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.

| 02/12/2020
| CHINA – EUROPEAN UNION

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.

 

| 02/12/2020
| THAILAND

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.

| 02/12/2020
| PHILIPPINES
by Mathias Hariyadi

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.

| 02/12/2020
| INDONESIA

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".

| 02/12/2020
| HOLY LAND
by Nirmala Carvalho

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.

| 02/12/2020
| INDIA
by Brother Yesudas

A Missionary of Charity, the male branch of the order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, recounts his experience during the lockdown, in paying attention to little things, in spending time with the poorest of the poor. The discovery of inner beauty and goodness in the leper and in the mentally ill. And this is Christmas.

| 02/12/2020
| INDIA

"The hope of the world lies completely in the blessing of God" who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The 4 sisters killed in El Salvador 40 years ago "lived their faith with great generosity: they are an example for all to become faithful missionary disciples".

| 02/12/2020
| VATICAN

The writer and blogger had been held in a detention centre since last May, awaiting trial. He is indicted under art. 117 of the Criminal Code, for having produced and kept "documents against the State". The reasons for the transfer are unknown. HIs wife: "He has no mental problem."

| 02/12/2020
| VIETNAM

The robot that separated from the spacecraft has begun to collect lunar material: it will be used to study the origin and history of the solar system. Powered by solar panels, the exploration module will collect about 2kg of rocks and debris. The return scheduled for mid-December. Another success for China's space program.

| 02/12/2020
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

The three Democrat leaders were sentenced to prison: 13.5 months for Wong; 10 months for Chow; 7 months for Lam. At 7 am this morning, a raid by 20 policemen led to the arrest of university student Keith Fong Chung-yin. His crime is possession of laser lights and obstruction of justice. The Baptist University Student Association: "Since the passing of the security law, the communist authorities in Hong Kong have been carrying out large-scale retaliation and disseminating terror in the city."

| 02/12/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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| 24/01/2022
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| 21/01/2022
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| 19/01/2022
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| 19/01/2022
| IRAQ
 
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| 18/01/2022
| PAKISTAN
 
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| 18/01/2022
| INDONESIA
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