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Bombardier cuts 600 jobs in Northern Ireland due to virus downturn

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:00 AM

'We must adjust our core workforce levels downwards by around 400 to align with market demand,' says a Bombardier spokesman

BOMBARDIER. A business aircraft. Photo from Bombardier website

'Brexit election' raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ran the campaign on the promise to 'get Brexit done' — a simple but effective message with profound implications for Britain's most politically volatile region

BREXIT MOVEMENT. United Kingdom and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalized in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International says the change 'is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland – one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare'

DECRIMINALIZED. Pro-choice supporters pose as they gather at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on October 21, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejects the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax rules

NO DEAL BREXIT PROTESTS. Demonstrators from 'Border Communities Against Brexit' attend an anti-No Deal Brexit protest at the Carrickcarnon border crossing on the road between Dundalk, Ireland on October 16, 2019, and Newry in Northern Ireland. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Pelosi vows to thwart U.S.-UK trade deal if Brexit risks Irish peace

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Any trade agreement needs the green light from US Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill – has made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

Aug 01, 2019 - 1:53 PM

'The Prime Minister made clear that the UK would be leaving the EU on October 31st come what may,' says a Downing Street spokesperson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

Tourists follow 'Game of Thrones' trail in Northern Ireland

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Northern Ireland has now become one of the most visited countries thanks to the hit HBO show

French Game of Thrones fans, Claire Pottier (L) and Hugo Chivard (R), from Normandy, take part in archery at the Castle Ward Estate in Strangford, northern Ireland, on April 17, 2019 the location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones, and one of the many locations used by the hit HBO show across the province. - Since Game of Thrones began its rise to prominence in 2011, fans have started to flock on a pilgrimage to Northern Ireland to visit the coastal caves and ruined castles where much of the HBO production was shot. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)

Two teenagers arrested after killing Northern Ireland journalist

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) Detectives hunting the gunman has released footage of the unrest, hoping that the community would help trace her killers

JOURNALIST. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Jess Lowe

Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:21 PM

"Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night," Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton says in a statement

LYRA MCKEE. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast.Photo by Jess Lowe/Jess Lowe Photography/AFP

Police link Northern Ireland car bomb to 'New IRA'

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'The New IRA, like most dissident republican groups in Northern Ireland, is small, largely unrepresentative, and determined to drag people back to somewhere they don't want to be,' says Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief Mark Hamilton

CAR BLAST. Police forensic officers work at the scene in the aftermath of a suspected car bomb explosion in Derry, Northern Ireland, on January 20, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Theresa May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is accused of misleading MPs over her Brexit deal as her government published legal advice likely to increase opposition to the agreement ahead of a crucial vote next week

PRESSURE. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Main points of the draft Brexit agreement

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A quick look at the key provisions of the 585-page draft Brexit deal


UK, EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

EU offers UK a sweetener before difficult Brexit summit

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:52 PM

To break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations, an EU negotiator offers to extend the transition period

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A dispute over the Irish border scuppers talks in Brussels, but both sides say they are confident of reaching an agreement later this week

NO AGREEMENT. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker give a press conference as they meet for Brexit negotiations on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The outages mainly affect the south and west of Ireland

AFTER OPHELIA. Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Ireland’s southwest city of Cork, on October 17, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

Brexit negotiators clash as talks resume

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier insists that he would not discuss Theresa May's call for a two-year post-exit transition deal until there was progress on key issues

European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier (R) and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis give a joint press conference during the negotiation of Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

EU warns Britain to 'start negotiating seriously'

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:23 AM

3rd UPDATE The EU says there has to be sufficient progress in 3 key areas – EU citizen rights Northern Ireland s border and the exit bill – before it can consider London s demand for talks on future ties in October

In this file photo, British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (L) is watched by European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain Michel Barnier during a press conference at The European Union Commission Headquarters in Brussels on July 20, 2017. Thierry Charlier/AFP

May strikes power deal with Northern Ireland's DUP

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The agreement with the ultra conservative Northern Irish party is signed after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election

WE'VE GOT A DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (C) as they arrive for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 26, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain bows to EU Brexit talks timetable

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:22 AM

In carefully choreographed talks EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit minister David Davis agree to discuss divorce issues before negotiations on a future trade deal can start

TALKS START. British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (R) and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier leave after addressing a press conference at the end of the first day of Brexit negotiations at the European Commission in Brussels on June 19, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

5 challenges facing next British PM

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Whoever ends up becoming Britain s new prime minister faces a daunting 5 years in office Here are the 5 main challenges ahead

WHO'S THE NEXT PM? This combination picture shows opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) voting in north London and British Prime Minister Theresa May voting in Maidenhead on June 8, 2017 during  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

Myanmar army chief compares Rohingya crackdown to N. Ireland

May 12, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The military campaign leaves hundreds of Rohingya dead and forced some 75 000 to flee across the border to Bangladesh bringing harrowing accounts of rape torture and mass killings by soldiers

File photo of Rohingya migrants AFP PHOTO/ Romeo Gacad

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:59 PM

EU leaders say talks on a future trade deal with Britain can only start once London agrees divorce terms on citizens rights its exit bill and Northern Ireland

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Sinn Fein declares Northern Ireland talks over despite UK hopes

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:26 AM

After 3 weeks of negotiations to form a power sharing executive in the province the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein says that no deal has been reached

A picture shows the Parliament Buildings, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 4, 2017. Pal Faith/AFP

Irish fighter turned peacemaker McGuinness dies – party

Mar 21, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Northern Ireland s former deputy first minister and one time IRA commander Martin McGuinness has died aged 66 his party Sinn Fein says

FIGHTER, PEACEMAKER. This file photo taken on January 27, 2005 shows Martin McGuinness looking on during a press conference in London. Jim Watson/AFP

PM keeps suspense over Brexit trigger

Mar 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

3rd UPDATE After speculation that she would start the withdrawal process this week Theresa May says she would fulfill her promise to do it by the end of March

UK PARLIAMENT. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scotland takes a step towards new independence vote

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED First Minister Sturgeon says the new independence referendum could be held between late 2018 and early 2019 once the outline of the Brexit agreement becomes clear but before Britain actually leaves the EU

DIVIDED? A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

Britain, Ireland step in to end Northern Ireland stalemate

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:28 AM

This comes as political parties in Northern Ireland start a 3 week countdown to form a power sharing executive following Thursday s March 2 election

A picture shows the Parliament Buildings, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 4, 2017. Pal Faith/AFP

Clock ticking for Northern Ireland rivals after fractious vote

Mar 05, 2017 - 7:59 AM

In a historic shake up unionist parties lost their absolute majority in Northern Ireland s legislature for the first time since the province s creation in 1921

A man cycles past a mural on the Catholic Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 4, 2017. Paul Faith/AFP

Northern Ireland votes in fractious snap election

Mar 02, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The two main parties both claim they want a fresh power sharing government installed as soon as possible but the enmity between them seems entrenched with neither side prepared to give ground

A 'No Entry' sign is pictured in front of the Parliament Buildings, Stormont in Belfast on January 16, 2017. Paul Faith/AFP

Judges rule UK parliament must approve start of Brexit

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:50 PM

4th UPDATE Majority of the 11 Supreme Court judges agree that the national parliament has to be consulted but lawmakers in Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales have no say

PARLIAMENT. People walk by the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Deadlocked Northern Ireland set for snap elections

Jan 17, 2017 - 7:31 AM

If after the elections the largest Protestant British Unionist and Catholic Irish nationalist parties cannot agree to form a new executive the province could end up being governed from London

A 'No Entry' sign is pictured in front of the Parliament Buildings, Stormont in Belfast on January 16, 2017. Paul Faith/AFP

British PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

UPDATED Theresa May will call on the devolved administrations to commit to working fully with the British government in a bid to enhance prosperity and security Downing Street says in a statement

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016 ahead of Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons.  Adrian Dennis/AFP

Federalism not the only way to empower local governments – experts

Oct 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

As the Philippines mulls shifting to federalism global experts gather in a forum in Makati to share the challenges of federalism in their countries

Day 1 of the Global Autonomy, Governance & Federalism forum at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on October 19, 2016.

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Jul 25, 2016 - 1:05 PM

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British PM heads to Northern Ireland for Brexit talks

Jul 25, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Theresa May is due in Belfast for talks with Northern Ireland s First Minister Arlene Forster and her deputy Martin McGuinness

British Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a joint press conference after talks with the German chancellor at the chancellery in Berlin on July 20, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Brexit won't impact 'Game of Thrones' – HBO

Jun 28, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Analysts have argued that since Game of Thrones films in Northern Ireland in the UK and is partly funded by European grant programs there would be an expected impact on the show s production HBO debunks this

FILMING 'GAME OF THRONES.' After a historic referendum in which the UK voted to leave the EU, analysts have warned of potential impacts on the film & TV industry who have mounted productions in the UK – including 'Game of Thrones.' Photo shows a moment behind the scenes with actors Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy). Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO, courtesy of HBO Asia

'I'm still alive' jokes Queen Elizabeth on Northern Ireland visit

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:36 PM

The dry remark follows a dramatic few days for Britain that have seen the prime minister resign the pound hit a 30 year low and England defeated by Iceland in a shock football rout

In this handout image received from the Northern ireland Office on June 27, 2016, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (L) at Hillsborough Castle, south of Belfast on June 27, 2016 on the start of a two day visit to the province. Northern Ireland Office / Aaron McCracken/Harrisons 07778/AFP

Liam Neeson warns Brexit would damage Ireland

Jun 22, 2016 - 10:19 AM

The Taken actor says that Britain leaving the EU is a step backwards economically for Ireland

LIAM NEESON. The actor warns against Britain leaving the European Union, saying that it could have a negative impact on the Irish economy. File photo show him at the presentation of 'Run All Night' in Madrid in March 2015. Photo by Angel Diaz/EPA

Ireland marks centenary of revolt that led to independence

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:49 AM

The anniversary prompts debate over how best to mark the armed nature of the uprising – an aspect which was controversial in 1916 and remains so today

LOOKING BACK. A young boy runs his hands along a wall which has the 1916 proclamation engraved into it in Arbour Hill cemetery where the executed leaders of the Easter rising are buried in Dublin, Ireland, March 24, 2016. Aidan Crawley/EPA

Ex-British soldier is first arrest in N.Ireland Bloody Sunday probe

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:18 PM

It is the first arrest since a murder investigation was opened in 2012 into the killings of 13 civil rights protesters in the streets that day

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Oct 21, 2015 - 8:15 PM

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Britain's Prince Charles meets Irish republican leader

May 20, 2015 - 9:29 AM

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan says Charles s visit will celebrate Irish British ties while also acknowledging more difficult moments from the past

HISTORIC HANDSHAKE. An historic moment as Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles (L) shakes hands with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams during his visit to the National University of Ireland in Galway, Republic of Ireland May 19, 2015. Brian Lawless/EPA

Queen Elizabeth: Fixing division in Scotland 'will take time'

Dec 25, 2014 - 3:35 PM

UPDATED In a speech dedicated to the theme of reconciliation the queen also celebrates progress towards peace in Northern Ireland

ANNUAL TRADITION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace in central London, on December 10, 2014. John Stillwell/Pool/AFP

Former Ireland prime minister Reynolds dies aged 81

Aug 21, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Current taoiseach Enda Kenny: Albert Reynolds brought an energy and drive to the development of business and economic growth during his tenure in office as minister for industry and as minister for finance

REYNOLDS. A file photo dated July 2010 of former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds whose death is announced 21 August 2014. Reynolds, who played a key role in advancing the Northern Ireland peace process, was 81. Aidan Crawley/EPA

Queen Elizabeth visits ‘Game of Thrones' set, doesn't sit on throne

Jun 24, 2014 - 10:18 PM

She was however presented with a miniature version of her own

Dozens of youths treated at N.Ireland rave

Feb 07, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Many of the youths were showing general signs of feeling unwell and were vomiting frequently

UK to Filipinos: Rally behind Bangsamoro deal

Jan 30, 2014 - 6:01 PM

This is the best way to quell groups described by the government as spoilers UK s top diplomat says during his Philippine trip