NEWS WATCH: Prayers At Funeral Of Poland’s Last Communist Leader

Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

protestersatfuneralWARSAW, POLAND (BosNewsLife)-- Lech Walesa, head of the Solidarity movement that ended Communism in Poland, has knelt in prayer at a Catholic funeral mass for General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Communist leader who for decades was his sworn enemy

US Missionary Returned To North Korea Labor Camp

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kenneth-bae-detained-american-in-north-koreaPYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA (BosNewsLife)-- An American Christian missionary has been returned to a harsh labor camp in North Korea, despite international concern about his health. The 45-year-old Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen detained for 15 months, was transferred from a hospital to the camp on January 20, a State Department spokesperson said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Saturday, February 9.

Ukraine Church Concerned Over Escalating Violence

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Christopher Wells
bishopKYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The head of Ukraine's Greek-Catholic Church urged his nation on Tuesday, January 21, to unite in prayers for peace and unity amid government threats to outlaw his denomination and days of unrest between anti-government protesters and police.

NEWS WATCH: What’s Next For Russia’s Freed Ex-Tycoon Khodorkovsky?

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KhodorkovskyBERLIN/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- After his release from a Russian jail, former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he does not want to return to business or politics, but would fight for those he considers political prisoners. Wearing a sharp suit and smiling, the now 50-year-old Khodorkovsky spoke at his first news conference since his release from prison, which was held at a museum commemorating the Berlin Wall from the Cold War era.

NEWS WATCH: Lenin Statue Toppled At EU Rally In Kiev

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KIEVUPDATEKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- As many as half a million Ukrainians have participated in a pro-European Union rally in the capital Kyiv, where many toppled the statue of late Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and called for the president to step down. Sunday's rally was the biggest demonstration since the pro-freedom Orange Revolution in 2004.

NEWS WATCH: Thousands Protest Ukraine’s Suspension Of EU Deal

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KYIV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Ukrainians have demonstrated against a government decision to suspend preparations for a trade pact with the European Union. The protests come as the country also commemorates a Soviet-era famine that killed millions of people.

NEWS ALERT: Christians Among 80 Executed In North Korea, Source Says

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NORTHKOREAYESPYONGYANG/SEOUL (BosNewsLife)-- There was concern Tuesday, November 19, that Christians were likely among some 80 people who were recently executed by North Korean officials across the country. Last week, a South Korean newspaper, the JoongAng Ilbo, reported that the coordinated killings of what officials considered "criminals" took place in seven different cities on November. 3.