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2008-09-16 12:00:00

By Kerry McKittrick Tonight at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh is a country music spectacular featuring some of the vocalists and musicians who successfully toured with 'Country Legends'. The show will feature superb tributes to great icons like Johnny Cash, George Jones and will introduce new tributes to Buck Owens and Merle Haggard and on the female side will cover Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Bill Joe Spears and Patsy Cline. Four vocalists and a live band that will re- create the...

2005-10-30 18:45:05

By Kevin Smith BELFAST (Reuters) - A pro-British paramilitary group in Northern Ireland said on Sunday it had ordered its armed units to stand down after rival guerrillas opposed to British rule scrapped their weapons earlier this year. In a statement, the outlawed Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) said the move was in response to the Irish Republican Army's (IRA) decision to give up the weapons that had sustained its campaign against British rule in the divided province. The IRA's...

2005-10-30 15:46:57

BELFAST (Reuters) - A murderous feud between rival Protestant paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland which claimed four lives over the past four months has ended, a statement from negotiators said on Sunday. The feud was called off after a week of talks between the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the rival Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) brokered by a group of community and church activists in Belfast. "Those initiating the process had the encouragement of many within political and...

2005-10-05 04:15:01

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to read former paramilitary Protestant leader instead of former Protestant leader - inserting dropped word) By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense...

2005-10-05 04:18:13

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense Association in March, was killed outside his home in Belfast, said sources among the armed factions. Police declined to give any details. Tensions are...

2005-10-04 20:29:56

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant guerrilla group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the British province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense Association (UDA) in March, was killed outside his home in Belfast, said sources among the armed factions. Police declined to give any details....

2005-09-14 07:30:00

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - The Protestant group blamed for instigating riots in Belfast at the weekend warned on Wednesday that Northern Ireland's pro-British community was resorting to violence because it felt sidelined by the government. The head of the Orange Order said the province's worst riots in decades reflected insecurity among Protestants who feel Britain is appeasing Irish Republican guerrillas who have made a show of peace moves but have yet to give up their...

2005-09-14 01:06:44

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it no longer considered two Protestant parmilitary groups to be observing ceasefires, after heavy rioting in Northern Ireland's capital at the weekend. The action is largely symbolic but officials said it was a clear signal to extremists that violence in the province, slowly emerging from three decades of violence in which 3,600 people were killed, would not be tolerated. Mobs hurled petrol bombs, set fire to hijacked cars and shot at...

2005-08-15 06:00:01

BELFAST (Reuters) - A man was shot dead near Belfast city center on Monday morning in what politicians said could be the fourth killing in a bloody feud between Protestant extremists who want Northern Ireland to remain British-ruled. The latest murder, in the tough Protestant Sandy Row neighborhood, comes after three men were recently killed as a result of feuding between "loyalists" -- so called because of their fiercely-professed allegiance to the British crown and hostility to a...

2005-08-04 10:18:43

By Kevin Smith BELFAST (Reuters) - With a cast of chillingly-nicknamed characters and an alphabet soup of rival factions, Northern Ireland's Protestant guerrilla groups have spent years locked in murderous infighting. Given the turbulence within these paramilitary groups, experts say, the pledge last week by their Irish Republican Army foes to dump arms and end violence is unlikely to bring any reciprocal moves from Protestant gunmen soon. Since 2000, feuds between warring "loyalists" --...


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