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.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Angry After Ukraine Wins 2016 Eurovision Contest


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ukrainewinningMOSCOW/STOCKHOLM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine is celebrating after it won the Eurovision Song Contest with an emotionally charged song about Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin's deportation in 1944 of nearly a quarter of a million Crimean Tatars. Yet the song by Susana Jamaladinova, a 32-year-old trained opera singer who uses the stage name Jamala, has angered critics in Russia, which came in third after Australia.

Georgia Detains Christian Evangelist After Preaching To Muslims, Activists Say


By BosNewsLife News Center
Georgia-map-in-europeBAKU/TBILISI (BosNewsLife)-- Christian activists have urged prayers for a frail Christian evangelist from Azerbaijan who has been spending a year behind bars in neighboring Georgia on what his supporters say are "trumped up charges" of drugs possession. If convicted the man could face 14 years imprisonment, Christians said.

Religious Freedom Tightening in Former Soviet Republics (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union sparked hopes among Christians for a new era of religious freedom. Sadly, these dreams have been only partially realized. This has been confirmed in the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most severely persecuted for their faith.

Christian Convert Faces 10 Years Imprisonment In Kazakhstan


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

KAZAKHSTAN_-_Union_ChurchASTANA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A court in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan has begun hearing the case against a Kazakh Christian convert who could face a long prison term on charges of "inciting religious hatred". Yqylas Qabduaqasov, 54, an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, was brought to the courtroom in the capital Astana Friday, October 9, in handcuffs, reporters said.

NEW EUROPE: Refugees Demand Safe Passage To West In Hungary


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest and border areasrefugeesnoww

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis call for solidarity with migrants fleeing war and poverty amid Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War Two comes while Hungary's government says it has completed a razor-wire barrier near the border with Serbia. It is among several measures Hungary is taking to halt back refugees after some 150,000 migrants reportedly entered the country illegally this year alone. In Budapest refugees have demanded safe passage to the West during spontaneous demonstrations over the weekend.