BREAKING: Islamic State Claims Deadly Church Shooting In Russia’s Dagestan Region

By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
MOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on churchgoers in Russia's predominantly Muslim Dagestan region that killed at least five people and injured five more. Video footage showed people panicking as gunfire reverberated around a Russian Orthodox church in the Dagestan city of Kizlyar.

Thousands at Beautification of Lithuania’s Catholic martyr Matulionis

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.

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.

‘Russia Prosecuting Evangelical Christians’

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.

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

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: 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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