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by Mathias Hariyadi

Aman Abdurrahman is the spiritual guide of Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), the largest terrorist group in Indonesia linked to the Islamic State (IS). He is accused in connection with at least three attacks. He was able to coordinate attacks from prison, where he was serving a previous sentence.

| 18/05/2018
| INDONESIA
by Melani Manel Perera

Eyewitnesses place two senior army officers at the place where the missing disappeared. The military is hostile to the website set up to to make public the names of the missing people.

| 18/05/2018
| SRI LANKA

Shahbaz Masih Gill, 36, and Samina Tasneem, 28, were hit in the legs. For two months they lived in Lahore because of a land dispute with a Muslim in the village of Sankhatra. “We demand an end to terrorism against minorities,” Christian pastor said.

| 18/05/2018
| PAKISTAN

The "blocking statute” will serve to curb the effects of the White House measures against Tehran. EU companies will be able to ignore sanctions and cover costs. Russia and China ready to take advantage of signing billionaire contracts. Washington wants to launch an international "coalition" against "the Iranian regime".

| 18/05/2018
| IRAN - EU - USA

The Lan Do field "Red Orchid" is located in Block 06.1, 85 km inside an area claimed by China and Vietnam. Hanoi: "Operations are authorized and carried out in areas under Vietnamese sovereignty and jurisdiction". Experts fear for Sino-Russian relations.

| 18/05/2018
| VIETNAM-RUSSIA-CHINA

Tensions lighten in tariff war. The visit of Liu He, economic advisor to Xi Jinping, in Washington, decisive.

| 18/05/2018
| CHINA-US
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The occasion could be the Island’s Eucharistic Congress. Abp. Hung will see the Pope on May 14th on his ad limina visit. "China and Taiwan are two churches, two nations, two different ways of life". On the island there are 300 priests and nuns from mainland China who study at the Catholic University of Furen.

| 11/05/2018
| VATICAN-TAIWAN
 

Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops.  Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.  

| 05/05/2018
| VATICAN - ITALY
 
by Thomas Han*

The inter-Korean summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un opens up prospects for peace and unity for the entire Korean people. Families divided by the war meet. Opportunity for the Korean Church to offer a greater commitment to aid and interpersonal relations with the North. Seoul has never forgotten to pray for the North and its martyrs. An interview with the archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang.

| 04/05/2018
| KOREA-VATICAN
 
by Liao Yiwu

Liao Yiwu, a Chinese writer in exile, appeals for the wife of dissident Liu Xiaobo to emigrate to Germany. In one of her last phone calls, the woman cried continuously and said that "it is easier to die than to live". "Dona. Dona ", a Yiddish song, as a symbol of her personal holocaust.

| 03/05/2018
| CHINA
Lahore, donne cristiane e musulmane chiedono uguali diritti degli uomini
Pakistan, un pastore protestante denuncia il clima di insicurezza tra i cristiani
Cristiani manifestano a Lahore e Karachi
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