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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BREAKING: 100 Iranian Christians Facing Deportation From Austria After the US Rejects Asylum

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

VIENNA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Some 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Austria face imminent deportation back to Iran where they could face detention, torture, and even death after the United States rejected their asylum applications, rights activists told BosNewsLife Thursday, March 1.

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.

NEWS WATCH: Sarajevo Recalls Shots That Sparked World War One Amid Controversy


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
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SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BosNewsLife)-- Famed Austrian musicians, government leaders and residents have gathered in Sarajevo to commemorate that the first two shots of World War I were fired exactly 100 years ago in what is now the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Yet, the events were overshadowed by different interpretations over what sparked one of the deadliest conflicts in history.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary Mourns Late Prime Minister Gyula Horn


By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungarians on Friday, June 21, were mourning former Hungarian Socialist Prime Minister Gyula Horn, known for his role in the collapse of Communism in Europe and the reunification of Germany, who died in hospital at age 80 following a long illness.