Hungary Asks Court To Probe ‘Islamic State’ Crackdown On Christians

By BosNewsLife News Center with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bosministernow BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's foreign minister says his country has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the "brutal actions" committed against Christians by the Islamic State group.

NEWS WATCH: Kosovo Elections Overshadowed By Violence

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife serbiakosovo PRISTINA, KOSOVO (BosNewsLife)-- Less than half of Kosovo's 1.8 million voters have dared to participate in local elections, which have been overshadowed by violence. On the Serb-side of the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica a group of masked men broke into the main polling center.

NEWS WATCH: EU’s Ashton Expects Breakthrough In Kosovo Dispute

Listen to BosNewsLife via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife Catherine-AshtonPRISTINA/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Serbia and Kosovo are close to a deal to end the ethnic partition of the former Serbian province.

BosNewsLife Week in Review: Christians Killed, Jews Called ‘Security Risk’ By Extremists (Nov.25-Dec.2)

By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest bosnewslifelogo BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- BosNewsLife's November 25-December 2 news week began with a massive explosion as at least five people were killed and dozens injured when a suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a church inside the Jaji military barracks in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state.

NEWS WATCH: NATO Concerned Over Kosovo After Deadly Border Clashes

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRISITINA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency session to discuss Kosovo, where the NATO military alliance and the European Union are struggling to restore a tense peace after border clashes near Serbia killed one ethnic-Albanian policemen and injured four others. NATO says its peacekeepers have taken control of two contested border crossings, but concerns remain about the future.

NEWS WATCH: US Envoy Condemns Kosovo Partition Plans, Ethnic Tensions

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRISTINA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon has concluded a four-nation trip through the Balkans, where he expressed concern over ethnic tensions and unresolved war crimes. He also said the U.S. does not accept the partition of Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008.  

NEWS WATCH: Kosovo Prime Minister Claims Victory In Tense Elections

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRISTINA/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Incumbent Prime Minister Hashim Thaci claimed victory Sunday, December 12, in Kosovo's first parliamentary elections since it declared independence from Serbia, but the vote was overshadowed by ethnic tensions and allegations of fraud.

NEWS WATCH: ICJ: Kosovo Independence Does Not Violate International Law

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- The United Nations International Court of Justice has ruled that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 does not violate international law.

NEWS WATCH: Serbia Discovers Largest Mass Grave In Years

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife massgraveBUDAPEST/BELGRADE (BosNewsLife)-- Officials in Serbia say they have uncovered a mass grave containing the bodies of hundreds of ethic Albanians who were killed during the war of the 1990s in nearby Kosovo. It is one of the largest mass graves discovered in Serbia since 2001.

NEWS WATCH: Support for Balkans’ EU Membership Growing

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest hungminister1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The Visegrad Group of European Union Foreign Ministers have agreed to support Serbia and other western Balkan countries to become full fledged members of the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization, despite remaining nationalistic tensions in the region, even among officials. They made the decision at a special ministerial meeting in Budapest, Tuesday, October 6.

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