Tajikistan Raiding Church, Fines Pastor

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By BosNewsLife News Center DUSHANBE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in Tajikistan have fined a pastor after secret police raided a church service as part of a government-led campaign against Christians and other religious groups in the former Soviet nation, representatives told BosNewsLife.

‘Russia Prosecuting Evangelical Christians’

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By BosNewsLife News CenterMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The majority of those charged under "draconian religion laws" introduced in Russia in July last year have been devoted Christians, a new report claims.

Hungary Blacklists Dutch Journalist Stefan J. Bos, Founder BosNewsLife

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BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency BosNewsLife has condemned Hungary's right-wing government for "blacklisting" eight journalists, including its founder Stefan J. Bos, who also reports for other media.

NEWS WATCH: Moscow Warns of Escalation after US Closes Consulate, Missions

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Moscow is considering its response to what some Russian politicians have called a "diplomatic war" with the United States. The developments came after the U.S. ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and two trade missions in retaliation to what Washington called "unwarranted" Russian action.

Thousands at Beautification of Lithuania’s Catholic martyr Matulionis

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent VILNIUS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of people have gathered in Lithuania's capital Vilnius to attend the official beautification ceremony of Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis, whom became a symbol of persecution endured by Christians when the country was still part of the Soviet Union.

‘Saint Nicholas’ Bones In Russia After 1,000 years

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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: Hungary Remembers Soviet Tanks Crushing Freedom Fight Amid Divisions

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The day Soviet tanks crushed democracy, and the bitter battle over its legacy By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife in Budapest. A co-production with Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). yesrevolutionBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife/ABC)-- Millions in Europe have been remembering Soviet forces storming the streets of Budapest, killing thousands and crushing Hungary's fight for freedom in 1956. But as the country lurches to the political right under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the revolution is being recast as a patriotic fight against foreign domination … with the EU villainised as the new oppressor.

NEWS ALERT: Uzbekistan Christians Face More Danger After Death of Karimov; New Leader Appointed

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife karimovTASHKENT/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Over 210,000 Christians in Uzbekistan face more danger and uncertainty after Uzbekistan's parliament appointed Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev as interim president following the death of strongman leader Islam Karimov, missionaries told BosNewsLife.

Iran Detains Azeri, Iranian Evangelicals

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By BosNewsLife Middle East Service imagesTEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)-- Relatives and friends say three Azeri Christians and an Iranian Christian remain behind bars in Tehran, nearly a month after they were detained as part of a larger government-backed crackdown on evangelicals. Seperately, Iranian authorities released Amin Khaki from Ahvaz Prison, after he served part of a one-year sentence for "spreading Christianity" in this strict Islamic nation, supporters told BosNewsLife.

NEWS WATCH: Turkey Recalls Envoy After Germany Calls Armenian Massacre “Genocide”

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondentactivistsarmenia ISTANBUL/BERLIN (BosNewsLife)-- Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Germany to protest against the German Parliament's decision to declare the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide". The vote heightens German-Turkish tensions amid an ongoing refugee crisis.