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by Paul Wang

The march was the first after weeks of bans by the police. There were some incidents, but overall it was peaceful. Card Zen and some priests and Catholics among the participants. Nearly 6 thousand arrests; among them many under-18s.

| 09/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Today the lower house passed the bill. Its goal is to give refuge to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Parsees persecuted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. For critics, “it is “deeply troubling that the Bill uses religion as a legal criterion for determining Indian citizenship.”

| 09/12/2019
| INDIA

Francis meets  non-governmental organizations of Catholic inspiration, which have gathered in the last two days in Rome.  "We need more imagination, new ways of encountering culture".

 

 

| 07/12/2019
| VATICAN

Tomorrow another great human rights march is scheduled in Victoria Park.  The demonstration is organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights and the Territory Police have already declared themselves ready to intervene in case of scuffles.  Beijing Public Security Minister: "We will always be a strong backup force for the Hong Kong police".

 

| 07/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Patriarch of Moscow criticises the bill currently before the Senate. In his view the data about abuse informing the bill “do not correspond to reality”, but for experts say they are accurate. The family, according to the Orthodox leader, "is a sacred space of people who love each other,” which must be defended from external interference.

 

| 06/12/2019
| RUSSIA

The organization, which includes 48 pro-democracy groups, is among the most active in popular protests. The new chief police officer flies to Beijing to meet with Chinese security leaders. Agents "ready to intervene in the event of disorder".

| 06/12/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

The war will cost the international community US$ 29 billion in terms of aid. According to a report by the International Rescue Committee, Yemen is most food insecure country in the world. The current situation is the by-product of years of "impunity" and Western support.

 

| 06/12/2019
| YEMEN

The Associated Press has managed to get the original reports of the complaints. Officials under anonymity denounce pressure from the Pakistani government to block investigations that would ruin the "profitable" link with Beijing. Intermediaries earn up to 58 thousand euros for each bride sold, but families are given only about 1,160.

| 06/12/2019
| PAKISTAN - CHINA

The head of Tehran's diplomacy against countries that say they support the nuclear deal, but end up following the line of sanctions. For the Islamic Republic it is a "necessary and important" issue. Minister of Health: "very hard" year for medicines, drugs and medical equipment.

| 06/12/2019
| IRAN -UNITED STATES
by Pierre Balanian

Paralysed by 50 days of strikes, the country watches powerless as one suicide follows the other. Support initiatives for the unemployed and the desperate by those who can still help are multiplying. So is looting. Some stories are made up to get money via social media.

| 05/12/2019
| LEBANON

The storm made landfall four times, leaving several areas in the North in a state of calamity. Some 413,833 people were affected in 1,788 localities. Caritas is still helping Mindanao earthquake victims. “This time we are afraid that we will not be able to offer adequate financial aid to the population,” says Caritas official.

| 05/12/2019
| PHILIPPINES

The Iranian president hopes for the release of those who have demonstrated peacefully and unarmed. He invokes the "religious and Islamic clemency". Activists speak of 208 victims, but according to some deaths would be about 400. At least 200 thousand people involved, 7 thousand arrested but there are no independent confirmations.

| 05/12/2019
| IRAN

The man had worked in Afghanistan for over a decade and carried out water projects in rural areas. Last April, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani granted him honorary citizenship. Hundreds of Afghans publish photographs of Nakamura, condemning the killing and stressing how respected the Japanese doctor was.

| 05/12/2019
| JAPAN - AFGHANISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

A couple from Mumbai fears the hospital swapped the infant. Indian doctor: "The moral, social and cultural aspects of surrogacy create uncertainty in relationships, especially in a couple who are desperately looking for a child".

| 05/12/2019
| INDIA
Denise Ho Thanksgiving (credits to Guardians of Hong Kong)
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Pope Francis celebrates mass with young people 2of3
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