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The pontiff notes that two ‘opposing ideologies” threaten religious freedom and conscience: “secular relativism and religious radicalism – in reality pseudo-religious radicalism.” For him, the “real anger is fighting extremism and intolerance with as much extremism and intolerance, in attitudes as well as words.”

| 23/08/2018
| VATICAN

The rosaries will be handed out at next year’s World Youth Day. Some 250 men and women are involved in the project, improving their economic situation. The goal is “to create a future that is secure and free from poverty” and “encourage the youth to pray the rosary for peace, love and justice.”

| 23/08/2018
| PALESTINE

Iran has replaced the US dollar in its official currency rate reporting platform with China’s yuan. The Sanarate portal is Iran’s place of reference for the main international currencies, like the euro and the UAE’s dirham. President Rouhani recently launched some initiatives to strengthen Iran’s currency, the rial.

| 23/08/2018
| IRAN – CHINA – UNITED STATES

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security accused the 12 of engaging in anti-state activities on behalf of the Provisional National Government of Vietnam (PNGV), a "terrorist" organisation loyal to the former South Vietnam regime. James Nguyen Han and Phan Thị Dao were given "counter-revolutionary missions" such as spreading propaganda, organising protests and insulting the image of Ho Chi Minh.

| 23/08/2018
| VIETNAM

The Central American country asked money for political campaigns and port development. President Tsai Ing-wen is worried about the end of diplomatic relations. For Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “It would be irresponsible to engage in dollar diplomacy to compete with China for allies, or even make illegal political donations.”

| 23/08/2018
| TAIWAN

Japan’s Defence Minister donates two naval patrol boats worth US$ 11 million. Sri Lanka is part of China’s "One belt, One road" strategy. Japanese representative visits the port of Hambantota, which Colombo has leased to a Chinese company for 99 years.

| 23/08/2018
| JAPAN – SRI LANKA

No delegation from Iraq will be present at the global event being held in Ireland. About 20 families were ready to leave from Erbil, Baghdad and Basra. But the embassies rejected their visa applications. Auxiliary of Baghdad: "We are not fanatics or terrorists". Even today in Iraq the family plays a central role, but government and political aid is lacking.

| 23/08/2018
| IRAQ - IRELAND
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The initiative, now in its fourth session, is part of a series of study exchanges that in May saw an Orthodox delegation in Rome. The program also includes a visit to the most significant places of Russian Orthodoxy.

| 23/08/2018
| RUSSIA

The audio message, the first since last September, disseminated on the official media of the Islamic State. The invitation to fight and resist until the final victory. References to recent events in the region. According to the UN, ISIS can still count on at least 30 thousand fighters and has expanded its range of action.

| 23/08/2018
| SYRIA - IRAQ

In preparation for the extraordinary missionary month of October 2019, the superiors of the missionary institutes ad gentes met in Nepi (Viterbo) to reflect on the current value of their vocation.

| 23/08/2018
| ITALY-VATICAN

He had written an open letter to the authorities to denounce the corruption of some officials. Arrested last year, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison in July. Now he will have to pay a fine and carry out community service. First time for Tajik court to release a dissident, after months of international campaigns and pressure. He will appeal again: "I have not committed any crime".

| 23/08/2018
| TAJIKISTAN
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