Brunei Christians Fear Harsh Islamic Law

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with BosNewsLife
Asia Service
STAATSBEZOEK BRUNEIBANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, BRUNEI (BosNewsLife)-- Brunei's devoted Christians face a potential crackdown after the sultan introduced harsh Islamic punishments, including flogging and stoning to death, but Western nations appear reluctant to intervene. It is not clear when and if the law will impact commercial relations with key trading partners Netherlands and Britain, despite concerns raised within the United Nations.

NEWS WATCH: Russia’s Putin “Welcomes” Ukraine-EU Ties Amid Mediation Efforts

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Anti-government protest in Ukraine
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would welcome closer economic ties between the European Union and Ukraine, in what appears a departure from his previous stance.

Egypt Detains Prominent Christian Convert

By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

ChristianCAIRO, EGYPT (BosNewsLife)-- One of Egypt's most prominent converts to Christianity faced another day behind bars Wednesday, December 11, after prosecutors ordered his detention for allegedly "inciting religious strife".

Nigeria Militants Kill 23 For Disobeying Islamic Law; Christians Tense

By BosNewsLife Africa Service

eng_nigeria_clash_b_711099gABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- Minority Christians in northern Nigeria were on edge Thursday, January 24, after militants killed at least 23 people for disobeying Islamic religious law, known as Sharia, residents said.