MISSION WATCH: Dozens Die In Balkans Worst Flooding; Christian Workers Rush

By Stefan J. Bos with additional reporting by Laura Ieraci water BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis appealed for prayers for the victims of floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, while Christian aid workers rushed to the region, amid reports that as many as 40 people have drowned over the last three days.

WORLD WATCH: Thousands of Migrants Stuck in Serbia as Winter Sets In

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Tensions are rising in the Balkans on the day the U.N.'s migration agency announced that 90 people apparently drowned after a smuggler's boat carrying mostly Pakistani migrants capsized off Libya's coast.

WORLD WATCH: Serbia’s President in Croatia Amid Tensions, Protests

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is in neighboring Croatia trying to ease mounting tensions between the two Balkan rivals stemming from their 1990s war.

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.

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.

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: Heat Wave Causing Misery in Europe

Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio:RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest picturenowBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Central and Eastern Europe is trying to overcome a stubborn heat wave that has overshadowed Europe's largest music festival and caused wild fires in the Balkans.

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: Serbia, Kosovo Peace Talks Breakdown

Listen to BosNewsLife's report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife serbiakosovoBRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have failed to come to an agreement on the status of Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, though they do not rule out an accord later this month.

BREAKING NEWS: Macedonia Sentences Orthodox Archbishop To 3 Years Jail

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife bishopSKOPJE/BELGRADE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A Macedonian court sentenced the archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) in Macedonia to three years in prison on what his denomination and activists called Wednesday, July 3, "false charges" of money laundering, while fourteen co-defendants received suspended jail terms.

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