NEWS WATCH: Ukraine’s Disabled Orphans Face Abuse, New Report Shows

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife DSC03846-copy-259x300 KIEV, UKRAINE-- With the world focused on war in Ukraine, many disabled children living there are apparently forgotten. International rights activists have expressed concern that thousands of minors are being condemned to live in orphanages and institutions where they face neglect and abuse.

BREAKING NEWS: Pope Calls Mass Killings Armenians ‘First Genocide’ Of 20th Century

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (BosNewsLife)-- In historic remarks Pope Francis marked the 100th anniversary of the mass killings of mainly Christian Armenians by calling it "the first genocide of the 20th century," a move that was expected to provoke anger in Turkey.

Ukraine Evangelicals “Persecuted, Killed” In Crimea

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent ukrainenoww KIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- One year after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia, Ukrainian Christians say they are still facing persecution there by pro-Russian separatists who already killed several believers.

NEWS WATCH: Thousands Mourn Assassinated Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ManyrememberMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) Tens of thousands of people have come out in Moscow to mourn former deputy prime minister and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot and killed late Friday. Many carried Russian flags and the photo of the 55-year-old politician, who was one of the most vocal opponents of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

NEWS WATCH: US, EU Concerned Over Ukraine Peace Agreement

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BRUSSELS/KEPA1654760_ArticoloIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The United States and the European Union have expressed caution about a new Ukraine peace agreement reached during talks in Minsk between the Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders. Thursday's accord includes a ceasefire starting Sunday, followed by the withdrawal of weapons, the establishment of a demilitarized zone and the exchange of prisoners.

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

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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.

70th Anniversary Liberation Auschwitz Held Amid Controversy

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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.

Pro-Russian Rebels Give Presents To Enemy On Christmas Day

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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: Ukraine foils Russian-backed terror plot

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos terror KIEV/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine’s security service says it has foiled a Russian-backed terrorist plot aimed at causing mass casualties in the capital Kiev. The alleged plot added to tensions between the West and Russia, which on Saturday threatened to retaliate for new sanctions and warned it would never give up the Crimean Peninsula it annexed from Ukraine.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Launches New Ceasefire; Peace Talks Uncertain

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Bos NewsLife ukrainenoww KIEV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- A ceasefire called by President Petro Poroshenko has begun in eastern Ukraine as part of efforts to revive a much-violated truce with pro-Russian separatists, but it remained unclear whether a peace meeting would go ahead as planned on Tuesday.

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