NEWS WATCH: International Investigators Reach Crash Site In Ukraine Amid Battles

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

EPA1451528_ArticoloKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- An international team of investigators has for the first time reached the area where a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane crashed, after it was shot down.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine: ‘Rebels Heard Shooting Down Malaysia Plane; 298 Killed’

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has released what it says are intercepted phone calls in which pro-Russian separatists admit to shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, killing all 298 people on board. The Boeing 777 went down in eastern Ukraine while on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Most of the victims, 293 according to Dutch officials, came from the Netherlands.

NEWS WATCH: NATO Preparing Contingency Plans After Russian Invasion

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Mark Rutte and Barack ObamaTHE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- American President Barack Obama says the NATO military alliance is preparing contingency plans amid regional concerns that Russia will invade other countries after its takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Speaking at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, he also warned the United States and European Union are working on tougher sanctions against Moscow.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Orders Withdrawal Forces Amid Rising Tensions

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife 

KYIV/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of all its forces from Crimea, following the Russian takeover of the peninsula. Monday's announcement came while Western concerns over Ukraine was expected to dominate a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.

URGENT BREAKING NEWS: Afghanistan Releases Christian Convert Facing Execution

>Said Musa outside Afghanistan
>Christian convert Shoib Assadullah remains jailed
>Dutch government lobbied for release

By BosNewsLife News Center

KABUL/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has been released, a well-informed Christian aid and advocacy group confirmed Thursday, February 24.