NEWS WATCH: Putin: ‘Ceasefire Agreed’ In Ukraine After Talks In Minsk

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife KIEV/MINSK (BoputinnsNewsLife)-- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, February 12, that a ceasefire had been agreed in eastern Ukraine, starting February 15.

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

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.

Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife rememberingYEREVAN, ARMENIA (BosNewsLife)-- Ceremonies have begun in Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Several leaders remembered what Pope Francis and other officials view as the first genocide of the 20st century. There was a moment of reflection when a giant church bell reverberated over the square.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine, Russia Sign Controversial Deal

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 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.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine President Accepts Resignation Government Amid Protests

Listen to this BosNewsLife report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife parliamentKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine's embattled President Viktor Yanukovich has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his entire Cabinet, as anti-government protests spread across the country.

Christian Convert Faces 10 Years Imprisonment In Kazakhstan

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos KAZAKHSTAN_-_Union_ChurchASTANA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A court in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan has begun hearing the case against a Kazakh Christian convert who could face a long prison term on charges of "inciting religious hatred". Yqylas Qabduaqasov, 54, an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, was brought to the courtroom in the capital Astana Friday, October 9, in handcuffs, reporters said.

NEWS WATCH: NATO Pressured as 230,000 Flee Battles in Eastern Ukraine

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLifeREUTERS462447_Articolo KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- The NATO military alliance has come under pressure to increase security as hundreds of thousands of people flee battles between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian Rebels Give Presents To Enemy On Christmas Day

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife UkrainiansoldierdecoratesKIEV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Some pro-Russian rebels have used the Orthodox Christmas to reach-out to their enemy in eastern Ukraine. With Jesus saying in the Bible: "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you," they gave Christmas presents to Ukrainian troops. It happened while they provided safe passage to some 50 Ukrainian soldiers.

NEWS WATCH: New Clashes In Ukraine

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Anti-government protest in Ukraine KYIV/BUDAPEST (Vatican Radio)-- A tense calm has returned to the streets of Ukraine's capital Kyiv's following clashes between pro and anti-government demonstrators. It comes at a time when protesters are remembering those who died in more than two months of unrest.

70th Anniversary Liberation Auschwitz Held Amid Controversy

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife AuschwitznowOSWIECIM, POLAND (BosNewsLife)-- Government leaders and survivors are among those marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet forces of Nazi-death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in ceremonies overshadowed by new concerns over rising anti-Semitism in Europe, and a row between Poland and Russia. Tuesday's event in Poland was expected to be the last big anniversary in which remaining elderly survivors would be able to come and pay their respects at the former camp, which became a symbol of the Holocaust.

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