Iraqi Priest Freed In Syria, But Frustration Remains

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent

SIRIA_F_0711_-_Francescano_liberatoDAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- An Iraqi Franciscan priest abducted by Islamic militants in northwest Syria has been released, but Christian leaders cautioned that persecution of minority groups continues in the war-torn region.

NEWS ALERT: Syria’s Anxious Christians Urge Prayers For Troubled Peace Talks

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Leaders of Syria's embattled Christian minority urged prayers Monday, January 20, as prospects for a peace conference in Geneva were thrown into doubt after the opposition threatened to withdraw from the planned talks. The Syrian Opposition Coalition, which had only voted to attend the day before, said it was suspending its decision because the United Nations unexpectedly invited Iran to the January 22 conference, also known as 'Geneva II'.

NEWS WATCH: Billionaire Takes Over As Georgia’s Prime Minister

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent  BosNewsLife

TBILISI, GEORGIA (BosNewsLife)-- Georgia's parliament has approved a billionaire as the former Soviet nation's new prime minister and endorsed his government, following the recent October 1 parliamentary elections. Bidzina Ivanishvili began his first official full working day Friday, October 26, after lawmakers voted 88-54 for his cabinet.

BREAKING NEWS: Jailed Iranian Pastor Nadarkhani Facing New Charges At Trial

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

TEHRAN/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Iran has notified jailed Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to die for "apostasy", to prepare for fresh charges against him at a new trial in September, advocacy officials told BosNewsLife late Thursday, July 5.

Eritrea Detains Christians In Latest Crackdown

By Joseph C. DeCaro, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent with BosNewsLife Africa Service

ASMARA, ERITREA (BosNewsLife)-- Eritrean security forces have detained nearly a dozen Christians, taking them to undisclosed locations, local Christians and rights activists said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Thursday, November 4.