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The agreement establishing diplomatic relations will be signed at noon today at the White House. This will help Trump in his election campaign and Netanyahu, who is contested at home. Both sides will enjoy mutual benefits in terms of technology and financial resources. Meanwhile, the Palestinians remain increasingly divided and isolated. The number of people present at the ceremony will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

| 15/09/2020
| ISRAEL – UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – UNITED STATES

Since the beginning of 2020, at least 25 villages in northern Iraq have emptied. The bombings, followed by heavy fires, destroyed plants, houses and cemeteries. A scenario similar to those of the 1980s. Fr. Samir: Many people killed, just because they were near areas controlled by the PKK. A car carrying aid was hit.

 

| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY

The cardinal appeals to the United Nations to impose an international investigation into the incident of 4 August. And it attacks an executive who risks "resembling the previous ones", marked by sectarianism and divisions, unable to solve problems. Nabih Berry threatens the lack of support for the executive without the control of the Ministry of Finance.

| 14/09/2020
| LEBANON

Frustration, critical comments and contrary voices dominate social media. Many emphasize the "complexity" of the situation and the "problems" of a thaw in relationships. Former parliamentarian speaks of a "black day". The Shiite group Al-Wefaq denounces the "betrayal of Islam and the Arab world".

 

| 14/09/2020
| BAHRAIN - ISRAEL

They are located in Uchturpan county, and are home to more than 20,000 Uyghur inmates, about 10% of the local population. A few days ago, on a visit to Europe, Wang Yi declared that all "education centers" had been closed. US website: 268 fortified structures built in the region since 2017. The international community protests.

| 12/09/2020
| CHINA

Talks for full diplomatic and commercial relations also announced. Bahrain follows the Arab Emirates. No preconditions for the birth of a Palestinian state. Palestinians label the agreement a betrayal. Iran, an enemy in common.

| 12/09/2020
| BAHRAIN-ISRAEL
by Marian Demir

This is the second time that the ecumenical patriarch has spoken on the subject. He also cited the Monastery of Saint Saviour in Chora, which was also turned into a mosque as well. Christians and some Muslims are critical of the conversions.

| 11/09/2020
| TURKEY

Prime Minister Mustafa al- Kadhimi has launched a campaign to reform Iraq, targeting criminal groups and divisive militias. The latter are going after the government via targeted attacks and operations. For Card Sako, it is necessary to stop "confusion, anarchy and corruption", which help only those who want to keep the country "unstable".

| 11/09/2020
| IRAQ
by Pierre Balanian

According to the official version, the fire was caused by workers welding a hangar roof. It is the same version given for the August 4 explosions. The doubts of the population and of Walid Joumblatt. Yesterday people in shock and crying, trembling with fear, fled the city. The firefighters, Lebanese and Palestinian, heroes of the day.

| 11/09/2020
| LEBANON
by Shafique Khokhar

In Karachi, Shabbir Shafqat, president of the National Christian Party, calls for a revision of the law on blasphemy and punishment for those who make false accusations for secondary reasons. "These cases are driving many minority members to leave the country." The condemnation of the UN Commission for Human Rights.

| 11/09/2020
| PAKISTAN
by Pierre Balanian

People fear a new explosion, like the one of 4 August that devastated the port area. For the army it is a controlled fire of debris. The Port director has his doubts, wondering who put tyres next to engine oil. Firefighters are at work to contain the flames. British media claim Hezbollah controlled the nitrate that caused last month’s explosion. The port has become the symbol of the country's corruption. The “Help devastated Beirut” campaign continues.

| 10/09/2020
| LEBANON

The vicar of Jerusalem resigned upon reaching his age limit, but remains in office until the appointment of a new patriarch, expected shortly. Speaking to AsiaNews, he talks about 60 years in the region, including 50 as a priest and 27 as a bishop. The diocesan Synod was a central moment in the life of the Church. He talks about the controversy surrounding the Nazareth mosque and a peace that is still possible.

| 10/09/2020
| HOLY LAND

The Palestinian Authority fails to persuade member states to vote on a motion of condemnation.  The Deputy Secretary General speaks of "intense" discussions and an "exhaustive" confrontation.  The official signature on September 15 in Washington, under the auspices of the White House.

 

| 10/09/2020
| ISRAEL - UAE
by Shafique Khokhar

The 37-year-old man is accused of sending offensive messages about Islam on his Muslim boss's mobile phone. His boss was pressuring him to convert to Islam. Faced with a refusal, the employee was accused of blasphemy. Confessions extracted with beatings and arrests. Blogger: Is the blasphemy law a good law for humanity?

| 09/09/2020
| PAKISTAN
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| 17/09/2020
| BELARUS - VATICAN - RUSSIA
 
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| 16/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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| 15/09/2020
| IRAQ -TURKEY
 
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| 15/09/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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| 15/09/2020
| EU-CHINA
 
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| 26/08/2020
| INDIA
 
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| 26/08/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 25/08/2020
| PAKISTAN
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