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by Pierre Balanian

Demonstrations continue throughout the country. Reforms proposed by Hariri rejected. Muslims, Christians, Druze, men and women are united by wanting to expel "the thieving and unpunished government". Overcoming confessional divisions. Hezbollah militant criticizes Hassan Nasrallah. Yesterday Central Bank employees worked for four hours, transferring large deposits of many politicians to foreign accounts. The governor of the Central Bank, Riad Salameh, branded as "the manager of US policy" in Lebanon.

| 23/10/2019
| LEBANON

The pact reached yesterday after seven hours of talks between the Russian president and the Turkish counterpart. The two sides have established joint patrols up to 10 km in Syrian territory. For Ankara "there are no reasons" to resume the offensive. Assad thanks Putin and attacks the "thief" Erdogan

| 23/10/2019
| TURKEY - RUSSIA - SYRIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Fr Stan Swamy, 83, is a Jesuit who is fighting for the rights of tribals and against the expropriation of their forests. The confiscation order was justified for his absence at the hearing of the trial against him. Activists: "The government wants to quell dissent".

| 23/10/2019
| INDIA

The tours of Mount Kumgang were erected in 1998 with the improvement of relations between the two Koreas. Discontinued in 2008, they were considered one of the largest inter-Korean cooperative projects.

| 23/10/2019
| KOREA

Card Tagle attended the launch of the website as part of the celebrations for the Extraordinary Missionary Month. The latter describes itself as a Catholic community “guided by the example of our patron, Saint John Paul II, a champion to answer the call for new evangelization.” For PIME missionary, the new social platforms are the new frontier to proclaim the Gospel.

| 22/10/2019
| PHILIPPINES

Bishop of Suriname says “wealth only goes to the West and poverty remains with us" and “Forests disappear because the rich world wants to eat meat". For Archbishop Fisichella, “Recently evangelised indigenous people need an expression of faith and witness that could have, like other rites, a married clergy alongside the celibate clergy.”

| 22/10/2019
| VATICAN
by Shafique Khokhar

Speaking before international bodies, Human Right Focus Pakistan president slammed violence done in the name of religion. Two officials visited the group president’s home, telling his wife that the family would face consequences if he did not stop smearing the country’s name. The association has been defending human rights since 1994 and will continue to do so.

| 22/10/2019
| PAKISTAN
by Sumon Corraya

The village is part of the Bhutahara parish, which is led by a PIME missionary. For local priest, “to win the hearts of the population, we teach the Bible; we live, pray and eat together.” Local woman says: “From this moment we will preach Jesus, instead of so many gods and goddesses.”

| 22/10/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Leopold Kropfreiter*

Catholics are just 1 per cent of the population in the former Soviet Republic. Testimony, the lives of the saints, pilgrimages and Masses are the central points of the celebrations for this month. “We hope to reach the hearts of the people by speaking directly to them in their own language,” says Fr Kropfreiter.

| 22/10/2019
| KAZAKHSTAN
by Pierre Balanian

The prime minister fails to satisfy population "who can't take it anymore". He decided on many measures, including a contribution of 5,000 billion banks to heal public debt. Salaries of parliamentarians and ministers reduced by 60%. Projects launched to support pensions and social housing. Project for five electricity production plants. But people are determined to want the resignation of the government and politicians. The demonstrations continue.

| 22/10/2019
| LEBANON

China bans export of black clothing worn by Hong Kong protesters like black t-shirt, jeans, sneakers and often black masks.

| 22/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Directives for the faithful to go only to Greek churches where the metropolitan of Kiev is not mentioned. The "Eucharistic blackmail" also has consequences on tourism and pilgrimages. According to Kirill, the conflict between the Greek Church and the Russian Church is caused by "those who intend to spread anti-Christian ideology in the world" and do not want the Russian Orthodox Church to offer the world "their spiritual gifts".

| 22/10/2019
| RUSSIA - GREECE

The 59-year-old monarch: " I pledge hereby that I shall act according to the Constitution and fulfill my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people of Japan". For the ceremony, the government strengthened security with 26 thousand police officers mobilized from all over Japan. The emperor and empresses emeritus were absent.

| 22/10/2019
| JAPAN
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