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| ASIA TODAY

Today's news: Up to 75 per cent of the Palestinians in Gaza are forcibly displaced, the Israeli army advances to Rafah, attacks in Jenin and authorises the return to three settlements in Samaria; Between 2016 and 2023, the Chinese authorities drove out more than 700,000 Tibetans; The Indonesian parliament wants to change the media law in a restrictive way; Bangladesh ruling party member found dead in India, three compatriots detained.

 

by Fady Noun

The US envoy met with Israeli and Lebanese officials in an attempt to ease tensions. The IDF strikes southern Lebanon, while preparing attack plans. US President Biden is worried about a widening conflict. Israeli overflight of Lebanon’s airspace and the disputed Shebaa Farms and the hills area near Kfarchouba are unresolved issues in the negotiations between Israel and Lebanon.

| 19/06/2024
| LEBANON – ISRAEL – UNITED STATES

A report by the US defence department covers the period between December and February, involving about 65 countries and 29 shipping and energy companies. This has increased insurance premiums and pollution. Attacks by the pro-Iranian militant group were sparked by the war in Gaza.

| 17/06/2024
| YEMEN – MIDDLE EAST

Over one and a half million Muslim faithful have already arrived at the holy places of Islam. From Riyadh an absolute ban on protests over the war in the Strip or the "politicisation" of the event that must remain religious. The health of the participants is a hot topic. For the first time in a decade, and since the beginning of the conflict, thousands of Syrians have returned. 

| 13/06/2024
| SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM

Today's news: UN Security Council votes on Gaza ceasefire resolution; Taipei arrested a Chinese citizen for ‘illegal entry’ by sea; Indonesia's population has the highest ingestion of microplastics among 109 countries in the world; Manhunt by Indian soldiers in Kashmir after an attack on a pilgrim bus; Tokyo wants to strengthen economic cooperation with Central Asian countries. 

| 11/06/2024
| ASIA TODAY

Today's news: South Korean doctors on strike on 18 June against government reform; Economic crisis and joblessness cause growing school dropout in Laos; At least seven security men killed in an explosion in Pakistan; Armenian archbishop calls for street protest against government territorial concessions to Azerbaijan.

| 10/06/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Dario Salvi

Yesterday at the Centro PIME in Milan, the nun spoke about the six months of brutality she experienced in Gaza. The war came on suddenly, with violence greater than in the past, which “removed the veil of human rights". Christians too are among the victims, while the Rosary Sisters' school was destroyed. Reaching out to children who have only experienced war is a challenge, especially since many have developed hyper-aggressivity.

| 05/06/2024
| ITALY – GAZA
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