Hungary, Russia To Protect Mideast Christians

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest, Hungary BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Leaders of Hungary and Russia have agreed to cooperate in...

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Prays, Remembers Victims Of Clashes

Listen to BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni. protestersmournKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Ukrainians have commemorated as many as four anti-government protesters killed in recent clashes with police. Sunday's massive prayer service in the capital Kiev came just hours after opposition leaders rejected an offer by the president to lead an interim government, as protests spread throughout the country.

NEWS WATCH: Int. Journalists Federation Condemns Murder Russian Rights Activist

By BosNewsLife News Center rightsBRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday, July 16, "strongly condemned" the murder of Natalya Estemirova, a prominent journalist and human rights activist who was found dead in Ingushetia, following her kidnapping the previous day at her home in Grozny, the Chechen capital.

Tajikistan Detains Christians For Evangelism Amid Wider Crackdown

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Concerns remained Friday, August 24, about the plight of devoted Christians in Tajikistan amid fresh reports that the country's feared security police detained ten Christians for their involvement in evangelism.

Tajikistan Churches Face Closures, Uncertain Future

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos _41182645_rahmonov_ap24-150x150DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in several areas of Tajikistan faced uncertainty Tuesday, January 5, over the future of their churches after the former Soviet republic introduced a new religion law that the United States has criticized as highly restrictive.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Rival Protests Escalate Amid Military Tensions

Russiansoldiers By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukrainian Christians gathered for prayers as pro-Russian activists attacked a pro-Kyiv rally on Ukraine's disputed Crimea's peninsula with clubs and whips on Sunday, March 9, while thousands took to the streets across Ukraine in rival demonstrations. The protests came while Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede "an inch" of its territory to Moscow.

NEWS WATCH: Kyrgyzstan Leaders Urge Calm Amid New Bloodshed

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BISHKEK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- New clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan have killed dozens of people and wounded more than 500 in the city of Osh, a little over two months after the uprising that toppled the Central Asian nation's former government. The United States and Russia - both of which have military bases in Kyrgyzstan - and China are watching the situation with concern.

Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife rememberingYEREVAN, ARMENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Ceremonies have begun in Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Several leaders remembered what Pope Francis and other officials view as the first genocide of the 20st century. There was a moment of reflection when a giant church bell reverberated over the square.

NEWS WATCH: Most Vote For Independence In Ukraine’s East Amid Deadly Clashes

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ukraine-donetsk-protests-referendum KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Initial election results of Sunday's blood-stained referendum in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region claim nearly nine out of 10 voters want to breakaway from the country.

Tatarstan Christians Facing Arson Attacks On Churches

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest churchdestroyedMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- As New Year approached, Christians in Russia’s predominantly Muslim internal republic of Tatarstan were still awaiting the outcome of an investigation into the destruction of at least seven churches during 2013.