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The group is banned in Russia. The Investigative Committee (SK) posted a video on YouTube showing its agents in balaclavas breaking into a flat and seizing piles of foreign currency. Russian Jehovah's Witnesses claim they were tortured and are calling for an investigation into their treatment.

| 25/11/2020
| RUSSIA

The initiative is titled ‘Let's build bridges of peace and tear down the walls of hatred’, and is one of many activities planned for Christmas. Clothing and basic necessities were delivered to the Khazir camp, just outside Mosul. For a Chaldean priest, acts of solidarity represent a "light" of living together at the end of the "tunnel" of hatred and extremism.

 

| 25/11/2020
| IRAQ
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 meeting places must be closely monitored. No external religious symbols are allowed.

| 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 and lasting peace. Churches call for a "new regional order" to meet everyone's aspirations.

| 25/11/2020
| LEBANON – ARMENIA – AZERBAIJAN

The prime minister pushes for further growth centred on domestic consumption. Local government “official” debt is close to US$ 4 trillion, plus US$ 1.8 trillion in hidden debt. The "Li Keqiang Index" is used to measure economic performance.

| 25/11/2020
| CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The country's multi-ethnicity, its religiosity, are being questioned. Above all, the new charter allows the president to run several times in the elections. According to political scientist Askat Dukenbaev, all these discussions are "a weapon of mass distraction".

| 25/11/2020
| KYRGYZSTAN

First recourse to the draconian law in three years. Sentences of up to 15 years’ prison for those who insult the king. The young democrats want the resignation of the "coup leader" Prayuth, a democratic constitution and limits on the powers of the monarch. Another major protest is scheduled for today.

| 25/11/2020
| THAILAND
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. Arun Pannalal, president of the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum: These are attacks linked to a planned conspiracy.

| 25/11/2020
| INDIA

St George’s Orthodox Church in Cheppad is in middle of a dispute. Activists and Christian groups have launched a protest to save the building, including a hunger strike. The church’s 800-year-old apse contains prised murals and paintings. Under pressure, the authorities changed the original route, endangering the future of the church.

| 24/11/2020
| INDIA

In his new book, out on 1 December, the pontiff mentions the suffering of Xinjiang’s Muslim minority. For China, the Pope’s remarks have "no factual basis at all". The internment camps are a tragedy. For analysts, the Pope is cautious on the subject so as not to wreck the agreement on episcopal appointments.

| 24/11/2020
| CHINA – VATICAN

More than 30 people have been arrested under the law. The delivery man, who is the third person formally charged, is currently in custody. As police dragged him away, he shouted: “Spread the news, democracy is cultivated with blood and sweat.” Another indicted man, Tony Chung, was allegedly beaten in detention.

| 24/11/2020
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Vladimir Rozanskij

In the document, published in Toronto, the president is termed a "dictator", "executioner of the Belarusian people" and "possessed by the devil". The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is chaired by Archbishop Svyatoslav Login and is linked to the Ukrainian Church recognized by Constantinople. In Minsk demonstrations, strikes and layoffs.

| 24/11/2020
| BELARUS - RUSSIA

The choice of Antony Blinken as Secretary of State is read in this direction. The Chinese are hoping for a change of approach after the Trump era, marked by unpredictability. The US Congress wants to maintain a hard line towards the Asian giant. The incumbent president initiates the transition process.

| 24/11/2020
| USA-CHINA

Growth should reach an estimated of 1.8 per cent by the end of 2020. This positive figure was achieved thanks to rising exports in the first nine months of the year (+ 4.2 per cent). Taiwan’s democratic model is an alternative to China's authoritarian system. South Korea and Japan are in trouble.

 

| 23/11/2020
| TAIWAN
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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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