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Israeli action left 10 people dead in the West Bank yesterday, nine in a raid against a refugee camp, and a protester killed north of Jerusalem. Israel also carried out airstrikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire. For Fr Deibes, the “matter-of-factness” of these events is cause for shame.

| 27/01/2023
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

Israeli action left 10 people dead in the West Bank yesterday, nine in a raid against a refugee camp, and a protester killed north of Jerusalem. Israel also carried out airstrikes in Gaza in response to rocket fire. For Fr Deibes, the “matter-of-factness” of these events is cause for shame.

| 27/01/2023
| ISRAEL – PALESTINE

Xi’s right-hand man, Wang Huning, is charged with coming up with a new policy for reunification, a decision taken in the light of events in Hong Kong. The Chinese leader also wants to distance himself from Deng Xiaoping’s legacy. If more aggressive, any new orientation risks favouring Taiwanese forces opposed to Beijing.

 

| 27/01/2023
| CHINA – TAIWAN

Xi’s right-hand man, Wang Huning, is charged with coming up with a new policy for reunification, a decision taken in the light of events in Hong Kong. The Chinese leader also wants to distance himself from Deng Xiaoping’s legacy. If more aggressive, any new orientation risks favouring Taiwanese forces opposed to Beijing.

 

| 27/01/2023
| CHINA – TAIWAN
by Melani Manel Perera

In February 1823 the British rulers moved thousands of workers from South India to Sri Lanka as cheap labour. The complaint of 'Voice of Plantation People': 'Two centuries later in the districts of Galle and Matara their condition has not changed: they still live without land rights or a home of their own'.

| 27/01/2023
| SRI LANKA

In February 1823 the British rulers moved thousands of workers from South India to Sri Lanka as cheap labour. The complaint of 'Voice of Plantation People': 'Two centuries later in the districts of Galle and Matara their condition has not changed: they still live without land rights or a home of their own'.

| 27/01/2023
| SRI LANKA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Azattyk, an emanation of Radio Svoboda, in the government's crosshairs. The accusation is that it covered border clashes with Tajikistan. In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan was the only country with a minimum of freedom of expression.

| 27/01/2023
| KYRGYZSTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Azattyk, an emanation of Radio Svoboda, in the government's crosshairs. The accusation is that it covered border clashes with Tajikistan. In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan was the only country with a minimum of freedom of expression.

| 27/01/2023
| KYRGYZSTAN
by Steve Suwannarat

Google and Spotify plan to cut jobs in Singapore, while Meta and Twitter have already done so. There are fears that middle and top-level jobs might be axed next in the city-state, home to several major companies. Still, “Technology will continue to undergird the growth of our economies,” says minister.

| 26/01/2023
| SINGAPORE
by Mathias Hariyadi

Nine religious leaders met at a Catholic university in the capital, including Card Ignatius Suharyo. The final communiqué was delivered to the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

 

| 26/01/2023
| INDONESIA
by Guido Alberto Casanova

During the Lunar New Year, the websites of a dozen academic and research institutes were simultaneously knocked out. On Telegram, the group claims that it picked South Korea as its "training ground", threatening more attacks. According to South Korea’s cybersecurity agency, only sites without sophisticated defence systems were affected.

| 26/01/2023
| SOUTH KOREA

Fawad Chaudhry was taken from his home and brought to court for criticising the head of the Election Commission. In the provinces where local assemblies have been dissolved, preparations for the elections are still stalled. According to commentators, the government's reaction was excessive. Meanwhile, foreign currency and fuel reserves continue to fall.

| 26/01/2023
| PAKISTAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

According to the Georgian Dream, the ruling party, the country's exports to Russia have grown much less than those to other states. Imports of Russian products, however, have grown. Armenia used as a transit channel for Georgian goods. Supplies from Turkey enter Russian territory via Georgia.

| 26/01/2023
| GEORGIA - RUSSIA

Increasingly, criminal gangs are abducting migrants for ransom with impunity. Victims’ relatives are asked to pay as little as US$ 500. Iran’s crackdown against protests sparked by the Mahsa Amini affair is overshadowing the migrants issue. Meanwhile, Turkey continues its policy of repatriating refugees.

| 25/01/2023
| IRAN – TURKEY - AFGHANISTAN
by John Ai

This is the first celebration in three years after zero-Covid restrictions were lifted. Families gather and crowds fill buses, trains, and plains. The number of infections is still high, hospitals are full, and funeral homes are working overtime. The authorities have shifted the focus to economic growth and boosted online censorship.

| 25/01/2023
| CHINA

A year after Dang Dinh Bach was convicted for "tax evasion", environmental groups want G7 countries, with which Vietnam signed a decarbonisation agreement, to press for the activist’s release. In 2022, Nguy Thi Khanh, who had worked with local authorities to promote the ecological transition, was also arrested.

| 25/01/2023
| VIETNAM
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Kazakhstan wants to break the Islamic Republic's international isolation. It is President Tokaev's 'multipolar' policy: an insurance policy against Russia's aims towards his country. The Kazakh government determined on the road to internal reforms.

| 25/01/2023
| KAZAKHSTAN - IRAN

Mengly Quach, who fled to Thailand to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide, stopped at a border town between Italy and France, where he donated 5,000 euros to the local Caritas. After graduating in medicine in the United States, he returned to Cambodia to help the neediest.

| 24/01/2023
| CAMBODIA – ITALY
by Mathias Hariyadi

Thousands of residents have been forced to shelter on higher ground as rivers overflowed with water levels rising by more than three metres. Today more than 400 people were evacuated in Malaysia after their village was submerged.

| 24/01/2023
| INDONESIA

The Chinese have doubled their purchases from Russia, but the values are far from those in Europe. The EU and Britain have reduced imports of Russian hydrocarbons in response to Putin's war in Ukraine. The Kremlin has similar problems with oil sales.

| 24/01/2023
| CHINA - RUSSIA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Thousands of wild animals fall victim to banned agricultural pesticides. A side effect of Moscow's war on Ukraine. The complaint of hunters and fishermen in south-west Russia. Only the authorities in Stavropol admitted the problem and intervened.

| 24/01/2023
| RUSSIA

A blockade and isolation from the Arab world were put in place since the start of Syria’s civil war more than a decade ago. Sugar and petrochemicals from Saudi Arabia will now be able to enter Syria. Rumours of a resumption of diplomatic relations are intensifying, but so far there is no official confirmation. At present, bypassing Western sanctions is the main goal.

| 23/01/2023
| SYRIA – SAUDI ARABIA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

The latest official Sri Lankan data come from 2017. Norway plans to set up an independent inquiry. In the 1970s, baby farms were popular, selling Sri Lankan babies with false papers to European couples. Some Sri Lankans remember younger siblings going missing this way.

| 23/01/2023
| SRI LANKA

Potential candidates visit the country's temples on the first day of the lunar new year. Vice President Lai Ching-te is the favourite in the ruling party. New Mayor Taipei Hou Yu-ih is leading in the Chinese nationalist Kuomintang with hi-tech giant Foxconn founder Terry Guo well positioned.

| 23/01/2023
| TAIWAN – CHINA
by Guido Alberto Casanova

In his policy speech to parliament, the prime minister said the government will focus on boosting the birth rate in 2023. Last year, only 800,000 births were recorded in the country. The Children and Families Agency is set to start in April. Plans include financial support for families with children, improved childcare, and better work-life balance for parents.

| 23/01/2023
| JAPAN

Shas's leader leaves the Interior and Healthcare Ministries, but the party remains in the government structure, and the prime minister ensures a forthcoming "public" post for the ultra-Orthodox leader. He will still be able to participate in executive meetings and retains the (honorary) title of deputy minister. Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tel Aviv.

| 23/01/2023
| ISRAEL
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Russia and China launch plans to help families to reverse the demographic trend. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the problem of depopulation and aging in Russia. Chinese subsidies considered insufficient by experts. The Kremlin running out of funds.

| 23/01/2023
| RUSSIA - CHINA

Study by International Campaign for Tibet reveals. Those over 60 the most vulnerable. Peak infection is expected in these festive days for the Lunar New Year. Estimate presented for Tibet is "conservative." Need more transparency from authorities. Discrimination in vaccine administration.

| 21/01/2023
| CHINA
by Melani Manel Perera

The nuncio handed over supplies worth US$ 30,000 to Health Ministry for use in Sri Lankan hospitals. Caritas Sri Lanka contributed to identifying those in need in a country ravaged by a deep economic crisis. Every year 10,500 Sri Lankans die from kidney-related diseases without getting proper care.

| 20/01/2023
| SRI LANKA

The project will start in April. Similar projects in other parts of the world have yielded excellent results. Harmless to humans, Wolbachia reduces virus transmission.

 

| 20/01/2023
| LAOS
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This year, the event will be held on 22 October. In his message titled “Hearts on fire, feet on the move”, the pope tells missionaries, who are experiencing a tough time at present, that “The Risen Lord is always with you. He sees your ...
| 25/01/2023
| VATICAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
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| 10/01/2023
| INDIA
 
by Alessandra De Poli
On the 75th anniversary of Myanmar's independence, Prof David Moe of Yale University speaks to AsiaNews how the 2021 coup d'état is changing the country. Buddhist extremism risks imploding, while the younger generation rejects religion ...
| 04/01/2023
| MYANMAR
 
by Gianni Criveller *
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| 04/01/2023
| CHINA – HONG KONG – VATICAN
 
by Alessandra De Poli
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| 03/01/2023
| PHILIPPINES
 
Many important general elections and several anniversaries of the 1948 declarations of independence. To new presidency of Asean, which has passed to Indonesia, and the G20, which will be held in India.
| 02/01/2023
| THE YEAR TO COME
 
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| 02/01/2023
| CHINA-TAIWAN-VATICAN
 
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| 31/12/2022
| THE YEAR THAT IS ENDING
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