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.

Armenia Remembers Mass Killings


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

rememberingYEREVAN, ARMENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Ceremonies have begun in Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Several leaders remembered what Pope Francis and other officials view as the first genocide of the 20st century. There was a moment of reflection when a giant church bell reverberated over the square.

BREAKING NEWS: Jailed Armenian Pastor Faces Death In Iran


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

vruir-iranchristian-1TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iranian security forces have detained a pastor and Gospel artist after raiding a house church in the capital Tehran, despite warnings he will die within days without adequate medical help, Iranian Christians said Sunday, December 30.

NEWS WATCH: Armenia Cuts Ties With Hungary Over Soldier Row

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest, Hungary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Armenia says it is cutting all ties with Hungary for allowing an Azerbaijani military officer who killed an Armenian colleague to return home, where he was immediately pardoned and freed by his country's president.

Critics Doubt Turkey’s Pledge To Return Church Properties


By BosNewsLife News Center

ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey's government has pledged to return hundreds of properties confiscated from the country's Christian and Jewish minorities, but critics say the decree does not go far enough.

Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple; Christians Concerned


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

TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Iran has secretly executed a Jewish-Armenian couple and three other persons, raising concerns about other religious minority prisoners in the strict Islamic nation, Iranian Christians and rights activists confirmed Sunday, March 27.