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| IRAQ - SYRIA - TURKEY

Bishop Yaldo confirms the "strong fear" of "a return of the Islamic State". The intervention of the international community "fundamental" to exercise "pressure on Turkey". Erdogan rejects the US request for a ceasefire. From the Chaldean patriarch the appeal for a week of prayer for peace in Iraq and Syria.

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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

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

The WCC general secretary expresses "great concern" over the fate of the civilian population.  A nation "subject to too many conflicts".  It is time "for peace, truce and dialogue".  At least 100,000 civilians flee the violence.  Attacks by the ISIS, which has acquired new vigor, are added to the Turkish offensive.

| 12/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

After three days, Turkey’s offensive has already killed hundreds and displace thousands. Many victims are civilians. A church was hit in Tall Jihan. The Middle East Council of Churches expresses its “sorrow”. Kurdish source says developments now depend 99 per cent on Trump. The offensive could destabilise Iraqi Kurdistan if flooded by refugees.

| 11/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY
by Shafique Khokhar

Edwardes College was founded by the Church Missionary Society in the 1850s. The institute resisted the nationalisation of Christian schools after Bhutto took over in 1971. For activists and Catholics, "Grabbing missionary institutions is against the constitution of Pakistan”.

| 11/10/2019
| PAKISTAN

A report by the UN Development Programme found that 79 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, with 65 per cent "extremely poor". The country now has no prospect for development. Houthi rebels propose a new prisoner exchange, a positive step towards the easing of tensions.

| 11/10/2019
| YEMEN – UNITED NATIONS
by Sumon Corraya

Abrar Fahad Rabbi, 21, was a student at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He was killed by members of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League party for a Facebook post criticising the government.

| 10/10/2019
| BANGLADESH

The entrance was forbidden since August 2, before the Delhi authorities revoked the semi-autonomous status of the Valley. The predominantly Muslim territory is devastated by an all-out curfew, thousands of arrests and continuous skirmishes between the army and militants.

| 10/10/2019
| INDIA

Ankara already speaks of at least 181 "terrorist" targets hit. The Kurds speak of a "repelled" offensive. Assyrian-Chaldean groups denounce victims among Christians. Egypt calls for an urgent meeting of the Arab League. Ankara rejects criticism and points to Gulf countries war in Yemen.

| 10/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

A group of intellectuals comes out in favour of critics of Prime Minister Modi. The latter were indicted for sedition. In less than 10 years, 254 hate crimes based on religion have been recorded, over 90 per cent since Modi came to power.

| 09/10/2019
| INDIA

The first 3,500 tickets for women spectators sold out in less than an hour. Tickets proudly posted to social media. The match is valid for qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. In response to the extraordinary demand, the authorities have decided to increase the sectors.

| 09/10/2019
| IRAN - QATAR
by Wang Zhicheng

Those affected by the restrictions include Xinjiang party secretary Chen Quanguo, responsible for the detention of over one million Uyghurs and Kazakhs. Trade with public security offices and various Chinese companies that collaborate in surveillance, detention and repression of Muslims in Xinjiang is forbidden.

| 09/10/2019
| CHINA - USA
by Melani Manel Perera

Card Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, backs Fr Ashok Stephen’s action to force the government “to take care of the people and protect the innocent".

 

| 08/10/2019
| SRI LANKA
by Sumon Corraya

The organisation defends the rights of the weakest, calls for compliance with the law and the arrest of criminals, helps people regain possession of land seized by powerful local owners. It has 101 offices across the country and 13 abroad. Some Catholics tell their stories about the help they received.

| 08/10/2019
| BANGLADESH
Vatican, canonization Mass of St. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan
The Extraordinary Missionary Month in the Archdiocese of Calcutta
Heilongjiang, China
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