NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.

Thousands at Beautification of Lithuania's Catholic martyr Matulionis

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

VILNIUS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people have gathered in Lithuania's capital Vilnius to attend the official beautification ceremony of Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis, whom became a symbol of persecution endured by Christians when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.

'Saint Nicholas' Bones In Russia After 1,000 years

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- For the first time in nearly 1,000 years bone fragments of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, have been moved from an Italian church to Russia where huge crowds of Orthodox faithful were expected to visit the relics. The historic move follows talks between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary Remembers Soviet Tanks Crushing Freedom Fight Amid Divisions

The day Soviet tanks crushed democracy, and the bitter battle over its legacy

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife in Budapest. A co-production with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
yesrevolutionBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife/ABC)-- Millions in Europe have been remembering Soviet forces storming the streets of Budapest, killing thousands and crushing Hungary's fight for freedom in 1956. But as the country lurches to the political right under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the revolution is being recast as a patriotic fight against foreign domination … with the EU villainised as the new oppressor.

NEWS ALERT: Uzbekistan Christians Face More Danger After Death of Karimov; New Leader Appointed

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

karimovTASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Over 210,000 Christians in Uzbekistan face more danger and uncertainty after Uzbekistan's parliament appointed Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev as interim president following the death of strongman leader Islam Karimov, missionaries told BosNewsLife.

Iran Detains Azeri, Iranian Evangelicals


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

imagesTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Relatives and friends say three Azeri Christians and an Iranian Christian remain behind bars in Tehran, nearly a month after they were detained as part of a larger government-backed crackdown on evangelicals. Seperately, Iranian authorities released Amin Khaki from Ahvaz Prison, after he served part of a one-year sentence for "spreading Christianity" in this strict Islamic nation, supporters told BosNewsLife.

NEWS WATCH: Turkey Recalls Envoy After Germany Calls Armenian Massacre "Genocide"

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondentactivistsarmenia

ISTANBUL/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.