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Crispian Balmer

Crispian Balmer

    Mother Teresa will achieve sainthood this weekend - 19 years after her death
    Mother Teresa will achieve sainthood this weekend - 19 years after her death
    Affectionately called the "saint of the gutters" during her lifetime, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be made an official saint of the Roman...
    Israel says meeting heavy resistance within Gaza
    Israel says meeting heavy resistance within Gaza
    Israeli forces pounded multiple sites across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, including the enclave's sole power plant, and said it was meeting stiff...
    Israel bids farewell to divisive Sharon
    Israel bids farewell to divisive Sharon
    Israel paid homage to former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the first of two funeral services to be held on Monday for a man hailed as a war hero...
    Was Ariel Sharon the last leader able to bring peace?
    Was Ariel Sharon the last leader able to bring peace?
    As Israel prepares to bury former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, it might also be saying goodbye to the last man capable of enacting the sort of...
    White smoke signals new pope elected by cardinals
    White smoke signals new pope elected by cardinals
    The election came on the first full day of voting by the 115 cardinal-electors, who secluded themselves behind the Vatican's mediaeval walls on Tuesday afternoon –...
    'Diverse opinions' steer the election for the next pope
    'Diverse opinions' steer the election for the next pope
    The cardinals, including the 115 aged under 80 who will vote for the next pope, filed into St Peter's Basilica on Tuesday as choirs sang at the...
    Syria: Bombs kill at least 27 in Damascus
    Syria: Bombs kill at least 27 in Damascus
    Two explosions struck the heart of Damascus on Saturday, killing at least 27 people in an attack on security installations that state television...
    State TV reports on mass deaths in Syria bombing
    State TV reports on mass deaths in Syria bombing
    Two large explosions hit Damascus on Saturday, killing several security force personnel and civilians, state television reported, blaming what it...
    Netanyahu's war talk ups the ante in Iranian standoff
    Netanyahu's war talk ups the ante in Iranian standoff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's uncompromising speech to a pro-Israel lobby in Washington has persuaded the public back home that war with Iran...
    Leaks show Palestinians giving ground to Israel
    Leaks show Palestinians giving ground to Israel
    Palestinian negotiators secretly told Israel it could keep swathes of occupied East Jerusalem, according to leaked documents that show Palestinians...
    New layer of doubt cast over Middle East peace drive
    New layer of doubt cast over Middle East peace drive
    The path to Middle East peace, already strewn with an array of daunting obstacles, has now got one more hurdle to overcome.
    Israelis, Palestinians see deal in a year
    Israelis, Palestinians see deal in a year
    Israeli and Palestinian leaders failed in talks on Tuesday to resolve a dispute over Jewish settlement building but remain convinced they can reach...