NEWS WATCH: Ukraine: ‘Rebels Heard Shooting Down Malaysia Plane; 298 Killed’

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent mourning KYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has released what it says are intercepted phone calls in which pro-Russian separatists admit to shooting down a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane, killing all 298 people on board. The Boeing 777 went down in eastern Ukraine while on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Most of the victims, 293 according to Dutch officials, came from the Netherlands.

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Orders Withdrawal Forces Amid Rising Tensions

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3  By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife  OBAMANOWWWWWW KYIV/AMSTERDAM (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of all its forces from Crimea, following the Russian takeover of the peninsula. Monday's announcement came while Western concerns over Ukraine was expected to dominate a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands.

NEWS WATCH: Dutch Prince Friso Dies After Ski Accident

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report's shorter version via Vatican Radio:  RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife News Center prince-friso-of-the-netherlands THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife) Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands, the younger brother of the new Dutch king, has died, 18 months after a skiing accident left him in a coma from which he never regained consciousness. He was 44

NEWS WATCH: UN Tribunal For Ex-Yugoslavia Marks 20th Anniversary Amid Controversy

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 king willem-alexanderBy Stefan J. Bos, Chief Internatonal Correspondent BosNewsLife THE HAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague has marked its 20th anniversary on Monday, amid concern about the future of some cases. Dutch King Willem-Alexander was among those invited to commemorate the occasion at a time when the United Nations court is under pressure to end its operations.

NEWS WATCH: The Netherlands Celebrates New King

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio click: KINGWILLEMVATICAN By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent reporting from Terschelling, Netherlands king-willem-queen-maxima TERSCHELLING, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- Tens of thousands of people crammed shoulder-to-shoulder outside crammed shoulder-to-shoulder outside the royal palace in Amsterdam where  Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated on Tuesday after a 33-year sometimes turbulent reign, handing over to her eldest son.

BREAKING NEWS: Dutch Queen Beatrix Abdicating; Son Becomes King (News Watch)

By BosNewsLife News Center imagesTHE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced Monday she is abdicating in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

Ireland Urged To Tackle Growing Persecution of Christians

By BosNewsLife Europe Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos petervandalen STRASBOURG,FRANCE (BosNewsLife)-- A Christian Europarliamentarian has urged Ireland to use its European Union presidency to tackle the world's "growing persecution of Christians."

NEWS WATCH: War Crimes Trial Resumes Of Croatian Serb Leader

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife GoranhadzicBUDAPEST/THE HAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- The trial of former Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic, the last fugitive sought by the United Nations Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, has resumed at The Hague.

NEWS WATCH: Bosnian Serb General Sentenced For Genocide

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife images BUDAPEST/THE HAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- A United Nations court has sentenced former Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir to life imprisonment for crimes committed during the Balkan war in the mid-1990s, including his involvement in killing thousands of Muslims.

BosNewsLife’s Week in Review: Worship Amid Deadly Blasts, Closing Churches, Saying Farewell (Oct.27-Nov.3)

By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- BosNewsLife's October 27-November 3 newsweek was marked by reports of deadly attacks against Christians, church closures, detentions, a violent storm and saying farewell to one of the news agency's own giants.

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