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A disturbing turn in the NW, as the PSNI is target of criticism

Events in Londonderry have taken a disturbing turn.

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Fully backing Dublin against Britain over the Irish border:  EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier,  European Commission President Jean Claude Juncke and German chancellor Angela Merkel

Ben Lowry: Northern Ireland is still at risk of a disastrous internal UK border at Irish Sea

The threat of a border in the Irish Sea not only remains, but is rising.

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England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford looks dejected as team mates applaud fans after losing the FIFA World Cup, Semi Final match to Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. England have not won the World Cup since 1966 and have long been underdogs in football. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: From teenage England critic to gutted World Cup fan

As a boy and well into my teens and 20s, I wanted to see England lose in football games.

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Protestors will always be free to protest, but Trump would be welcome in NI

Demonstrators gathered in central Belfast yesterday in protest at Donald Trump’s UK visit.

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Twelfth of July parade passes through Ballyclare town. There were 17 Twelfth venues around the Province in 2018, and the BBC could have done several hours of live coverage

Ben Lowry: Not enough Twelfth on TV

For the first time in years I felt unable, due to migraine, to get into Belfast to see the Twelfth parade before going to work.

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Stephen Farry, the Alliance Party deputy leader and MLA for North Down. He is the party's Brexit spokesperson

Stephen Farry: The Brexit white paper is a grand delusion which EU will reject

The Brexit white paper published by the government is a grand delusion.

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Another glorious Twelfth is enjoyed across the Province

It was yet another glorious Twelfth of July yesterday.

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Chris Smyth, who  is an Ulster Unionist councillor on Fermanagh and Omagh district council

Chris Smyth: Romanticising IRA terrorism sends out a message that murder was OK

At 9.23 pm, Saturday 7th July, former Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams posted the following tweet:

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Thrills and joy, then sadness as England doesn’t quite make it

It did seriously think about coming home, but I’m afraid it’s not quite made it this time.”

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George Larmour, whose brother John Larmour was an RUC man shot dead by the IRA

Truth or justice may never come, but we can still keep loved ones’ memories alive

A few years after the end of World War Two, a heartbroken father published a story based on what his young daughter wrote in her diary during her years in hiding with her family in Amsterdam during 1942 to 1944

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Sinister republican elements behind targeting of Protestant residents

Few communities in Northern Ireland suffered during the Troubles to the extent that Protestants on the west bank of the River Foyle in Londonderry did, and few have shown as much courage and resilience.

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Rebels should think of consequences before launching coup

Theresa May’s position as prime minister hasn’t looked this vulnerable since that disastrous night in June last year, when she unexpectedly lost her majority at the general election.

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Prime Minister Theresa May pictured leaving Stormont Castle.''Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Now is the most perilous moment May has yet faced

No-one can any longer be fooled by the claim that the Cabinet is totally and irrevocably united about the new Brexit blueprint, announced by the Prime Minister at the brainstorming Chequers meeting on Friday.

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Road racing is in their blood, it’s what they want to do

The Portrush golfer Graeme McDowell summed up both the dangers and the thrills of motorcycle road racing when he paid tribute to William Dunlop during his post Irish Open press conference in Co Donegal yesterday.

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Theresa May addresses members of the Cabinet during Friday's meeting at Chequers to thrash out an agreed Brexit position

A soft Brexit would be no hardship for the DUP

Almost two years ago, three weeks after the EU referendum, I first voiced my concern that Brexit – in the sense of a clear, clean break between the EU and the UK – was problematic.

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Dramatic day for UK politics, with unknowable impact

It was a dramatic day politically for Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom yesterday.

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As of late Friday night there were no resignations. Above, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves Chequers, the Prime Minister's official country residence in Buckinghamshire, following the cabinet meeting to discuss Brexit. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ben Lowry: An uncertain end to latest chapter in the highly complex Brexit saga

At the time of this newspaper going to press late this evening, no-one had resigned from the Cabinet over Theresa May’s UK-EU proposal.

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Sandra Chapman

Water crisis temporarily dilutes other vital issues

A hose pipe ban is a bit of a shock to the system.

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Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity American chef and traveller and programme maker who killed himself in France last month, aged 61

Bourdain’s love of food and travel helped reveal our shared humanity

The late chef and traveller Anthony Bourdain was an inspiration to MICHAEL AVILA, a Californian living in Northern Ireland

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Unless there is a clever plan, a happy Brexit summit today is unlikely

Not for the first time since the Brexit referendum of June 2016, today is set to be one of a number of days after that vote in which it can plausibly be said that we are at a turning point in British history.

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