'Saint Nicholas' Bones In Russia After 1,000 years

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- For the first time in nearly 1,000 years bone fragments of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, have been moved from an Italian church to Russia where huge crowds of Orthodox faithful were expected to visit the relics. The historic move follows talks between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill.

NEWS WATCH: Russia Angry After Ukraine Wins 2016 Eurovision Contest


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

ukrainewinningMOSCOW/STOCKHOLM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine is celebrating after it won the Eurovision Song Contest with an emotionally charged song about Soviet Union leader Josef Stalin's deportation in 1944 of nearly a quarter of a million Crimean Tatars. Yet the song by Susana Jamaladinova, a 32-year-old trained opera singer who uses the stage name Jamala, has angered critics in Russia, which came in third after Australia.

NEWS WATCH: Hungarians Protest Closer Ties with Russia


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

gameoverBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Hungarians have protested against the government's move towards Russia in the latest demonstration attacking policies of the perceived autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his center right administration.

NEWS WATCH: UN Says 1,000 Die In Ukraine Since Ceasefire;US Concerned


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

donetskimageKIEV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden has arrived in Ukraine, where he was to announce an increase in American nonlethal aid for the nation’s fight against pro-Russian separatists amid a rising death toll, though talks about more serious weapons were not excluded. His arrival came after the United Nations said nearly 1,000 people have been killed in Ukraine since a ceasefire was agreed between the fighting parties in September.

BosNewsLife MISSION WATCH: Missionaries Print Gospels In Ukraine Amid Fears Of World War III


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

downloadKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)--Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, May 9, arrived in the Crimean Peninsula he annexed from Ukraine, after a Christian mission group said it would distribute hundreds of thousands of 'Gospel of Luke' Bible books in the region to help ease tensions amid fears of a new world war.

NEWS WATCH: US Forces Land In East Europe Amid Deadly Clashes In Ukraine


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- ukrainenowwThe first contingent of American troops has landed in Poland for military exercises amid regional security concerns over nearby Ukraine, where officials said at least five people have died in clashes.

NEWS WATCH: America's Biden Warns Russia Against "Illegal Occupation"

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- U.S Vice Biden President Joe Biden has warned Russia to end what he called the illegal occupation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as the West is preparing more sanctions against Russian officials. During his visit to Ukraine, he also unveiled a multi-million dollar aid package to support the country's embattled government, while urging Kyiv to crackdown on rampant corruption.