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Press accreditation by media associations will no longer be enough. The policy targets young freelance reporters who cover anti-government protests. Eight media unions demand the withdrawal of the new policy and accuse the police of using violence against their members.

| 22/09/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Nirmala Carvalho

NGOs will need an Aadhaar card to conduct financial transactions with abroad. To justify the bill, its proponents cite "forced conversions" by missionary Graham Staines, who was murdered with his two sons by Hindu radicals in 1999. Data by the Supreme Court show instead that conversions are incidental. For Sajan George, “citing the horrific murder of Staines and his children is a new low in humanity’s conscience.”

| 22/09/2020
| INDIA

Najeeb Moussa Michaeel is one of the candidates for the coveted recognition by the EU Parliament. During the rise of the Islamic State, he saved hundreds of centuries-old manuscripts and documents. For the prelate, citizenship is the basis on which to build coexistence in a nation threatened by foreign forces worse than the Islamic State. Education is the best weapon against obscurantism.

| 22/09/2020
| IRAQ – EUROPEAN UNION

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith publishes a document affirming the Church is also opposed to persistent therapeutic treatment, welcoming palliative care, and recommending support for the families of those who are suffering.

| 22/09/2020
| VATICAN
by Biju Veticad

New legislation favours large monopoly groups, which will now be able to impose prices. Small-scale farmers want to continue selling their products through government bodies. For Card Alencherry, farmers should not be denied their rights. Liberalising the sector will create wealth, the government claims. Public agencies cannot compete with large corporations, experts say.

| 22/09/2020
| INDIA

Lebanon’s situation is increasingly like that of Sudan. Thanks to funding from some European countries and the United Nations, the government is setting up a food voucher programme. The number of people living below the poverty line and in extreme poverty is increasing. A funding plan to stop school dropout in the works. The “Help devastated Beirut” campaign continues.

| 22/09/2020
| LEBANON

The protesters came from the provinces of Koh Kong, Svay Rieng and Tbong Khmum. They blocked the access road to the land ministry and asked (in vain) for a meeting with the authorities. Behind the expropriations are businessmen linked to the ruling party or Chinese and Indian companies.

| 22/09/2020
| CAMBODIA

The "Big Cannon" of the Chinese Communist Party is charged with embezzlement of public funds amounting to 6.3 million euros. Judges claim Ren declared his guilt. Family members and observers: irregular trial, held behind closed doors; impressed because he told the truth about leadership mistakes. He called Xi Jinping "a power hungry clown".

| 22/09/2020
| CHINA

Ang Rita Sherpa was 72 years old. He achieved his record in 1996. His body will be cremated tomorrow according to Buddhist tradition.

| 22/09/2020
| NEPAL
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