BREAKING NEWS: Iran To Release Pastor Fathi From Prison; Concerns Remain

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

Farshid Fathi MalayeriTEHRAN/VIENNA (BosNewsLife)- A jailed Iranian evangelical pastor has been told he will be released two years earlier than expected after international pressure, though fellow Christians expressed doubts whether Iran would keep the promise when wrapping up talks on a nuclear deal with the United States and other powers, BosNewsLife learned.

NEWS WATCH: Germany’s Merkel Bloc Wins Ballot But Rocky Road Ahead

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

Angela-MerkelBERLIN/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won Sunday's parliamentary elections in Germany, but fell short of a historic absolute majority. Despite their strongest performance in a German national ballot for more than two decades, Merkel will face a tough challenge to form the next coalition, which could include political archrivals.

Hungary Introduces Controversial Church Rules

By BosNewsLife News Center with additional reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Smaller evangelical congregations and other groups were weighing their options Thursday, June 27, after Hungary's parliament introduced new rules on recognizing churches, despite the Constitutional Court’s annulment of several passages in a controversial church law.

NEWS WATCH: Bulgaria Marches Against Poverty, Corruption

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

BulgariademonstrationsSOFIA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Tens of thousands of people have protested across Bulgaria against poverty and corruption. The latest demonstrations came despite the resignation of the government and promises of early elections.

AMERICA WATCH: Hiring Bill Threatens To “Cripple” Christian Groups

By Joseph C. DeCaro, BosNewsLife North America Correspondent

WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- A pending bill that bars government funding for non-profits having religious requirements in their hiring process is a "serious assault" on faith-based charities, according to the senior vice president of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) in the United States.

AMERICA WATCH: Broadcaster Airing U.S. Day Of Prayer Despite Court Ruling

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

0415-national-day-prayer_jpg_full_600WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)-- International Christian broadcaster GOD Television was to air Thursday, May 6, the United States' National Day of Prayer (NDP), amid concerns among Christians that the annual event may be banned following a controversial court ruling.