| INDONESIA

It will be led by Rev. Maksimus Regus, of the Ruteng clergy, until now rector of the local Catholic University of St. Paul. The territory is among the few in the archipelago where the Catholic presence is predominant (215 thousand out of a population of 276 thousand). The decision is linked to a "better pastoral service" for the community of the faithful.


The three-storey Aricell plant in Hwaseong caught fire this morning, causes still unknown. Some 22 people are confirmed dead, mostly from China, but many are still missing. Firefighting crews struggled with the blaze because of burning lithium batteries. The government held an emergency meeting.

| 24/06/2024
| SOUTH KOREA
by Steve Suwannarat

Thailand and Malaysia are the latest two nations to express interest in the China-sponsored global forum. According to Premier Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur, the decision to join has already been made. More cautious are the Philippines and Vietnam, which fear a further strengthening of Beijing's political hegemony also in maritime disputes.

| 24/06/2024
| SOUTH EAST ASIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

At least 20 people were killed in a coordinated and extremely violent Islamist attack against two churches and a synagogue in Derbent and Makhachkala, North Caucasus. A 66-year-old clergyman was killed in church in front of his parishioners on the day of Pentecost. Two sons of Sergokalinsky District chief are among the attackers shot dead, while the father was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).

| 24/06/2024
| RUSSIA

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Netanyahu patriarchs and Church leaders protest the decision of several municipalities to impose the Arnona. The dispute concerns Tel Aviv, Ramle, Nazareth and Jerusalem. The leaders express "deep concern": just as the world is following the ongoing conflict with apprehension, intolerance towards the Christian presence in the Holy Land is growing.

| 24/06/2024
| HOLY LAND

Today's news: Tension in New Caledonia re-ignites after independence leader is extradited to France; Lottery ticket sales in China increased by almost 20%; The Dalai Lama in the USA for surgery; Bahrain and Iran meet to re-establish diplomatic relations. 

| 24/06/2024
| ASIA TODAY
by Vladimir Rozanskij

In the country led by the president-son Serdar Berdymukhamedov, kinship relations are multiplying among officials at every level, while without blood ties it is very difficult to get ahead, even for the most gifted, perhaps even with a degree abroad.

| 24/06/2024
| TURKMENISTAN
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