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by Kamel Abderrahmani | ISLAM - FRANCE

Baghdad wants to hang eleven French and one Tunisian nationals. Their fate has sparked a debate. Paris has confirmed that it has taken steps to prevent the sentence from being implemented. French lawyers have signed an appeal against their execution. One young Muslim wonders: "Are those who willfully burnt their French passports worthy of being or "becoming French again"?

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A Punjab court convicted Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Masih in April 2014. She is in Multan Prison, in the same cell that lodged Asia Bibi. The couple was punished for a dispute between children.

| 14/06/2019
| PAKISTAN

Don Paolo speaks of an "important" presence for the Christians of the plain, who still live "a difficult situation". There is "expectation and trepidation" among the faithful, "the official date" is expected to celebrate. Barham Salih received Patriarch Sako to begin work in preparation for the visit.

| 14/06/2019
| IRAQ - VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

The Sri Lankan Navy repaired the church after a suicide bomber killed 54 people, who are already saints, according to Archbishop Ranjth. The shrine is now open from 6 am to 8 pm.

| 13/06/2019
| SRI LANKA

The truce affects the de-escalation zone of the conflict and will have an indefinite duration. Air raids in recent days have caused at least 25 victims, mostly civilians. Ankara bombs Kurdish targets in northern Iraq at Anadiya and Komane. The main communication line between Dohuk and Amedi broken, several wounded. "The population is terrified".

| 13/06/2019
| SYRIA - RUSSIA - TURKEY
by Sumon Corraya

Bhante Ucha Hla is responsible for land seizures. According to local sources, he has ties to Myanmar. His victims include the Archdiocese of Chattogram and 300 poor children hosted in two Church hostels.

| 12/06/2019
| BANGLADESH

Speaking at the 92nd plenary assembly of ROACO, the pontiff announced an apostolic journey to Iraq for next year. For the Chaldean Patriarch, this has generated an atmosphere of "great celebration". Preparation is already underway. The visit will boost dialogue in the wake of past meetings. The element of God as "common father" will affect "even Muslims".

| 11/06/2019
| IRAQ – VATICAN

Alleged arson attacks have multiplied in northern Iraq’s farming areas in recent weeks. In one month, 236 fires destroyed more than 5,100 hectares of cropland. Suspicions have fallen on the Islamic State as well as feuding locals. High temperatures have made matters worse. For Fr Paul, Christians and Muslims are victims. The local Church has helped fight fires.

| 10/06/2019
| IRAQ

Francis talks about Syria, Holy Land, Mideast and Ukraine in his meeting with participants to the 92nd plenary assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO). "My mind is still set on Iraq, where I would like to go next year,” said the pope.

| 10/06/2019
| VATICAN
by Melani Manel Perera

The first foreign leader to officially visit places of the April 21 massacres. During the visit, economic agreements, development projects and collaborations in the field of tourism were discussed.

| 10/06/2019
| SRI LANKA - INDIA

Francis celebrates Mass on the occasion of the vigil of the solemnity of Pentecost: "How I wish that the people who live in Rome would recognize the Church, recognize us for this more than mercy, for this more than humanity and tenderness, of which there is  it's so much needed!  You would feel at home, the "maternal home" where you are always welcome and where you can always come back ".

| 08/06/2019
| VATICAN

Shamil Rasulovich Khakimov is a 68-year-old pensioner.  He was arrested in February and was interrogated in the absence of a lawyer.  The ban on the sacred text of his religion violates international norms on the treatment of prisoners.

 

| 08/06/2019
| TAJIKISTAN

Research published in the journal "Environmental Science and Technology".  Microplastics are now contained in all foods and beverages, and even in the air.  Drinking only bottled water makes up to 130 thousand particles absorb in a year.  The influence on people's health is still unknown.

| 08/06/2019
| ASIA

The pacifists were released yesterday. For the group's spokesman, the Taliban believed it was funded by America or NATO. The People's Peace Movement is a grassroots initiative seeking essential things, namely peace, electricity, and medical care.

| 07/06/2019
| AFGHANISTAN

Members of of the People's Peace Movement were marching in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold, in order to carry a message of peace to the whole country. Since March 2018, pacifists have travelled 1,700 kilometres.

| 06/06/2019
| AFGHANISTAN
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The Myitstone dam would be the first to block the Irrawaddy River, the cradle of Myanmar civilization.  Beijing presses for the reopening of construction works.  The Kachin community is fighting to cancel the project. Card  Charles Maung ...
| 08/06/2019
| MYANMAR
 
by Paul Wang
Beijing wants the law to be approved "urgently" to allow the transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to China. However, Chinese courts are not independent, and provide no guarantees for the human rights of the accused or for his right to a fair trial. Card ...
| 07/06/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
 
For the end of Ramadan, the government is opening the area to the public. This is a "political" message for a "new era". For the Auxiliary of Baghdad, security has "improved" but must be guaranteed to everyone.
| 06/06/2019
| IRAQ
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