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  • 24/11/2017 - VATICAN

    In his 2018 Message for World Peace Day, the pontiff cites John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who called for openness towards migrants and refugees and action to build the world as a "common home". Migrants are not just an economic burden, but are also players in "building peace", full of "courage, skills, energy, and aspirations." By visiting Romani people, Pope Paul VI showed the way.


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    24/11/2017 - VATICAN

    Pope: Fr. Czerny, Peace Message urges the care of our common home


    "Decision-makers should establish practical measures to welcome, protect, promote and integrate “and – so far as the good of their own community, rightly understood, permits – to further the aims of those who may wish to become members of a new society." At the same time, newcomers must not forget that they have a duty to respect the laws, culture and traditions of the countries where they are welcomed. "


    24/11/2017 - CHINA – MYANMAR – BANGLADESH

    Rohingya Crisis: Will China’s Mediation Succeed?

    by Sudha Ramachandran*

    Beijing’s intervention in the Rakhine conflict conceals economic and political interests. Beijing has already invested tens of billions in the region, building a deep-sea port for cargo ships, as well as oil and gas pipelines to Yunnan. Rakhine is an important component in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Bangladesh is the second largest importer of Chinese weapons. Mediation will be difficult and may cause more violence.


    24/11/2017 - SYRIA – SAUDI ARABIA - UN

    Syrian opposition sends united delegation to UN talks in Geneva


    The announcement came on the second day of ongoing meetings in Riyadh. There are 140 opposition leaders. The goal is to find unity in view of the new round of peace talks, scheduled for 28 November. But Assad's fate continues to be a source of division.


    24/11/2017 - BANGLADESH - MYANMAR

    Bangladesh and Myanmar sign agreement on Rohingya repatriation


    Dhaka authorities expect the repatriation to commence within two months. Aung San Suu Kyi has promised that transfers will be "safe and voluntary". Activists are concerned about the conditions of refugees, who no longer have the villages to return to.


    24/11/2017 - CHINA

    Beijing, needle marks, stripped naked for punishment, strange pills: children maltreated in a private kindergarten


    Children were given a dense syrup to make them sleep. Three teachers were suspended. The Kindergarten belongs to RYB Education Institution, also listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The fee is the equivalent of half the average salary in the city. 


    23/11/2017 - CAMBODIA

    Cambodia’s economy remains strong despite political turmoil, World Bank says


    The economy is expected to grow by 6.9 per cent next year, slightly higher than this. Investments from China, Cambodia’s main economic partner, play a crucial role. Hun Sen remains defiant vis-à-vis foreign donor, especially the US and EU, which are threatening to end aid to protest against repression.


    23/11/2017 - SYRIA - UN

    Russia, Iran and Turkey seek peace in Syria, but the anti-Assad front is still divided


    The three countries are launching an "inclusive, free, fair and transparent" political process to put an end to "civil war". Putin stresses that they will need "concessions" from all, including Syrian President Assad. In Riyadh deep divisions between rebel groups emerge, unable to find a common voice. 


    23/11/2017 - KOREA

    Though 'sponsor of terrorism', North Korea will participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics


    The decision of the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Charter protects all rights and freedoms without discrimination. November 13, "Olympic Truce" adopted by the UN General Assembly and promoted by South Korea.


    23/11/2017 - YEMEN

    The genocide of Yemen:First bombs, now hunger, thirst and cholera

    by Pierre Balanian

    The coalition led by Riyadh blocks the arrival of fuel needed to run the wells. Over a million people without water in Taiz, Saada, Hodeida, Sana'a and Al Bayda. According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children suffer from acute malnutrition”; 150,000 children are likely to die in the coming weeks. The silence and neglect of the international community. The threat of hitting crude-cargo ships. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia allowed the reopening of Sana'a airport and Hudayda port, but only for humanitarian aid. An insufficient measure.


    22/11/2017 - CHINA

    Party Propaganda chief under investigation for corruption


    Lu Wei, 57, also headed cyber security. During his tenure, China’s first cyber watchdog law was enacted. Xi’s anti-corruption campaign has so far led to the purge of 250 top party officials as well as almost 1.5 million cadres and bureaucrats.


    22/11/2017 - SOUTH KOREA

    South Korean researchers find way to prevent hair loss


    A biochemical material blocks hair loss. Researchers find protein preventing hair re-growth. A new path of study has been opened funded by the Science Ministry.


    22/11/2017 - AFGHANISTAN

    International Tribunal ready to investigate war crimes of Taliban and US soldiers in Afghanistan


    Thousands of people affected by Taliban violence. Numerous detainees under torture in Afghan prisons.   


    22/11/2017 - NORTH KOREA - CHINA

    Kim Jong-un snubs Xi Jinping's special envoy


    His visit ended two days ago. The media silence on the matter confirms that there was no meeting. With the breech of diplomatic protocol, divisions between Pyongyang and Beijing deepen. China loses its influence on its historic ally. Air China, meanwhile, suspends flights to North Korea.


    22/11/2017 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri returns to Beirut


    After landing at the airport, he wanted to pay homage to his father Rafic's tomb. Today he will participate in the Independence Day Parade with Michel Aoun and Nabih Berri. His party meets in front of his home.


    21/11/2017 - ZIMBABWE – CHINA

    Beijing’s shadow over Zimbabwe coup


    Zimbabwe’s top military commander was in China a couple of days before the coup. China is the African country’s top economic partner. Bilateral relations go back to the 1960s. Mugabe’s economic mismanagement and the nationalisation of diamond mines are behind the tensions between the two countries. Beijing likes the vice president.


    21/11/2017 - CAMBODIA

    Opposition party officials quit or defect after party dissolution


    On 16 November, the Supreme Court banned the CNRP at the request of the government. The prime minister gives CNRP officials another week to join his party. The ruling party said it received 390 defectors as of yesterday, including a parliamentarian, 33 provincial councillors, and 356 municipal officials.


    21/11/2017 - VATICAN - CHINA

    'Art Diplomacy': two exhibits at the Vatican Museums and Beijing’s Imperial Palace


    Two Chinese officials – Zhu Jiancheng, secretary general of the China Culture Investment Found, and Maestro Zhang Yan – took part in the announcement at the Holy See Press Office. Zhang has given Pope Francis two paintings. The parallel exhibits will have two different names: ‘Beauty unites us’ in the Vatican, and ‘Contemporary Sino-Vatican Exhibit’ in China. The pope is compared to a sacred mountain.


    21/11/2017 - SYRIA - RUSSIA

    Syrian conflict, Putin and Assad celebrate success in fight against terrorism


    The Kremlin leader acclaims "results" achieved. For Moscow, the "definitive" defeat of the rebel groups is imminent and it is time to "shift" attention to the "political process". On Putin's agenda consultations with Trump and Qatari emir.


    20/11/2017 - SRI LANKA

    Road accident sparks renewed tensions between Buddhists and Muslims in Sri Lanka


    At least 66 homes, 26 shops, two mosques and 16 vehicles were damaged or torched. Police arrest 24 people for inciting ethnic violence. Disorders come as the United Nations Human Rights Council releases its review. Minorities are still in danger.


    20/11/2017 - VIETNAM

    Vietnam celebrates Teachers’ Day, but its educational system is in crisis

    by Paul Hung Quoc

    For critics, Vietnam’s education is too politicised and centred on producing graduates, and not enough on the moral training of younger generations. Forced by the regime to think a certain way, young people are unable to develop creative thoughts. The economic impact of an education at the service of the Communist Party is negative.


    20/11/2017 - PAKISTAN – CHINA

    Pakistan’s decision to build dam without Beijing reveals in cracks in the Belt and Road Initiative


    Pakistan is the second country in a few days to cancel a deal with China. Beijing wants sovereign guarantees, but refuses public tenders. Concerns are raised about the quality of Chinese equipment. The use of Chinese workers displaces locals, causing a significant political fallout.


    20/11/2017 - UNITED NATIONS – SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka accepts 177 recommendations made by United Nations Human Rights Council


    At the Universal Periodic Review at the UN headquarters in Geneva, the head of the Sri Lankan delegation asks for patience with respect to the implementation of reforms. Critics exert pressure on issues like the people who went missing during the civil war, the return of seized lands, and the release and compensation for those unjustly accused of terrorism. Human Rights Watch also calls for action in matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.


    20/11/2017 - MYANMAR-EU-CHINA

    China and EU set to move on the Rohingya crisis


    The head of EU diplomacy has promised help to find a "sustainable solution" to the emergency. Europe strongly supports the democratic transition in Myanmar. The new Beijing approach to the emergency in Rakhine. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi illustrates a "three-stage plan". Economic interests push China to play a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.


    20/11/2017 - NORTH KOREA

    North Korean defector found with scores of worms, a worrying humanitarian condition


    The soldier was found last week with gunshot wounds. Humans get worms by eating uncooked vegetables grown with untreated faeces. North Korea has no resources for a modern health service, but refuses to admit poor health and nutrition conditions to protect its image.


    20/11/2017 - RUSSIA

    Moscow, traditional religions to take part in patriotic education

    by Vladimir Rozanskij

    New law outlines the figure of the patriot: he loves his country; he leads a healthy lifestyle; no smoking or alcohol abuse; capable of forming a large family. The actors of such education: public authorities, third sector organizations, families, and traditional religious confessions. The law due to be launched by January 1, 2018, the beginning of the presidential election campaign (with Putin the clear favourite). The skepticism of sociologist Leontij Byzov.


    20/11/2017 - LEBANON - FRANCE

    Hariri announces impromptu visit to Cairo and renews his promise of a return to Lebanon


    In the next few hours, the former Lebanese premier should leave Paris for Cairo. A meeting with Egyptian President al-Sisi is scheduled. His return to Lebanon scheduled for November 22, for independence celebrations. After speaking with Aoun, he should clarify the future.


    20/11/2017 - INDONESIA

    Papua, special forces free 345 hostages from separatists

    by Mathias Hariyadi

    323 adults and 22 children from the village of Tembagapura saved. The troops first successfully occupied Kimberly and Bunti. Free Papua Movement militants have fled into the jungle. Gun fire heard during evacuation of hostages exploded some shots. Two corpses found.


    20/11/2017 - ISRAEL - PALESTINE

    Israeli soldier Elor Azaria, who shot defenceless Palestinian, denied pardon


    Israeli President Rivlin denies pardon. The 18-month sentence is indulgent, any further lessening of the sentence would damage the armed forces and Israel. The case creates divisions in civil society. Azaria has never shown remorse.


    18/11/2017 - IRAN

    Innovative start-ups hit the new Silk Road to boost Iran’s economy and development


    Silk Road Start-up competition is the first public-private initiative. Iran and foreign and experts travelled 4,000 kilometres to seven cities to evaluate hundreds of projects. The final event is set for early 2018 on Kish Island.






    Editor's choices

    ​MYANMAR - VATICAN
    “Hectic hours” before pope's arrival in Yangon, Catholics to help pilgrims

    Paolo Fossati

    Some 200,000 people are expected at the solemn Mass at Kyaikkasan Grounds, including Buddhist and Muslim leaders. Some 6,000 kids will take part in the Mass for young people the next day. Filipinos, Australians and Thais are also expected for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. From our correspondent.


    YEMEN
    The genocide of Yemen:First bombs, now hunger, thirst and cholera

    Pierre Balanian

    The coalition led by Riyadh blocks the arrival of fuel needed to run the wells. Over a million people without water in Taiz, Saada, Hodeida, Sana'a and Al Bayda. According to UNICEF, 1.7 million children suffer from acute malnutrition”; 150,000 children are likely to die in the coming weeks. The silence and neglect of the international community. The threat of hitting crude-cargo ships. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia allowed the reopening of Sana'a airport and Hudayda port, but only for humanitarian aid. An insufficient measure.


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