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Northern Ireland talks between Unionists and Sinn Fein break down

Talks in Northern Ireland between the main Unionist party and Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, broke down, ending any hope of a political breakthrough before elections next month. “There is not unfortunately time at the moment to be able to sort all these matters out,” said David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, the main party of the British province’s Protestant majority. “Who knows, had there been another week or days available, that might have been possible but because of the elections having been called… we may be in a position where we can’t do anything further.” Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly have been set for November 26, and pre-election campaigning was due to get underway this week. The government — with Trimble as its first minister — was set up following a 1998 peace accord, but was suspended by Britain in October 2002 after allegations of spying were levelled at the IRA. Full Story

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