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by Shafique Khokhar

At the ceremony commemorating the centennial of the “Nankana massacre,” Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics minister claims that Pakistan respects and protects non-Muslims whilst India commits ‘atrocities” against them. Activists and clergymen are dismissive of such claims. Rev Bashir cites a long list of abuses, from sexual assault to false accusations of blasphemy.

| 23/02/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Fady Noun

The cardinal met with the Saudi ambassador, who returned to Lebanon after two months of absence. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is relegated to the margins of the negotiations. Doubts and uncertainties surround the investigation into the explosion at the port following the removal of Judge Sawan. An outside investigation is needed.

| 22/02/2021
| LEBANON

They will have access to the army, air force, navy, strategic missile sector and medical services. Candidates must be between 21 and 40 years old, be at least 155 centimetres tall and cannot be married to foreigners. Higher ranks of a military career excluded.

| 22/02/2021
| SAUDI ARABIA

In 2019 he lost on government’s orders at the world championships to avoid going up against an Israeli. In exile, he became a refugee in Germany and a citizen in Mongolia. Presently, he is in Tel Aviv, welcomed by the same rival he was supposed to meet. For Sagi Muki, Saied’s presence is “historic”.

| 20/02/2021
| ISRAEL – IRAN

Green light to European mediation for a meeting that brings together the world powers and Iran on the JCPOA. According to a senior EU diplomat it is a "critical moment" and the opportunities for dialogue must be grasped. Biden eases travel restrictions for Iranian diplomats at the UN and blocks his predecessor's efforts on UN sanctions.

| 19/02/2021
| IRAN - USA

His mother posted a video on social media saying that the 33-year-old “prisoner of conscience” was taken from Evin Prison to Loghman Hospital. He is an important figures in the Gonabadi Dervish order, and took part in a major protest in February 2018. In June 2020, the young man was sentenced to two years in prison.

| 18/02/2021
| IRAN
by Kamel Abderrahmani


Freedom of expression is dying in the Muslim world. The hunt is on for those who want to diverge from the established thinking. Judicial jihadism is based on the constitution, illiberal laws, the “madmen of Allah”, and the repression of dissent. Subjecting Islam to “questioning reason” is impossible.

| 17/02/2021
| ALGERIA - ISLAM

Thabit Michael hails from Qaraqosh, Nineveh plain. He studied Fine Arts in Baghdad. His works, sacred and profane, can be found in various Iraqi provinces. Today he and his son are reconstructing the works destroyed by the Islamic State. For him, the pontiff is bringing a message of “resistance” and an “invitation to stay”.

| 16/02/2021
| IRAQ
by Shafique Khokhar

It is the second case of blasphemy against Christians since the beginning of 2021. According to plaintiff Haroon Ayub Masih and Salamat Mansha Masih wounded the feelings of Muslims as they preached the gospel in Model Town Park. The first was arrested, while the second managed to flee but his family lives in hiding in fear of retaliation.

| 16/02/2021
| PAKISTAN

Pope Francis released a video message for the 'Day of Contemporary Martyrs', organised by the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London to commemorate the 21 Coptic Orthodox martyrs killed on 15 February 2015.

| 15/02/2021
| VATICAN

On February 9, the spacecraft entered the red planet’s orbit. The image from al-Amal was captured from a height of 24700 km from the surface. The arrival of Chinese and American space probes is expected in these days. Behind the Abu Dhabi space technology race is the Israel model in terms of defence and security.

| 15/02/2021
| UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
by Samir Nassar*

For the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Msgr. Samir Nassar, today the scenario is "dominated by chaos". Economic devastation adds to the war. Victims, displaced people, missing people, destroyed buildings are still open wounds. The contribution of the local Church and works of charity in the fields of healthcare, education and pastoral care.

| 13/02/2021
| SYRIA
by Melani Manel Perera

In case the local justice fails, the prelate wants the International Criminal Court in The Hague to intervene. The Sri Lankan government is already under UN pressure over its handling of the conflict with Tamil separatists. Victims’ families back the cardinal’s initiative.

| 12/02/2021
| SRI LANKA

In his message to the faithful, the primate speaks of reconciliation "through prayer and fasting". The mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ "the essence of our faith". The Chaldeans "people of Iraq" scattered all over the world. Reconciliation, peace and stability to protect life and citizens.

| 12/02/2021
| IRAQ
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| 20/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
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| 19/02/2021
| CHINA-VATICAN
 
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| 11/02/2021
| CZECH REPUBLIC-CHINA-TAIWAN
 
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| 11/02/2021
| MYANMAR
 
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| 10/02/2021
| TURKEY - CHINA
 
by Wang Zhicheng
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| 10/02/2021
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
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| 06/02/2021
| VATICAN
 
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