NEWS WATCH: Ukraine, Russia Sign Controversial Deal

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

presidentsKYIV/MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine and Russia have signed a major economic trade deal, despite massive protests in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, for European Union integration , with Moscow promising massive financial assistance and cuts in natural gas prices.

Philippines Concerns Over Christian Hostages As Fighting Intensifies

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By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by Correspondent Alastair Wanklyn

philippinesZAMBOANGA CITY (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of residents, including many Christians, remained trapped or were held hostage as fighting intensified in the Southern Philippines Saturday, September 14, between government forces and Muslim separatists in suburbs of Zamboanga city.

NEWS WATCH: Serbia, Kosovo Peace Talks Breakdown

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serbiakosovoBRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have failed to come to an agreement on the status of Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, though they do not rule out an accord later this month.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Prime Minister Resigns Amid Economic Crisis

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KIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine is facing political uncertainty after the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his Cabinet Monday. The president has asked the prime minister to stay on as interim leader as the country prepares for talks with international lenders on multi-billion-dollar financial assistance to help overcome its economic crisis.

NEWS WATCH: ‘Hungary To Strike IMF-Loan Deal’, Says Deputy PM

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest, Hungary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary believes it will soon sign an International Monetary Fund-led deal on billions of dollars in financial assistance to help the nation overcome its deepest economic crisis in years, the country's deputy prime minister told BosNewsLife.

NEWS WATCH: Clinton Questions Hungary’s Democratic Credentials

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has raised concerns with Hungary's government about legislative measures that critics claim limit press freedom and reduce powers of previously independent institutions. Clinton also expressed solidarity with pro-democracy activists in Egypt, where she says the U.S. will re-open talks with the controversial Muslim Brotherhood group.

NEWS WATCH: Dutch Government Collapses Over Afghanistan Mission


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Persco 22 janAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- The Dutch coalition government has collapsed amid a political row over whether to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan. Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was due to submit his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix later Saturday, leaving the future of its 1,600 soldiers stationed there uncertain.