Islamic State Frees Dozens Of Christian Hostages, But Many Remain Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service
ISIS-executes-Assyrian-Christian-hostages-screenshot-Twitter-640x480DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)— Fighters of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have released another 37 Assyrian Christians who had been kidnapped nine months ago, but hundreds of other Christian hostages remain detained, Christians confirmed Friday, November 20.

Iran Releases Member Of Large Evangelical Denomination; Others Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

christiansIranTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)— A member of one of Iran’s largest evangelical house church movements has been released from prison, 14 months earlier than expected, but many other believers remain behind bars, Iranian and other activists told BosNewsLife.

NEW EUROPE: Christians Among Record Numbers Of Refugees Fleeing To Europe As Cold Sets In

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewslife reporting from Dobova, Slovenia

FullSizeRender (5)DOBOVA, SLOVENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians are among record numbers of refugees rushing to Europe despite questions whether the European Union’s pledged assistance can come quickly enough to make a difference as winter sets in. Slovenia’s Prime Minister Miro Cerar has even warned that if some immediate and concrete actions on the ground is not delivered within the next few days and weeks the European Union and Europe as a whole will start falling apart.

Egypt Raids Christian Broadcaster; Director Detained

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

downloadCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Christian broadcaster SAT-7, which airs in the Middle East and North Africa, has urged for prayers after Egyptian authorities confiscated crucial equipment during a raid on its studios in Cairo and a local director was detained.

The Hope of a True Arab Spring (Column)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

afghanMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- Spring has arrived here in my home city of Melbourne, Australia, the fruit trees are in blossom and once again our garden is full of color. And not before time. We have just endured our coldest winter in twenty-six years. So much for global warming.

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.