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The North Korean leader usually visits Mount Paekdu ahead of major political and diplomatic decisions and events. For the state media, Pyongyang is ready for "a major operation, to amaze the world again".

 

| 16/10/2019
| NORTH KOREA

Some 65 Malaysians and "several hundred" Indonesians are still in northern Syria. Before Turkey’s invasion, the Kurds had only 400 men to watch over 12,000 jailed IS fighters. In addition to the latter, there are also some 70,000 family members. Two days ago, 800 of them fled a refugee camp.

| 15/10/2019
| INDONESIA – MALAYSIA
by Sumon Corraya

Employers point to higher production costs for lay-offs. For the national workers' federation, redundancies are not a problem because most workers ‘found a new job in another company". Bangladesh risks being overtaken by Vietnam in garment exports.

| 15/10/2019
| BANGLADESH

The National Statistics Office (NBS) publishes the latest data on the Chinese economy. The Retail Price Index touches the highest figure since November 2013. The cost of pork increased by 69.3% on an annual basis. The epidemic pushed up prices for beef, chicken, duck and eggs.

| 15/10/2019
| CHINA

The visit paved the way for the signing of 30 agreements and economic and commercial contracts. The Kremlin wants to involve Riyadh for a political solution to the Syrian conflict. The objective of guaranteeing the "stability" of oil on the markets. After the Saudis, today Putin meets the leaders of the Emirates.

| 15/10/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - RUSSIA

Large regions of the country are still paralyzed due to floods. The banks of 47 rivers collapsed in 66 locations. A total of 146 landslides recorded in 19 prefectures; water and mud have submerged about 10 thousand homes. Population invited to protect themselves from infections with masks, gloves and sanitizers.

 

| 15/10/2019
| JAPAN

Frenchwoman Esther Duflo (his wife) and to the American Michael Kremer also awarded. The experimental approach in the scholastic field has improved the lives of five million Indian students. In the medical field, many countries have introduced subsidies for disease prevention.

| 15/10/2019
| INDIA
by Anna Chiara Filice

The nun is the founder of the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Kerala. Today more than 1,500 women religious work in India, Germany, Italy and Ghana. Of noble origins, the saint chose a life of penance and prayer. She opened the first school for girls in the state. She realised the value of the family to break caste discrimination.

| 14/10/2019
| VATICAN – INDIA

Military and civilian hunters will be sent to Paju, Hwacheon, Inje, Yanggu, and Goseong. So far, South Korea has culled 154,548 pigs at 94 farms. The outbreak is out of control in North Korea, according to South Korean intelligence. As it spreads the virus could jeopardise North Korea’s already precarious food security.

| 14/10/2019
| KOREA
by Paul Wang

He was brought to a staircase, his face slammed against a wall, his arms and legs hit with batons although he continued to shout that he was part of a TV crew. Eventually he was taken to a hospital after two hours. The Indonesian journalist who lost an eye will file a complaint against the police.

| 14/10/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA

Washington promised independence to the Kurds, and now it has abandoned them to their foe. Europe (and the UN) "have done nothing" concrete other than endorse sanctions. The killings during Turkey’s offensive are similar to the massacres by Islamic extremists. Ethnic cleansing is affecting Christians too.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY

Over 110 thousand police officers, firefighters, soldiers and coast guard personnel in relief efforts. By noon today, about 38,000 people in 17 prefectures had evacuated their homes. 21 rivers flooded in Nagano, Fukushima, Ibaraki and three other prefectures.

| 14/10/2019
| JAPAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Renuka Singh is elected to the ranks of the Hindu nationalist ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh there is a strict anti-conversion law that provides for severe penalties for tribal conversions. Christians in all of India are just 2.3%.

 

| 14/10/2019
| INDIA

Agreement reached between the two former rivals, through Russia mediation. The goal is "to free all occupied cities" starting from Afrin. 800 relatives of "foreign fighters" of the "Caliphate" have escaped. Isis behind the death of a famous Kurdish activist. The United States confirms the disengagement by withdrawing the last thousand remaining soldiers.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY
Vatican, canonization Mass of St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
The Extraordinary Missionary Month in the Archdiocese of Calcutta
Heilongjiang, China
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