140,000 died instantly, among them 8,500 of the 12,000 local faithful. The Pope’s criticism of the use of nuclear weapons.

| 10/08/2020
| JAPAN-VATICAN
by Paul Wang

The Party had been trying to stop him for some time. Global Times: You have been offending the authorities in Hong Kong and the motherland for years. Thanks to the security law, along with Lai, six other people were arrested, including the tycoon’s son Ian. Press freedom in Hong Kong wavers.

| 10/08/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Pierre Balanian

Violent, anti-Hezbollah groups demonstrated in Place des canons and then seized and sacked the Foreign Ministry. Important and sensitive documents were burnt. Papers were also destroyed at the Environment and Economy ministries. A member of the security service is killed. Prime Minister Hassan Diab calls for early parliamentary elections, echoed by the Maronite patriarch who also wants an international inquiry.

| 09/08/2020
| LEBANON

During the Angelus, Pope Francis praises Lebanon as a " model of living together". With “solidarity and compassion,” Lebanon’s bishops, priests and religious should lead a life “marked by evangelical poverty, without luxury, because your people are suffering, suffering a lot.” Remembering the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the pontiff calls for “a world completely free from nuclear weapons.” Amid the storm, keep “your heart turned to God, to his love, to his Fatherly tenderness.” Indeed, “The boat at the mercy of the storm is the image of the Church,” and sometimes she “may have the temptation to think that God has abandoned her.” AsiaNews continues its campaign to “Help devastated Beirut”.

| 09/08/2020
| VATICAN
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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
 
by Pierre Balanian
The toll from yesterday’s blasts now stands at 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured, but many people are still missing under collapsed buildings. Some ships in Beirut harbour have dead and injured on board. Hospitals are full, whilst medicine warehouses ...
| 05/08/2020
| LEBANON
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
A private US company, Recorded Future, detected the espionage operation against the mail servers of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Diocese of Hong Kong, and the Holy See’s Study Mission in Hong Kong, which acts as a quasi-nunciature. PIME’s ...
| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
A few months before the expiration of the Provisional Agreement on appointing new bishops, lay people, priests and bishops wonder about the effects it has had on the life of Christian communities in China. The Vatican is hoping to renew the agreement; ...
| 16/07/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN
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