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| TURKEY - SYRIA

At least five mayors in south-eastern Turkey are under arrest. Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kut are accused of membership in a terrorist organisation. Remziye Yasar and Irfan Sari were taken into custody for articles and interviews. Twenty-four social media users have also been arrested. In two weeks, 186 Internet used have been detained.

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by Emanuele Scimia

The Ankara government says it is conducting an anti-terror campaign against Kurds in Syria, but the opposition CHP believes Erdogan is trying to polish his image amid domestic woes. Erdogan prepares new elections. Western sanctions could severely damage Turkey’s fragile economy.

| 16/10/2019
| TURKEY-SYRIA

Abp. Sebastian Shaw made all the country's bells ring for peace. Both India and Pakistan possess the atomic bomb. For years they have threatened to drop it on the neighbor to definitively resolve the dispute over Kashmir.

 

| 16/10/2019
| PAKISTAN

Bishop Warda is worried about escalating violence in northern Syria, hopes "all the parties" will help protect "innocent civilians". People won’t take another conflict. At least 275,000 people have fled. In Turkey, police arrested four mayors elected with a Kurdish party.

| 15/10/2019
| IRAQ – SYRIA – TURKEY

The visit paved the way for the signing of 30 agreements and economic and commercial contracts. The Kremlin wants to involve Riyadh for a political solution to the Syrian conflict. The objective of guaranteeing the "stability" of oil on the markets. After the Saudis, today Putin meets the leaders of the Emirates.

| 15/10/2019
| SAUDI ARABIA - RUSSIA

Washington promised independence to the Kurds, and now it has abandoned them to their foe. Europe (and the UN) "have done nothing" concrete other than endorse sanctions. The killings during Turkey’s offensive are similar to the massacres by Islamic extremists. Ethnic cleansing is affecting Christians too.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY

Agreement reached between the two former rivals, through Russia mediation. The goal is "to free all occupied cities" starting from Afrin. 800 relatives of "foreign fighters" of the "Caliphate" have escaped. Isis behind the death of a famous Kurdish activist. The United States confirms the disengagement by withdrawing the last thousand remaining soldiers.

| 14/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

The WCC general secretary expresses "great concern" over the fate of the civilian population.  A nation "subject to too many conflicts".  It is time "for peace, truce and dialogue".  At least 100,000 civilians flee the violence.  Attacks by the ISIS, which has acquired new vigor, are added to the Turkish offensive.

| 12/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

After three days, Turkey’s offensive has already killed hundreds and displace thousands. Many victims are civilians. A church was hit in Tall Jihan. The Middle East Council of Churches expresses its “sorrow”. Kurdish source says developments now depend 99 per cent on Trump. The offensive could destabilise Iraqi Kurdistan if flooded by refugees.

| 11/10/2019
| SYRIA – TURKEY
by Shafique Khokhar

Edwardes College was founded by the Church Missionary Society in the 1850s. The institute resisted the nationalisation of Christian schools after Bhutto took over in 1971. For activists and Catholics, "Grabbing missionary institutions is against the constitution of Pakistan”.

| 11/10/2019
| PAKISTAN

A report by the UN Development Programme found that 79 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, with 65 per cent "extremely poor". The country now has no prospect for development. Houthi rebels propose a new prisoner exchange, a positive step towards the easing of tensions.

| 11/10/2019
| YEMEN – UNITED NATIONS
by Sumon Corraya

Abrar Fahad Rabbi, 21, was a student at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He was killed by members of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League party for a Facebook post criticising the government.

| 10/10/2019
| BANGLADESH

The entrance was forbidden since August 2, before the Delhi authorities revoked the semi-autonomous status of the Valley. The predominantly Muslim territory is devastated by an all-out curfew, thousands of arrests and continuous skirmishes between the army and militants.

| 10/10/2019
| INDIA

Ankara already speaks of at least 181 "terrorist" targets hit. The Kurds speak of a "repelled" offensive. Assyrian-Chaldean groups denounce victims among Christians. Egypt calls for an urgent meeting of the Arab League. Ankara rejects criticism and points to Gulf countries war in Yemen.

| 10/10/2019
| SYRIA - TURKEY

A group of intellectuals comes out in favour of critics of Prime Minister Modi. The latter were indicted for sedition. In less than 10 years, 254 hate crimes based on religion have been recorded, over 90 per cent since Modi came to power.

| 09/10/2019
| INDIA
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| 18/10/2019
| VATICAN
 
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