by Vladimir Rozanskij | RUSSIA - FRANCE

The team that participated in the European Championships consisted only of refugees from Chechnya. They fled with their families at the time of the Putin war against Chechen separatists. It is now normal in sports for national teams to be multi-ethnic. Moscow attacks.

Hun Manet, eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, criticised the Cambodia Daily for citing an investigation linking him to illegal logging in a protected area bordering Laos. An independent investigation found that the logging in pristine forests is linked to a government-connected tycoon, known as “Oknha Chey”.

| 20/03/2023

Cui Maohu falls after anti-corruption agency started investigating his work in his native Yunnan. In June 2022 he was appointed head of the National Religious Affairs Administration, the executive arm of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China. His is the third disciplinary action against a high-ranking official after China’s parliament ended its annual meeting a few weeks ago.

| 20/03/2023
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

There are 300 manufacturing companies that employ 350 thousand workers and produce garments for dozens of major international brands. Trade unions: the companies 'have also closed entire facilities without even paying the paltry compensation recommended by the government'. The industry accounts for more than 50 per cent of total national export revenue.

| 20/03/2023
by mons. Michel Sabbah *

In Nazareth, the Latin Patriarchate celebrated the pastor emeritus, whom John Paul II chose as the first Arab leader of this community. His message: 'I ask God for new eyes that see God and man, see lost peace and know that security exists only in people's hearts'. Pizzaballa: "Voice of truth and hope. His vision remains a guide for Jerusalem'.

| 20/03/2023
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 'president's gift' is part of presidential propaganda. The latest initiative that reintroduces it is the granting of 30 new buses to some cities. There is no control over the destination of these funds. In 2023 they will reach the sum of EUR 43 million.

| 20/03/2023

Today's headlines: Hunt underway in India for a Khalistani separatist leader; China-Cambodia hold naval exercises; Thai PM Preyuth back in political polls: Former Australian soldier arrested for alleged crimes in Afghanistan; Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza's condition worsens.

| 20/03/2023
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| 18/03/2023
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| 15/03/2023
by Giorgio Bernardelli
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| 15/03/2023
by Dario Salvi
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| 15/03/2023
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| 12/03/2023
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| 09/03/2023
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| 03/03/2023
by Steve Suwannarat
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| 03/03/2023
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”