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After 50 days, US oil sanctions bite. Exports drop from 2.5 million barrels per day in April to 1.6 million at present. Reacting to the crisis, Iran plans to introduce electronic vouchers for ten million poor people.

| 19/09/2018
| IRAN - UNITED STATES

His daughter Mariam and her husband will also be released. Sharif was convicted in connection with the purchase of London luxury apartments. For the court, actual ownership has not been proven.

| 19/09/2018
| PAKISTAN

This is the lowest number in five years. However, what happens in villages, where women do not have access to medical care, may not be counted. Sex-specific abortions have also dropped because doctors could go to prison if they declare the sex of the newborn.

| 19/09/2018
| INDIA

Mgr You speaks about today's agreements between Kim and Moon, including the decision to decommission missile test site. The goal is to eliminate all the risks of war. Separated families will be able to communicate via video chats and letters. The two Koreas are set to present a joint bid for the 2032 Olympic Games.

| 19/09/2018
| KOREA

"Although Myanmar’s constitution permits freedom of religion, many Myanmar people see the country as Buddhist and tend to worry about the influence of non-Buddhist religions, mainly Islam." Minorities “were promised autonomy and self-determination in their own regions. So, when this promise was broken, many ethnic groups took up arms against the central government”.

| 19/09/2018
| VATICAN – MYANMAR

While the rumor mill is churning over an imminent agreement between Beijing and the Holy See, doubts about the effective freedom that the Party could guarantee to Chinese Catholics remain strong. We must pray for them, for the unity of the Church and for the discernment of local pastors. China "continues to consider itself the absolute center of the world". The opinion of a missionary, a great expert in the Middle Empire.

| 19/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Bernardo Cervellera – Sumon Corraya

At the World Conference on Xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism in the context of world migration that opened yesterday, the theme is tackled from a Christian perspective. What are the most urgent problems related to migration?

| 19/09/2018
| VATICAN - ASIA

An international conference is under way on the theme, organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches (WCC), in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. It is focused on the "fears" that migrants arouse, but also on the work of Churches, religions, civil society and politics. A representative from Libya considers the European Union operation "Sofia" "criminal", which pushes (and drowns) migrants back into Libyan territorial waters. According to some participants the approach "Eurocentric".

| 19/09/2018
| VATICAN - ASIA

The country continues to suffer dramatic surge in food and fuel prices. The cost of foodstuffs has increased by 68% compared to the pre-war period. The local currency has lost 180% of its value and has reached the historical minimum. A situation that could create "an unprecedented hunger". Hundreds of thousands of minors in "immediate danger" situation.

| 19/09/2018
| YEMEN

"Honoring the father and the mother means recognizing their importance also through concrete acts, which express dedication, affection and care". "The word 'happiness' in the Decalogue appears only related to the relationship with parents. This multi-thousand-year-old wisdom declares what the human sciences have only been able to elaborate for a little over a century: that the imprint of childhood marks the whole of life ".

| 19/09/2018
| VATICAN
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| 26/05/2020
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| 26/05/2020
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| 26/05/2020
| IRAQ
 
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| 26/05/2020
| MIDDLE EAST
 
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| 25/05/2020
| RUSSIA
 
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| 25/05/2020
| HONG KONG - CHINA
 
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