Authorities conduct controlled explosion in Northern Ireland

Europe 01/21/19, 12:41

Authorities in Northern Ireland carried out a controlled explosion on a hijacked vehicle Monday amid heightened tensions in Londonderry following a weekend explosion outside a courthouse.Police suspect Irish Republican dissidents were behind the explosion Saturday in the city that took place after attackers hijacked a pizza delivery vehicle. Five men ...

Car bomb blast in Northern Ireland; no injuries reported

Europe 01/20/19, 06:11

Northern Ireland police and politicians have condemned a "reckless" car bombing outside a courthouse in the city of Londonderry.The device was placed inside a hijacked delivery vehicle and exploded Saturday night as police, who had received a warning, were evacuating the area. There were no reports of injuries.The Police Service ...

Explaining the ‘backstop,’ a sticking point in Brexit debate

World 01/15/19, 12:23

Much of the opposition to Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union is about the "backstop" — a provision designed to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU. After ...

UK leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

Europe 12/06/18, 04:29

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she may let Parliament decide whether to trigger the contentious Northern Ireland "backstop" as she struggles to overcome opposition to her Brexit deal.May says her agreement on leaving the European Union would allow the U.K. to decide whether to invoke the backstop, designed to ...

Schmidt to quit Ireland, retire from coaching after 2019 RWC

Sports 11/26/18, 11:42

Joe Schmidt will leave as Ireland coach after next year's Rugby World Cup, and seemingly ruled out taking charge of his native New Zealand in the future by saying he was ending his coaching career to focus on his family.A day after Schmidt was named coach of the year in ...

McCarthy returns as Ireland coach, Kenny to succeed him

Soccer 11/25/18, 17:44

Mick McCarthy has returned for his second stint as Republic of Ireland coach, replacing Martin O'Neill, who left Tuesday after five years in charge.The Football Association of Ireland said Sunday that McCarthy would stay in charge for two years, and that Stephen Kenny, who was taking immediate charge of the ...

Deal done: Key points in the EU-UK Brexit agreement

Europe 11/25/18, 06:01

The European Union has formally agreed a divorce agreement with Britain, the first country ever to leave the 28-nation bloc. The deal consists of a legally binding withdrawal agreement that runs more than 580 pages, and a 26-page political declaration on future relations.Some key points:WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENTTransition period: Britain will leave ...

Everyone wants to finish last round of test rugby on a high

Football 11/22/18, 19:34

It's the last round of rugby tests for the year. Everyone wants to finish on a high.Wales and Ireland are going for November sweeps.New Zealand, Argentina, and Scotland are looking to rebound.Australia hasn't won two in a row all year.France seeks a fourth win of the year.The United States is ...

Key points in the Brexit deal between Britain and the EU

Europe 11/22/18, 07:57

The draft divorce agreement between British and European Union negotiators has two parts: a legally binding withdrawal agreement, which runs more than 580 pages, and a 26-page political declaration on future relations.Some key points:WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENTTransition period: Britain will leave the EU on March 29 but remain inside the bloc's single ...

Martin O’Neill out as Ireland coach, Roy Keane also goes

Sports 11/21/18, 07:10

Martin O'Neill ended his five-year stint as Ireland coach on Wednesday after relegation in the UEFA Nations League, taking assistant Roy Keane with him.Under O'Neill, Ireland advanced from the group stage at the 2016 European Championship for the first time, but fell short of qualifying the 2018 World Cup after ...

How to qualify for soccer’s 2020 European Championship

Soccer 11/20/18, 19:02

With the inaugural Nations League program ending Tuesday, the 2020 European Championship is up next for the continent's national teams.All 24 places at Euro 2020 are up for grabs when qualifying starts in March, although the Nations League helped shape the draw that will be held on Dec. 2 in ...

Near Irish border, the Brexit drama is followed with alarm

Business 11/16/18, 08:46

Families and business owners near the Irish border that separates the United Kingdom from the rest of the EU are watching in apprehension as political chaos in London threatens to torpedo a Brexit deal that aims to avoid a return of customs checks and possible sectarian violence to the region.A ...

UK PM May: I won’t agree on a Brexit deal ‘at any cost’

Europe 11/06/18, 10:55

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that she wouldn't agree upon a Brexit deal with the European Union "at any cost," as the two sides remained deadlocked on the issue of the Irish border.May briefed her Cabinet on progress toward an elusive divorce deal with the bloc. Talks are ...

Irish PM: Brexit is undermining N. Ireland’s peace accord

Europe 11/03/18, 12:27

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says Brexit is undermining Northern Ireland's hard-won peace by pulling Catholic and Protestant communities apart.Varadkar said Saturday that "Brexit has undermined the Good Friday Agreement" — the 1998 peace deal that ended three decades of violence in Northern Ireland.Varadkar also told Ireland's RTE radio that ...

Irish gov’t approves excavation of orphanage mass grave site

Europe 10/24/18, 04:35

Ireland's government has approved a forensic excavation of a Catholic-run orphanage where a mass grave containing the remains of hundreds of children was discovered.Children's Minister Katherine Zappone announced Tuesday the excavation and recovery of remains. There will be a respectful burial where possible, she said.The excavation, which will begin after ...

EU’s Barnier hopes Brexit deal possible in ‘coming weeks’

Europe 10/15/18, 23:55

The European Union and Britain are seeking to get their divorce negotiations back on track at Wednesday's Brexit summit after botched weekend talks pushed back expectations of a deal into November at the earliest.The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Tuesday that negotiators are working towards ensuring Britain leaves ...

Irish border issued entangled with questions of identity

Europe 10/15/18, 12:18

The land around the small Irish town of Carrickcarnan is the kind of place where Britain's plan to leave the European Union runs right into a wall — an invisible one that's proving inordinately difficult to overcome.Somehow, a border of sorts will have to be drawn between Northern Ireland, which ...

Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney before 16-day tour

Entertainment 10/14/18, 22:53

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney on Monday, a day before they officially start a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.The trip is their only international tour since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in May, apart from a two-day visit to ...

Irish border riddle confounds EU, UK as Brexit end nears

Europe 10/14/18, 03:30

The land around the small town of Carrickcarnan, Ireland is the kind of place where Britain's plan to leave the European Union runs right into a wall — an invisible one that's proving insanely difficult to overcome.Somehow, a border of sorts will have to be drawn between Northern Ireland, which ...

British love affair with Ryder Cup to persist beyond Brexit

Golf 09/27/18, 05:10

Eu-Rope! Eu-Rope!For one weekend every two years, many people in Britain become big fans of Europe — regardless of how they voted in the Brexit referendum in 2016. Their support doesn't have anything to do politics or Britain's departure from the European Union in March, however. It's just about golf ...

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