New negotiations are set for next week, but major disagreements remain. For German Ambassador, without open markets to European companies, the deal will not be signed. The EU also wants progress on human rights and pandemic. Biden is another factor.
Many Thais hoped the Constitutional Court would remove him from office. Living at an army house goes against the constitution, but it is allowed by army rules. Thailand’s “civilian” government actually depends on the military.
Questions are being raised about the arrest of Alfredo Mapano, a former peace talk consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He was taken into custody at work at a government corporation in Misamis Oriental province.
Since Monday, columns of smoke and ash have risen up to three kilometres. For experts, this is an ever-increasing threat. Requests for masks and emergency equipment come from the affected areas. With many villages evacuated, the situation remains precarious.
The patriarchal vicar describes a climate of expectation and participation, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Only 50 people will be present at the Holy Sepulchre. Previously the administrator, now he will be a real pastor. The Holy Land without pilgrims is "a desolation", the hope pilgrimages will start again "after Easter".
Farmers are camped just outside the capital. Police have used water cannons and tear gas to stop protestors. Talks between government and protest leaders have stalled. Farmers are against full liberalisation. A minimum price for agricultural products will be guaranteed, Prime Minister Modi says.