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June 18, 2009 | Henry Chu
More than 100 Romanians in Northern Ireland were left scrounging for shelter Wednesday after being driven from their homes in a spate of racist violence that has shocked a region still nursing the wounds of decades of sectarian conflict. Officials and community leaders in Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, roundly condemned the attacks, whose targets were ethnic Roma, or Gypsies, a minority group that has been subject to discrimination and mistreatment across Europe. No injuries were reported.
March 14, 2009 | Henry Chu
If anything was symbolic of Northern Ireland as a more hopeful, more harmonious work-in-progress, it was the tiny province's new police force. With more Roman Catholics in its ranks than ever before, a force that was a Protestant bastion and viewed as a harsh instrument of British rule has embarked on a slow-but-steady transformation into one dedicated to protecting the entire community. Where officers once patrolled in armored vehicles, they now ride in squad cars and on motorcycles.
October 19, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - The opening of Northern Ireland's first private abortion clinic Thursday in Belfast drew hundreds of noisy demonstrators, who hoisted placards with messages such as "Keep Ireland abortion-free. " The clinic, operated by Marie Stopes International, will offer sexual health and family planning advice and, in certain cases, treatment with nonsurgical abortion and follow-up counseling. "We understand the culture here in Northern Ireland; we don't want to change the culture … and have abortion on demand.
June 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to hold crisis talks on the Northern Ireland peace process to head off sectarian tensions and fears of new Irish Republican Army activity, officials said. Sectarian tensions are high in Belfast, where Protestant and Roman Catholic mobs have clashed almost nightly in recent weeks. Paramilitary groups are suspected of being behind the sectarian trouble that has seen civilians injured by gunfire and dozens of police officers wounded.
July 10, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Rioting in Northern Ireland sparked by clashes over the Protestant "marching season" grew into the province's most widespread violence in two years, putting peace talks on hold, threatening a resumption of sectarian warfare and prompting London to prepare about 1,000 troops for deployment to the region. The disturbances began Sunday when police stopped a Protestant fraternal organization from parading through a Roman Catholic neighborhood in Portadown, 25 miles south of Belfast.
July 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Tony Blair's emergency legislation to save the Northern Ireland peace process was passed by Britain's House of Commons today but failed to address Protestant leaders' concern about arms decommissioning. The Northern Ireland Bill passed its third reading in the House of Commons after eight hours of heated debate.
August 24, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The British government and the Roman Catholic Church conspired to cover up the suspected involvement of a local priest in a deadly triple bombing in Northern Ireland in 1972 that killed nine people, a new investigation into the attack found Tuesday. Despite strong evidence that Father James Chesney had a hand in the explosions that ripped through the village of Claudy in July 1972, police decided not to go after the priest but instead asked officials in London to work with church leaders in having him removed from the area.
August 11, 2000
Josias Cunningham, 66, who led Northern Ireland's top Protestant party. Cunningham was elected president of the Ulster Unionist Council, the governing body of the Ulster Unionist Party, in 1991. Last November he played a key role in resolving the party's debate over whether to join a new regional government with Sinn Fein, the political allies of the Irish Republican Army.
August 27, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
A friendly kiss goodnight probably made David Garnon a marked man. As he left his buddy outside a bar and crossed the street to go home, three youths who'd seen the men embrace accosted Garnon and showered him with verbal abuse. The taunts turned physical when one of the assailants began throwing punches. "I was walking home one minute. The next I was on the ground," said Garnon, 31, whose attackers sped away before he could pick himself up. A black eye and a swollen lip marred his face for days; his self-confidence as an openly gay man took longer to heal.
November 10, 1996 | LUCY IZON
The youth hostel association of Northern Ireland is offering budget travelers a special deal--six nights' accommodation and a bus pass to explore the country--for $88. You can purchase the Go-As-You-Please package at the Belfast International Youth Hostel at 22-32 Donegall Road, telephone 011-44-1232-315435. Beds are $15 per night, and the hostel offers bicycle storage, a restaurant, international pay phones and a TV lounge. There is no curfew.
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