Sun has admitted that he pocketed 170 million yuan throughout his career, even helping two lovers to earn profits. Since 2012, at least 1.4 million Party representatives have been tried and convicted; more than 250 senior Party members have been dismissed. In all likelihood, Sun's life imprisonment will be in a prison that resembles a "5-star hotel".
Ahsan Iqbal was operated twice and now his life is no longer in danger. The attacker is affiliated with Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, a radical Islamist party. For a Catholic professor, "Our own politicians have engaged in hate speech and now they are becoming its victims”.
New government reforms tend to eliminate independent representation in civil society. Everything must be controlled by the Party: churches, religions, ethnic groups. Control over Tibetans and Muslims is being militarised. This is a throwback to the days of Mao Zedong, which led the country to economic disaster. Xi is trying to prevent China from ending like the Soviet Union.
"We have revived pride in our fatherland," Putin said during the ceremony held in the Kremlin. Two days ago, protests were held in 19 cities against "Tsar Putin" with thousands of arrests. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was briefly detained.
Francis will be the third pope to visit the Council. The program, published today, includes an ecumenical prayer and meeting. The visit has the motto "Walking, praying, working together".
The meeting should contribute to a “successful” summit with Kim Jong-un. The Korean question also tops the agenda of the three-party meeting with China and Japan. Free trade in Asia is also on the agenda.
Program focuses on some urgencies that all religious "mentors" must be aware of. In the age of technological communication, a more "friendly" approach is required in the formation of candidates. Many challenges are related to the "instant culture" of millennials. Religious educators are challenged by behaviours that are not "suited" to religious life.
Exit polls point to a victory for the Shiite group affiliated to Hezbollah and the Christian party of the Lebanese Forces, as opposed to that of the president. The Sunni bloc of Prime Minister Hariri is losing ground. Some episodes of violence.
President, Ukrainian parliament and Patriarch Filaret of Kiev have asked Bartholomew to grant autocephaly. Metropolitan Hilarion of Moscow warns against a schism. The Orthodox of Kiev would be - according to Filaret - "of the Europeans", different from the "Russian" ones. Not only a possible schism, but a new and stronger division in Europe.
According to official data at least 2,305 people are held without formal charges. The period of detention varies from a few months up to 10 years. A practice that has "grown dramatically" in the last period. Hereditary prince Mohammed bin Salman is among the major leaders of "arbitrary arrests".