The final death toll in the latest outbreak of violence in the region is still unknown. Bodies are removed by the lorryload. The worst incident in recent years raises concerns with the escalation linked to inter-tribal conflict over land and resources, but also a great inflow of firearms.

With tensions running high in the country, the PNG government leaked some details about a possible visit, but the latter has not yet been confirmed. On several occasions, Francis said that he wants to visit, and a trip in 2020 was cancelled. Presently, plans are being worked out, with stops in Indonesia, Timor Leste, and perhaps even Singapore. But the visit’s feasibility will be determined later. For Card Ribat, looting is unacceptable but the “leaders in our government must own up to their people”.

| 25/01/2024

Today's news: progress on the ceasefire in Gaza and the release of hostages, but Hamas wants an end to the war; In Islamabad, a Belucian garrison was removed and protesters were booked; As Beijing forges alliances in the Pacific, Taiwan asks Biden to join the US-led 'Indo-Pacific economic framework'; Modi's India expels French journalist Vanessa Dougnac, correspondent of the Catholic newspaper La Croix.

| 24/01/2024
by Gianni Criveller

William Lai's victory, the electorate's clear stance for maintaining the "status quo," Beijing's increasingly insistent threats in Oceania today cashing in on Nauru's "rupture" of diplomatic relations with Taipei. Fears of escalating tensions with a leader willing to do anything for "reunification."

| 15/01/2024

Today's news: High Court allows party members to visit Imran Khan ahead of February 8 elections; Iran executes four people linked to Mossad, Israel's missiles continue to kill civilians in Gaza; Beijing revives deal with Myanmar for Kyaukphyu port; Activist Tony Chung seeks political asylum in Britain after 43 months in prison

| 29/12/2023

Today's news: 462 Chinese citizens arrested in Laos. Freedom of the press is increasingly squeezed in Malaysia. Taiwan tries again to join the CPTPP. Afghanistan gets the release of some funds from the World Bank. There is an ongoing measles epidemic in Russia. The New Zealand government wants to abolish the use of the Maori language

| 06/12/2023

Today's news: India has appealed to Qatar against the death sentences handed down to eight former Indian naval officers; Tensions continue to rise between China and Taiwan in the maritime strait between the two countries; Historic agreement between Australia and Tuvalu to host climate refugees; Scientists have rediscovered an echidna, a species of mammal long thought to be extinct in Indonesia's Cyclops Mountains.

| 10/11/2023
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| 02/02/2024
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“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”