Today's news: pro-Russian oligarch and 'philanthropist' Ruben Vardanyan arrested, over 50,000 Armenians fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh; Singapore climbs two places and now fifth in the world on the Global Innovation Index; Over 56 thousand schools closed in Pakistan's Punjab due to an escalation of conjunctivitis cases; North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un wants a fleet of submarines.
The Russian embassy in Pakistan reported the delivery, which took place via Iran’s special economic zone in Sarakhs, paid in Chinese currency. Its value is not known or whether a discount was applied. Russian oil was delivered to Pakistan earlier.
The nun, who pioneered the prison ministry in the Indian Catholic Church, passed away at the age of 92. Speaking about prejudices against inmates, she said: “If Christ did not discriminate, why can't we, who claim to be his disciples, do the same?”
Today's news: official Riyadh delegation in the West Bank, an Israeli minister visits Saudi Arabia for the first time. Evergrande president under police control. A suicide attempt and the wounding of a protester during protests in Bangalore over a water dispute. Pyongyang ready to reopen borders to foreigners, closed since first phase of Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese holding company presents project to pump and distribute drinking water from the Kyrgyz-Uzbek basin.
At the approach of the synod, Francis talked online for an hour and a half with 12 university students from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and the Indian diaspora in the Persian Gulf. He urged them to fight for their ideas, but always” extending a hand to others”. For him, “education must be free, a right” for everyone.
According to the UN, India is the fourth-largest supplier of weapons to Myanmar’s military junta, but in the north-eastern state of Manipur, it wants to add a fence on the border to prevent the influx of people from its neighbour, which according to the local government is fuelling weapons and drugs smuggling. In fact, the issue has more to do with inter-ethnic tensions in the state. Meanwhile, more airstrikes are reported in Myanmar’s Sagaing Region, forcing thousands to flee.