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IRA sticking to arms pledge: watchdog

Northern Ireland’s ceasefire watchdog said on Wednesday the Irish Republican Army was keeping to a disarmament pledge it made last July but was still involved in spying and organized crime. The British government hailed a “sea change” by the guerrilla group, but a chilly reaction from Northern Ireland’s biggest unionist party underlined the difficulty of breaking a political stalemate in the province. Dublin and London had hoped that the watchdog’s findings would help build trust between opposing parties and kick-start talks on reviving a mothballed provincial government in which pro-Irish and pro-British opponents once shared power. Full Story

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