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Four years of brinkmanship at Northern Ireland's Brexit border

Warrenpoint - As the UK braces for the end of the Brexit transition period, the Northern Irish town of Warrenpoint reflects on four years at the heart of Britain's turbulent departure from the EU.

Biden on Brexit: pro-EU and pro-Irish

Washington - Joe Biden, with his defense of the Northern Ireland peace accord, has issued a warning to Britain over Brexit and support for an EU bruised by Donald Trump while making it clear he would preside over the Atlantic alliance.

Nobel laureate John Hume laid to rest in N.Ireland

Londonderry - John Hume, whose tireless efforts to bridge sectarian divides in Northern Ireland won him the Nobel Peace Prize, was buried in Londonderry Wednesday as tributes poured in from global icons ranging from Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama to Bill Clinton an...

Gerry Adams wins appeal against 1970s jailbreak convictions

London - Former Irish republican leader Gerry Adams on Wednesday won an appeal at Britain's Supreme Court against two convictions dating back to the darkest days of the violence in Northern Ireland.

Belfast's dividing walls united by virus tributes

Belfast - Northern Ireland's public walls have long been known for their towering murals, glorifying gunmen of the paramilitary groups that fought for decades over British rule.

Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

Dublin - Ireland's coronavirus crisis is often described as an "all-island" emergency, shared with the British territory of Northern Ireland -- a sign, some say, that the pandemic has bolstered the long-fraught case for unification.

Police charge man with murder of N. Irish journalist Lyra McKee

London - Police in Northern Ireland on Wednesday charged a middle-aged man with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

Couple make history with N.Ireland's first same-sex marriage

Carrickfergus - A Belfast couple on Tuesday made history by becoming the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland, following a landmark change in the law last year.

Swan song: N.Ireland looks to post-Brexit future

Violin-maker Martin McClean carves amber wood and plucks at delicate strings in his studio in Northern Ireland, surrounded by stacks of slender glinting tools and precious timber.

N.Ireland assembly reopens after 3-year deadlock

Belfast - Northern Ireland's assembly reopened on Saturday following three-year's of political deadlock after rival nationalist and unionist parties agreed to a new power-sharing deal with Brexit looming.

N.Ireland government returns after three-year suspension

Belfast - Northern Ireland's government will reopen for the first time in three years on Saturday after rival parties rallied around a new power-sharing agreement that can help the volatile province handle the pressures of Brexit.

N. Ireland parties revive power-sharing talks after UK vote

Belfast - Northern Ireland's squabbling parties met Monday in the hope of reviving their power-sharing regional government after three years, with the UK election having cleared the path to Brexit.

'Brexit election' feeds Northern Ireland's bitter divide

Belfast - Britain's "Brexit election" may be hardening opinion about Northern Ireland's status, widening a gulf that characterised the province's bloody and still unsettled sectarian past.

Gerry Adams challenges 1970s jailbreak convictions

Lawyers for Sinn Fein's former leader Gerry Adams appealed to Britain's highest court on Tuesday to try to overturn two convictions from the darkest days of the violence in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Dublin warns UK PM 'no amnesty' for soldiers in N.Ireland

Dublin - The Irish government said on Monday there must be "no amnesty" for British soldiers who committed crimes in Northern Ireland, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made historic prosecutions an election campaign issue.

Northern Ireland's DUP grabs spotlight in Brexit showdown

Belfast - Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has been at the heart of Britain's Brexit saga, and its annual conference Saturday will see it try to maintain its prominent role.

Gay rights across the globe

Paris - Thirty years after the first-ever gay civil unions in Denmark, same-sex marriages are today allowed in 28 countries, but homosexuality remains illegal in some parts of the world.

Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalised in N.Ireland

Belfast - Same-sex marriage and abortion laws in Northern Ireland were liberalised on Monday in a landmark shift for the province aimed at bringing it into line with mainland Britain but which has stoked resentment.

Abortion and gay marriage set to be legal in N Ireland

Belfast - Abortion and same-sex marriage are set to become legal in Northern Ireland, after a group of local lawmakers failed Monday in a last-minute bid to thwart the London-ordered liberalisation of the laws.

N. Irish lawmakers sit to oppose abortion reform

Belfast - A group of Northern Irish lawmakers will return to their parliament on Monday in a last-minute protest at the liberalisation of abortion laws, set to come into force after being decided by London for the suspended Belfast executive.

Main points of Northern Ireland's Good Friday Agreement

London - Britain's new proposals to break the Brexit deadlock largely focus on arrangements for the border between the Irish republic and Northern Ireland after the country leaves the EU.

Britain's Brexit tangle complicated by Belfast impasse

Dublin - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new plans to leave the European Union offer Northern Ireland's devolved government consent over new border arrangements with Ireland.

Court hearing for Bloody Sunday ex-soldier murder trial

Londonderry - A former British soldier charged with murdering two civilians in the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings faces an initial court hearing on Wednesday.

50 years on, N.Ireland still reckons with army killings

Lisburn - For many Britons, the soldiers who intervened in Northern Ireland 50 years ago this week are unsung heroes who tried to keep the peace in a region riven with sectarian tensions.To many Irish, they instead helped fuel the conflict.

Northern Ireland: when British troops moved in 50 years ago

Paris - British troops deployed into Northern Ireland for the first time 50 years ago after days of rioting in a Catholic heartland that later spread to Belfast and beyond.

Irish PM says no-deal Brexit could lead to united Ireland

London - A no-deal Brexit could lead to a united Ireland as more people in Northern Ireland would "come to question the union" with Britain, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said.

Cautious welcome in Belfast for abortion, gay rights vote

Belfast - In a Belfast alleyway, a poignant graffiti mural makes a promise to Northern Ireland's LGBT youth: "It won't always be like this. It's going to get better.

Thrilling yarn: tapestry depicts 'Game of Thrones' saga

Belfast - In a Belfast museum, seamstresses are at work depicting gory battles and warring kings in shimmering threads of red and gold -- an epic homage to the TV phenomenon "Game of Thrones".

Two in N. Irish court charged with rioting as journalist killed

London - Two men appeared in court on Saturday charged with rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry on the night a journalist was shot dead.

Funeral for young journalist shot dead in N.Ireland

Belfast - A journalist killed by a dissident republican paramilitary in Northern Ireland is to be laid to rest on Wednesday at a ceremony celebrating her life to be attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
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