By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- Protestant churches in Turkey condemned Friday, December 12, the introduction of a school book by the Ministry of Education, which they say encourages discrimination of minority Christians, despite Western concerns over increased violence against the country's non-Muslims.
By Eric Leijenaar, BosNewsLife Senior Special Correspondent reporting from the Netherlands AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (BosNewsLife)-- An influential Netherlands-based organization providing aid to persecuted Christians around the world will not celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which falls on Wednesday, December 10.
By BosNewsLife News Center BERLIN, GERMANY (BosNewsLife)-- A newborn baby was doing well Sunday, December 7, after his troubled mother laid him in the crib of a nativity scene on the altar of a church in southern Germany, in hopes that someone would find and care for him, church and police officials said.
Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife GDANSK/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has failed to end disagreements with leaders of nine eastern European nations on a plan to tackle global warming. Sarkozy tried to sell an ambitious EU climate package over the weekend to the prime ministers of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic.
By BosNewsLife News Center BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency on the Internet, BosNewsLife, has launched a new website (www.bosnewslife.com) and a strategic partnership with Worthy Ministries, an organization specialized in Christian news "and spreading the Gospel around the world," its founder confirmed Friday, December 5.
By BosNewsLife News Center ISTANBUL, TURKEY (BosNewsLife)-- There was uncertainty Wednesday, December 3, over the future of the world's oldest surviving Syriac Orthodox monastery in eastern Turkey, as local authorities and villagers have demanded part of its properties, an advocacy group told BosNewsLife Wednesday, December 3.
By BosNewsLife Africa Service JOS, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm returned to the central Nigerian city of Jos Tuesday December 2, amid fresh allegations that suspected Muslim militants used a dispute over local elections to attack churches, leaving hundreds dead and thousands fleeing their homes, this weekend.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- The left leaning Social Democratic Party, the successor of the former Communist party, has won the most votes in Romania's first parliamentary elections since becoming a member of the European Union last year.
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST (BosNewsLife)-- Voters in Romania were electing a new parliament Sunday, November 30, amid concerns the global economic crisis will bring layoffs and painful austerity measures to the former Communist nation. Opinion polls showed that voters were likely to punish Romania's current pro-Western leaders who have been criticized as out of touch with Romanians.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- An influential Jewish group said Monday, November 10, that windows of a synagogue in eastern Hungary were smashed on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi-incited riots of Kristallnacht.In a statement, the Rabbinical Center of Europe confirmed that the incident took place late Saturday, November 8, in a synagogue of the Jewish Community Center in the Hungarian town of Debrecen, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital Budapest.Sunday. November 9, was the commemoration of Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," when 91 Jews were killed in violence whipped up by Nazi stormtroopers, while hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked in Germany and Austria. The Kristallnacht is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War Two. Some 600.000 Hungarian Jews were among those who perished in the Holocaust. "DAILY LIFE"The Rabbinical Center said anti-Semitic attacks were again "part of the daily life of Jews in Europe" and that it was necessary to educate young non-Jews about prejudice to combat its effects. Sunday's incident in Debrecen came amid concerns over rising right-wing extremism in Hungary and groups such as the Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, whose members wear uniforms resembling the Nazi-era. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for this weekend's attack on the Jewish synagogue. END