NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.

Colombia FARC Rebels Close Churches, Kill Pastors


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

colombia_farc-rebels-march-in-la-macarenapreview1BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in south-eastern Colombia face a difficult Christmas amid reports that at least 150 churches have been closed down by leftist rebels. Open Christian worship and other religious activities are forbidden in the rural areas controlled by the rebels, known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP), BosNewsLife monitored Thursday, December 19.

Dutch Queen In Brunei Amid “Christian Persecution”


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

STAATSBEZOEK BRUNEIBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (BosNewsLife)-- Dutch Queen Beatrix has begun a two-day visit to Brunei, focusing on expanding economic relations despite concerns about the reported increased persecution of minority Christians in the gas and oil rich Islamic mini-state.