NEWS WATCH: Ukraine, Russia Sign Controversial Deal

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

presidentsKYIV/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine and Russia have signed a major economic trade deal, despite massive protests in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, for European Union integration , with Moscow promising massive financial assistance and cuts in natural gas prices.

Philippines Concerns Over Christian Hostages As Fighting Intensifies

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by Correspondent Alastair Wanklyn

philippinesZAMBOANGA CITY (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of residents, including many Christians, remained trapped or were held hostage as fighting intensified in the Southern Philippines Saturday, September 14, between government forces and Muslim separatists in suburbs of Zamboanga city.

NEWS WATCH: EU’s Ashton Expects Breakthrough In Kosovo Dispute

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Catherine-AshtonPRISTINA/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Serbia and Kosovo are close to a deal to end the ethnic partition of the former Serbian province.