Austria Commemorates 200th Anniversary of Silent Night

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Austria is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the famous Christmas carol "Silent Night". The peaceful song about the birth of Jesus that became a crucial part of Christmas celebrations, was sung publicly for the first time in December 1818 in an Austrian town. A series of exhibitions underscore that first Christmas concert.

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WORLD WATCH: Tensions Over Russia-US Nuclear Arms Treaty

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russia and the West appear to be moving closer to a confrontation after Moscow challenged United States compliance with a key arms control treaty. The standoff came while U.S. ally Lithuania accused Russia of deploying nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to the nearby Kaliningrad enclave on the Baltic.

Burma Jails Kachin Baptist Pastors

By BosNewsLife Asia Service
YANGON, BURMA (BosNewsLife)-- A Burmese court has sentenced two ethnic Kachin Baptist pastors to prison terms for "supporting rebels and defaming the military" after they guided journalists around a church which was bombed by the Burmese military, trial observers told BosNewsLife.

Egypt Urged To Protect Christians After Murder Orthodox Priest


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

CAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- Rights activists have urged Egypt's government to increase the security of Christians and other minorities after a 50-year-old Coptic Orthodox priest from Upper Egypt was stabbed to death, and another was wounded, by a suspected Islamic militant.

Hungary Blacklists Dutch Journalist Stefan J. Bos, Founder BosNewsLife

BosNewsLife News Center

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency BosNewsLife has condemned Hungary's right-wing government for "blacklisting" eight journalists, including its founder Stefan J. Bos, who also reports for other media.