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A report commissioned by the general secretary highlights such failures. The United Nations system has been unable to work effectively with Myanmar to prevent abuse. The country’s refugee camps host about 128,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslim IDPs; 720,000 have fled to Bangladesh.

| 19/06/2019
| MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS

The authorities have approved a rule on "public decency" that targets "indecorous"  clothing and graffiti. Uncertainty about entry into force. According to critics, it lends itself to arbitrary interpretations and applications that favor repression. Controversy and protests on social media.

| 19/06/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA

The UNHCR today released its annual report on the eve of World Refugee Day. It lists 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs), 25.9 million refugees, and 3.5 million asylum seekers. Developing nations, not the rich states in the West, bear the brunt of migration. Syria has the largest number of internally displaced people.

| 19/06/2019
| ASIA – UNITED NATIONS

At the general audience, Pope Francis explains the event of Pentecost, "God’s eruption" like "wind" and "fire". The word of the apostles, inflamed by the Spirit, speaks the "language of truth and love, which is the universal language: even the illiterate can understand it". "The Holy Spirit is the maker of communion, it is the craftsman of reconciliation". He helps the Church "to go beyond human limits, sins and scandal". Greetings to Asian groups and to the Young Messengers of Peace of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Japan).

| 19/06/2019
| VATICAN

The next three-way meeting (Moscow, Tehran and Ankara) scheduled for July will focus on the refugee issue. Analysts and experts speak of diplomatic success for tLebanon, among the most exposed to emergencies. The presence of Beirut is "a priority" in the management of the refugee issue.

 

| 19/06/2019
| LEBANON - SYRIA - RUSSIA

The Niigata prefecture government says the quake took place at 22.22 yesterday. The victims are resident in the prefectures of Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata and Ishikawa. The administration issued a tsunami warning, lifted around midnight. After the quake, 9,232 houses remained without electricity. Shinkansen high-speed train stops.

| 19/06/2019
| JAPAN

An international conference at the initiative of Asian ambassadors to the Holy See was inspired by the declaration on human brotherhood signed in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. For Mgr Gallagher, "a certain prejudice [. . .] still exists, above all, in the western world”.

| 18/06/2019
| VATICAN – ASIA

The disease shows up as vomiting and severe headaches. Lychee is a fruit that inhibits the production of glucose. Some doctors believe the main cause is dehydration.

| 18/06/2019
| INDIA

The former leader died of a heart attack at the end of a court hearing in which he was charged with espionage. Erdogan blames Egypt’s “tyrants". Fr Rafic dismisses doubts over his death voiced by Western governments and international NGOs. He is sorry for Morsi’s death, but the latter ruled “in a catastrophic way” and was “the first to bend the Constitution”.

| 18/06/2019
| EGYPT
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Afghan militants are fierce opponents of ISIS. In 2018, some jihadists were saved from their attack by US military. The Taliban also control areas at the border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to watch over the pipeline between Turkmenistan and India. Uzbekistan plans a railway that passes from Kabul, to the Indian Ocean.

| 18/06/2019
| RUSSIA-AFGHANISTAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

The underground bishop, recently recognized by the government as auxiliary bishop, withdrew his request. In it obedience to the laws of the country was accepted, but not membership of the PA. But the government does not want to publish it, making underground priests believe that they are obliged to join the body that proclaims the independence of the Church. In the Sino-Vatican agreement - also unpublished – membership of the PA is optional.

| 18/06/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN

Xi’s visit to North Korea will be the first by a Chinese president in 14 tears. The trip will take place just before Xi and Trump travel to Japan for the G20 summit. Mgr Lazarus You calls for "building fraternal relations of trust between peoples".

| 18/06/2019
| KOREA – CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

Some 3,200 people are HIV-positive in the country and 100 are infected with syphilis and gonorrhea. Pregnant women have free access to prenatal tests. Since 2011, pregnant women who have received treatment for the virus have given birth to healthy children.

| 18/06/2019
| SRI LANKA
by John Man

John Man, a 24 year old recent graduate of Hong Kong University and protagonist of the marches against the law on extradition, speaks of government hypocrisy and sadly denounces the "weak" official intervention of the diocese. Msgr. Joseph Ha Chi-shing, auxiliary bishop, has won youth back to the Church and garnered the appreciation of non-believers.

| 18/06/2019
| HONG KONG-CHINA-VATICAN
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| 17/06/2019
| ISLAM - FRANCE
 
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| IRAQ
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