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


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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.

NEW EUROPE Hungary Detains 4 Suspect After 71 Migrants Die In Truck


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest and border areas
refugeesfilenow BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Four people remain detained after the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants fleeing war and poverty, including eight women and four children, were found in a truck on Austria's main highway after apparently arriving from neighboring Hungary. Hungarian police said they detained the suspects as part of a wider investigation into human smuggling.

NEW EUROPE: Refugees Rushing To Reach Hungary Ahead Of Fence


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Hungarian-Serbian border area
torAsotthalom8ÁSOTTHALOM, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Macedonia has seen fighting among migrants at a train station as they rush to reach Serbia and from there Hungary, a European Union member state. Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other nations are racing to reach Hungary before it finishes building a fence to keep them out.