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Boris Johnson backs Donald Trump on North Korea

Boris Johnson has backed Donald Trump's approach to the North Korean crisis - but urged the US president to stick to the Iran nuclear deal.

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Alex Kane

Swann’s conference speech left us with more questions than answers

Robin Swann became leader of the UUP at the worst possible time. Mike Nesbitt’s plan for a rebuilt, re-energised party had come crashing to the ground in March’s Assembly election, taking Nesbitt as the main casualty.

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SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said direct rule appeared to be on the cards

Eastwood: Time for DUP and Sinn Fein to come clean on talks

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called on the DUP and Sinn Fein to “come clean” and publish what progress they have made in the talks process.

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The 1987 IRA 
Enniskillen Poppy Day massacre at a Remembrance Day service which killed 11 people.  A nurse who volenteered to help in the aftermath asked Lord Eames: 'Where is God in all this?'

Lord Eames – As the dead and injured of Enniskillen were brought in, a nurse asked me: ‘Where is God in all of this?’

In this extract from his book, LORD EAMES recounts how the 1987 IRA bombing led him to ponder a recurring question of the Troubles:

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Former US president Bill Clinton arriving at the Culloden Hotel near Holywood for private engagements incluging a meeting with DUP leader Arlene Foster.  Earlier on Tuesday, he criticised Brexit in a speech in Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: Clinton is always welcome in NI but he patronised us over Brexit

Bill Clinton has shown a close interest in Northern Ireland since that memorable night in 1995 when he turned on the Christmas lights in Belfast.

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A section of the audience at Saturday's Ulster Unionist Party conference. 

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

SF wrongly suggests Irish language act in Agreement

Sinn Fein has accused the UUP of now opposing the Belfast Agreement because the party opposes something which was never even mentioned in the 1998 agreement.

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Leader Robin Swann during the Ulster Unionist Party Conference 2017  at the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Give us voluntary coalition to end this farce, says Swann

The unionist party which negotiated the Belfast Agreement has called for one of its key elements to be altered in light of the continued failure to resurrect devolved government in Northern Ireland.

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Leader Robin Swann with his wife after his speech to the Ulster Unionist Party conference in Armagh

Sam McBride: Air of defiance from a party vowing to stay and fight

The subdued mood on Saturday at its conference in Armagh was inevitable after a horrific electoral year for the UUP.

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Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann delivering a speech during the Ulster Unionist Party conference in Armagh

UUP leader Swann urges move to Stormont voluntary coalition

The government must start the process of moving Northern Ireland from mandatory powersharing structures to a system of voluntary coalition, the Ulster Unionist leader has told his annual conference.

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Caitriona Ruane

‘Big questions’ hover over how republican spent five-figure sum of public cash

It remains unclear exactly how a republican political figure has spent tens of thousands of pounds she had received from the Assembly – money which was paid to her despite the fact she quit as an MLA 10 months earlier.

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Lord Trimble

Trimble: Sinn Féin is threatening the Belfast Agreement

Sinn Féin “adventurism” is threatening the 1998 Belfast Agreement, its main unionist architect, Lord Trimble, has said.

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Stormont has not been the seat of government since January.

Sam McBride: The paradox at the heart of our broken politics

There is a central paradox at the heart of our politics.

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North Antrim MLA Robin Swann

Swann’s concern at continued failure to inspect RHI boilers

The MLA who chaired the Assembly’s investigation into the RHI scandal has said that he cannot understand why Stormont has not yet started an audit of every RHI installation.

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WATCH: Gerry Adams heckled over €30 bottle of wine

Sinn Fein President and T.D., Gerry Adams, was heckled by opposing politicians in the Irish parliament on Thursday after suggesting members of the cabinet spend €30 on bottles of wine.
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Trevor Ringland.

Trevor Ringland: Northern Ireland is as British as Finchley but it is also as Irish as Cork

Increasingly it feels like a relatively small number of people on this island are involved in a “long war” while the vast majority of us are more focussed on a “long peace”.

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Lord Kilclooney: We must prepare for no Brexit deal

Lord Kilclooney: We must prepare for no Brexit deal

The negotiations with EU are not progressing well.

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Stephen and Breege Quinn holding a photo of their murdered son Paul

Paul Quinn murder: ‘There was nothing left of Paul to fix after IRA beating’

A south Armagh man who was “crucified” by the IRA 10 years ago today was so badly beaten that doctors told his mother “they left nothing for us to fix”.

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Sinn Fein's Conor Murpy claimed Paul Quinn was a criminal while a Stormont minister in 2007

Paul Quinn murder: Parties turn on SF – 10 years on

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty said Paul Quinn’s murder was carried out by members of the IRA – the killing taking place 10 years ago today.

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Catriona Ruane said she had given her salary to charities

SF disowns issue of ex-MLA’s £55,500 salary as she finally quits post

Sinn Fein has said the fact one of its former MLAs was still claiming a five-figure salary from the Assembly long after giving up her seat was nothing to do with the party.

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Gerry Adams

Adams to Irish PM: Make clear direct rule can’t return

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said the Irish premier Leo Varadkar “needs to make it clear” there will be no return to direct rule.

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