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World Briefs

02 August 2013


Burnt-out:  part of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, on Wednesday

Burnt-out:  part of a makeshift memorial outside the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, on Wednesday

Middle East talks to resume

THE prospect of securing peace in the Middle East has "never looked so daunting, but neither has it been so necessary", the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish, the C of E's lead bishop on the Middle East peace process, said last week, in a joint statement with his Roman Catholic counterpart, the Bishop of Clifton, the Rt Revd Declan Lang. The two Bishops met the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub, on Wednesday. This followed an announcement by the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, that Israeli and Palestinian leaders had established a basis for resuming negotiations. Talk are due to start in the next fortnight, and last for nine months.

Archbishop 'for difficult times' dies

THE Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, the Most Revd Philip Russell, died last Thursday in Australia, aged 93. Primate from 1980 to 1986, he was a strong supporter of civil rights. The current Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, said that Archbishop Russell had allowed himself to be nominated as an "interim Archbishop" after the electoral assembly failed to reach an agreement (it was "not quite ready" to appoint its first black Archbishop). He was "clearly God's man for those difficult times".

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