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  • 24/06/2017 - TURKEY

    The reading transmitted by state TV. Groups tied to Bulent Arinc, former vice president, and the brotherhood of the Naxbantiya, to which Erdogan belongs, want to reopen the basilica as a mosque.


    by NAT da Polis

    24/06/2017 - BANGLADESH

    Dhaka, price of rice doubles: millions of poor struggle to survive

    by Sumon Corraya

    The cost of cereals has increased due to the collapse of production. Crops destroyed by floods. In the last year the price increase was 42%. Dhaka imports 250,000 tons of rice from Vietnam, but has lost 600,000.


    24/06/2017 - CHINA

    Sichuan, a landslide destroys a village: 141 missing


    So far two people pulled alive and one body retrieved. The disaster caused by heavy rains and lack of vegetation.


    23/06/2017 - MYANMAR – UNITED NATIONS

    Distrusts towards the United Nations grows in Myanmar


    The main criticism is the lack of top officials who understand the country. Many people see the UN fail in the way it handles humanitarian crises. UN resident coordinator for humanitarian aid Renata Lok-Dessallien is leaving. To be effective, the UN “must be sensitive to local issues and take them into account, The Irrawaddy writes.


    23/06/2017 - INDIA

    Although government and opposition pick Dalit candidate for the presidency, castes remain


    Ram Nath Kovind is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Meira Kumar has the support of 16 opposition parties led by Congress. The two veteran politicians are in their seventies. For Lenin Raghuvanshi, the choice of Dalit candidates “does not change the evils of the caste system”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has divided the opposition.


    23/06/2017 - HONG KONG – CHINA

    President Xi Jinping visits Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to the fatherland

    by Paul Wang

    Xi's full schedule includes a visit to the PLA garrison, the swearing in of the Hong Kong cabinet and infrastructure projects, but no meeting with the population. Security will be tight in view of possible terrorism. Beijing’s anti-democracy steps have also raised fear of protests. Aircraft carrier Liaoning is set to visit Hong Kong harbour.


    23/06/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Choi Soon-sil condemned for favouring daughter. She was a friend of Park in the corruption scandal


    Three years in prison for asking college favors for her daughter. This is the first conviction for Choi, the confidant and friend of the former president. Now she will still have to answer allegations of corruption and undue influences in the huge scandal involving Samsung's management.

     


    23/06/2017 - QATAR - GULF - IRAN

    No to Iran, terrorists and al-Jazeera: Riyadh conditions on Doha to close the crisis


    On behalf of the Gulf Alliance, Kuwait presents Qatar requests to restore diplomatic and commercial relations. Doha wants as a precondition for dialogue to remove the embargo and sends his wishes to the new Saudi hereditary prince. A ship sets sail from Turkey.

     


    23/06/2017 - ASIA-EUROPE

    Asia-Europe: human rights crisis (and freedom of trade)

    by Luca Galantini

    The rare stand taken by the German ambassador Michael Clauss for the release of Msgr. Peter Shao Zhumin and Freedom of Commerce on the New Silk Road, under the shadow of the Chinese monopoly. The silence surrounding the fragmentation of the international legal system. Instead of democracies, there are autocratic regimes, violent nationalisms, oriental satrapies. And Trump sells arms to Saudi Arabia.


    22/06/2017 - THAILAND – MYANMAR

    Suicide rate soars among Burmese refugees in Mae La Camp (Thailand)


    The camp hosts about 50,000 Myanmar citizens, mostly ethnic Karen. In two years 28 refugees took their lives and 66 attempted. For camp residents, "The situation is tragic". Suicides are caused by the lack of freedom, limited educational opportunities, uncertainty, and economic difficulties. Four in 10 deaths were from drinking weed-killer. Family problems were a factor in almost half of all cases, alcohol and substance abuses more than a third.


    22/06/2017 - INDIA

    For Bishop Menamparampil, vandalism against Catholic cathedral in Assam has hurt and raised concerns among Christians


    The cathedral is in Bongaigaon. Diocesan authorities have called for calm and organised a prayer vigil for peace and harmony. The pyx was stolen, and the tabernacle broken. For Sajan K George, the "robbery is a way to offend [Christian] religious feelings”.


    22/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Pigcawayan, Biff rebels free hostages. Six dead


    Attacks on military outposts at Barangay Malagakit and Barangay Simsiman. Islamist rebels repelled and fled to the marsh of Liguasan in Maguindanao. During the retreat a school building seized, 31 hostages freed. The military: The attack is not related to Marawi's siege.

     


    22/06/2017 - PALESTINE - EGYPT

    Cairo gives one million liters of fuel to prevent the collapse of Gaza


    The Strip now has two hours of electricity per day. The power plant will return to work in the next few hours. Last week, Hamas leaders met with Egyptian officials.


    22/06/2017 - INDIA - CHINA

    UN says India's population will overtake China in seven years


    Today, 1.3 billion people live in the Republic of India, 1.4 billion in the People's Republic of China. The United Nations report highlights a decline in fertility. The aging of the population is likely to break the social security systems.


    22/06/2017 - IRAQ

    Mosul's Al-Nouri Mosque destroyed. Isis and the United States exchange blame


    In that mosque in Baghdadi proclaimed the caliphate in 2014. Al-Abadi: It is an official declaration of defeat. " The mosque and the leaning minaret were among the oldest monuments in the city dating back to the 12th century. The old town of Mosul has been under siege. According to Isis it was destroyed by American operations.

     


    21/06/2017 - PHILIPPINES

    Duterte warns of “religious war” in Mindanao, Church and analysts disagree


    Christians “have better guns. They are buying,” said the president. Analysts dismiss his view as baseless attempt to justify martial law. For Card Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato, the government should “address the economic and political roots of terrorism” rather than focus on a military solution.


    21/06/2017 - SAUDI ARABIA

    The Saudi king nominates 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman hereditary prince



    The decision approved by 31 (out of 34) members of the Alliance Council marks a turning point in succession. The current number two Mohammed bin Nayef was dethroned, payment for a weak policy in the context of the crisis with Qatar. The young heir mastermind behind war in Yemen and a supporter of the frontal confrontation with Iran.

     


    21/06/2017 - BELGIUM

    Brussels: suspect attacker killed after an explosion. No victims but a lot of fear


    An explosion shook Brussels’ central station. A witness asserts that the attacker had yelled "Allah is great" before detonating his suitcase. The episode fuels climate of fear in the heart of Europe. Islamic terrorism’s strategy of tension.


     


    20/06/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Movies and plays in Colombo to show the plight of refugees

    by Melani Manel Perera

    Today is World Refugee Day. Sri Lanka hosts 604 refugees in Sri Lanka with another 576 applying for recognition. The government does not guarantee the right to housing, food, education, medical care and does not provide opportunities for legal employment.


    20/06/2017 - MIDDLE EAST – EUROPE

    Terrorism and migrants: Mideast leaders blackmailing Europe

    by Luca Galantini

    Attacks in European capitals are meant to destabilise the foreign policy of countries like Great Britain, Germany, and France. Even Italy’s "neutral" position does not guarantee immunity. Dealing with immigration must be part of a long-term coexistence strategy. Working on economic and political development in countries of origin is also necessary. In ‘Caritas in Veritate’, Benedict XVI had prophetic words.


    20/06/2017 - USA - KOREA

    US student dies on return from Pyongyang. Trump attacks Kim's brutality. Moon deplores death


    No trace of the botulism indicated by North Korea as the reason for his release "for humanitarian reasons". US doctors hypothesize brain damage due to the abuse of psycho-drugs during detention. Otto Warmbier was no longer able to hear, speak or react to external stimulus. The US president reacts and calls for the release of three more American citizens detained in North Korea. South Korean President calls on North to respect the most elementary human rights as a condition for peace building.

     


    20/06/2017 - UN

    UN refugee record hit in 2016: 65.6 million


    Today is the World Refugee Day. Data released yesterday by UNHCR. About 40.3 million internally displaced persons; 22.5 Refugees; 2.8 million asylum seekers. Nearly 84% of the burden of hospitality is supported by poor countries, despite the focus on migrant crises in Europe.

     


    19/06/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnam’s economic policies harm development, environment and people

    by Nguyen Van

    Farmlands loss and pollution are growing. Expropriations cause great social instability. Government cracks down on protests. The Catholic community stands by the victims of the Formosa disaster. Clergymen and parishioners in Thuận Nghĩa call for an end to threats against the spirituality and property of people in Song Ngọc.


    19/06/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka, a 'monastic ordination of trees' to protect plants and the environment

    by Melani Manel Perera

    The ceremony at the place where a sugar factory is planned. Buddhist rituals were attended by 1,500 people, as well as monks, environmentalists and politicians. The motto is "Every animal is sacred, every tree is sacred". The trees lined with the orange tunic of the monks.

     


    19/06/2017 - VATICAN - ITALY

    Pope: Young people should be educated based on intellect, affection and action


    Francis opened the ecclesial conference of the diocese of Rome on youth education. In a society devastated and dominated by consumerism, try to offer the possibility of harmonious growth not only on a personal level but also a social and spiritual level.


    17/06/2017 - INDIA

    Delhi partially backpedals on beef ban, says it’s “ready to review” the law


    Justice minister is open to less stringent rules. The issue is now before Supreme Court, which will hear the matter on 11 July. For Minister Prasad, the “government does not intend to bring in any law that would in any manner interfere with the eating habits of any community.” Meanwhile, trade in buffalo meat collapses by 90 per cent.


    17/06/2017 - NEPAL

    Local elections postponed in a province on Indian border as threats of interference loom

    by Christopher Sharma

    Poll is now set for September. The Rastriya Janata Party has threatened violent opposition if their demands are not heeded. Other parties and ordinary citizens protest the postponement. Some fear Indian interference against the country’s secular constitution.


    16/06/2017 - CHINA

    Wu Xiaohui, the latest billionaire victim of Beijing’s anti-graft campaign


    Over the past few months, more than 40 officials and executives have been detained as part of a vast operation to end collusion between regulators, family members of the ruling elite and tycoons. The authorities “need to ensure stability ahead of the 19th National Congress,” said Zhuang Deshui, of Peking University.


    16/06/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    Moon's style is conquering everyone, with record approval ratings for the new president


    Moon is paying his own personal expenses. He has asked his security detail to keep a low profile. He has broken with the protocol on official occasions by bringing ordinary citizens to the fore. He occasionally leaves the presidential office in sleeves with a cup of coffee for a walk with his aides. He lets himself be photographed with others and signs autographs to children. In a month, he has already met journalists three times. He is battling corruption and working for civil rights. As he wins over his country, he is getting ready for international challenges, renewing the dialogue with North Korea and exercising greater independence vis-à-vis the United States.


    16/06/2017 - INDIA

    Mumbai, school of the Islamic preacher who 'inspired' Dhaka massacre closed


    The institute is located in Mazgaon's central district and hosts 135 students. Zakir Naik is the founder of the Islamic Research Foundation, banned five years ago. He is one of the best-known exponents of the radical positions of Salaf Islam. 






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    VATICAN
    Pope: The Churches of the East are alive, despite persecution and terrorism



    Receiving the participants at the "Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches" Assembly, Francis recommends the formation of the clergy. "Let us not forget that in the East even today, Christians - no matter whether Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants - spill their blood as a seal of their witness."


    CHINA-GERMANY
    The German ambassador asks China to release Msgr. Shao Zhumin



    In an official statement posted on the embassy site, Michael Clauss asks that the detained bishop of Wenzhou, be given full freedom of movement. Concerns also expressed over drafts of the new regulations on religious activities, which decree the end of the underground communities. It is the first time after a decade that a European ambassador has called for the release of a bishop.


     


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