The head of the private hospitals association sounds the alarm, warning that “Hospitals are completely full. We don’t know where to put patients any more.” The country’s 127 private hospitals have made available so far only 400 beds for patients affected by the novel coronavirus, including a hundred intensive care beds. Lockdown is once again the only solution to reduce the burden on the health care system.

| 16/10/2020
| LEBANON

Kim Jong-un's call for self-sufficiency comes after the country was brought to its knees by the pandemic and a series of floods. The policy is a veiled attack on China. About 40 per cent of the population is malnourished, but the regime is wasting resources on new ballistic missiles.

 

| 16/10/2020
| NORTH KOREA

The logo illustrates the theme “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk, 1,39) chosen by Pope Francis. The passage is the theme of the WYD Lisbon 2023 and indicates that Mary was ready to live according to God’s will to serve Elizabeth. This highlights the call to young people to renew their vitality, dreams, enthusiasm, optimism and generosity (Christus Vivit 20).

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN

Catholics number 1.328.993.000, 17.73 % of the global population. Archbishop Rugambwa: "The mission touches and transforms all sectors and areas of life in order to save humanity and creation". Msgr. Dal Toso: the fund to help local Churches cope with this period of pandemic to date has financed 250 projects for a total of 1, 299, 700 US Dollars and 473,410 Euros.

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

India’s most populous state leads in terms of religious intolerance and ranks first for anti-Christian violence. Radical Hindu groups have stormed private homes, interrupted liturgical services, and called in the police after accusing pastors and faithful of "forced conversions".

| 16/10/2020
| INDIA
by Emanuele Scimia

The Thai prime minister is under pressure from the country’s pro-democracy movement and the pandemic-related economic crisis. Wang Yi wants Thailand to maintain its "social stability". China announces more investments in Thailand. The new Silk Road conundrum. The US needs its Thai ally in Southeast Asia to contain China.

| 16/10/2020
| CHINA – THAILAND

The head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, signs the ban in order to boost transparency in the legal system and uphold the presumption of innocence. In the past, the UN, Western countries and NGOs have repeatedly criticised Iran for human rights abuses and violations.

| 16/10/2020
| IRAN
by Bernardo Cervellera

“Leaving” one's culture and one's country is possible only if one is rich in faith in Jesus Christ. This makes the difference. For many, the pandemic has meant closure, isolation, fear of contagion, disinterest, depression, nihilism. For many others it has meant reaching out, nurturing, comforting, consoling, crying, hoping. Missionaries are not just humanitarian workers. The greatest gift we can give to the world is not a little of our well-being, but faith itself.

| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN

Yesterday, the authorities imposed an emergency decree that prohibits gatherings of more than four people. New protests scheduled for today. The government is in trouble on several fronts and hesitates to launch a harsh crackdown.

| 16/10/2020
| THAILAND

Under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, operations involving Houthi rebels and pro-Saudi government have begun. The agreement, reached last month in Switzerland, is the most important with a view to detente between the parties. Two US hostages freed and the remains returned of a third, who died during his imprisonment.

| 16/10/2020
| YEMEN - UN
by Paul Wang

Nathan Law fled to Great Britain; Sunny Cheung has not disclosed his place of refuge. The two, along with 24 other personalities of the democratic movement are accused of having participated in the vigil, violating the ban imposed by the police for "health" reasons, linked to Covid-19.

| 16/10/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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