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IRA Row Overshadows N.Irish Protestant Cease-fire

Northern Ireland’s largest Protestant guerrilla group said Tuesday it was extending its year-old cease-fire, but the move was overshadowed by fallout from the alleged activities of its Irish Republican Army foes. A statement by the pro-British “loyalist” Ulster Defense Association said it was extending indefinitely the 12-month period of “military inactivity” it declared last February. But attention was focused on an alleged IRA kidnapping last Friday, which has clouded London and Dublin’s efforts to revive home rule in the province and dogged talks in Belfast Tuesday between British and Irish ministers and local politicians. Full Story

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