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2006-01-11 09:05:26

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scrapped plans on Wednesday to allow fugitive Northern Ireland paramilitaries, on the run for attacks committed before a 1998 peace agreement, to return to normal life without fear of imprisonment. Dozens of people who had been involved in political violence in the British-ruled province prior to the Good Friday Agreement had been set to benefit from the amnesty. Many of them live in the neighboring Irish republic or the United...

2005-12-19 13:02:27

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on Britain on Monday to accept responsibility for a spying scandal which brought down Northern Ireland's fledgling government and exposed a key party member as a British agent. Adams was speaking after talks with Northern Ireland Minister Peter Hain in the wake of revelations that Sinn Fein veteran Denis Donaldson was a British spy for 20 years. The arrest in 2002 of Donaldson and two others accused of spying...

2005-12-19 12:26:32

BELFAST (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is due to hold talks with Britain's Northern Ireland minister later on Monday following revelations that a key figure in the party was a British spy for more than 20 years. The admission by party veteran Denis Donaldson on Friday that he had been a paid agent for British intelligence since the 1980s sent shock waves through Northern Ireland's political system and has sparked calls for a public inquiry. Donaldson, 55, who was cleared...

2005-12-04 09:53:34

By Jodie Ginsberg BELFAST (Reuters) - Hundreds of gay couples in Britain are preparing to make it official on Monday when they can apply for legal status under a new law allowing same-sex civil partnerships. The law will give homosexual couples the same property and inheritance rights as married heterosexual couples and entitles them to the same pension, immigration and tax benefits. After a two-week waiting period they will be able to legally register their partnerships for the...

2005-12-03 10:03:47

By Jodie Ginsberg BELFAST (Reuters) - Belfast gave soccer great George Best a hero's send-off on Saturday when tens of thousands turned out to pay their final respects to their local legend, who died last week after losing a highly public battle with alcoholism. Best, a former Northern Ireland and Manchester United winger mentioned in the same breath as Pele and Diego Maradona, died of multiple organ failure on November 25 after years of heavy drinking. He was 59. Thousands lined...

2005-12-03 09:02:32

By Jodie Ginsberg BELFAST (Reuters) - Tens of thousands turned out in Belfast on Saturday to bid farewell to George Best, Northern Ireland's local lad turned soccer legend who died last week after losing his battle with alcoholism. Best, who was mentioned in the same breath as soccer greats Pele and Diego Maradona, died of multiple organ failure on November 25 after years of heavy drinking. His sister, Barbara McNarry, paid tribute to "the beautiful boy of the beautiful game" during...

2005-11-28 12:23:17

BELFAST (Reuters) - George Best will be buried in his home town of Belfast on Saturday after a funeral service at Stormont, home to Northern Ireland's parliament buildings, his agent said on Monday. Thousands are expected to gather in the grounds of Stormont and line the streets leading to the 164-hectare estate on Saturday to pay tribute to the former Manchester United winger, who died on Friday. "The details are not finalised, but it will be at Stormont and it will be on...

2005-11-28 09:42:08

BELFAST (Reuters) - George Best will be buried in his home town of Belfast on Saturday after a funeral service at Stormont, home to Northern Ireland's parliament buildings, his agent said on Monday. Thousands are expected to gather in the grounds of Stormont and line the streets leading to the 164-hectare estate on Saturday to pay tribute to the former Manchester United great, who died on Friday. "The details are not finalised, but it will be at Stormont and it will be on Saturday,"...

2005-11-22 13:13:08

BELFAST (Reuters) - Police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with Northern Ireland's bloodiest single attack, the 1998 Omagh bombing that killed 29 people, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. The announcement came nearly three months after a court ruled that a man accused of making the bomb, electrician Sean Hoey, was to become the first person to face trial for murder over the attack. The police spokesman did not name the latest man arrested over the bombing, carried...

2005-11-16 08:20:00

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Change in Northern Ireland may be so slow it appears imperceptible, but the writing is on the wall for one of the most negative of its cultural traditions -- murals glorifying paramilitary violence. Often covering entire side walls of buildings, they are a common sight in working class areas of large towns, acting as a territorial marker, badge of victory or mark of sorrow in a country still deeply divided along religious and national lines. However,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.