A British official says in a letter that asylum seekers from Sri Lanka will be relocated to a "safe third country," but this has not yet been identified. The Tamil refugees had fled law enforcement persecution and after 18 months of imprisonment on Diego Garcia Island attempted suicide by swallowing needles and blades. They are currently in Rwanda to receive medical treatment.

The Bishops’ Conference has entrusted the records to the university to ensure that they are available to researchers and scholars. The meticulous recorded information includes baptisms, weddings, and funerals from the early 17th century to the present.

| 31/03/2023

“We hope that we can continue our prayers in all the destroyed churches and monasteries,” local archbishop says. Since 2003, the community has lived in a climate of insecurity, which peaked when the Islamic State took power. The latter used the building to store weapons and make explosives. Reconstruction is slow. Local bishops slam the country’s electoral reform.

| 31/03/2023
by Melani Manel Perera

The People's Alliance for Right to Land urges the government to return land taken by the military during the civil war, and stop acquiring land for development projects that damage the livelihoods of communities.

| 31/03/2023
by Emanuele Scimia

Saudis enter as partners in the political-military forum led by Beijing and Moscow. Despite Chinese mediation, the regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is set to remain. However, China brings an ally of Washington into its orbit. The Chinese have more difficulties in their own 'backyard'.

| 31/03/2023

At least 50 million people lack water for "basic needs" and 390 million are on the threshold of "scarcity". For Executive Secretary Escwa, 'water diplomacy' between countries is a 'fundamental issue'. With 67% of consumption for agricultural needs, an integrated system is needed to meet demand.

| 31/03/2023
by Sumon Corraya

In the article written by Shamsuzzaman Shams on the occasion of Independence Day, the words of a day labourer were quoted: 'What is this freedom for if we cannot afford rice? A lawsuit was also filed against the editor of the Prothom Alo newspaper, the largest and most influential in Bangladesh. Concern about press freedom from journalists' associations.

| 31/03/2023
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