NEWS WATCH: Turkey Recalls Envoy After Germany Calls Armenian Massacre “Genocide”

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondentactivistsarmenia

ISTANBUL/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.

NEW EUROPE: World Mourns Victims Of Srebrenica Massacre At 20th Anniversary


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

srebrenicaaSREBRENICA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. President Barack Obama has urged the world to mourn the loss of thousands of victims of Europe's worst massacre since World War Two, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the atrocity in the Bosnian town Srebrenica. "We can offer no solace that fully addresses the pain borne by the victims' families. But we must look back at Srebrenica with clear eyes, commemorate the tragedy, and learn from it," he said.

Armenia Remembers Mass Killings


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

rememberingYEREVAN, ARMENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Ceremonies have begun in Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Several leaders remembered what Pope Francis and other officials view as the first genocide of the 20st century. There was a moment of reflection when a giant church bell reverberated over the square.

BREAKING NEWS: Israel’s Ex-Prime Minister Sharon Dies At 85


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

Ariel-SharonJERUSALEM, ISRAEL (BosNewsLife)-- Israel was plunged into mourning Saturday, January 11,  after confirmation that its former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had died at age 85. Comatose for 8 years after a stroke, the former soldier turned statesman finally lost his last battle for life after his health had taken a downturn, his son Gilad announced.

NEWS ALERT: Iraq Christians Suffer As Violence Kills 140


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

iraqichristiansBAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians were among those suffering Sunday, May 19, after at least 140 people died during four consecutive days of violence in Iraq, raising fears that sectarian conflicts could lead the troubled Middle East nation into civil war. "It is difficult to tell of the intensity of violence here over the past week," said Canon Andrew White...