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Abortion referendum: ‘No’ campaigners in appeal to voters over ‘step too far’

Anti-abortion campaigners have made a last ditch effort to sway voters ahead of Friday’s referendum on legalising terminations in the Irish Republic.

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PSNI officers cleared of assault over detained man’s injuries

A man treated for wrist fractures following his arrest and detention by the PSNI has had his assault claim rejected by the police ombudsman (PONI).

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a lecture at Queen's University on Thursday and meets business leaders on Friday

‘No snub’ but Corbyn won’t meet NI Labour activists

Jeremy Corbyn will visit Belfast and Londonderry this week but has no plans to meet Labour activists in Northern Ireland.

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Ulster Unionist MLA and former Royal Irish captain Doug Beattie during a rally in Belfast in support of military veterans last April

Don’t make victims a sideshow in Troubles justice experiment: Beattie

Terror victims “should not be a sideshow” in any experimental justice initiative around legacy investigations, Doug Beattie has said.

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Theresa May is welcomed by her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev in Macedonia following a visit to Bulgaria

UK to produce proposals on avoiding a hard Irish border

A new UK government proposal to ensure there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit is expected to be published within weeks.

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A computer generated image of how the incinerator site would look

Civil service to appeal incinerator court ruling

A High Court ruling that civil servants acted outside of their powers by approving a waste incinerator facility near Belfast is to be appealed.

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Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley.  Photo: PA Wire

Desire to remain in UK is still strong: Bradley

There is no prospect of a border poll in Northern Ireland for the foreseeable future because the majority of people are happy to remain part of the UK, Secretary of State Karen Bradley has said.

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Royal Black Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr is to stand down after 10 years in the position

Leader of Royal Black Institution to stand down in June

The head of the Royal Black Institution has announced he will formally step down after 10 years as sovereign grand master.

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May told MPs: border poll a risk I’m not prepared to take

The government has played down reports that Theresa May fears a border poll would lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.

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Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable George Hamilton. Photo: Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire

Chief constable and police ombudsman criticised for collusion comments

A former RUC Special Branch officer has said many former police officers and innocent victims of terrorism will be “disappointed and confused” with the chief constable and police ombudsman after their comments about collusion yesterday.

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Sgt Teddy Dixon (closest, side on with gun) helping capture SS guards fleeing Dachau concentration camp in April 1945

Belfast soldier, 98, who helped liberate Dachau is honoured

A World War II survivor who served as a Belfast air raid warden before fighting his way across Europe with the US Army was honoured in his home city this week with a special luncheon.

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One of the houses burned out at Altnaveigh near Newry in 1922

Files shed new light on IRA’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ in border region

Details of nine IRA men who crossed the border to massacre six Protestant civilians near Newry in 1922 – and the attempts to cover up the atrocity – are contained in files that have been released by the Irish government.

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May: legacy investigations ‘patently unfair’ to Army veterans

Investigations into Northern Ireland’s troubled past are “patently unfair” in the way they only probe the activities of the security forces, the prime minister has said.

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Former soldiers taking part in a protest in London last year, calling for an end to prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans

No protection from prosecution for Armed Forces Troubles veterans

An effective ‘amnesty’ for soldiers involved in Troubles-related fatalities has not been included in a draft consultation document on dealing with the past.

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Barney Fitzpatrick served almost 38 years in the RUC and PSNI before becoming a local councillor

Barney Fitzpatrick ‘a quick wit and a peace maker’

The funeral of former police chief superintendent Barney Fitzpatrick, one of the first officers to be shot by the IRA during the Troubles, has taken place in his home town of Portstewart.

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Cliftonville's players bow their heads during the playing of the national anthem before Saturday's game at the National Stadium Windsor Park Belfast.  Photo: David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

‘Nationalists only’ label attached to Cliftonville team after protest: McCausland

A Cliftonville team protest against the playing of God Save The Queen at Irish Cup final on Saturday sent out a message “that this team only fields nationalists,” a former Stormont sports minister has said.

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‘I’m ashamed at my church over Enniskillen memorial refusal’

The wife of an Enniskillen Poppy Day bomb survivor says she is “ashamed” at her church’s rejection of a permanent memorial to the 12 victims.

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Tim McGarry, centre, with staff and inmates from Maghaberry Prison this week

At last ... Da from Give My Head Peace behind bars

Blame Game host and stand-up comedian Tim McGarry has had a spell behind bars – watching inmates perform a ‘Give My Head Peace’ sketch and meeting staff at Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn.

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Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson

EU cross-border funds to aid Northern Ireland post-Brexit

A pledge from the European Commission to continue funding cross-border projects in Northern Ireland after Brexit has been welcomed by all three NI MEPs.

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Lord Kilclooney's tweet was published in the wake of Leo Varadkar's visit to Northern Ireland on Monday

Former UUP colleagues round on Kilclooney over ‘Indian’ tweets

Senior Ulster Unionist figures have hit out at former deputy leader Lord Kilclooney over a number of tweets they branded “racist” and “unacceptable”.

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