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Some 25 people have died and more than 800 have been injured in the Turkish province of Izmir. Two people have died on the Greek island of Samos. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake was centred off the coast of Turkey. Rescuers continue to dig for survivors. Athens and Ankara put aside geopolitical tensions and pledge collaboration to deal with the emergency.

| 31/10/2020
| TURKEY – GREECE
by Peter Tran

Pompeo, on his last trip abroad before the US presidential elections, also visited India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia. According to Vietnamese media, the United States must remain a great superpower, to counter China. In 2019, trade between Vietnam and the US reached US$ 77 billion, up by 32 per cent over the previous year.

| 31/10/2020
| VIETNAM – UNITED STATES
by Silvina Premat

Both government and opposition approve membership. Argentina is the third Latin American country to join the institution after Ecuador and Uruguay. Buenos Aires is under pressure to settle its debts with the International Monetary Fund. For a former lawmaker, Argentina is choosing to go along with dictatorships, like Perón did with Hitler.

| 31/10/2020
| ARGENTINA - CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Moldovans will vote for president next Sunday. Backed by Putin, the incumbent, Dodon, warns of opposition "protests". His rivals, Maia Sandu and Andrei Năstase, accuse him of rigging the vote. Final results will be announced on Monday, or 16 November in case of a runoff. Lying on the border between East and West, Moldova is split between pro-Russia and pro-Europe camps.

| 31/10/2020
| MOLDOVA – RUSSIA

In Pakistan, tens of thousands of people protest after Friday prayers. In Beirut, hundreds tried to storm the French ambassador’s residence. ​​Similar scenes were reported in Islamabad. Egypt’s Religious Affairs Minister is one of the few conciliatory voices.

| 31/10/2020
| MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
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by Emanuele Scimia
Tensions between the two countries will remain, but managed by prioritizing diplomacy. Competition in trade, technology and security; collaboration on climate, Covid-19 and nuclear proliferation. The Taiwan problem. Critical observers: Biden will re-propose ...
| 26/11/2020
| USA-CHINA
 
A pastoral letter from the bishops. We ask "our two canonized ‘foreign’ missionary saints, Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, to intercede for us so that our loving God will always abundantly bless our Church in the Philippines and all her ...
| 26/11/2020
| PHILIPPINES
 
by Wang Zhicheng
The new regulations require total separation between foreign and Chinese religious groups. They demand total submission to China's laws, regulations, and policies. Membership (names, visa, residence), materials (books, brochures, audio-visual), and ...
| 25/11/2020
| CHINA
 
by Fady Noun
The Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in defence of the Christian population of Artsakh, who must be protected from possible abuse and reprisals, whilst ensuring their freedom of worship. The agreement reached does not guarantee a true ...
| 25/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – AZERBAIJAN
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
The armed attack unleashed last night at 2 am and continued until morning. The Christians who had gathered since yesterday slept in a common tent and were attacked. The village is isolated and no one is allowed to enter. The police deny all violence. ...
| 25/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Nirmala Carvalho
Bishop Machado: Violence against women and girls has become a chronic disease and a spiritual failure. Two days ago, two other 8 and 12-year-old girls were found dead with rape marks and eye injuries.
| 18/11/2020
| INDIA
 
by Vladimir Rozanskij
Lukashenko stated this in an interview on the Tut.by website yesterday. Protests against fraud in presidential elections exceede 100 consecutive days. Police continue arrests even in private homes. New economic sanctions are on the way against Belarusian ...
| 18/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
| 17/11/2020
| BRUNEI-VATICAN
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